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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
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
Film Room: Denver's Running Game
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Film Room: Denver's Running Game

The Broncos' three-game winning streak has been keyed by an undrafted rookie running back and an offensive line full of backups and journeymen. Derrik Klassen shows how Bill Musgrave has found a home for his misfit toys.

4 comments, Last at 08 Dec 2018, 3:00pm by Vincent Verhei
Film Room: Lamar Jackson and the Pistol
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Film Room: Lamar Jackson and the Pistol

With Joe Flacco on the shelf, the Ravens have been forced to play their rookie quarterback earlier than they might have wanted to -- but that hasn't stopped them to tailoring their offense to make the most of his unique talents. Derrik Klassen shows how Marty Mornhinweg has put Jackson's mobility on display.

9 comments, Last at 04 Dec 2018, 6:12pm by Vincent Verhei
Film Room: Colts Offense
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Film Room: Colts Offense

After a slow start with a new head coach and a quarterback coming back from injury, the Colts have been tearing defenses apart in recent weeks. Derrik Klassen shows how they have been using tight ends like Jack Doyle to diagnose and attack opponents' weaknesses.

2 comments, Last at 22 Nov 2018, 2:32pm by Purds
Film Room: Kansas City Offense
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Film Room: Kansas City Offense

The Chiefs are the NFL's highest-scoring team, but they're not perfect. Derrik Klassen shows how the Arizona Cardinals used press coverage and unorthodox blitz packages to frustrate Patrick Mahomes and company -- and explains why it still wasn't enough in the end.

3 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2018, 12:32am by alan frankel
Film Room: Atlanta's Offense
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Film Room: Atlanta's Offense

Don't look now, but Matt Ryan's on fire, Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones are getting open, Steve Sarkisian is making things easier for everyone, and the Falcons are playing their best football since the first half of Super Bowl LI.

6 comments, Last at 09 Nov 2018, 8:58am by Dales
Film Room: Carson Wentz
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Film Room: Carson Wentz

The Eagles quarterback's numbers are way down from those of his 2017 MVP-caliber campaign, but Derrik Klassen shows he is still doing amazing things -- and the personnel moves Philadelphia made this week could help him in many ways.

4 comments, Last at 04 Nov 2018, 1:05pm by phillyangst