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Film Room: Falcons Defense
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Film Room: Falcons Defense

In 2016, it was Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and the offense that carried the Falcons on a playoff run. Charles McDonald shows how the defense has done a lot more of the heavy lifting in the second half of the 2017 season.

3 comments, Last at 12 Jan 2018, 11:49am by brenthutto
Film Room: Cam Newton
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Film Room: Cam Newton

Sunday's loss to Atlanta showed the best and worst of Cam Newton. With Carolina's offense in dire straits, can the quarterback carry the load like never before in the playoffs?

14 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2018, 11:08pm by alan frankel
Film Room: Jaguars Defense
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Film Room: Jaguars Defense

Charles McDonald looks at San Francisco's upset of Jacksonville and found that it was strategy, not talent, that exposed weaknesses in the Jaguars' previously dominant pass coverage.

5 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2017, 3:02pm by hrudey
Film Room: Seahawks Run Defense
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Film Room: Seahawks Run Defense

Seattle's offensive line has taken the blame for most of the Seahawks' struggles this year. However, as Derrik Klassen points out, it's the injury-ravaged run defense that may ultimately cost the team a playoff berth.

8 comments, Last at 28 Dec 2017, 4:58am by atworkforu
Film Room: Josh Gordon
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Film Room: Josh Gordon

Does Josh Gordon deserve a chance at redemption? Can he still be a top-flight receiver after nearly three years in exile? Is he the most dangerous weapon on the Browns roster? Charles McDonald explains why the answers are yes, yes, and lord, yes.

6 comments, Last at 16 Dec 2017, 12:37am by Kopalec
Film Room: Chiefs Defense
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Film Room: Chiefs Defense

Yes, Alex Smith, Kareem Hunt, and Tyreek Hill have all cooled off after a hot start. But the real culprits in Kansas City's collapse --including cornerback Marcus Peters -- can be found on the other side of the ball.

3 comments, Last at 25 Feb 2018, 4:48am by CarRepairing
Film Room: Browns Defense
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Film Room: Browns Defense

Don't let the 0-11 record fool you -- the Cleveland defense is loaded with young stars up front, starting with this year's first overall draft pick, Myles Garrett.

5 comments, Last at 07 Dec 2017, 11:38am by OldFox
Film Room: Marshon Lattimore
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Film Room: Marshon Lattimore

New Orleans' rookie cornerback is every bit as good as you've been led to believe -- but he's not the only reason the Saints have finally turned their defense around.

3 comments, Last at 19 Nov 2017, 2:34am by ClavisRa
Film Room: New York Jets Offense
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Film Room: New York Jets Offense

The Jets offense is composed almost entirely of castoffs from other teams, including 38-year-old quarterback Josh McCown. Charles McDonald shows how coordinator John Morton has used "college" schemes to make a functional machine out of that scrap.

5 comments, Last at 10 Nov 2017, 10:46am by dcl0
Film Room: Carson Wentz
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Film Room: Carson Wentz

When a young quarterback develops, his coaches learn to trust him, and the talent around him improves, an offense can improve exponentially. Derrik Klassen shows how the Philadelphia offense has improved so radically in just one year.

12 comments, Last at 03 Nov 2017, 3:20pm by bingo762