Cardinals Rout the Cowboys in Dallas: Autopsy of an Upset

Cardinals Rout the Cowboys in Dallas: Autopsy of an Upset

That Tony Romo has been carrying the Dallas Cowboys this season should have been common knowledge. It became obvious after Sunday.

The Arizona Cardinals had the best record in the NFC but were only No. 17 in theQuality Stats Power Rankings going into Sunday’s game in Dallas against the Cowboys. Dallas has been as high as No. 8 in the power rankings this season so it wasn’t unreasonable to see them favorited by four points.

The problem is that point spread would have made a quick U-turn if news that quarterback Tony Romo’s back injury would prevent him from playing had broken earlier than the morning of the game…

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Buffalo’s Hogs Crush Detroit 17-14: Autopsy of an Upset

Buccaneers Shock the Steelers 27-24: Autopsy Of An Upset

Although there were more dominating wins by a couple of underdogs on Sunday the Buccaneers surprised by hurting the Steelers where they live.

While Buffalo hasn’t been pushovers in 2014, few considered them to have any chance against the Lions at Ford Field. Detroit had already dominated the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers at home this season but one hidden statistical trend suggested they might be in for a tougher time on Sunday than expected. Detroit was on a four game losing streak at home to AFC competition and since 2010 had lost six of eight (now seven of nine for all you Jeri Ryan fans).

Chicago Bears 2014: Player Most Likely To Break Out In 2014

Chicago Bears: Player Most Likely To Break Out In 2014

In his first season as head coach of the Chicago Bears Marc Trestman benefitted by the breakout performances of rookie right guard Kyle Long and second year receiver Alshon Jeffery.  Those two were major contributors in a Bears offense that ranked No. 2 in the NFL in points scored. The 445 points that team scored were also the second highest total in franchise history.

Key for a new or relatively unknown player to break out and claim his share of attention is opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. For the Bears in 2014 the main opportunities exist on defense and as a kick/punt returner. First, here are a few players who at least have the opportunity, whether they take advantage or not…

Chicago Bears: Three New Year’s Resolutions For 2014

Chicago Bears: Three New Year’s Resolutions For 2014

The Chicago Bears discovered offense last season but left their defense in the shop. Here’s what they can do to improve their fortunes in 2014.

10 Worst Regular Season Collapses In NFL History

10 Worst Regular Season Collapses In NFL History

Every few years there is a team that manages to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. These 10 did it better than anyone else.

The Terrible Ten Week 12: The Race for the No. 1 Pick

The Terrible Ten Week 12: The Race for the No. 1 Pick

Heading into Week 13 up is down, left is right and dogs and cats are living together. Is it the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man? No, it’s the NFL.

 

The Bears Splash Past the Ravens 23-20: Five Things We Learned

The Bears Splash Past the Ravens 23-20: Five Things We Learned

On a dark and stormy afternoon at Soldier Field the Chicago Bears beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 in overtime.

 

The Terrible Ten Week 10: The Race for the No. 1 Pick

The Terrible Ten Week 10: The Race for the No. 1 Pick

The NFL’s lower class rose last weekend and forced the league to take notice. Can the Empire respond and stop this rebellion in its tracks?

 

The Terrible Ten Week 7: The Race for the No. 1 Pick

The Terrible Ten Week 7: The Race for the No. 1 Pick

There are 15 teams in the NFL with losing records but not all of them have what it takes to be part of the Terrible Ten.

 

The Terrible Ten Week 5: The Race for the No. 1 Pick

The Terrible Ten Week 5: The Race for the No. 1 Pick

Week 5 games all over the NFL dripped with tension and excitement while these ten teams acted as the pan to keep those drippings off the floor.