(Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Mike Nolan)
Al Davis once said, "Don't worry about mistakes. Just win."
The problem with this statement is, that in the NFL, when you make a mistake, you rarely win.
In fact, you lose. A lot.
And the more mistakes you make, the more likely it is that you are going to receive a first-class, gold-plated, butt whoopin' of the sort that is reserved for pickpockets and teams quarterbacked by JaMarcus Russell.
"The Stats That Don't Lie are gonna eat lightning and crap thunder!"
Week 7 brought a well deserved break for the(God even rested on the 7th day), no less than 6 bona fide blowouts (an average night for a Raider at a singles bar), and 3 more interceptions from new ' mascot (2 more and he can tie Orton's season total from 2008 in less than half the games).
In other words, a decent weekend.
Don't make the same mistake twice.
You've heard this nugget of wisdom a hundred times.
In the NFL, it's literally true. For if you turn the ball over twice, your chances of winning go way down. Not quite as far as the Raiders' playoff chances in November, but very far nonetheless.
We know that turnovers are the single biggest reason for winning and losing in the NFL. It's estimated that the team that wins the turnover battle in an individual game ends up winning the game about 80% of the time.
But how do the number of turnovers a team commits in a game affect winning? Do teams that commit 0 turnovers win more often than teams that commit 1? Or how about 1 turnover versus 2 turnovers? Does it even matter when we compare 4 turnovers to 5 turnovers?
That's what I love about these Stats That Don't Lie, man. I get older, they stay the same age.
Week 6. Anotherwin. Another way for to electrify Denver fans (outside of Taco Bell). And one to grow on for the kids:
If you want to beat this year's Broncos, you better bring a lunch pail...and a whole lot of hope.
Welcome once again to the Stats That Don't Lie, your weekly shot of statistical Human Growth Hormone. These are theof stats. You simply can't get away from them. They are the Mike Tyson of stats. They will eat your children. They are Turnovers, Field Position, Time of Possession, and 3rd Down Efficiency.
In the days of the old west, you didn't get into another man's face unless you were prepared to engage your pistolas in the center of town 10 minutes later.
The Chargers failed to realize this yesterday.
And the Broncos were the only team left standing after all the gun play.
My intention this week was to look at Robert Ayers and Jabar Gaffney, but as sometimes happens, things get in the way. In this case, it was a pee wee football championship (no, it wasn't a Raider game). So I scrapped the idea of Ayers and Gaffney and settled on putting the spotlight on the mutant formation that is the Wild Horses.
Let me first say there have been a few other posts here at MHR about the Wild Horses formation, namely this excellent post by MHR member Flunkie and another by Vortex7 here. And as our own Ted Barlett said in this post from August 2009, there is nothing particularly innovative about the Wild Cat formation. However, it's worth examining the first drive because it shows you the kind of coach McDaniels is and the potential for the Wild Horses in future games.
It´s not Raider week, but still, it´s a division opponent. So I decided to create a few Charger Limericks.
And besides, I really hate powder blue. I mean, I really hate it.
As always, give your own Limerick a whirl. You can probably create an even dozen just from the Tila Tequila incident alone. And yes, Charger fans, you can play too. That is if you can actually rhyme and count syllables.
"You like the freaky stuff, huh? That's cool. The Stats that Don´t Lie can be naughty, too. Real, freaky naughty."
Now that week 5 is over, we can be sure of three things:
For those of you who don't live in the Denver area, Vonnie Holliday gave one hell of an interview today on 104.3 The Fan. You can access it here.
The interview has the normal junk questions like "How does it feel to be 5-0?" However, Holliday also gives some very insightful answers about the game and how the Broncos make adjustments at halftime. Again, it's not your normal "We just decided to play harder and make more plays" answer that most players give.
This week I took a play-by-play look at two players MHR members had been asking about since week 2, Daniel Graham and Kenny Peterson. Both of these guys have been flying largely under the radar, but really shouldn't. Graham is probably the most versatile guy on the team (even more so than Peyton Hillis), and Peterson was a surprise starter in the mind of many. He has largely been ignored as a integral cog of this defense. I am glad to finally give these two bad asses their due.