Super Bowl XLIX Preview: The Seattle Run Game, Part 1

The Seattle Seahawks aim to become the NFL’s first back-to-back Super Bowl Champions in a decade, back when their upcoming opponent, the New England Patriots, notched their third title in franchise history. In order to knock off the defending champions, the Patriots need to contain the league’s most dominant running attack by almost any metric.…

The Morgan Burnett Electric Slide: Why You’ve Got to Move

The Green Bay Packers fell to the Seattle Seahawks in overtime, 28-22, in the NFC Championship Game. While this matchup offered many compelling story lines ‒ Russell Wilson’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day, the Packers’ conservative play-calling, a fake punt, and an onside kick recovery ‒ one of the decisive moments remains one of…

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ITP Championship Round NFL Power Picks

Just one more step to the Super Bowl. Will the Inside The Pylon staff correctly predict the final two? Each pick is now worth 20 points. If our experts are right, it’s a dream Seattle vs. New England matchup as Jeff, Mark, and Jeremy newly take the lead! Divisional Round Results With 10x the points with…

NFL Playoff Rematches: Is History A Good Teacher?

Tomorrow’s conference championships are NFL playoff rematches of regular season battles. The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots both scored decisive wins over the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts, respectively. Historically, what do earlier duels tell us about results of subsequent rematches against the spread, and does margin of victory matter? Konstantin Medvedovsky digs…

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: Panthers at Seahawks Special Teams Preview

The Panthers at Seahawks special teams preview looks at the kickoff and punt coverage units, the return teams, plus the kickers and the punters for both teams. Connoisseurs of fine special teams skill, prepare to be disappointed. The Carolina Panthers managed to escape from the wreckage of one of the greatest special teams railroad catastrophes…

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…

Reel Football Preview Week 15

The Reel Football Preview Week 15 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 we have some divisional rivalry rematches: #OAKvsKCC, #HOUvsIND, #CINvsCLE and #SFvs#SEA. Oakland v. Kansas City –…