There has been a lot of criticism of Kyle Shanahan, the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator in Super Bowl LI. One of the plays that has been second-guessed is when he called a pass instead of running it on a third-and-1 in the fourth quarter. That play that resulted in a crucial strip-sack.
James White (28) and Malcolm MItchell celebrate a touchdown. Imagine what the Pittsburgh Steelers must have thought when they saw the New England Patriots’ game plan in the AFC championship game. The Patriots played only 10 snaps of “10” personnel, with one running back and no tight ends (four receivers
There are some critical matchup elements between the Atlanta Falcons’ offense and New England Patriots’ defense in Super Bowl LI that bear watching.
Chris Hogan, who had 180 yards in the AFC championship game, celebrates with Tom Brady. There are a few themes to the New England Patriots’ winning ways through the years, including their history of successfully throwing the ball no matter who is catching it. Tom Brady has had success throwing to guys
There seems to be a perception that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan came out of nowhere this season. That’s not true.
We looked at some of the strategic elements to watch for in the AFC championship game between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. Now let’s break down some things to watch in the NFC championship game:
We’re down to four teams left in the playoffs, and it’s time to look at the possible matchups and strategic points to watch in each of the conference championship games.
Dak Prescott finished his rookie season on a high note, making some nice throws and leading a nice comeback for the Dallas Cowboys, though it didn’t result in a win.
Le’Veon Bell is coming off a huge game in the wild-card playoff round. The Steelers blew out the Chiefs 43-14 early in the season. There is one matchup element in this game I find fascinating, and that’s how the Steelers decide to utilize their personnel to run the ball with Le’Veon Bell.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn’s previous job was as the Seahawks defensive coordinator. As such, he runs a very similar defense to what the Seahawks use (a lot of “Cover 3” zone as a foundation, with three defensive backs each responsible for a deep third of the field), and the Seahawks understand how to
The problem the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive staff will face this week is there’s no obvious way to slow down Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers if he plays like he did in the second half against the New York Giants.
Eli Rogers had 220 yards in Pittsburgh’s last three games. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense is dangerous because of their three superstars: quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell and receiver Antonio Brown. Slot receiver Eli Rogers now presents a very, very tough matchup for defenses
When Marshawn Lynch left the Seattle Seahawks, you can say their offensive identity left too. This season, they haven’t had an identity on offense from week to week.
Matthew Stafford is coming off a good game against Green Bay heading into the playoffs. There has been chatter about Matthew Stafford during the Detroit Lions’ three-game losing streak, and even some concern that his injured finger has thrown off his play. Stafford will need to play well again for
The Kansas City Chiefs still appear to be figuring out all the ways they can use tight end Travis Kelce. It doesn’t seem like they’ve found anything he can’t do.
Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson lead the Packers into a Week 17 game at Detroit for the NFC North title. As the Green Bay Packers prepare for an NFC North championship showdown against the Detroit Lions in Week 17, we can see how their offense has evolved in recent weeks. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is
In watching the Houston Texans’ film from Week 15, it was clear why Brock Osweiler needed to be benched. That’s no epiphany; Osweiler’s struggles have been clear all season.
The San Francisco 49ers, despite their struggles in the second half and overtime last week, had a chance to win the game. The game-winning throw was there for Colin Kaepernick to make, on a good play call against the defense the New York Jets ran.
Carson Wentz should not be dropping back to pass more than 60 times in a game. As a rookie, he should never drop back more than 35 times in a game.
Derek Carr and the Raiders hope to win the rematch against the Chiefs. This goes against common perception, but the Chiefs are as difficult an offense to prepare for as any in the NFL. Last week against the Falcons the Chiefs showed their versatility right away.
The Baltimore Ravens play the New England Patriots next Monday night in a game that could be big for the Ravens as they try to win the AFC North.
The highlight of Monday night’s Green Bay Packers win was an amazing throw from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams in the end zone. The ball placement into a small window was as precise as it gets. It’s maybe the best throw I’ve seen this season.
All eyes will be on Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian this Sunday night, when Denver hosts the Kansas City Chiefs.