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.
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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.
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22 Jan 2016, 12:20pm by Scott Kacsmar
Brady-Manning XVII: The Final Chapter is just another game about turnovers, field position, and situational football. Should the Patriots go pass-happy against the No. 1 defense? Can a conservative Denver offense score enough?
47 comments, Last at 24 Jan 2016, 1:53pm by Blackmallow
20 Jan 2016, 06:02pm by Scott Kacsmar
For the degenerate gambling crowd still playing DFS, we have one more matchup column this season. Our favorites this week include Carson Palmer, Jonathan Stewart, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski.
20 Jan 2016, 03:27pm by Scott Kacsmar
Over at ESPN Insider, a look at Tom Brady and Peyton Manning's playoff records. So often wins and losses come down to one play, and the difference between Brady's 22-8 and Manning's 12-13 is heavily determined by six specific plays where neither quarterback was even on the field: four field goals and two plays by defenders named Moore. We'll be expanding this article with a look at similar plays for other current top quarterbacks in a second article on Football Outsiders next week.
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18 Jan 2016, 04:21pm by Scott Kacsmar
Another classic finish in the desert, but does the NFL need to change the overtime system for the playoffs? Also: the Steelers test Denver's defense again, but one big turnover changed everything.
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15 Jan 2016, 05:08pm by Scott Kacsmar
With three games to go in the AFC, the key question seems to be this: which team will be best able to overcome its injuries?
31 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2016, 2:54am by Scott Kacsmar
13 Jan 2016, 03:00pm by Scott Kacsmar
The final fantasy column of the season at ESPN Insider looks at the injury-plagued divisional round. We are fading Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. Some of our favorite DraftKings matchups include Carson Palmer (stacked with Larry Fitzgerald), Emmanuel Sanders, Spencer Ware and Travis Kelce.
11 Jan 2016, 02:56pm by Scott Kacsmar
The Steelers and Seahawks pull off great road escapes. How accountable should Marvin Lewis be for the Cincinnati meltdown? Did Blair Walsh have the worst miss in playoff history with the game on the line?
40 comments, Last at 13 Jan 2016, 7:55pm by OSS117
08 Jan 2016, 12:56pm by Scott Kacsmar
Can the Bengals and Chiefs finally win postseason games, or will the Steelers and Texans extend their respective miseries?
28 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2016, 9:02pm by Junior