NFL picks against the spread for the first round of the playoffs

Home-field advantage has been anything but in the opening round of the NFL playoffs. Since 2002, when the league expanded to 32 teams, home squads are 38-34 in first-round games (.528) and even worse against the spread (30-39-3, .435). Home teams favored by three or more points don’t provide value, either, with a measly 22-22 […]

Seahawks’ unwillingness to keep it simple costs them a game

The Seattle Seahawks, trailing the New York Giants by three points midway through the third quarter of their meeting Sunday at Lumen Field, faced fourth-and-inches from their own 48-yard line. The Giants had just generated their first real offense of the game to take the lead, and the Seahawks were desperate to answer and regain […]

Crunch time: The 22 fringe-y players you can trust in Weeks 13 and 14

In this edition of Under The Radar, I’ve selected 22 quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends you can trust in Week 13 and 14 (so you can get a jump on roster planning for the first week of the playoffs). This article incorporates advanced stats and efficiency metrics from multiple websites, including FantasyData, […]

Stark: Weird and Wild, Rays-Astros ALCS Game 2

Another mesmerizing postseason baseball game busted out in San Diego on Monday. The scoreboard will tell us the Rays beat the Astros, 4-2, to take a two-games-to-none lead in this American League Championship Series. But there were so many illogical and incomprehensible developments along the way, how could I not recap the Wildest and Weirdest […]

Strategy guides for every 2020 NFL playoff team

It’s been a long NFL season, but the postseason is finally here. Now, you probably didn’t get to study the entire playoff field in-depth during the regular season. No worries. We’ve put together guides that will help you become an instant expert on all 12 teams making up the field. These guides will tell you […]

Why the 49ers’ pass defense has fallen apart — and can it be fixed?

According to Saleh, the Rams called 21 boot-action plays against his defense last Saturday, which Saleh called “unheard of.” Throwing boot concepts at a defense with a fast, aggressive defensive front forces defensive linemen to make second reactions when they’d rather not. It forces linebackers to sail betwixt and between run fits and coverage adjustments. […]

Why Bills fans shouldn’t let themselves get too excited about Josh Allen

We’ve gotten to the point where the Bills are being discussed as Super Bowl sleepers, and Allen’s improvement especially in the turnover department is actually one of the reasons people believe in this Buffalo team. While it would be foolish (or downright ignorant) to deny that Allen has improved, I’m just not sure that his […]

The Kansas City Chiefs Can Cover And The Defense Is Dangerous

Last year, the Kansas City Chiefs had the league’s best offense but the team was undone by a defense that couldn’t get a stop. That led to an overhaul of the Kansas City defensive structure. Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton was replaced by Steve Spagnuolo and a number of additions were made on that side of […]

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