Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey, and Creating Conflict

On Sunday Carolina Panthers rookie running back Christian McCaffrey scored his first touchdown in the National Football League. The delay was a bit surprising considering McCaffrey’s unique abilities in the run, pass and return game, but nonetheless the Stanford product has finally scored. Prior to Week 5, McCaffrey had been limited  in the Panthers offense…

Super Bowl XLIX Recap: Jon Ryan vs Julian Edelman, Part 1

The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots both feature talented special teams performers. In the wake of Super Bowl XLIX, Chuck Zodda revisits concepts from his special teams previews, and looks at the battle between punter and returner — Jon Ryan vs Julian Edelman — that ensued in Arizona. You may now resume regular breathing.…

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…