• NFL Notes (Week 11)

    Michael Vick put on a clinic last Monday night as the Eagles decimated the Redskins, 59-28. Vick completed 20-of-28 passes for 333 yards with four TD passes and not a single interception. He also ran for 80 yards (on just eight carries) while tacking...
  • NFL Notes (Weeks 1 & 2):

    The Saints and Vikings opened the 2010 NFL regular season on September 9, a rematch of last year's NFC championship game which the Saints won 31-28 in overtime. This game was nothing like last year's shootout, as the Saints prevailed 14-9. It's somewhat...
  • NFL Notes (Week 7)

    An age-old axiom says you need to run the ball to win in the NFL and for those who believe in that, the following numbers will support that belief. Teams with the most rushing yards in a game are 65-25 SU (.722) and an equally impressive 61-27-2 ATS ...
  • NFL Notes (Week 4)

    Three weeks down and 14 to go in the NFL's 2010 regular season. Eight teams entered Week 2 at 2-0 and eight more at 0-2. Just three teams emerged still unscathed after Week's 3 play (two unbeatens were guaranteed to lose as the Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay...
  • Preseason Notes (Week 2 recap and Week 3 storylines) by Larry Ness

    The Ravens and Jets concluded Week 2 of the preseason Monday night, as the Jets' TD with 22 seconds remaining (but failed two-point conversion), left Baltimore with a 24-23 win but the Jets with the cover. Home teams went 11-5 SU in Week 1 but just 8...
  • NFL Notes (Divisional Round)

    Only seven of the 12 teams that made the playoffs last season were back for this year’s ‘party.’ Those teams were Baltimore, Green Bay, Indianapolis (with an NFL record-tying ninth straight postseason appearance), New England, New Orleans, the New York...
  • NFL 2010 (Part 2: point-differentials)

    ( Note: This is the second in a six-part series over the next three weeks) I opened my NFL preseason series last Monday (7/19) and beginning on August 10, I'll repeat my two-part series from last year which looks at which teams I expect back in this...
  • Ness Notes: NFL's divisional round

    The Cards, Cowboys, Jets and Ravens advanced last week and all four will play on the road this week against rested teams which were able to have last weekend off after a grueling 17-week (16-game) regular season. As I've mentioned in previous columns...
  • NFL 'Playoff Newbies' for 2010

    (Note: This is the final installment of my six-part preseason NFL articles) The NFL expanded its playoff field to include 12 teams beginning in the 1990 season. Heading into the 2009 season, there had been 110 teams from 1991 through 2008 to follow...
  • NFL Notes (Week 6)

    I opened last week's NFL Notes with the following statement, "It's almost impossible to believe that after four weeks of the 2010 season, the NFL's lone unbeaten team is the 3-0 KC Chiefs." The Chiefs acquitted themselves well at Indy last week but fell...
  • NFL's Second Season

    The NFC's playoff field of six was set heading into last Sunday. The winner of the Philly/Dallas game would clinch the NFC East title and those two teams plus the Cards and Vikes all had some chance of earning the No. 2 seed (Saints had clinched the No...
  • Preseason Notes: (Week 3 / Week 4)

    Week 3 of the 2010 NFL preseason opened with the 49ers as the lone NFC team still undefeated while five AFC teams were unbeaten (Baltimore, Miami, New England, Oakland and Pittsburgh). NFC teams Carolina and Chicago were both 0-2 while five AFC teams...
  • NFL 2010 (It's finally here!)

    The Saints and Vikings opened the 2010 NFL regular season Thursday night, a rematch of last year's NFC championship game which the Saints won 31-28 in overtime. Thursday's game was nothing like last year's shootout, as the Saints prevailed 14-9. The defending...
  • NFL 2010 (A First Look)

    ( Note: This is the first in a six-part series over the next three weeks) The NFL expanded its playoff field to include 12 teams beginning in the 1990 season. Heading into the 2009 season, there had been 110 teams from 1991 through 2008 to follow a...
  • Preseason Notes (Week 2/ Week 3)

    Home teams got crushed last Saturday, as visiting teams went 9-2 SU and ATS. The high scoring continued as well, with eight of 11 games going over the total. Home teams got a small measure of revenge (as did under bettors)with the 49ers beating the Vikings...
  • Ness Notes: divisional round recap

    Home teams went 2-2 SU and ATS in the wildcard round with underdogs going 3-1 ATS (huge move on the GB/Ari game saw the Cards go from 2 1/2-point favorites to 2 1/2-point underdogs by game time). All four games went over the total (had been 32 overs,...
  • Super Bowl XLV Preview Part 2

    The Packers vs the Steelers make for quite a Super Bowl, as they comprise the first Super Bowl matchup of teams more than 75 years old. The Packers have been in business since 1919 and a part of the NFL since 1921 (hold the distinction as the only NFL...
  • NFL Notes (Week 9)

    One doesn't need an advanced mathematics degree to figure out that Week 9 is the midway point of the NFL's 17-week schedule. End the season right now and not a single NFC division winner from last year would repeat. The Cowboys won the East last season...
  • Super Bowl XLV Preview Part 1 (The QBs)

    If someone would have told me that the winning QB in the NFC championship game would have a 55.4 QB rating and that the winning QB in the AFC championship game would have a 35.5 rating and asked me to pick predict the Super Bowl XLV matchup, I would have...
  • Super Bowl XLIV

    While a Brett vs Peyton Super Bowl surely had a certain 'sex appeal,' it's hard to argue that a Colts/Saints matchup isn't a fitting conclusion to the 2009 season. The Colts opened 14-0 and the Saints 13-0. Two teams reaching 13-0 marked the latest in...
  • Championship Sunday recap:

    The NFL hadn't seen both of its No. 1 seeds make it to "Championship Sunday" since 2004 and with wins by both the Colts and Saints, it marks just the third time both No. 1 seeds have advanced to a Super Bowl since the league expanded its playoff field...
  • NFL Notes (Week 5)

    It's almost impossible to believe that after four weeks of the 2010 season, the NFL's lone unbeaten team is the 3-0 KC Chiefs. The Chiefs are coming off a 4-12 year in 2009 and the team's three-year record coming onto the 2010 season was 10-38. The Chiefs...
  • NFL 'Playoff Repeaters' for 2010

    (Note: This is the fifth in a series of six preseason NFL articles) The NFL expanded its playoff field to include 12 teams beginning in the 1990 season. Heading into the 2009 season, there had been 110 teams from 1991 through 2008 to follow a playoff...
  • NFL Coaching Carousel: Part 1

    ( Note: This is the third in a six-part series) Three teams will open the 2010 season with a new head coach, the Buffalo Bills (Chan Gailey), the Seattle Seahawks (Pete Carroll) and the Washington Redskins (Mike Shanahan). All three have previous NL...
  • NFL Week 17 (Long and Winding Road)

    While the college football season featured five bowl games on three consecutive days (Thursday-Saturday), including two of this year's five BCS Bowls (Rose and Sugar on January 1), the NFL prepares for its final Sunday of the 2009 season on January 3...

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