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Discouraging Stat: Cam/Rivera 0-26 when trailing by 3+ in 4th Q

12 January 2015 - 03:06 PM

Carolina had a shot, but needed to do something the team has yet to accomplish in the Cam Newton-Ron Rivera era since 2011. The Panthers are 0-26 when trailing by more than three points in the fourth quarter.





That's...pretty insane.

Per Jay Glazer, John Fox may be let go if Broncos lose today

11 January 2015 - 12:57 PM

Matt Miller ‏@nfldraftscout · 24s24 seconds ago 
Wow. Tough business RT @JasonPhilCole: @JayGlazer reports #Broncos coach John Fox might be available if team loses. Pretty good chance.


PSA: Since '08, NFC Team that Knocks ATL out of Playoffs = SB Berth

05 January 2015 - 05:48 PM

Every NFC team that has knocked the Falcons out of the playoffs has at least advanced to the Super Bowl:
2008: Arizona (L)
2010: Green Bay (W)
2011: New York Giants (W)
2012: San Francisco (L)
The 2014 season finale was essentially a playoff game (win or go home)...

NFL.com Preview: Mind-blowing Stats

01 January 2015 - 01:18 PM


  • Arizona's 73 points in the final six weeks of the season are the least by any playoff team since 1936.
  • They have managed just four offensive touchdowns in the last 27 quarters (75 drives) combined.
  • They are 8-1 when gaining at least 330 yards and 3-4 when gaining fewer.
  • Their rushing average of 3.29 yards per carry is the lowest in the league and tied for the sixth-lowest by a postseason team since 1980.
  • The Cardinals were 4-4 on the road this season, allowing more points (19.9) than they scored (18.4).
  • Larry Fitzgerald's 117.5 receiving yards per game is the highest total in history.
  • Arizona's defense has held 13 of 16 opponents to 20 points or fewer. They are also the only team in the NFL to surrender at least 500 yards in four different games.
  • A testament to Arians and Bowles, no team lost more 10-game starters from 2013 to 2014 than Arizona.


  • Carolina's defense ranked 19th in Football Outsiders' metrics in Weeks 1-9. Since Week 10, they are fifth.
  • Among defensive ends, Charles Johnson's 52 quarterback hurries are second only to J.J. Watt's 54, per Pro Football Focus.
  • Rookie pass rusher Kony Ealy has registered a sack in each of the past three games.
  • Newton has been sacked fewer times since Week 11 (8.0) than in Week 10 alone (9.0).
  • Three of Newton's four highest rushing totals of the season have come in his last three starts. He also has a rushing score in each of the past three games after managing just two in the previous 15.
  • Since 2011, only Tom Brady and Russell Wilson have more wins in December and January than Newton.
  • The Panthers could have as many as eight different starters this week than in [Week 1 - assumed as it gets cut off].



Man, those Zona stats really underscore just how much their offense has gone into the tank and how their defense is trending down. That 11-5 record really does seem like a mirage.

Reasoning for Suh Suspension Being Lifted

30 December 2014 - 08:45 PM

In a letter to Suh explaining the decision to allow Suh to play on Sunday but fine him $70,000, Cottrell makes clear that he believes Suh knew he was standing on Rodgers’s leg.
“Although I accept that your feet may have been cold on a late December day in Green Bay, it is difficult for me to believe that you did not feel Aaron Rodgers’ leg under you as you stepped on him twice,” Cottrell wrote. “While you may not have consciously intended to cause injury to the opposing player that you stepped on, I nonetheless believe that you could have avoided—and had the responsibility to avoid—making such dangerous contact with your opponent’s leg—twice. Your conduct was a clear violation of the Playing Rules and was outside the normal course of the game of football. It must be emphasized that illegal acts that jeopardize the safety of other players, as was certainly the case here, will not be tolerated in this League.”
So why did Cottrell overturn the suspension? Because he was swayed not only by speaking directly to Suh but by hearing from Suh’s representatives and from the Lions, who felt that the entire franchise would be punished if one of its best players was barred from a playoff game.
“Several of your representatives, including personnel from the Lions, argued that the impact of your suspension would have a devastating effect on you, your teammates and coaches, as well as Lions fans,” Cottrell wrote.
Ultimately, Cottrell seems to believe that Suh is a good man who has made mistakes, not a dirty player who sets out to injure his opponents.
“I think you were sincere when you said that you respect the game, and have listened to the advice of your coaches, as well as that of Troy Vincent during his visit with you in the offseason,” Cottrell wrote. “Based on your representations, I am willing to give you the benefit of doubt that you did not intend to injure your opponent. However, the seriousness of this offense, the potential for injury, and my conclusion that it was avoidable, demands substantial discipline. For those reasons, I am reducing your one game suspension without pay to a fine in the amount of $70,000.”






Motherfuging what?


So even though the league believes Suh's stepping on Rodgers ankle was INTENTIONAL, they are letting him play because him missing a playoff game would be detrimental to the team and Lions fans?




I know people believe this is beating a dead horse, but in light of the comments above...why the fug is Greg Hardy not playing then?


This fuging league.