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Week 15 Quick Reads
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Week 15 Quick Reads

Nick Mullens climbs to the top of the quarterback heap this week -- or, more accurately, the quarterback heap falls behind Nick Mullens. We try to find another week so devoid of passing stars, and also look over the best runners and receivers of Week 15.

9 comments, Last at 18 Dec 2018, 10:51am by Will Allen

Audibles

Audibles at the Line: Week 15
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Audibles at the Line: Week 15

A week that was supposed to make things clearer instead muddies the playoff field substantially. Half of the league's division leaders lose, including both presumptive No. 1 seeds. Three of the AFC's four remaining six-seed contenders win. Five divisions are still technically up for grabs, somehow still including the AFC East. And just what is wrong with the Rams?

119 comments, Last at 18 Dec 2018, 6:40am by BJR

7th Day Adventure

Seventh Day Adventure: Bowl Spectacular Part I
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Seventh Day Adventure: Bowl Spectacular Part I

The best thing about bowl season is that there's a game every day. The worst thing is that often, you have no idea who these guys are. Ian Boyd introduces you to some of the best players you'll see in the next week -- including Fresno State receiver KeeSean Johnson.

2 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2018, 11:17pm by Sixknots

Word Of Muth

Word of Muth: Season's Greetings
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Word of Muth: Season's Greetings

With the Lions, 49ers, and Falcons out of the playoffs, Ben Muth says hello to a new team in the Los Angeles Rams. Unfortunately, the Rams' offensive line had a bad night against the Bears in Chicago, but there's reason to think things would turn around in a postseason rematch.

7 comments, Last at 17 Dec 2018, 1:02am by Ben

Week in Quotes

The Week in Quotes: December 14, 2018
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The Week in Quotes: December 14, 2018

This week: nobody dies, or covers Mike Williams.

1 comment, Last at 15 Dec 2018, 9:16pm by LionInAZ

Clutch Encounters

Clutch Encounters: LAC-KC
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Clutch Encounters: LAC-KC

The Chargers stunned the Chiefs with another 14-point fourth-quarter comeback on the road. We look at how it happened and which team should feel better about a potential rematch in January.

21 comments, Last at 17 Dec 2018, 12:31am by jayman4

Stat Analysis

Further Research on Play-Action Passing
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Further Research on Play-Action Passing

Guest columnist Ben Baldwin returns for another look at play-action passing in the NFL. Does a team's effectiveness on standard passes have an effect on play-action success? Do teams that run the ball a lot use play-action more often? Do teams that run well use play-action more? And finally, is play-action more effective when it's used sparingly?

14 comments, Last at 15 Dec 2018, 7:38pm by LionInAZ

Film Room

Film Room: Bears Defense
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Film Room: Bears Defense

In a year when offenses are running wild like never before, one defense stands out from the pack as the best in the league -- and it's not just because they traded for Khalil Mack. Derrik Klassen shows how the stars in Chicago's secondary are just as important as their pass-rushers.

12 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2018, 9:52am by RfT

FEI Ratings

FEI Final Pre-Bowl Ratings and Connectivity
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FEI Final Pre-Bowl Ratings and Connectivity

Jerry Jeudy and Alabama were very good this year, just like we all expected. Same goes for their Playoff competitors in Clemson, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame, and other top teams like Ohio State and Washington. Brian Fremeau looks back at a year filled with boring predictability and tries to find out why good teams don't play each other anymore.

4 comments, Last at 17 Dec 2018, 12:04pm by Brian Fremeau

Scramble

Scramble for the Ball: The One True Pro Bowl Ballot
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Scramble for the Ball: The One True Pro Bowl Ballot

Don't shoot the messengers! Bryan and Andrew reveal the one and only correct Pro Bowl ballot, so you can all go vote properly before the Thursday deadline.

21 comments, Last at 13 Dec 2018, 11:11pm by Ming the Merciless