12 Feb 2016, 04:14pm by Scott Kacsmar
This year's update to the playoff drive stats show that the football gods may have been on Peyton Manning's side this time. Also: Cam Newton and Alex Smith enter the mix, and why we should be comparing Andrew Luck to Dan Marino.
43 comments, Last at 17 Feb 2016, 9:26pm by Richie
12 Feb 2016, 09:52am by Scott Kacsmar
At ESPN Insider, we highlighted the three teams most capable of copying Denver's unusual blueprint for a Super Bowl win: the Jets, Chiefs and Vikings. This was not supposed to be the era where you can win by getting so little out of the offense, but Denver did it with the best defense in the league, built with many great free-agent pickups and high draft picks. While the Broncos did not just come out of nowhere to succeed, that is why we picked three double-digit win teams from 2015 that with enough growth could ride their defense to a championship in 2016.
12 comments, Last at 15 Feb 2016, 5:29pm by tuluse
08 Feb 2016, 05:12pm by Scott Kacsmar
Denver's defense carried the team all season, and carried Peyton Manning right to a second Super Bowl ring in his worst season. Carolina's offense joins long list of postseason duds from the 500-point club.
113 comments, Last at 11 Feb 2016, 12:02pm by WeaponX
06 Feb 2016, 10:04pm by Scott Kacsmar
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces the class of 2016.
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05 Feb 2016, 11:04am by Scott Kacsmar
The Giants and Ravens set a record in Super Bowl XXXV with 21 total punts. That record may well be in jeopardy. But in this battle of top defenses, Carolina's superior and more flexible offense gives the Panthers the edge.
43 comments, Last at 08 Feb 2016, 11:18am by Guest789
04 Feb 2016, 05:11pm by Scott Kacsmar
A look at the frailty of win-loss records in the playoffs, where a quarterback's legacy can swing on one play where he wasn't even involved. Includes a look at Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Russell Wilson.
83 comments, Last at 09 Feb 2016, 10:46pm by ramirez
03 Feb 2016, 04:58pm by Scott Kacsmar
Peyton Manning has gone most of his career without a winning playoff record. In part I of II, we piece together how unparalleled consistency and bad luck have clouded one of the best playoff careers in NFL history.
91 comments, Last at 08 Feb 2016, 1:30pm by bird jam
01 Feb 2016, 05:21am by Scott Kacsmar
We looked at the big pass plays created by Carolina's offense and allowed by Denver's defense this season. Can Carolina's receivers beat Denver's man coverage? Is Cam Newton's mobility too much for Denver?
17 comments, Last at 03 Feb 2016, 1:17am by SuperGrover
26 Jan 2016, 02:06pm by Scott Kacsmar
Denver and Carolina will meet in Super Bowl 50, but it was really a five-year path for both teams to get to this point. The top two defenses in DVOA this year, each built their strongest unit with high draft picks and a few free-agent deals. In fact, Denver had 45.9 percent of its offensive and defensive snaps from free agents this season, the highest percentage for any Super Bowl team since 2006. The Panthers surprisingly come in second at 37.8 percent, but their moves were not as flashy as John Elway's big-name signings. We recap some of the team's best decisions to build these Super Bowl rosters.
11 comments, Last at 04 Feb 2016, 10:07pm by yazilisohbet
25 Jan 2016, 12:53pm by Scott Kacsmar
The conclusion to Brady-Manning is an instant classic that was all about the defenses. Of all things, a missed extra point led to the most crucial two-point conversion attempt in NFL history.
15 comments, Last at 27 Jan 2016, 12:35am by Grendel13G