A lot of the stats on the Football Outsiders site bore me and some of the regular posters on their comments page are annoying (too many know-it-alls) but I do enjoy many of the sites articles – including this one.
I've been waiting weeks for the site's "Four Downs" post-draft feature on the NFC North and now it's here. But I am disappointed I don't get a clear sense who the author thinks is the favourite to win the division after reading the article. The Vikings are the last team mentioned in the piece. Does that mean they're the favourite? Also, there's lot of factual errors in the piece, including mentioning that the recently released/traded Erasmus James is still a Viking. This site could really use an editor sometimes.
But that's right, Erasmus James has indeed been traded – to Washington – for a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2009. Apparently Chilly's favourite trading partner, the Philadelphia Eagles, weren't interested. The Vikings get the pick if James sticks with Washington. They get nothing if he doesn't.
So that's nice. The Vikings two number one picks in the 2005 draft, James and Troy Williamson, eventually yielded us a sixth round pick in the 2008 draft and maybe a seventh rounder in the '09 draft. Of course, on the field, they yielded the Vikings nothing.
On Deck: Big plays and the Vikes