King Titan wrote:Dallas is ranked #1 because they will have a good ball control offense that will pick important third and shorts that will keep the ball in their hands and the chains moving. Also with the vets they will not have many turnovers. Not a whole lot of flash and talk but 21pts a game consistently
Lets look at the major players here, shall we:
WR: Keyshawn - 32 yrs old, 66.7 ypg, 6 TDs per year avg
RB: George - 31 in a month, 3.7 ypc, 9.25 TD per year avg
QB: Vinny - 39 yrs old, 75.4 QB rating, 56.3 Pct, 1.07 TD/INT ratio
Now lets compare those career averages to the team you judged to be the worst.
WR: TO - 31 yrs old, 70.8 ypg, 10.125 TDs per year avg
RB: West. - 25 in a day, 4.9 ypc, 5.5 TDs per year avg
QB: DMac - 28 yrs old, 79.3 QB Rating, 57 Pct, 1.78 TD/INT ratio
Position by position:
WR - Philly has the young WR who averages more yards per game and substantially more TDs in each season. Lets not forget, that last year was a disappointment for TO, his worst of his past 4 seasons, yet his total yards were only 164 yards less than Keyshawn's best season, and his TD total only 1 less than Keyshawn's best ever. And that was a disappointing season for TO!
RB - There's no questioning at 10000+ total yards that Eddie George was a great RB, emphasis on the word was. Westbrook doesn't have the proven record, but his career ypc (the most important stat for RBs) is still a whopping 1.2 higher than Eddie's. Hmm, do I want the guy who averages 3 and inches on 2 carries or the guy who averages 3 and 3 on 2 carries. Also, George has yet to average 4 ypc in the past 4 seasons. He even finished with a worse ypc than Hambrick did last year, only beating him in total yardage due to substantially more touches. Considering the Cowboys offense was lackluster with Hambrick last year, the aged Eddie George seems like a step backwards at this point.
Advantage, Philly (albeit only slight due to the unprovenness of Westbrook).
QB: So lets see, McNabb has a higher career QB rating, a higher career completion percentage, and and a substantially higher TD/INT ratio than Vinny. (btw: I excluded rushing TDs which would've given McNabb even more advantage there because I wanted to look specifically at their respective passing ability). Not even considering that McNabb is in his prime and Vinny is about ready to retire (aka play for Oakland), McNabb is just the better QB. He doesn't turn the ball over as much, scores more often, and passes better. And he's managed to do that with WRs that can't compare some of Testaverde's go-to guys.
So somehow, a team with a better QB, better RB, and better WR is going to finish 4th in the divison, while the team with lesser at each spot finishes 1st? That defies all logic.
King Titan wrote:Philly has a talented but erratic QB who is overhyped a RB who is flashy but has never played a whole season, beyond a loud, moody 31 year old WR not really a whole lot at that position. I see an OFF that will struggle to score 300 pts.
Hmm, a loud moody 31 yr old WR.... I seem to recall a book titled "Give me the ball." TO's attitude is no less an issue than Keyshawn's, except TO is just plain better at catching the ball than Keyshawn.