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Week in Quotes

The Week in Quotes: January 4, 2019
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The Week in Quotes: January 4, 2019

This week: playoff berths clinched, players not acting their age (or like civil human beings, for that matter), sad farewells, family feuds, flame wars, kicker touchdowns, meme participation, and the latest adventures of Antonio Brown.

3 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2019, 8:46am by Lost Ti-Cats Fan

Word Of Muth

Word of Muth: Horse Power
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Word of Muth: Horse Power

The Colts have candidates for Coach of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, and Defensive Rookie of the Year, but Ben Muth shows it was the physical dominance of their offensive line that led to the playoff-clinching win over the Titans. Can they do it again against Houston?

9 comments, Last at 06 Jan 2019, 9:54am by Xrayvision

Film Room

Film Room: Chargers vs. Ravens
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Film Room: Chargers vs. Ravens

Two weeks ago, Los Angeles scored only 10 points in a loss to Baltimore that ultimately cost them home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs. Derrik Klassen examines how the Chargers can reverse strategic mistakes and overcome injuries when the two teams meet again in the wild-card round this weekend.

3 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2019, 11:27pm by Lowe_51

Scramble

Scramble for the Ball: 2018 Staff Fantasy Draft
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Scramble for the Ball: 2018 Staff Fantasy Draft

Bryan, Andrew, and friends are back for another go-round of the Staff Playoff Draft. Chiefs and Saints abound, while Ravens and Eagles fail to take off. Can you beat them in the Best of the Rest challenge?

35 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2019, 7:03am by Sean Clark

Quick Reads

Quick Reads: 2018 in Review
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Quick Reads: 2018 in Review

The most statistically notable players of 2018 included a trio of first-year starters at quarterback, a running back who is currently unemployed, and a receiver who was literally perfect.

45 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2019, 7:03pm by Steve in WI

DVOA Ratings

Final 2018 DVOA Ratings
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Final 2018 DVOA Ratings

The Kansas City Chiefs finish the year on top of the Football Outsiders DVOA ratings, and rank among the best offenses we've ever tracked. On the flip side are the Arizona Cardinals, in distant last place as one of the worst offenses we've ever tracked. But there are also plenty of interesting stories in between.

48 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2019, 4:41pm by Will Allen

Clutch Encounters

Clutch Encounters: Week 17 & Season Review
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Clutch Encounters: Week 17 & Season Review

The AFC North is decided in dramatic fashion. Are the Ravens built to come back in the playoffs, and did the Steelers just have their most disappointing season in franchise history? Also: a fun, but meaningless Dallas comeback, and our season review looks at which teams might regress in close games in 2019.

Quick Reads

Week 17 Quick Reads
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Week 17 Quick Reads

Our look at the best players of Week 17 includes a quarterback you may have never heard of. Our look back at the year's most notable games includes several of the worst wide receiver games on record.

14 comments, Last at 02 Jan 2019, 2:43pm by Will Allen

7th Day Adventure

SDA Bowl Spectacular Part IV
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SDA Bowl Spectacular Part IV

At last we reach the main event(s) of bowl season, including big matchups between high-profile teams such as Texas vs. Jake Fromm and Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Plus: Urban Meyer's last game as the head coach at Ohio State, and potentially another claimed national championship on the line when Central Florida takes on LSU in the Fiesta Bowl.

Audibles

Audibles at the Line: Week 17
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Audibles at the Line: Week 17

The 2018 regular season has ended, and the playoff field is set. Your Audibles crew discusses the action on a final day that is equal parts predictable (every single top-five seed with anything to play for won) and incredible (fourth-and-season in Baltimore again, and the Eagles are back in the playoffs).

122 comments, Last at 02 Jan 2019, 7:37pm by theslothook