Reading the Wild Card Numbers

With the New England Patriots getting a first-round bye, Reading the Wild Card Numbers will examine the four wild card games on this weekend’s slate. Offense/defense previews and special teams previews for each game will also get you prepared for kickoff. Arizona Cardinals (11-5) at Carolina Panthers (7-8-1) The Arizona Cardinals rose to the top…

2015 Playoffs: Cardinals at Panthers Special Teams Preview

The Cardinals at Panthers special teams preview looks at the kickoff and punt coverage units, the return teams, plus the kickers and punters for both teams. The Arizona Cardinals enter the playoffs at 11-5, with most discussion centered on whether they are a capable playoff team without starting quarterback Carson Palmer or backup Drew Stanton.…

Reel Football Preview Week 14

The Reel Football Preview Week 14 is Mark Schofield‘s look at the most compelling matchups in the NFL on tape. Scouring the film, highlighting interesting play design, optimum offense, innovative defense and how the inches really matter. This week it’s #SEAvsPHI, #NOvsCAR and #JAXvsHOU. The Legion of Boom vs. Chip Kelly’s Tactics One matchup to…

NFL Draft Reach

Wilting for Williams: The Race to the First Overall Pick

Barring an upset the size of the Loma Prieta earthquake, the Oakland Raiders appear to have the number one overall pick in the NFL draft locked up. The real race is now for the number two pick, who the Raiders should draft, but won’t. The race to the first overall pick is currently controlled by…

Rookie Wide Receivers at the Quarter Pole

[Editor’s Note: This article was published before the start of the Sunday Week 5 games.] If you needed further evidence that the National Football League is a “passing league,” examine what positions dominated the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. On April 8, 2014, five offensive tackles, five defensive backs, four outside linebackers and…