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  1. The Beast and Dragon, Adored: How Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wils...

    Robert Mays

    The tips of two yellow shoes, jutting out from the stall nearest the shower, gave him away. As the rest of the Packers milled around him in silence, Brandon Bostick, all 6-foot-3 of Brandon Bostick, sat inside his locker. His knees to&nb...

    Blog | January 19, 2015
  2. The Forgotten Front Seven: Can Green Bay’s Defense Slow Dow...

    Robert Mays

    It's no surprise the NFC Championship Game has mostly been framed as a battle between the Green Bay offense and the Seattle defense. Both rank first in DVOA, the Packers are quarterbacked by the league's likely MVP, and the Seahaw...

    Blog | January 16, 2015
  3. NFL Divisional-Round Winners and Losers: Andrew Luck’s Rise...

    Robert Mays

    The Colts For most of the members of the Colts, the feeling was so fresh, they couldn't manage words. As they left the field and spilled down the tunnel at Mile High, some whooped. Some hugged. Chuck Pagano - wearing a smile th...

    Blog | January 12, 2015
  4. The NFL Swing Men: Eight Guys Who Could Decide the Divisional Rou...

    Robert Mays

    You know Tom Brady, Dez Bryant, Richard Sherman, and all the marquee stars of the teams left in the playoffs. But whether it's because of an individual's unique importance to a particular scheme or a weak point the opposition will look...

    Blog | January 09, 2015
  5. The Men Who Protect the Man

    Robert Mays

    Corey Linsley has a theory about offensive lines. He stumbled onto it this fall, in his first few weeks as the Packers' starting center. The rookie from Ohio State took over in late August, when likely starter JC Tretter went down with a bu...

    Blog | January 08, 2015
  6. NFL Wild-Card Weekend Winners and Losers: Stewart Shines, Luck La...

    Robert Mays

    The Cowboys Pass-Catchers The approach that earned the Cowboys a top-five offense this year just wasn't going to work against Detroit. Dallas built its attack around a top-shelf offensive line and a punishing running game, while...

    Blog | January 05, 2015
  7. Divisional Deja Vu: Five Lessons From the First Installments of T...

    Robert Mays

    Three of this weekend's divisional-round playoff games are matchups we've already seen at least once this season. We went back and watched the first installment of all three to see what lessons might be learned before getting to Round 2. 1. The Pa...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  8. NFL Divisional Round Pain and Gain

    Robert Mays

    Wild-card weekend was a nearly perfect weekend of football, and it's because what we got out of it is exactly what we hoped for. The first round of the NFL playoffs is supposed to be about craziness. We want 45-44 wins, and weird upsets, and Beast Mo...

    Blog | January 08, 2014
  9. How Can the Bengals Move on From Andy Dalton?

    Robert Mays

    The Bengals have an Andy Dalton problem, and it's not all Dalton's fault. Twitter probably isn't the best resource for deciding on the future of a starting quarterback, but the reaction to every misstep Dalton made Sunday said a lot about where Cinci...

    Blog | January 07, 2014
  10. NFL Playoffs Stock Watch: Which Units Are Trending Upward/Downwar...

    Robert Mays

    Since moving to Baltimore, the Ravens' identity has been mostly tied up in one thing: defense. It was how they won their first Super Bowl, it's the side of the ball where their stars played, and when we look back on the first two decades of Ravens fo...

    Blog | January 02, 2014
  11. NFL Week 17 Winners and Losers: The Lucky Chargers, the Scary Pac...

    Robert Mays

    Winners Packers: Aaron Rodgers wasn't particularly Aaron Rodgers–like, Eddie Lacy looked hobbled, the Packers' defense continued its horrendous stretch, and Green Bay still went into Chicago and won. After the game, Rodgers said it was great...

    Blog | December 30, 2013
  12. All-22 All-Stars: Andrew Whitworth, the Bengals' Adaptable Advant...

    Robert Mays

    The All-22 All-Star Team is an attempt to provide some insight on the NFL's 22 most underappreciated players. Some will be All-Pros who haven't fully gotten their due; some will be names few casual fans have ever heard. All will, for one reason or an...

    Blog | December 18, 2013
  13. The Trenches NFL Podcast: Robert Mays and Ephraim Salaam

    Robert Mays

    Robert Mays and Ephraim Salaam talk crazy Super Bowl stories, the Ravens' big win, and the latest news about brain testing for players. Listen to this podcast here. Subscribe to the Grantland Network on iTunes, and check out our podcasts page...

    Blog | January 24, 2013
  14. The Trenches NFL Podcast: Robert Mays and Ephraim Salaam

    Robert Mays

    Robert Mays and Ephraim Salaam discuss keeping injured players in games, the Alabama offensive line, and all the weekend's divisional round games. Listen to this podcast here. Subscribe to the Grantland Network on iTunes, and check out our po...

    Blog | January 10, 2013
  15. The Trenchie Awards Special Edition: Wild-Card Weekend's Best Mat...

    Robert Mays

    Because I'm a Bears fan, and because my friends and I made a blood pact to never again discuss what transpired in the NFL on Sunday afternoon, I decided that this week's Trenchie Awards would go a bit differently. There's really no sense in discussin...

    Blog | January 04, 2013
  16. The Lies NFL Playoff Contenders Tell Themselves

    Robert Mays

    As we head into the homestretch of the regular season, the biggest weaknesses of fringe playoff contenders come into stark relief. Maybe you've been able to put a Band-Aid on that depleted secondary or paper over the gigantic crack that is your ...

    Blog | December 05, 2014