Super Bowl XLIX Recap: Stopping the Read Option

The New England Patriots added another Vince Lombardi Trophy to their collection, thanks to Tom Brady’s near-perfect fourth quarter and Malcolm Butler’s improbable interception. In a game often decided by mere inches, less heralded plays can be just as important. In Super Bowl XLIX, stopping the read option proved crucial in the Patriots’ victory over…

Super Bowl XLIX Recap: Patriots Pass Defense, Before The Pick

The New England Patriots pass defense had an up-and-down game in Super Bowl XLIX. The Seattle Seahawks failed to complete a pass until late in the second quarter, but eventually proved efficient with their air attack, gaining more than 20 yards per completion before the Patriots stood firm to earn the victory ‒ including the…

Do. Your. Job. — The Ninkovich Sack No One Will Remember

The New England Patriots captured their fourth championship title in franchise history after a thrilling 28-24 comeback victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Long before “the Butler did it” with a game-sealing interception on the one-foot line, the Patriots defense held the Seahawks to a critical three-and-out, capped by the Ninkovich sack…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: Tackling Russell Wilson

The Seattle Seahawks pose a unique challenge for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Quarterback Russell Wilson’s combination of passing acumen and running ability forces coordinators to alter their scheme to account for his diverse skills. Reviewing this season’s film reveals some strategies the Patriots might use in trying to contain the distinctive…

Confidence: Super Bowl Gambling Preview

Confidence is an NFL gambling preview using advanced statistics, matchup analysis and other metrics to create predictions for readers to use at their discretion. Guess what topic won’t even be mentioned in this column? Here’s a hint: It’s something everyone and their mother is talking about. It’s controversial and provocative. And if you haven’t had…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: The Seahawks Passing Game Isn’t Great

Much attention has been given to the marquee matchups of Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. The versatile and innovative Patriots offense against the strength and smarts of the Seahawks secondary gets the most attention, followed by the Seattle running game against the New England defense. Dave Archibald has studied the pass defense of the…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: The Seattle Run Game, Part 2

As part of their zone-read option rushing attack, the Seattle Seahawks apply additional well-schemed concepts to keep defenses guessing. In Super Bowl XLIX, the New England Patriots will attempt to cope with creative wrinkles and a well-choreographed unit capable of controlling the time of possession and shortening the game. Brian Filipiak continues his look at…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: The Seattle Run Game, Part 1

The Seattle Seahawks aim to become the NFL’s first back-to-back Super Bowl Champions in a decade, back when their upcoming opponent, the New England Patriots, notched their third title in franchise history. In order to knock off the defending champions, the Patriots need to contain the league’s most dominant running attack by almost any metric.…

The Morgan Burnett Electric Slide: Why You’ve Got to Move

The Green Bay Packers fell to the Seattle Seahawks in overtime, 28-22, in the NFC Championship Game. While this matchup offered many compelling story lines ‒ Russell Wilson’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day, the Packers’ conservative play-calling, a fake punt, and an onside kick recovery ‒ one of the decisive moments remains one of…

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 –…

Eagles Seahawks Preview: Battle of the Birds

Can the Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson escape the Philadelphia Eagles’ pass rush? Can Mark Sanchez lead Philly’s offense against a tough Seattle defense? Jake Vincent breaks down the big Eagles Seahawks NFC match-up this week where it’s strength against strength, weakness against weakness. Both the Seattle Seahawks and the Philadelphia Eagles are coming off big…