Dan Durkin joined The Score’s columnist community after finishing runner-up in the 2011 Pepsi Max Score Search. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he was a member of the men’s football team (despite his best efforts to join the women’s team). Dan is a longtime Scorehead, known as Dan in Wicker Park – even though he no longer resides in Wicker Park – who will be sharing NFL analysis and opinions. You can follow Dan on Twitter @djdurkin.
Once the Eagles shift into high gear and run their up-tempo, no huddle offense, they put a defense on its heels, both from a fatigue and assignment standpoint.
Jay Cutler’s performance against the Cleveland Browns personified the trite sports cliche of it’s not how you start, but how you finish.
With only three playoff tickets punched, 25 teams remain in contention for a playoff spot.
Let’s go to the film room to look at a few of the Browns pressure packages.
Stability isn’t a word that’s often associated with the Cleveland Browns.
The temperature was frigid, but the Bears offense was anything but in a 45-28 rout of the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night football.
It takes more than speed and strength to play wide receiver in the NFL.
The Cowboys have been in this situation before. Win out, and they’re in the playoffs. Yet, in back-to-back seasons, they’ve fallen at the finish line.
Entering Week 13, 24 teams remain in or within one game of a playoff bid.
Heading into Week 12, 23 teams are either in or within one game of a playoff bid. A marquee matchup between two old foes is rekindled on Sunday night.
Nine weeks ago, Rams rookie running back Zac Stacy was a healthy scratch.
While the pace may be glacial, the Rams are making progress.
The Bears weathered the storm, literally and figuratively, in a 23-20 marathon win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Ten weeks in the books and 23 teams remain in or within one-and-a-half games of a playoff bid. Week 11 is highlighted by two marquee, prime time matchups.
Collectively, the Baltimore Ravens offense has struggled to move the ball and score points. However, one bright spot has been wide receiver Torrey Smith.
It’s hard to write off a team that’s been to the playoffs five straight years.
Just six days ago, Bears head coach Marc Trestman was the toast of the town after a gutsy 4th-and-1 conversion that helped seal a victory against the Green Bay Packers.
Nine weeks into the season, there have been several notable turnarounds.
If the Bears find themselves still playing football next January, their conversion on a 4th-and-inches at their own 33-yard line against the Packers may have been the on-ramp in their road to the playoffs.
Only one game on the Week 9 docket features two teams with winning records, the Monday night matchup between the Bears and Packers.