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 the battles on offense and defense.
The stakes are high, and no team can afford a costly mistake on special teams. This weekend, Inside The Pylon once again takes you into the film room to break down all four games in our NFL Divisional Round special teams previews.
Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots – Two bitter rivals face off with strong units in multiple phases of the game. One of the more intriguing battles is Baltimore punter Sam Koch attempting to keep the ball away from dangerous New England returner Julian Edelman.
Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks – In a game with a significant talent disparity on offense and defense, the special teams tale of the tape is much closer with the Seahawks lacking in several areas, though still featuring outstanding Seattle punter Jon Ryan.
Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers – The Cowboys are coming off one of the best special teams showings of the year, led by punter Chris Jones and kicker Dan Bailey. On the other side, they face a boom-or-bust Green Bay unit that has the potential for explosive plays, but also for catastrophe.
Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos – The Colts hope for a better performance this week from super-punter Pat McAfee, while the Broncos aim to avoid being limited to field goal situations due to their inconsistent placekicking. Indianapolis has no such problems with Adam Vinatieri still providing outstanding distance and accuracy in the kicking game.