Week 16 saw the last of the undefeated teams fall as the Carolina Panthers lost to the Atlanta Falcons. ITP The Podcast Volume 1.16 takes a look at this matchup, as well as several other top stories from this week in the NFL. Hosts Chuck Zodda and Mark Schofield are joined by Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated and Dr. Andy Guyader of TheQ5.com to give listeners insight into where things are going as the playoffs draw closer. Topics this week include:
- How the Atlanta Falcons were able to defeat the Carolina Panthers, and whether or not what the Falcons showed on Sunday is a blueprint for the rest of the league to attack Carolina in the playoffs (1:56)
- The battle between the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos for the remaining bye week in the AFC, focusing on the missed field goal from Broncos kicker Brandon McManus at the end of regulation and his ability to bounce back in overtime for the game-winner (6:08)
- Doug discusses his recent time spent watching film with Seattle Seahawks defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, and touches on what to expect from the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, and New England Patriots as they near the playoffs (9:57)
- The Harry Stamper All-Go Offensive Play of the Week, featuring the hookup from Alex Smith to Travis Kelce, and how Kelce’s route-running allowed this play to open up just as designed (20:25)
- Andy discussing the accuracy of some of his pre-season predictions from his game maps, as well as several unexpected trends he noticed this season. Andy also discusses his earlier involvement in the Army-Navy game and why it continues to be a special matchup every fall, regardless of the records of the two teams (25:20)
- Discussion of the ITP Glossary term “Pivot Route” and how it is utilized in modern offenses, as well as a breakdown of the best ball placement for this specific route (36:25)
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