See the major impact of Monday night's Mahomes/Goff air show on our updated (and expanded) Herald NFL QB rankings; plus Radio Tuesday, Pix 'n Fantasy results, our college State of the State rank, column links & more
GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.
1) It's TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20. Find the latest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter result in the blogpost right below this one, or directly here. 2) Football is raging and the holidays are upon us. That means it's the perfect time to delight Dolfans you know with the gift of our 'Fins At 50' book. Check it out on Amazon. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Canes win at Virginia Tech with CSM poll, LeBron torches Heat, Logano wins NASCAR, Hot Button Top 10 & more. 4) Join us on Twitter @gregcote. Also Facebook and Instagram.
It's Radio Tuesday! (and Wednesday): I'm in-studio today for my regular Tuesday co-host spot on the Dan LeBatard Show With Stugotz. It airs 8:55 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Miami's 790 The Ticket and 10-1 nationally on ESPN Radio affiliates coast to cost and on ESPNews. This week I'll also be filling in on Wednesday's show. Join us!
Our latest columns: LeBron/Heat, NASCAR, Wade's paternity leave, Gase/Richt: LeBron James won in Miami on Sunday night for the first time since leaving the Heat in 2014. His Los Angeles Lakers won, but oh did he win personally, too. James majestically dropping 51 points on his former team was enough to make Heat fans wistful: Oh What We Had, And What We Lost. Also: NASCAR Needs A Next Big Thing. Wade's World Bigger Than Hoops, And Good For Him. And Honeymoon Over: How Collapsing Seasons Put Heat on Gase, Richt.
OH DID MAHOMES AND GOFF PUT ON A SHOW! / MIAMI HERALD NFL QB RANKINGS (EXPANDED) / WEEK 11: With Thanksgiving Week signalling the start of the NFL playoff push, we're expanding our weekly Herald NFL quarterback rankings from a Top 15 to a Top 25 beginning now. The Rams' epic 54-51 win over the Chiefs on Monday night was driven by the QB play. Chief Patrick Mahomes' 52.90-point game wins the Herald's Week 11 title and moves Mahomes less than one point behind overall leader Drew Brees. Ram Jared Goff was secodn for the week at 50.65 to bump up one spot to third place. Because our rankings are cumulative, players on a bye week take a temporary hit that evens out over the course of a season. This is our 21st season of Passer Success System (PASS) NFL QB rankings. Our formula is simple and unchanged since its inception in 1998, factoring accuracy, yardage, TD-interception ratio and team result. Most major ranking systems such as the NFL's and ESPN's are complicated and percentile based, allowing QBs who miss half a season to still win a title, while our system is cumulative, rewarding players who are consistently productive and avoid injury or benching. The Top 25 table (plus Dolphins) entering Week 12:
1 1 Drew Brees, NO 49.15 445.20
2 2 Patrick Mahomes, KC 52.90 444.40
3 4 Jared Goff, LAR 50.65 422.35
4 3 Matt Ryan, ATL 28.55 402.25
5 5 Kirk Cousins, MIN 27.10 379.85
6 6 Ben Roethlisberger, PIT 24.70 362.10
7 7 Andrew Luck, IND 45.85 361.45
8 9 Philip Rivers, LAC 33.05 336.00
9 10 Aaron Rodgers, GB 34.60 321.15
10 8 Tom Brady, NE BYE` 315.40
11 11 Cam Newton, CAR 36.85 315.15
12 12 Eli Manning, NYG 38.55 313.80
13 15 Derek Carr, OAK 27.60 297.65
14 16 Matthew Stafford, DET 28.00 297.25
15 14 Mitch Trubisky, CHI 19.25 290.45
16 17 Deshaun Watson, HOU 20.40 284.85
17 19 Russell Wilson, SEA 33.25 278.60
18 13 Carson Wentz, PHI 3.80 275.20
19 20 Andy Dalton, CIN 18.55 262.30
20 22 Case Keenum, DEN 21.25 249.25
21 18 Joe Flacco, BAL DNP 246.25
22 25 Dak Prescott, DAL 27.40 238.90
23 21 Alex Smith, WAS -2.25 236.00
24t 24 Blake Bortles, JAC 7.20 225.30
24t 23 Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB 4.35 225.30
29 29 Brock Osweiler, MIA BYE 126.35
31 30 Ryan Tannehill, MIA BYE 112.60
Bubble: Baker Mayfield, CLE, 199.20. Week 11 best: Mahomes, KC, 52.90 (33-46, 478, 6-3 in loss). Week 11 worst: Smith, WAS, minus-2.25 (12-27, 135, 0-2 in loss).
NFL WEEK 11 PIX 'N FANTASY RESULTS: PRETTY BAD, BAD: Every Tuesday in the blog I update you on how I did the past weekend with my Miami Herald predictions and with my LeBatard Show/League Of Lobos fantasy team. The latest: Herald picks: Pretty bad. I'm having a strong season but it didn't show in last week's stumble. We opened with an exact-score bull's-eye on Seattle beating Green Bay Thursday night, ended perfectly Monday night (Rams winning, Chiefs) covering), but nosedived in-between. We ended 7-6 overall and 5-7-1 against the spread, with Bengals-Ravens off the board for the tie. I guess as bad weeks go, we can live with that one. We're on the rebound this week so look out! Greg's Lobos: Bad. Lobos fall to 4-7 with a 145-113 loss to Allyson. We got a gargantuan 43.5 points Monday night from Tyreek Hill. Alas, Allyson added to her big week from almost that many from Patrick Mahomes. With only two weeks left in the regular season the 'Bos still are mathematically alive to make the playoffs, but I'll need to win out from here, hope the right other teams all lose and maybe still need luck from tiebreakers. Not looking good, in other words. Nevertheless: #WeAreTheLobos!
COTE'S STATE OF THE STATE RANKINGS: Each Tuesday I rank the state's seven FBS-level college football teams. The latest: 1. UCF (10-0); 2. Florida (8-3); 3. Miami (6-5); 4. Florida State (5-6); 5. South Florida (7-4); 6. FIU (8-3); 7. FAU (5-6).
Select other recent columns: Moving Beyond Tannehill Smart But Not Easy For Dolphins. Dolfans, Your Team Is Not Easy To Love. No More Excuses, Florida Panthers. Tannehill: Requiem For A Quarterback. Whatever Happened to Kenyan Drake? NFL 2018 Team Rankings. Dolphins? Heat? Nope. UM Football Owns This Town. NFL Enters Year 3 Of Anthem-Protest Quagmire. To The Good-Guy Grinder In The Shades. Time to Flip the Old Narrative On Miami As a Sports Town. Can Riley Rescue Heat From Purgatory? When 3 World Cup Legends Were Ours.
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