Archive for September, 2011

Current Year’s Record

Dylan: 17-15

Evan: 21-11

Nick: 18-14

Will: 20-12

 
HOU at NO
NYG at PHI JAX at CAR BUF at NE MIA at CLE SF at CIN DEN at TEN DET at MIN
Dylan HOU PHI JAX NE MIA CIN DEN DET
Evan NO PHI CAR NE MIA SF TEN DET
Nick NO PHI JAX NE MIA CIN TEN DET
Will
HOU PHI CAR BUF MIA CIN TEN DET
 
BAL at STL
NYJ at OAK KC at SD ARI at SEA ATL at TB GB at CHI PIT at IND WAS at DAL
Dylan BAL NYJ SD ARI TB GB PIT DAL
Evan BAL NYJ SD ARI TB GB PIT DAL
Nick BAL NYJ SD ARI TB GB IND DAL
Will
BAL OAK SD ARI TB GB PIT DAL
                 
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Current Year’s Record

Dylan: 7-9

Evan: 9-7

Nick: 5-11

Will: 8-8

 
SEA at PIT
OAK at BUF ARI at WAS TB at MIN JAX at NYJ CHI at NO GB at CAR BAL at TEN
Dylan PIT BUF ARI TB NYJ CHI GB TEN
Evan PIT BUF WAS MIN NYJ NO GB BAL
Nick PIT BUF WAS TB NYJ CHI GB BAL
Will
PIT BUF WAS TB NYJ NO GB BAL
 
KC at DET
CLE at IND DAL at SF CIN at DEN SD at NE HOU at MIA PHI at ATL STL at NYG
Dylan DET CLE SF CIN NE MIA ATL STL
Evan DET IND DAL CIN NE HOU ATL NYG
Nick DET IND DAL DEN NE HOU ATL NYG
Will
DET CLE DAL CIN NE HOU PHI STL
                 

By Evan Ream

In the Super Bowl era (1966-present) of the National Football League, the quarterback position has easily been the most important position. The best quarterbacks win the most games and usually win the Super Bowl. Quarterback is probably more important than any other position in any other game, and yet there have been so few elite quarterbacks. Elite quarterbacks are so rare that teams are willing to spend millions of dollars drafting a position that has a high washout rate just for the chance to get one.

In the Super Bowl era, there have been either 19 or 21 elite quarterbacks (depending on how you feel about Namath and Roethlisberger) who have combined to win 32 of the 45 Super Bowls. Super Bowls have thus been won 71% of the time by a team containing an elite quarterback. The position is only becoming more important as seven of the eight last Super Bowls have been won by a team lead by one of these players (Eli Manning in Super Bowl XLII is the exception). Getting an elite quarterback should be priority number one for every NFL team; only four of these 21 players (Fran Tarkenton, Dan Fouts, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly) have failed to win a title for their team.

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By Evan Ream

Full disclosure: This is the first American Football article (commonly referred to as “throwball” in my circle of writing) that I have ever written. I am a Green Bay Packers fan and do not consider myself to be an expert on football. I mostly write about soccer for the blog, but after seeing my team go on an epic run to the Super Bowl last year and continue their momentum into this season by beating the Saints 42-34, I had to say at least something.

I believe the Packers will repeat as Super Bowl Champions this year. They will be the first team since the New England Patriots in 03-04 to do so. This is somewhat of a bold prediction considering that just one of the 256 regular season NFL games have been played, but I really can’t see this season going any other way and here’s why.

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They’re baaaack – our weekly NFL Picks! Last season, Nick tied Dylan. It came down to the LAST game, so we still have not had a definitive winner. Let’s see if this season can have one sole champion.

 

 
NO at GB
ATL at CHI CLE at CIN BUF at KC PHI at STL DET at TB TEN at JAX PIT at BAL
Dylan GB ATL CLE KC PHI TB TEN PIT
Evan GB ATL CLE KC STL DET TEN BAL
Nick GB ATL CLE KC STL TB TEN PIT
Will
GB ATL CLE BUF STL TB TEN PIT
 
IND at HOU
CAR at ARI MIN at SD SEA at SF NYG at WAS DAL at NYJ NE at MIA OAK at DEN
Dylan HOU ARI MIN SEA WAS NYJ NE DEN
Evan HOU ARI SD SF NYG NYJ NE DEN
Nick IND ARI SD SEA NYG NYJ NE DEN
Will
HOU CAR SD SF WAS NYJ NE DEN

By Will Robinson

After all of my previews – outdated now or not – here is how I foresee the season breaking down, along with my Super Bowl pick. Let’s see if this will look good in five months, or it will look like utter crap. A team bolded team name in the first section designates the division winner, while the italicized teams are Wild Card teams. Click to see after the jump…

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By Evan Ream

Jeff Cunningham (134), Jaime Moreno (133), Landon Donovan (114), Ante Razov (114), Jason Kreis (108) and Taylor Twellman (101) make up the exclusive list of MLS players that have scored 100 or more regular season goals. The drop off after Twellman is pretty significant, as the next highest goal total is 90 goals (Edson Buddle). So, who will be the next MLS Player to tally 100 career strikes? It won’t happen this year, but it could happen next year. Here are the candidates:

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