NFL X’s and O’s

NFL X’s and O’s Analysis

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Super Bowl 49 3-Part X’s and O’s Breakdown:

NFL 2014 Regular Season

Eagles v. Cardinals Week 8 2014 (Battle of the Birds: How the Cardinals Cover 0 escaped with a Victory against Eagles Deep Crossers)

Cowboys v. Seahawks Week 6 2014 (Romo’s Pocket Presence and the Scramble Drill lead Dallas to Victory in Seattle)

Denver Broncos v. New York Jets Week Week 6 2014 (Breaking down the “Dakota” or “X-Iso” formation)

Green Bay Packers v. Minnesota Vikings Week 5 2014 (Rodgers Play Action Progression leads to long Jordy Nelson TD on “Sting” route against Cover 2)

Houston Texans v. Dallas Cowboys Week 5 2014 (Texans’ Zone Stretch and Arian Foster’s TD cut)

New York Giants v. Washington Week 4 2014 (Cruz Capitalizes on Multiple Washington Errors)

Chicago Bears v. Green Bay Packers Week 4 2014 (Alshon Jeffrey’s “Ghost Motion” Touchdown and How Brandon Marshall’s Presence affects Defenses)

New England Patriots v. Oakland Raiders Week 3 2014 (Patriots Mesh Scheme beats Bracket Coverage for Touchdown)

Pittsburgh Steelers v. Carolina Panthers Week 3 2014 (Steelers Motion leads to Le’Veon Bell 81-yard run)

Denver Broncos v. Seattle Seahawks Week 3 2014 (Denver’s Improbable 58 Second Drive with the “Post-Wheel” Combo)

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Super Bowl 52 X’s & O’s Review

Super Bowl 52 was the most prolific offensive game in NFL history with 1,151 total yards and countless records broken. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels were spectacular; both designed creative schemes and were able to repeatedly create favorable matchups for their respective offenses. Let’s take a look at how the offenses were able to score at will:


The Eagles used running back motion, the wheel route, and the mesh concept repeatedly to take advantage of the Patriots decision to predominantly play man to man coverage. The Patriots were weak against pass catching running backs all year, particularly wheel routes. In the AFC Championship, Jacksonville missed their opportunity multiple times to hit an open running back against a linebacker or peeling defensive end; but the Eagles cashed in.

2nd Quarter, 1:46, 3rd & 3 on Phi 37 (Phi 15 NE 12)

Late in the first half, the Eagles make a huge play using both the mesh concept and the wheel route. Defensively, the Patriots are in Cover 1:

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