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Julio Jones will force Bill Belichick to game plan for him in Super Bowl

In the NFC Conference Championship game, Julio Jones gained 180 yards through the air on nine catches while also hauling in two touchdowns. In this game, he showcased excellent route running, elite speed, and how to use his 6’4” frame to box out defenders and high point passes. The Green Bay Packers’ defense simply had

Feb 09, 2017 Samuel Gold
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The Seahawks offensive line couldn’t handle the Falcons stunts

The Seattle Seahawks are officially out of Super Bowl contention after losing to the Atlanta Falcons 36-20. While blame should be equally shared among the players, the offensive line was once again the main culprit holding Russell Wilson and the offense back from scoring. Dan Quinn’s Falcons called stunt after stunt, stretching the thin fabric

Feb 05, 2017 Samuel Gold
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How the Seahawks were successful running the football again

Tom Cable varied his running scheme in the Seattle Seahawks wild card win over the Detroit Lions on Saturday. As Lars Russell pointed out earlier this week, the Seahawks threw in some “power” running plays along with their traditional zone blocking scheme. What is a “power” running play? A power run is a running play

Feb 01, 2017 Samuel Gold
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How Matt Stafford is so clutch and what the Seahawks need to do to beat him

If the Seattle Seahawks are going to advance to the divisional round for the fifth straight year, they’re obviously going to need to get a lead vs the Detroit Lions, but perhaps more importantly when playing the Lions — they’re going to need to hold onto it. That’s because quarterback Matt Stafford is clutch. So

Jan 29, 2017 Samuel Gold
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David Johnson was much better than his 3.4 yards per carry vs Seahawks

The Arizona Cardinals have surprisingly struggled this season, but an MVP candidate emerged from the wreckage, and no it wasn’t Carson Palmer. Running back David Johnson has been unreal this year, gaining over 2,000 total yards and reaching at least 100 total yards in all 15 games. On Saturday, the Seattle Seahawks held him to

Jan 26, 2017 Samuel Gold
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Seahawks defense is suffering without Earl Thomas

After Earl Thomas fractured his tibia versus the Carolina Panthers, many thought the Seahawks’ secondary would be fine with Steven Terrell as his replacement. Terrell, the undrafted safety out of Texas A&M University, has played for three different teams since entering the league in 2013: Starting with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he was picked up by

Jan 23, 2017 Samuel Gold
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Matt Barkley continues to prove why he wasn’t a first round pick

The Washington Redskins desperately needed a victory over the Chicago Bears on Saturday. Sitting just outside the NFC playoff picture, Washington won convincingly 41-21. In this game, Kirk Cousins played exceptionally throwing for 9.3 yards per attempt, but it was Matt Barkley’s poor performance that solidified the game for the Redskins. He threw five interceptions

Jan 20, 2017 Samuel Gold
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How Jonathan Stewart eluded the Redskins defense

Drops, penalties, and lack of run defense destroyed the Washington Redskins’ playoff chances on Monday night vs the Carolina Panthers. In this game, veteran running back Jonathan Stewart amassed 132 yards on 25 carries. The Panthers were relentless with their running game calling power plays and inside zones to defeat the Redskins run defense. Halfway

Jan 17, 2017 Samuel Gold
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Seahawks are struggling to execute basic blocks

Thursday was an ugly night in the trenches for the offensive line of the Seattle Seahawks. On 30 carries, the Seahawks managed just 72 rushing yards — and 26 of those yards came on Jon Ryan’s fake punt. Thomas Rawls, in particular, mustered just 1.6 yards per carry and according to ProFootballFocus had -10 yards

Jan 14, 2017 Samuel Gold
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How Cliff Avril made quick work of Rams o-line to set new career-high in sacks

After being quite quiet for the last three weeks, Cliff Avril sacked Jared Goff 1.5 times in the Seattle Seahawks’ 24-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday. Avril now has 11.5 sacks on the season, which puts him just past his personal record of 11 sacks which he set in 2011 with the

Jan 11, 2017 Samuel Gold
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Guide to beating Rams starts with Jared Goff

After the horrendous Sunday beatdown in which the Green Bay Packers absolutely dismantled the Seattle Seahawks 38-10, I wanted to turn my efforts towards Week 15 instead of reliving the painful past; the Seahawks look to rebound against rookie Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams. A few weeks ago, I took a deeper dive

Jan 08, 2017 Samuel Gold
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The good and the bad from Broncos running back Devontae Booker

Coming out of Utah, scouts loved running back Devontae Booker’s versatility and his one-cut downhill running style. Most saw the potential for him to be a complete three-down back and one of the bigger “steals” of the 2016 NFL Draft after he was selected in the fourth round by the Denver Broncos. As a rookie,

Jan 05, 2017 Samuel Gold


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