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25 Dec 2011, 12:44pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: Falcons' Defensive Issues

This week's MNF feature looks at the Atlanta defense, both good (Brent Grimes, Sean Weatherspoon) and bad (Dunta Robinson, the safeties).

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22 Dec 2011, 12:56pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Don't Break Up the Giants

This week's ESPN feature looks at the New York Giants. The talent seems to be there, but the Giants had two big problems this year. One was health, as the Giants will come close to the record for defensive AGL. The other is yet another second-half collapse, which ended up just like all their other second-half collapses. At some point, you've got to look at the head coach as the reason why the Giants can't keep it going in November and December.

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6 comments, Last at 23 Dec 2011, 5:08pm by uncleer

18 Dec 2011, 11:11pm by Danny Tuccitto

ESPN: Key to San Francisco's Playoff Success

Danny Tuccitto discusses how the 49ers offensive line has been the biggest problem in San Francisco's losses -- and must improve if the 49ers want to win some playoff games.

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3 comments, Last at 25 Dec 2011, 9:55pm by kazman8888

15 Dec 2011, 01:24pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Will Defense Hold Contenders Back?

My column for ESPN Insider this week points out that massive imbalance between offense and defense hasn't necessarily kept teams from winning in past postseasons. It's not true that the Saints and Patriots can't compete in the playoffs because of awful defense; what matters is the whole package.

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13 comments, Last at 16 Dec 2011, 6:36pm by tuluse

12 Dec 2011, 04:45am by Danny Tuccitto

ESPN: Problems with St. Louis' Offense

We look at why the St. Louis offense has struggled so much this season. Could it be that Josh McDaniels simply didn't have enough time to implement his system?

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7 comments, Last at 13 Dec 2011, 7:13am by BJR

08 Dec 2011, 02:01pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Jordy Nelson's Great Season

A number of stats here to show what a great season Jordy Nelson is having. Right now he would set a record for highest DVOA by a wide receiver with at least 60 pass targets. This article also features the debut of slightly tweaked receiving plus-minus and YAC+ stats for use in-season. Nelson does excellent in these as well. Since this piece is ESPN Insider, I'll run some larger tables with those stats for other players here on FO sometime this weekend.

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36 comments, Last at 08 Mar 2012, 12:15am by C.J.

04 Dec 2011, 09:51pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: The Jaguars' Ray of Hope

Here's a look at the Jacksonville improvement on defense -- right now, the biggest year-to-year improvement in defensive DVOA that we've ever measured.

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2 comments, Last at 06 Dec 2011, 1:37am by sjt

01 Dec 2011, 07:22pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Houston's Defense

A look at how much Houston's defense has improved this season, and in what ways it has improved most.

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5 comments, Last at 02 Dec 2011, 2:57pm by Comonman

27 Nov 2011, 08:12pm by Danny Tuccitto

ESPN: Darren Sproles' Value to the Saints

The pocket-sized running back has been what New Orleans drafted Reggie Bush to be. Is he the best receiving back in the NFL?

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4 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2011, 6:32pm by Gangstallectual

20 Nov 2011, 06:10pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: How Will Palko Fare Against Patriots?

We take a look at how first-time starters fare against pass defenses of varying quality: just how much will the Pats' defense help Tyler Palko?

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