Stat Pack Podcast: Texans Blown Out of Super Bowl Contention?
After one week out of action, Adam Dobrowolski is back with an increased hunger for football and a pile of statistical bombshells from the past week of pigskin paradise. (Rumors are not true: the emergency was not caused by the annual sneak peak at the real and spectacular twins from the nearby gentlemen's club.)
Like anyone who's sent out of action for a period of time, the return comes with a revenge. In the Week 15 edition of Stat Pack, Dobrowolski explains why the Texans perhaps played themselves out of legitimate Super Bowl contention. The 42-14 loss in New England tells us a lot more than what ails Houston schematically, he claims. In fact, only two teams in NFL history won the Super Bowl after losing multiple games by 18 points or more: the 1979 Steelers and 2007 Giants. The 2012 Texans must keep that in mind as they try to win the Lombardi Trophy. Bottom line, championship teams rarely get blown out, even against the league's top teams. The first 46 Super Bowl champions lost a combined 22 games by 17 points or more.
Meanwhile, Dobrowolski takes a look back to the one quarterback who *still* owns a better rookie resume than Robert Griffin III. The late Greg Cook held over a 50 percent advantage in Passing Yards per Attempt on the rest of the AFL in 1969, something which even puts The Third to shame. The Stat Pack puts both rookie seasons under a microscope, and speculates if Griffin will have the best rookie season ever when the year is complete.
Also, with all the rage for Adrian Peterson's recent tear, Dobrowolski looks at another young running back making an early case for Canton. Last year's Judas Priest-inspired article should give a nice prelude to the Hall of Fame case for Jamaal Charles.
Finally, Dobrowolski tackles the individual awards race, the NFC playoff race and six power-packed showdowns for Week 15. We're turbo pumped for this edition of Stat Pack!
For those who are interested in checking out bits and pieces of this week's podcasts, every edition will include a "playlist" of sorts breaking down every segment from the podcast.
0:00 to 31:40 -- Six Pack of Statements
- 1:25 -- Why the Texans seriously crippled their Super Bowl chances
- 7:30 -- Why every individual awards race will come down to the wire
- 15:35 -- Why the NFC playoff races and two seed are still up for grabs
- 20:30 -- Why Joe Webb (!!) might be needed to save the Vikings' playoff hopes
- 23:40 -- Why RG3 still needs to surpass one QB for best rookie season ever
- 27:35 -- Why Jamaal Charles is building a Hall of Fame resume
31:40 to 36:30 -- Six Pack of the NFL's Best Teams (New England Patriots, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks)
36:30 to 56:15 -- Six Pack of Great Games in Week 15 (Redskins at Browns, Giants at Falcons, Steelers at Cowboys, Packers at Bears, Broncos at Ravens, 49ers at Patriots)
- Play Fantasy Football in Seconds with Fantasy Spin Quick Pick
- Panthers Better Than Falcons in 17 of 22 Quality Stats
- Steelers-Seahawks tight statistical showdown
- Patriots, Panthers Have Each Faced Just 1 Quality Opponent
- New England Heads to Denver Dominant in Quality Stats Battle
- Cardinals, Patriots Top 2 in Mother of All Stats, Passer Rating Differential
- Super Bowl XLIX Prop Bets: Full List
- Super Bowl 49 Game Capsule: Patriots @ Seahawks
- Awesome: Must-see Super Bowl Hall of Shame Infographic
- Referee Bill Vinovich Gets The Nod For Super Bowl 49 -- Balls