The two-time Pro Bowler opted out in 2020, but his return has helped New England's linebackers dominate in 2021.
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With an aging quarterback and missing one of their top receivers, the Pittsburgh Steelers can't expect to just line up and beat teams with talent anymore. Derrik Klassen shows how they exploited the flaws in the Cleveland Browns.
The Atlanta Falcons are next to last in DVOA, but they're still 3-3 thanks to some stellar quarterback play (and an easy schedule). Derrik Klassen shows how the veteran passer has diagnosed defenses and made accurate throws to carry his teammates to victory.
Despite a coaching staff in turmoil, the Las Vegas Raiders are tied for first place in the AFC West with wins over fellow playoff contenders Baltimore, Denver, and Pittsburgh. Derrik Klassen shows how Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has played more daring than ever before, confident in his ability to hit deep balls and squeeze passes into tight windows in coverage.
Despite a very uneven offensive performance, the Chicago Bears are threatening to return to the playoffs. Derrik Klassen shows how personnel, scheme, and motivation are all coming together in the Windy City.
The Washington Football Team reached the playoffs in 2020 on the strength of a defense that dragged the league's worst offense into the postseason. Now the offense has improved, but it's the defense that is badly hurting the team. Derrik Klassen looks at how deficiencies in the secondary have left Washington shuffling pieces around but unable to put the puzzle together.
In his first three games in a Denver uniform, Teddy Bridgewater has looked like an entirely different quarterback than he has in his first six NFL seasons. Derrik Klassen shows how Denver's pass-protection and route schemes have allowed Bridgewater to play more aggressively than he ever has before.
Through two games, Tony Pollard is averaging nearly twice as many yards per carry as his more highly paid teammate. Derrik Klassen shows the strengths and weaknesses of each of the Cowboys' running backs and explains why this committee is a good thing for Dallas.
The Houston Texans are alone in first place in the AFC South. Derrik Klassen shows how offensive coordinator Tim Kelly used pistol formations to get the most out of Tyrod Taylor's athletic ability, while mixing up calls and tendencies to keep the Jaguars defense off-balance.
The two-time defending conference champions and one of their stronger division rivals both need help in the defensive front. Elsewhere in the AFC West, the Raiders need offensive linemen and the Broncos are still searching for a quarterback.