The preponderance of coverage of the 25th anniversary of the Hershel Walker trade got me thinking, not surprisingly, about all the draft picks included in the deal. I’ll skip the details, which can be found in excess. The picks are hugely important to the history of the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL at large, and […]Read more "Bad trade, bad picks"
For the Minnesota Vikings, the 1976 season fits better with Part II of this series. In hindsight, their final failed Super Bowl run signaled the end, or the beginning of the end, of an era. Fran Tarkenton would struggle through his final two seasons in purple (1977-78) and the defense fell into mediocrity that would […]Read more "Research: Vikings, Rams, Cowboys Part III: 1976-1980"
By the end of the 1960s the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, and Los Angeles Rams were already seizing control of the NFL from the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Colts. When the league merged with the American Football League in 1970, some structural changes aided in the three teams’ hold. Baltimore, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh were […]Read more "Research: Vikings, Rams, Cowboys Part II: 1970-75"
Dallas Cowboys Emmitt Smith is to this running back debate what Jerry Rice was to the wide receiver version—his stats tower over every other player to the point that it’s not really worth going over everything. Aside from the fact that he is the league’s all time leading rusher, Smith had 7 100-yard playoff games […]Read more "All-Time Running Backs: NFC East"
Now that I’ve spent countless hours trying to determine which NFL team has the best all time wide receivers, it seems to make sense to spend countless hours deciding which NFL team has the best all-time group of running backs. Instead of developing a Power Rankings-type list of the best running back teams, let’s do […]Read more "All-Time Running Backs: AFC East"
Here’s the semi-finals of the longest, most drawn-out blog vote in history. Stats for “support” guys are now updated and included, in order of strength rather than alphabetical. VOTE BELOW—If you want to go ahead and vote for the Super Bowl winner here we can end it now. Or I can do a post comparing […]Read more "All-Time Wide Receivers: Conference Championships"
The likelihood of second round upsets is relatively slim, but the #2 seeds could be knocked off. Let’s get to the games: AFC Second Round: (5) San Diego vs (1) Indianapolis Indianapolis was the unanimous top seed in the AFC and dominated the AFC South, while San Diego came in second in the AFC West to the […]Read more "All-Time Wide Receivers: Second Round"