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 51 Preview

Super Bowl 51 is a matchup of juggernaut offenses and underrated defenses. Here’s what to expect from both teams from an X’s and O’s perspective:

When the Patriots have the ball

Expect the Patriots to spend their first couple drives combining fast paced tempo with information gathering. The Patriots use motion and non-traditional sets early to analyze the defense. For example, the Patriots line up fullback James Develin or a running back out wide to see who goes out to cover him. If a linebacker goes with the back, it’s man coverage. If a corner stays with the back, it’s zone coverage. From there, Brady picks the best matchup.

This will help diagnose the Falcons relatively simple defensive scheme. The Falcons primarily play Cover 1 or Cover 3, and don’t blitz often. Although the Falcons have blitzed more frequently during the playoffs, I don’t expect them to blitz Brady a ton in Super Bowl 51. Nor do I expect the Falcons to sit back in Cover 3 and let Brady pick apart zone coverage. Instead, the only consistent strategy for beating the Patriots in the playoffs has been pressure with 4, preferably up the middle.

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