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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

DVOA Ratings

Week 14 DVOA Ratings
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Week 14 DVOA Ratings

Chicago's big win over the Rams moves the Bears into position as a historically dominant defense while also moving the Chargers up in DVOA to set up DVOA Bowl XIX this Thursday night. Plus, in-depth on the Rams' record-setting offensive line season, and why DVOA isn't as high as conventional wisdom on the Dallas Cowboys.

53 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2018, 5:05pm by Sportszilla

Clutch Encounters

Clutch Encounters: Week 14
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Clutch Encounters: Week 14

Patrick Mahomes delivers a gut-check win for the Chiefs at home in a week filled with great endings. Also: Amari Cooper crow gifts, the Steelers drop another one in Oakland, Sam Darnold's first comeback win, and the Dolphins pull off a historic game-winning lateral play against the Patriots of all teams.

8 comments, Last at 13 Dec 2018, 2:54pm by ChrisS

Any Given Sunday

Any Given Sunday: Raiders over Steelers
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Any Given Sunday: Raiders over Steelers

Chris Boswell donates six points to the Oakland Raiders. Joshua Dobbs plays until Ben Roethlisberger's hero alert sensor goes off. We try to find nice things to say about Jon Gruden.

13 comments, Last at 13 Dec 2018, 11:58am by Theo

Quick Reads

Week 14 Quick Reads
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Week 14 Quick Reads

A lot of crazy things happened this week. A quarterback had a great day rushing (again) and a bad day passing (again). One running back had a fantastic day rushing; another had a terrible day receiving. And a wide receiver had the worst game we've ever measured. All this, plus the best passers, runners, and receivers of Week 14.

36 comments, Last at 13 Dec 2018, 6:03pm by Eddo