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Word of Muth: Steel Shotgun
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Word of Muth: Steel Shotgun

The Pittsburgh Steelers desperately needed a win over New England last Sunday, and they got it by a narrow 17-10 margin. Ben Muth shows how the offensive line led the way on critical runs out of shotgun formations.

6 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2018, 11:33pm by Chuckc

Film Room

Film Room: Saints Offense
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Film Room: Saints Offense

A New Orleans offense that looked unstoppable for 11 games has now scored only four touchdowns in its last three outings. Derrik Klassen looks at everything that has gone wrong with the offensive line, Drew Brees' performance, and Sean Payton's play calling.

5 comments, Last at 27 Dec 2018, 1:11am by tuluse

Scramble

Scramble's Second Annual Joe Thomas Memorial Playoff Draft
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Scramble's Second Annual Joe Thomas Memorial Playoff Draft

For the second year in a row, Andrew and Bryan take pity on superstars stuck on shocking squads, and grant 20 lucky players new life as members of playoff-bound teams. On a related note, Bryan and Andrew attempt to figure out just who those playoff teams ARE.

27 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2018, 2:33pm by danplatt17

DVOA Ratings

Week 15 DVOA Ratings
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Week 15 DVOA Ratings

What happened to our historic season of offense? Defenses have been winning the day since the start of December, especially in New Orleans where the offense is struggling and the defense is surging. The Saints move up to No. 3 in DVOA and take over as the Super Bowl favorites in our playoff odds report.

83 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2018, 2:21pm by Richie

Clutch Encounters

Clutch Encounters: Week 15
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Clutch Encounters: Week 15

The Saints all but end another Carolina season, but we liked these teams better when they scored points. Also: Chicago's dragon-slaying win, Vance Joseph's huge blunder, Nick Foles does it again in LA, and the most unusual Patriots-Steelers game yet.

3 comments, Last at 20 Dec 2018, 1:01pm by Pat

Any Given Sunday

Any Given Sunday: Eagles over Rams
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Any Given Sunday: Eagles over Rams

The Sean McVay express has taken quite a turn over the last few weeks. Is it all good defenses, or are the Rams suddenly beatable?

3 comments, Last at 19 Dec 2018, 11:45am by Eddo

Quick Reads

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.

34 comments, Last at 20 Dec 2018, 2:53pm by Steve in WI

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?

126 comments, Last at 19 Dec 2018, 11:57pm by lofistew

7th Day Adventure

SDA Bowl Spectacular Part I
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SDA 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