NFL Under The Bleachers: June 1st

Under the BleachersContributor IJune 1, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Patriots 17-14.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Buzz on Tom Brady

Pats fans are drooling all over themselves as they contemplate the return of their man-crush golden-boy Tom Brady to the lineup—especially with an array of offensive weapons like Fred Taylor and Joey Galloway to support him.

We Love Math: the Correlation Between Players’ Stats and Team Victories

It’s “Good Will Hunting” meets the NFL as we pore over statistical deviations and complicated formulae to talk about, well, football. What, you mean “1.34 x (receptions ÷ targets) + 45.98 x (touchdowns ÷ targets)” doesn’t excite you? Kiss our algorithm!

Matchups We Can’t Wait For: Aaron Curry vs. Jason Smith

Not only will it be a huge matchup between two draft picks, but it’ll also be week one. Smith and the Rams desperately trying to establish the run in a hostile Seahawks environment against a hostile Curry. That’s what they call baptism by firing squad.

Jerricho Cotchery Flies High on the Jets

Not only has Jerricho Cotchery become the Jets’ best receiver since becoming a starter, but he’s also named Jerricho Cotchery. Which is just sweet. But will he and his name thrive with a new offensive coordinator and Mark Sanchez learning the ropes?

Five Offensive Keepers for the Cowboys

After yet another disappointing postseason, no doubt Tony Romo and fellow conspirator Jason Witten are hard at work drawing up new plays for Dallas. But before they get too crazy, they should watch this slideshow for the plays they definitely need to keep.


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