ITP Best of 2019

2018 Season / Playoffs The New England Secondary: Exploit the Hesitation Lead writer Mark Schofield wrote before the Super Bowl how the New England Patriots could confuse Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, a piece that looks prescient given the dominant defensive performance they turned in. The Top 10 NFL Games of 2018 Jake Schwanitz…

Top 10 NFL Games of 2018: #1 Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Rams

As if there was any other choice for the #1 NFL game of 2018-19. The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams were set on a collision course for week 11 on Monday Night Football. Both teams entered this game at 9-1 and on top of their respective conferences. Originally a scheduled as a neutral…

Top 10 NFL Games of 2018: #2 New England Patriots @ Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship Game

The best playoff game of the 2018-19 NFL season was without a doubt the AFC Championship. The headlines wrote themselves. Tom Brady, the ageless wonder, playing for a championship at age 41 against the wonder kid and eventual league MVP Patrick Mahomes. A team gunning for their sixth Super Bowl title in 18 years against…

Top 10 NFL Games of 2018: #8 Minnesota @ Green Bay Week 2

After the Minnesota Vikings were blown out by the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship game last season, they knew they had to address their quarterback position. Enter Kirk Cousins on a historic, fully-guaranteed contract. In his first start of 2018, Cousins played well, leading the Vikings to a win. The…

Top 10 NFL Games of 2018: #9 Philadelphia @ Tennessee Week 4

The Philadelphia Eagles traveled to Nashville for a game against the Tennessee Titans in week 4 in which the two teams would exchange haymakers for four quarters and nearly an entire overtime. Both teams had made the playoffs in 2017 and were holding 2-1 records entering the contest. The two quarterbacks had already missed time…

Why Does Bill Belichick Hate the Fifth Round? (updated)

For the Patriots, as with everyone else, the draft is a critical time to address your needs. Not only their success but also Bill Belichick’s emphasis on versatility makes his drafting strategy one of interest. So, Dave Archibald wonders, what the heck is with the fifth round? On Friday, the New England Patriots traded a 2020 fifth-round…

Well Executed: AAF Week 2

As we close the book on the second week of the Alliance of American Football, it might be too soon to call the league a success. However, thanks to some defensive rules, some transparency when it comes to rulings and reviews, some well-known coaches and a number of recognizable players, the AAF is trending in…