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Four Downs: NFC North
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Four Downs: NFC North

The Bears could suffer some major losses in the secondary that would make it hard to repeat as the league's best defense. Elsewhere, the Lions need pass-rushers, the Packers need pass-catchers, and the Vikings need pass-blockers.

4 comments, Last at 21 Feb 2019, 6:14pm by justanothersteve
Futures: Greedy Williams
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Futures: Greedy Williams

The LSU Tigers have a tradition of developing high-quality defensive backs for the NFL, and this cornerback looks like he'll meet those high standards.

2 comments, Last at 22 Feb 2019, 5:28am by david35
Futures: Dwayne Haskins
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Futures: Dwayne Haskins

When the Ohio State offense was clicking last year, Haskins looked great -- but when things broke down, he looked like a different quarterback. Nonetheless, Derrik Klassen says that for all his flaws, Haskins is still the safest quarterback prospect in this year's draft.

Film Room: NE Offense vs. LAR Defense
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Film Room: NE Offense vs. LAR Defense

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.

7 comments, Last at 01 Feb 2019, 3:17pm by RickD
Film Room: Goff vs. Patriots
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Film Room: Goff vs. Patriots

The New England Patriots used disguised blitzes and coverage schemes to pressure Philip Rivers and Patrick Mahomes and blanket all their receivers in their first two playoff wins. That could be bad news for the L.A. Rams and their quarterback, who struggled with blitz reads against the Saints.

19 comments, Last at 28 Jan 2019, 4:02pm by mehllageman56
Film Room: New England's Offense
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Film Room: New England's Offense

New England doesn't have the fantasy superstars or explosive playmakers that Kansas City has -- but they do have the kind of versatile pieces and deceptive schemes that will give the Chiefs headaches on Sunday.

21 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2019, 3:33pm by Vincent Verhei
Film Room: Eagles' Tight Ends
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Film Room: Eagles' Tight Ends

Take a young Pro Bowler such as Zach Ertz, add a second-round rookie in Dallas Goedert, and you get one of the the NFL's most versatile and dangerous personnel groups. Few teams can match up with Philadelphia's 12 personnel, and they're the Eagles' best bet at another playoff upset this weekend.

5 comments, Last at 12 Jan 2019, 1:05am by T0r0
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
Film Room: Colts Defense
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Film Room: Colts Defense

Derrik Klassen grinds the tape and shows that the defensive improvement in Indianapolis is legitimate -- and why it may still not be enough to win games in the postseason.

7 comments, Last at 01 Jan 2019, 2:57pm by anotheroldguy
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