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Samuel Gold
Sam founded NFL Breakdowns after working his way through the journalist farm system and is enjoying life in the big league. Growing up outside of Washington, D.C., Sam didn’t choose the Redskins, the Redskins chose him. Out of a love for the game and an insatiable curiosity to determine why his beloved team was underperforming, Sam turned to studying film in NFL Breakdowns. Follow me @SamuelRGold. For all of Sam's articles: Click Here. Sam is a guest contributor at Upvoted.com by Reddit, InsideThePylon, and RedskinsCapitalConnection.
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Blame both Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson for lack of production

One of the key storylines of the 2016 season is the lack of production by Jacksonville Jaguars’ wide receiver Allen Robinson. In 2015, he had a breakout year gaining 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns, all while maintaining a 9.2 yard per yard……

Nov 10, 2016 Samuel Gold
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Yes, the Saints got away with 2 illegal “pick” plays in the 4th

The Seattle Seahawks lost to the New Orleans Saints this past Sunday and on two separate occasions the Saints got away with illegal “pick” plays. Now, I normally don’t like discussing penalties, but after watching the game closely I … Arti…

Nov 08, 2016 Samuel Gold
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How Earl Thomas’ range and intelligence leads the Seahawks

In a purely defensive battle last Sunday, Seattle Seahawks’ free safety Earl Thomas was one of the premier stars to behold. He was all over the field making plays and nearly came away with two interceptions. Versus the Arizona Cardinals,… …

Nov 05, 2016 Samuel Gold
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The most casual sack of Cliff Avril’s career

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril, coming off a dominant performance against the Atlanta Falcons, was no worse for the wear versus the Arizona Cardinals. He finished the game with 2.5 sacks, six quarterback hits, and two pass deflections.&hell…

Nov 03, 2016 Samuel Gold
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The matchup between Richard Sherman and Julio Jones that had everything

Controversy, a dominant first half by the home defense, and busted coverages in the third quarter, defined the Week 6 matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons. All three of those things involved two of the NFL’s most elite… Art…

Nov 01, 2016 Samuel Gold
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How Cliff Avril disrupted the Falcons’ offense

The Seattle Seahawks played in another wild one on Sunday, blowing a 14-point halftime lead before rumbling back for a 26-24 victory over the red hot Atlanta Falcons. The first half was a defensive domination by the Seahawks with much of the … A…

Oct 29, 2016 Samuel Gold
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Kirk Cousins’ fake completely fooled Jimmy Smith

Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins faced their Beltway rival in the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday. With the Redskins’ obvious deficiencies in run defense, many expected the Ravens to stick to the ground to move the chains. This looked… Ar…

Oct 26, 2016 Samuel Gold
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Russell Wilson’s perfect lob to Jimmy Graham

Before we move on to the Seattle Seahawks-Atlanta Falcons this weekend, I wanted to take a step back and look at the offensive tape from the New York Jets game back in Week 4. Instead of posting this in my usual video format, I decided to do a write-up…

Oct 24, 2016 Samuel Gold
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How Greg Olsen gained 181 yards without Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen collected 181 yards off of 13 targets and 9 receptions on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was the consensus difference-maker on the field where the Panthers used the flood concept to … Art…

Oct 22, 2016 Samuel Gold
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Brandon Marshall beat Richard Sherman on Sunday … Barely

Two All-Pro players, Richard Sherman and Brandon Marshall, squared off in MetLife Stadium this past Sunday. Sherman, who covered Marshall for the vast majority of the game, was used in both man coverage as well as in the Seahawks’ Cover 3 … Ar…

Oct 18, 2016 Samuel Gold
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