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  1. Super Bowl Wrap-up: What Was Pete Carroll Thinking?

    Bill Barnwell

    We'll never understand it. I can explain some of the logic behind Seattle's now infamous second-and-goal play call. I can show you why Russell Wilson threw the pass. I can point out why it might not have been quite as awful a decision as it...

    Blog | February 02, 2015
  2. Finally, a Definitive Super Bowl Breakdown

    Bill Barnwell

    The Patriots and Seahawks aren't built for one another. These are two teams built around dominant secondaries that were designed to target other opponents. These are defenses built to stop the Broncos, Colts, and Packers, teams with terrify...

    Blog | January 29, 2015
  3. The Championship Belt: NFL Defense Edition

    Bill Barnwell

    The Seattle Seahawks defense needs no introduction. As a group, it's accomplished just about everything a band of elite defensive players can be expected to do together. They've led the league in scoring defense. They've put together a...

    Blog | January 27, 2015
  4. Method to the Madness: How Belichick Rules the Draft

    Bill Barnwell

    "Bill Belichick is smart, but sometimes he succeeds just by aiding other teams' efforts to be stupid." I've said that about Belichick a few times now, and while I wasn't aware of his scientific credentials at the time, he&#03...

    Blog | January 26, 2015
  5. ‘You Mad, Bro?’ Revisited: What We Can Learn From the...

    Bill Barnwell

    If the last game between the Patriots and Seahawks wasn't the moment when we all realized Seattle was a force to be reckoned with, it wasn't far off. Seattle's 24-23 win over New England in October 2012 didn't perfectly kick off a...

    Blog | January 23, 2015
  6. 2014 NFL Preseason Predictions Revisited

    Bill Barnwell

    With the lull between reviewing the conference championships and previewing the Super Bowl upon us, this is a good time to take a look at the season that's just finished up. I've already noted my preseason bets, and on our podcast on Friday...

    Blog | January 22, 2015
  7. NFL Conference Championship Wrap-up: See You in Arizona

    Bill Barnwell

    Seattle's comeback victory over Green Bay on Sunday afternoon in the NFC Championship Game is why we watch football. It's why we care about training camp cuts and mock drafts and advanced metrics, why we slog our way through preseason play-...

    Blog | January 19, 2015
  8. AFC Championship Preview: Colts vs. Patriots

    Bill Barnwell

    The Indianapolis Colts are probably awfully sick of proving themselves by now. After they opened as six-point favorites at home against the Bengals in the wild-card round, the line shifted against Indy and moved all the way to three before bettors be...

    Blog | January 15, 2015
  9. Divisional Wrap-up: A Crop of Classics

    Bill Barnwell

    Somewhere between a league icon possibly retiring, a wildly controversial call deciding a game, and a quasi-illegal formation run rampant, the divisional round delivered an engrossing set of games this weekend. While there's plenty to talk about...

    Blog | January 12, 2015
  10. NFL Divisional Preview: Saturday Edition

    Bill Barnwell

    Two full days of NFL playoff action are on the schedule, so let's break them down. Tomorrow, we'll take on the two Sunday games; today, let's look at Saturday's matchups. You'll have to look hard to find somebody who thinks ...

    Blog | January 08, 2015
  11. Brady’s New Contract Is More About Flexibility Than Generos...

    Bill Barnwell

    Black Monday came and went without a serious surprise. Jim Harbaugh went to Michigan. After months of speculation, the Jets fired Rex Ryan and John Idzik and the Bears let Marc Trestman and Phil Emery go, a series of departures I can't say...

    Blog | December 30, 2014
  12. The Grantland All-Pro Team

    Bill Barnwell

    The season is not quite over, but it's already time to start celebrating the best players of this 2014 NFL campaign. With one week to go and playoff coverage taking up time in the weeks to come, I've gone through my notes for the year, talk...

    Blog | December 23, 2014
  13. The NFL Buddy System: How One Team Helps Another Make the Playoff...

    Bill Barnwell

    The final two weeks of the NFL season make for strange bedfellows. We're at the point at which every team that still has competitive football to play has a pretty clear path to either improving its playoff stock or ensuring that it gets to Janua...

    Blog | December 16, 2014
  14. Seeding the NFL Playoffs, NCAA-Style

    Bill Barnwell

    I have to admit I'm a little jealous of college football right now. While the NFL still has three weeks to go before we can finally figure out who will suit up in January, the various deliberations and tribulations surrounding the announcement o...

    Blog | December 09, 2014
  15. Week 13 Wrap-up: A February Preview?

    Bill Barnwell

    If Sunday's game between the Packers and the Patriots was actually a preview of the Super Bowl, we've got a very exciting game on tap in February. Green Bay's 26-21 victory over New England was a rare bird, a game in which the Packers ...

    Blog | December 01, 2014
  16. Circling the Calendar: Your Guide to Cherry-Picking the Rest of t...

    Bill Barnwell

    The byes are finally over. Every NFL team has played 11 games, leaving five contests per team to go. That's 80 more NFL games over the next five weeks, likely ending with a Detroit-Green Bay game deciding the NFC North in Week 17. While th...

    Blog | November 26, 2014