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  1. Dallas Cowboys among favorites in updated division title predicti...

    Mike Sando

    Will the Cowboys hold off the Eagles in the NFC East? Who will win the loaded NFC West? Mike Sando assigns division title odds for every NFL team.

    Story | Conversation | October 21, 2014
  2. Which defenses got most bang for cap buck

    Mike Sando

    The Seattle Seahawks ranked seventh in defensive EPA last season. That was very good, but it was even better given the team's No. 30 ranking in salary-cap space allotted for defensive players. By that measure, Seattle led the NFL in bang for the sala...

    Blog | February 20, 2013
  3. Jauron in picture: How his defenses ranked

    Mike Sando

    NEW ORLEANS -- The St. Louis Rams are reportedly considering former Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron as a candidate for defensive coordinator. I've put together a chart showing where defenses associated with Jauron have ranke...

    Blog | January 30, 2013
  4. Can Seahawks trust defense in late going?

    Mike Sando

    The Seattle Seahawks might not be able to trust their defense if facing a close finish against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Seahawks D: Fourth Quarters Venue Home Road Comp. 35 51 Att. 74 83 Pct. 47.3 ...

    Blog | January 10, 2013
  5. Rush defenses could get nickeled, dimed

    Mike Sando

    Non-scrambling rushes vs. nickel/dime Sub unit NE O SF D Rushes 291 125 Rush yards 1,361 486 Rush avg. 4.7 3.9 Rush TD 6 0 Rush FD 87 19 Yds. after contact 409 123 YAC avg....

    Blog | December 13, 2012
  6. Wrap-up: Lions 28, Seahawks 24

    Mike Sando

    Thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks' 28-24 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Week 8: What it means: The Seahawks fell to 4-4 with their second consecutive road defeat after their defense faltered late in the game. Seattle got what it needed ...

    Blog | October 28, 2012
  7. No small factor for Seahawks' against Lions

    Mike Sando

    2012 Small Offense vs. Small Defense Unit DET O SEA D Plays 366 218 Yards/play 5.8 5.7 Rushes 107 42 Yards/rush 4.1 5.6 Rush TD 3 1 Rush FD 19.6% 26.2% 20+ Rushes 0 2 ...

    Blog | October 26, 2012
  8. Mike Sando's MVP Watch

    Mike Sando

    The Chicago Bears have owned one of the NFL's best records, backed by a dominant defense. They haven't had an obvious MVP candidate. How about Charles Tillman? The 10th-year cornerback earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time last season. He b...

    Blog | October 24, 2012
  9. Great defenses? Not on third-and-long

    Mike Sando

    NFL defense aspires to force opponents into third-and-long. Good ones should feast on opposing offenses in these favorable situations. NFC West defenses, though strong overall, have suffered from some puzzling third-and-long breakdowns. I'm not...

    Blog | October 07, 2012
  10. How offenses fared against base defenses

    Mike Sando

    San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley disparaged efforts from the Detroit Lions' defensive line Sunday night. Staley claimed the Lions got only "cheap" pressures on the quarterback. That comment made me wonder whether NFC West teams were g...

    Blog | September 17, 2012
  11. Sando's best guess: Saints-49ers prediction

    Mike Sando

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers, despite fielding arguably the NFL's best defense in 2011, gave up 513 yards to Philadelphia and 472 yards to Dallas in the first four weeks of the regular season. Later, the New York Giants managed 3...

    Blog | January 13, 2012
  12. Hope for Rams? Yes, but defense has issues

    Mike Sando

    The St. Louis Rams are not the first team to flop miserably amid expectations for improvement. At 0-6 heading into a seemingly impossible matchup with New Orleans, the Rams have almost no shot at contending for the NFC West title this season. T...

    Blog | October 28, 2011
  13. QBR ranks: 49ers' Alex Smith wins ugly

    Mike Sando

    The San Francisco 49ers did not need their best offensive performance, or anything approximating it, to defeat the Detroit Lions in Week 6. They needed strong defense and special teams, plus a clutch scoring pass from Alex Smith to Delanie Walker,...

    Blog | October 17, 2011
  14. Matchups: 49ers offense vs. Lions defense

    Mike Sando

    Sure, the San Francisco 49ers won their first few games, but their offense wasn't doing much. There would come a time, the thinking went, when coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman would have to "open up" the offense. And at that...

    Blog | October 13, 2011
  15. Which NFL teams draft for defense early

    Mike Sando

    Ray Horton is the Arizona Cardinals' third defensive coordinator since Ken Whisenhunt became head coach in 2007. He inherits a defense that has struggled despite significant investments. Arizona has used six first- and second-round choices for ...

    Blog | April 27, 2011
  16. How aggressive was your team's defense?

    Mike Sando

    An earlier item referenced how many times per game the Chicago Bears sent six or more pass-rushers after opposing quarterbacks. The number was 2.8, but what was the context? I asked that question to ESPN Stats & Information. Marty Callinan prov...

    Blog | January 12, 2011