If you're a college football fan, then Every Day Should Be Saturday, but for the average NFL fan, Saturday is traditionally a slightly slower day on an NFL blog. In some ways, this is unfortunate because Saturday is the one day of the week where I for one usually have ample time to read up on the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL.
The good thing about a slow day though is that it gives me some time to browse the other 32 SB Nation NFL team blogs. In doing so I regularly stumble over some very interesting articles on the other blogs, so today I'm providing a link collection of mostly stat-heavy yet highly interesting posts from other SB Nation blogs.
While a post like this is not a new idea by itself, I hope that you will find some of the selected articles insightful, entertaining and well worth the read on a slow Saturday. Enjoy.
- A Grand Experiment - The Mile High Report's Bshrout advocates using Yards per Point as a measure of team effectiveness instead of raw yardage or total points. Longtime readers are familiar with this stat that I myself originally first saw at coldhardfootballfacts.com. There, they call it the bendability and scoreability index.
- (In)Accuracy Rankings for NFL Experts: When Knowledge Is NOT Power. Niners Nation's Florida Danny offers a fine and long look at NFL prediction accuracy, and looks at the different methods used to come up with NFL predictions.
- Injuries, or how to lose games in the NFL. Sander at Bucs Nation looks at starter injury rates for all teams after the first week.
- Power Rankings From Around the Web: Week 2. If you like power rankings and like (for somebody else) to crunch numbers, then you'll love this veritable cornucopia of gaudily multicolored graphs and stats by Creanium over on Bolts From The Blue. The dude shows how power rankings are really done.
- Starting 0-1 Is Not Good. 0-2 Stinks Even More. Panic in the Twin Cities? The Daily Norseman's Ted Glover looks at the playoff chances of teams starting 0-2. It ain't pretty.
- 2010 NFL Gambling Odds: Guts, Brains, Forecast or Bust? Niners Nation have a virtual betting pool going that tests three different forms of betting/analysis: a gut based approach, a stat based approach and a money management based approach.
- The Seahawks and Broncos blogs go to war. The Mile High Report strikes first with a Limerick attack (Shall I Compare Thee to a Sulking Seahawk? - Seattle Limericks) The Field Gulls return fire immediately with Haikus (Mile High Crosses the Line -- Prepare for War). These are not strictly stat posts - in fact, I didn't find any numbers in either post - but they are great fun nonetheless. Dueling with poetry is probably the kind of thing that made both West divisions the weakest divisions in the NFL.
- Over at SB Nation's NFL page, Joel Thorman breaks down and predicts all of this weekend's NFL matchups. (Hint: He likes the 'Boys). You can also get a NFL Power Ranking from SB Nation.
- Need some fantasy advice? SB Nation has top player rankings for Week 2 that are derived from analyzing 17 sources from around the Net.
- Post of the week goes to noontide at the Raider's Silver And Black Pride and his preview of this weekend's game vs the Rams. It is aptly titled: Please Don't Suck. Please Don't Suck.