The NFL's highest-scoring season ever ends with a whimper, not a bang. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick win their sixth rings, Julian Edelman wins the MVP, and Wade Phillips wins respect, but the Rams offense fails to show up.
Two teams with very strong offensive lines, a lot of play-action passes, and trouble stopping the run. Youth will take on experience, both at the quarterback position and the head coach position. The closest Super Bowl matchup we've ever measured using weighted DVOA. Where does each team have an advantage when the Los Angeles Rams take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII?
It's Media Week at the Super Bowl, including quotes about Tom Brady's decline (or lack thereof); potential retirements in New England's future; the fate of former Georgia running backs; and the problems besetting the Pittsburgh Steelers. Plus, questions on cats, math, and suites from a very special interviewer.
Just when it seems as if every team in the league is spreading the field and putting the quarterback in shotgun, the Patriots are winning with an old-school attack. Derrik Klassen shows how fullbacks, tight ends, pre-snap motion, and play-action passing have been so effective for New England -- and why the Rams seem ill-prepared for such a scheme.
Bryan and Andrew go through the worst of the worst to compile their Keep Choppin' Wood team for the 2018 season! Overpaid free-agent signings, draft busts, and unqualified starters beware; the KCW team sees all.
The L.A. Rams are headed to the Super Bowl, thanks in part to an offensive line that had a great night protecting Jared Goff. But it wasn't perfect. What did the Saints do that gave the Rams trouble, and will similar tactics work for New England in Atlanta?
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This week: the Saints and Rams disagree on a certain referee's judgement call; the Patriots celebrate another Super Bowl berth; controversy surrounds the Eagles and their quarterback; Derek Carr wants to fight ESPN reporters; the Cowboys and their meddling owner; and player-on-mascot violence.
A tradition like a number of others! Bryan and Andrew return to figure out if the Rams will ride Todd Gurley, if the Patriots are over the Gatorade dunking tradition, and whether or not we'll see a SpongeBob SquarePants shoutout at halftime.