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Brian Hight’s NFL Picks – Week Eight

Advanced Metrics are Catching On The use of Defensive-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) is spreading beyond the website Football Outsiders and the advanced metrics enthusiasts like the sports team at FiveThirtyEight to mainstream ESPN articles such as Why the Cowboys are Overrated.  You’re even likely to hear on air analysts refer to “efficiency” as a […]

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Fantasy Football Start And Sit – Week Eight

RECORD LAST WEEK: 11-9 OVERALL: 67-50-1 San Diego at Denver Start: Peyton Manning, QB, DEN Do not let the Chargers third ranked pass defense dissuade you.  Manning is a must-start at all times. Sit: Branden Oliver, RB, SD Oliver has been extremely efficient thus far, but the Chargers will find difficulty grinding it out in […]

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Points Of Emphasis Neutering NFL Pass Defenses

Seattle Seahawks fans are intimately aware of just how far the team’s pass defense has fallen. It was in the conversation for best secondaries of all-time, and combined with a fierce pass rush to neutralize even the elite quarterbacks in the NFL. No longer. They are allowing a staggering 103.7 opponent passer rating after leading […]

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The Seattle Fauxhawks Or The Seattle Newhawks?

If you have any doubt that the 2014 Seattle Seahawks barely resemble the 2013 Seahawks, consider this: Would the 2014 version have been capable of wasting an historic performance by quarterback Russell Wilson? Don’t bother answering; I’m not Harvin any of it. As you have probably heard, the Seahawks, in their 26 – 28 road […]

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Brian Hight’s NFL Picks – Week Seven

Lessons Learned from Week Six Even though I went 7-8 last week against the spread (2-2 in the column), I’m feeling pretty good about some developments. First, I noticed last week when doing my research that the more efficient teams, as measured by Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA), were favored in 13 of the 15 […]

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Fantasy Football Start And Sit – Week Seven

RECORD LAST WEEK: 13-7 OVERALL: 56-41-1 New York (A) at New England Start: Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE Gronk is finally back to “must start” status.  Considering the few weapons the Patriots have to work with, Brady’s favorite target will see plenty of action. Sit: Geno Smith, QB, NYJ While he could have been worse last […]

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Cardinal Sin – The Seattle Seahawks Turn Down For Jerry’s Team

Last week, the Seattle Seahawks escaped Washington D.C. with a victory nearly solely due to the stellar performance of quarterback Russell Wilson. On Sunday afternoon, against the visiting Dallas Cowboys, the Wilson magic ran out. Home dominance no more With Wilson joining the rest of the Seahawks in an equally uneven performance, the Seahawks dropped […]

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Seattle’s Best – The Russell Wilson Era

He’s short. He doesn’t pass the eye test. Other than that, is there another criticism you can levy at Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson? Get back to me when you can find another flaw. After the display Wilson presented on Monday Night Football to wrap up week five, I defy you to not say he’s […]

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Brian Hight’s NFL Picks – Week Six

Finally! A week over .500. Albeit 8-7 overall and 3-2 in the column and on The Slant podcast, but over .500. My overall record for the season now stands at 34-42 for a .447 winning percentage. The big trip ups for week five were the continued resurgence of the New York Giants, the mediocrity of […]

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Fantasy Football Start And Sit – Week Six

RECORD LAST WEEK: 15-7 OVERALL: 43-34-1 Houston at Indianapolis Start: Dwayne Allen, TE, IND Andrew Luck’s favorite red zone target looks poised for the scoring chances against a tough defense. Sit: Arian Foster, RB, HOU The Texans are limited through the air, so look for the Colts to focus on a banged-up Foster. Jacksonville at […]

Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) lines up during the second half of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The Seahawks won 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The Not Robo-Hawks And The Washington Something-Or-Others

So, the Seattle Seahawks are not robots. Good to know. I’m not exactly certain where that rumor started but we have no less of an authority than Washington unfortunately-and-offensively-possibly-in-tribute-possibly-not-named-after-indigenous-people-nicknamed-team (or UAOPITPNNAIPNTs) offensive tackle Trent Williams, who definitively cleared up this (apparently) circulating misnomer. Thanks, Trent. Letting Williams speak for himself, he made it clear that […]

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Brian Hight’s NFL Picks – Week Five

Using statistics as a means of describing the past is easy. We do it all the time when arguing who was the greatest player at a particular position or which team from a certain era would beat another team from another era. We site touchdowns or yards or wins or even the quality of the […]

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