2015 NFL Divisional Round Special Teams Previews

The NFL Playoffs Divisional Round: Special Teams Previews The first round of the 2015 NFL Playoffs saw special teams have a huge impact on a number of games. Whether the lackluster punting of the Arizona Cardinals Drew Butler or booming kickoffs by the Indianapolis Colts Pat McAfee, special teams play helped set the stage for…

2015 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Previews

The NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Begins Wild Card Weekend is over, and all eyes now turn to the 2015 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round. The venues for this week are classic playoff atmospheres – the frozen tundra of Lambeau, the jet-engine noise of CenturyLink, the snow of Gillette, and the thin air of (Insert This Week’s…

2015 NFL Playoffs: Cowboys at Packers Special Teams Preview

The Cowboys at Packers special teams preview looks at the kickoff and punt coverage units, the return teams, plus the kickers and the punters for both teams. After a thrilling win on Wild Card Weekend against the Lions, the Dallas Cowboys trek to Lambeau Field for a classic NFL Playoffs showdown against the Green Bay…

Confidence: Week 16 NFL Gambling Preview

Confidence is an NFL gambling preview, using statistics, matchup analysis and other metrics to create predictions readers can use at their discretion. Week 15 Misses Reviewed Only Philadelphia failed to deliver last week, resulting in a tidy 1.73-unit profit. The opening kickoff proved an ill omen for the Eagles, as Cowboys placekicker Dan Bailey’s boot…

Crunching the Numbers: Best Team in the NFC?

The AFC has a clear-cut top team in the 10-3 New England Patriots, who own victories over each of the other three division leaders in their conference (Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals). The picture in the NFC, however, is more muddled, with half a dozen teams in the hunt. Can the numbers tell…

Micah Hyde's Punt Return TD against the Eagles

Packers Take Eagles to Flight School

Measuring special teams effectiveness with the stats can be tricky. There’s only one way to know which units are consistently performing at a high-level and which are barely performing: How many times has Chuck Zodda broken down your film? The Philadelphia Eagles make their third appearance this season; previously, Darren Sproles’s punt return and James…