Patriots Pass Defense: Defending Tight Ends — Trying, Anyway

The New England Patriots’ pass defense has been a strength this season, with new arrivals Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner keying coverage that has been stifling at times. Dave Archibald explores a potential weakness for the team entering Saturday’s playoff opener against the Baltimore Ravens. If the Patriots defense has an Achilles’ heel, look no…

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Wild Card Weekend NFL Power Picks

We all know regular season is just the beginning. The playoffs are here and so are the Wild Card NFL Power Picks! With a stellar 14-2 Week 17 picks, Jeff sprints first across the regular season finish line. With the Wild Card games this weekend, can he keep the momentum going? With each pick now…

2015 NFL Wild Card Special Teams Previews

Most of the focus leading up to the  NFL Wild Card Weekend games typically lands on the offense and defense, but special teams plays can often makes the difference in the NFL Playoffs – the New England Patriots with last-second field goals, the New Orleans Saints recovering a surprise onside kick, the Green Bay Packers returning a kickoff…

2015 NFL Playoffs – Bengals at Colts Special Teams Preview

The Bengals at Colts special teams preview looks at the kickoff and punt coverage units, the return teams, plus the kickers and punters for both teams. The Indianapolis Colts enter the game at 11-5, having conquered the AFC South. On special teams, they employ two strong specialists in Pat McAfee and Adam Vinatieri, in addition…

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…

Reel Film Week 16 Preview

The Reel Film Week 16 Preview 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 brings divisional battles featuring #PHIvsWAS and #ATLvsNO, along with games between playoff contenders in #KCvsPIT and…

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 –…

NFL Film Session Week 13: Drawing the Defense

Playing defense in today’s NFL is difficult. Trying to stop skilled offenses while simultaneously battling harsh rules regulating defensive contact is a tough task. When a defense suffers a breakdown, even one as minor as a defender being a step out of position, the offense is likely to make them pay. The following plays are…