2015 NFL Playoffs: Ravens at Patriots Special Teams Preview

The Ravens at Patriots special teams preview looks at the kickoff and punt coverage units, the return teams, plus the kickers and the punters for both teams. The Baltimore Ravens face the New England Patriots for the fourth time in the postseason. Special teams proved decisive in their 2012 battle, as Billy Cundiff’s missed field…

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…

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…

Quadruple Gronk: Patriots Chargers Passing Preview

The New England Patriots (9-3) face the San Diego Chargers (8-4) in a crucial AFC matchup Sunday night. The Patriots offense will use different personnel, formations and motion to combat the Chargers defensive schemes, coverages and pass rush. Two things stand out about the San Diego defense this season: First, while the Chargers are primarily…