NFL Games to Watch: Week Six

10/16/2009 § Leave a comment

It looks like another thin week as far as exciting matchups are concerned.  One thing we’ll get out of this week (along with the next couple) is a better idea of who’s good and who’s bad out of the teams currently huddled up in the middle.

Baltimore @ Minnesota (Sunday, 1:00 ET, CBS)

The Ravens are coming off a heartbreaking loss to division foes Cincinnati and desperately want to revive a suddenly stagnant offense, while the Vikings are trying to stay unbeaten before two consecutive tough road trips to Pittsburgh and Green Bay.  The unit that will decide this game is the Baltimore Ravens Offense. « Read the rest of this entry »

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NFL Week Five in Review

10/13/2009 § Leave a comment

The NFL is a quarterback league, and this week was a firm reminder of that fact.  From amazing performances from young signal-callers to last-minute heroics to what happens when neither team has a viable passer, Week 5 was a QB clinic.

The Chad Henne Era has officially begun in Miami.  In yet another Monday night thriller, the Dolphins QB followed up a nice performance against the Bills with a downright brilliant outing against one of the league’s top 5 pass defenses.  Henne completed almost 77% of his passes for 241 yards, throwing 2 TDs and no INTs.  His 130.4 QB rating was the fourth-best showing of the weekend. « Read the rest of this entry »

NFL Games to Watch: Week Five

10/09/2009 § Leave a comment

This week’s slate is a little bare, with only a couple games featuring two good teams and a potential train-wreck with teams who are a combined 1-7.  Meanwhile, if you like watching good teams beat the crap out of terrible teams, this weekend offers a nice triple feature.

Cincinnati @ Baltimore (Sunday, 1:00 ET, CBS)

The surprising Bengals travel to take on the dominant Ravens in a matchup of two 3-1 teams battling for the top of their division.  Cincinnati is 2-0 on the road and Baltimore is 2-0 at home.  The unit that will decide this game is the Cincinnati Bengals Defense. « Read the rest of this entry »

UFL Kicks Off Tonight! Cue Crickets.

10/08/2009 § Leave a comment

No, it’s not a new Ultimate Fighting league, but that would probably get better ratings.  While you’re watching Nebraska @ Missouri (or the MLB playoffs, or The Office wedding), people who lost their remotes while watching Whacked Out Sports will witness the debut of the next professional football league to fold within two years.

The UFL, according to its official website, is where future stars come to play, although it looks more like where NFL players who got cut go to try to get uncut.  The most recognizable player on any of the four (yeah, four) teams’ rosters is probably former terrible Bills QB JP Losman. « Read the rest of this entry »

NFL Week Four in Review

10/06/2009 § Leave a comment

This week, there’s only one place to start: The End. On Monday night, Brett Favre made his point against his old team, completing a stunning 77.4% of his passes for 271 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Vikings to a 30-23 win over the Packers. But it’s not like his counterpart/replacement played poorly. Aaron Rodgers connected on a tidy 70.3% of his passes for 384 yards, 2 TDs and 1 pick. In fact, the only major difference in the two QBs performances is the fact that Favre was never sacked, while the Vikings defense got to Rodgers 8 times.

On Sunday night, the Steelers bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Bengals in Wacky Week 3 by abusing the Chargers on their way to a 21-0 halftime lead. Midway through the third quarter, Pittsburgh upped the lead to 28 and holstered their hammer, all nails sufficiently driven into San Diego’s coffin.

Or not.

Scoring for the first time with just a minute and a half remaining, the Chargers forced their way back into the game, and were down by just seven points with over four minutes remaining. « Read the rest of this entry »

Who Will Make the Playoffs? (Early Season Projection)

10/05/2009 § Leave a comment

About a month ago, I presented the early results of my point system for evaluating a team’s chances of making it back to the playoffs after making it the previous year.  Since then, I’ve expanded the system to include teams who didn’t make the playoffs the previous year, allowing me to project an entire 12-team playoff field.

The expanded system includes a slightly modified evaluation for the teams who didn’t reach the post-season a year ago, and correctly predicted the fates of 14 of 20 teams (70%) from the 2007 to 2008 seasons.  Based on this and the success of the original system, I think the overall projection will be quite accurate, especially by the late-season update.

After running the system on the latest numbers and adjusting the results to fit the format of the NFL’s playoff system, the 2009 playoffs should look something like this (I’ve included a few teams that don’t make the system’s field of twelve, but are very close): « Read the rest of this entry »

NFL Games to Watch: Week Four

10/02/2009 § Leave a comment

Green Bay @ Minnesota (Monday, 8:30 ET, ESPN)

There are other games on this week, but who cares?  You’re not going to find this kind of intrigue anywhere else this weekend, except maybe Zombieland.  Two years ago, Brett Favre retired from the Packers, but later revealed he felt he was being forced out because he was no longer effective.  Comments about Favre’s future viability may or may not have been made by Packers GM Ted Thompson.

After an unsuccessful attempt to join the Vikings last year, Favre signed with the New York Jets and started off 7-4 before a suffering a shoulder injury that may have contributed to a five-game losing streak to end the season.

Favre retired again last off-season, and this one appeared to be sticking, as Favre remained unsigned and adamant that he would not playing in 2009.  Still, the situation was suspect from the get-go as many believed Favre still had a desire to play for the Vikings under offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who previously worked with Favre as a QB coach in Green Bay. « Read the rest of this entry »

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