Predictions in Review: NFC South

March 1, 2014 Stat Recap

During the 2013 offseason, I wrote 32 articles under the RPO 2013 tag. In my Predictions in Review series, I review those preview articles with the benefit of hindsight. Previously, I reviewed the AFC West, the NFC West, and the the AFC South. Today, the NFC South. Who Will Win 2013 Head Coach of the […]

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Division Preview: San Francisco at Carolina

January 11, 2014 Current Events

At least 400 total yards were gained in every game this season. When Nick Foles threw 7 touchdowns against the Raiders, Oakland actually out-gained Philadelphia, and the two teams combined for a season-high 1,102 yards that day. On the other end of the spectrum was San Francisco/Carolina I, when the two teams combined for just […]

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Is Steve Smith The Cause of Cam Newton’s Down Year?

December 1, 2013 Current Events

You probably didn’t know it, but Cam Newton is having a down year, at least statistically. Year GS Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 2011 16 310 517 60.0 4051 21 4.1 17 3.3 7.8 7.2 13.1 253.2 35 260 6.87 6.24 6.3 2012 […]

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New York Times: Post-Week 6, 2013

October 16, 2013 NYT

This week at the New York Times, I look at the hard-to-read Carolina Panthers. Carolina has won six of nine games since I declared them a sleeping giant. On the other hand, the team has a losing record this season and has beaten teams with a combined one victory. In other words, as tends to […]

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The 2013 Panthers are so attractive Bill Parcells could be lured out of retirement

December 7, 2012 Coaches

An old friend of mine was always mildly irked at the praise thrown at Bill Parcells for turning around moribund franchises. In reality, making a team with a terrible record respectable isn’t all that challenging. Where Parcells added value was in making his good teams great, not in making terrible teams mediocre. In 1992, one […]

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Cam Newton is having an interesting year

October 26, 2012 Statistics

I don’t care about any of the nonsense with Cam Newton. Instead, take a look at his 2011 and 2012 stat lines: Year GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Y/A AY/A Y/C Yd/G Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% Rsh Yds TD YPC Y/G C/G 2011 16 6-10-0 310 517 60.0 4051 […]

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