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Film Room: Philip Rivers
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Film Room: Philip Rivers

The Chargers quarterback has been flying under the radar this season, but he's playing some of the best ball of his career and has Los Angeles primed to return to the postseason.

7 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2018, 10:29pm by LionInAZ
Film Room: Browns Defense
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Film Room: Browns Defense

It's not just Baker Mayfield. Derrik Klassen shows how Cleveland's young stars along the defensive line and throughout the secondary have turned the Browns from a joke of a franchise to a team to be reckoned with.

2 comments, Last at 11 Oct 2018, 8:18pm by herewegobrowniesherewego
Film Room: Deshaun Watson
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Film Room: Deshaun Watson

Though his numbers have fallen off and the Texans are just 1-3, Houston's quarterback is playing even better than he did in his rookie season.

6 comments, Last at 08 Oct 2018, 8:14pm by jayman4
Film Room: Dallas Offense
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Film Room: Dallas Offense

Our projections had the Cowboys as one of the top playoff contenders in the NFC. Through three games, our projections have been very wrong. Derrik Klassen explains how this can be blamed on both the personnel and the coaching staff, but most of all on the quarterback.

3 comments, Last at 28 Sep 2018, 12:57pm by Bionicman
Film Room: Jacksonville Defense
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Film Room: Jacksonville Defense

Malik Jackson and his teammates had a great game against New England, pressuring Tom Brady, limiting the damage the Patriots could do on big plays, and making Rob Gronkowski a non-factor. That doesn't mean that they'll be able to do the same thing should the teams meet again in the playoffs.

1 comment, Last at 20 Sep 2018, 1:36pm by Aaron Brooks Good Twin
Film Room: Monday Night Preview
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Film Room: Monday Night Preview

Coming off losses in Week 1, the Bears and Seahawks will face off at Soldier Field Monday night in a game where the loser's season will be hanging by a thread. Who has the edge?

25 comments, Last at 15 Sep 2018, 9:35pm by Derrik Klassen

First-Round QBs: Finding the Fit

Over at TwoQBs.com, our film guy Derrik Klassen is writing a series looking at this year's five first-round quarterbacks and how they fit the schemes of their new teams. You'll find a number of film clips comparing these quarterbacks' college schemes to the schemes of their new offensive coordinators in the pros. We'll post more of the links here as they are posted on TwoQBs.com.

Four Downs: AFC West
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Four Downs: AFC West

There's a serious need for defensive help in Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Oakland. In Denver, meanwhile, the Broncos must determine whether or not Case Keenum can really be a long-term solution at quarterback.

17 comments, Last at 30 May 2018, 12:27pm by theslothook
Futures: Ronnie Harrison
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Futures: Ronnie Harrison

Though teammate Minkah Fitzpatrick gets more headlines, the other Alabama safety prospect in this year's draft deserves plenty of attention too.

1 comment, Last at 19 Apr 2018, 10:40am by jtr
Futures: Josh Allen
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Futures: Josh Allen

Is the Wyoming quarterback as good as his highlights, or as bad as his numbers? Derrik Klassen breaks down the film and finds the answer is "yes."

14 comments, Last at 11 Apr 2018, 10:57am by Raiderjoe