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.
The NFL’s plan of making Week 17 significant by scheduling 16 divisional games worked precisely as designed. The AFC is all set, with only the top four seeds to be determined. In the NFC, the East division title and the No. 6 seed are up for grabs. Here’s how I think the regular season finale will play out.
Huge games in Seattle and Baltimore, and Adrian Peterson steps closer to history. Here’s my take on how this weekend’s action will shake out.
This is great design by Horton, but without a player like Patrick Peterson it wouldn’t be possible. Peterson doesn’t require safety help over the top.
When you’re starting a sixth-round rookie quarterback, your season has officially bottomed out. Welcome to the 2012 Arizona Cardinals.
It’s officially crunch time in the NFL, and Week 15 is chock-full of crucial games with playoff implications. Four current playoff teams in the NFC square off and there’s a potential Super Bowl preview in Foxboro. Here’s my take on how this weekend’s action will shake out.
Week 14 kicks off the final quarter of the NFL season, so it’s put up or shut up time for several NFL teams.
With five games remaining, playoff pretenders are starting to drop out and contenders are battling for position. Two bitter rivals meet in Baltimore, and a potential playoff matchup in Chicago headline Week 13 action. Here’s my take on how the games will play out.
Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s passing scheme is predicated on play action off of inside-zone run looks.
If the season were to end today, Seattle would travel to Chicago for a Wild Card round matchup. Granted, a lot of shuffling can – and will – happen over the next six weeks, but this Sunday is a huge game for both teams.
If the Turkey day trifecta didn’t satisfy your appetite for NFL football, there’s a full slate of NFL action left to be played.
The Bears play host to a familiar foe led by a familiar face this Sunday.
With Week 11 upon us, contenders are starting to separate themselves from pretenders. There are a few heavyweight bouts in the Sunday and Monday night games, featuring four very physical teams. Here’s my take on how this weekend’s action is going to play out.
The 49ers don’t lead the league in rushing by accident, it’s by design. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman has devised the most diverse running scheme in the NFL, dusting off old running concepts and putting a modern spin on them.
Week 10 features some intriguing matchups, none larger than the Sunday Night match-up at Soldier Field featuring two 7-1 squads.
A closer look at Owen Daniels and the Texans’ play-action naked bootleg packages in this week’s playbook.
Not many teams could withstand injuries to their three best offensive players and achieve what the Houston Texans did in 2011. Bears fans can relate to this better than anyone, watching last season bottom out after losing Jay Cutler and Matt Forte.
Hard to believe that we’re already at the halfway point of the season. Things are starting to get sorted out in both conferences, as contenders separate themselves from pretenders.
Using NFL GameRewind’s All-22 Coaches Film footage, I break down the Titans inside-zone running scheme.
When you consider that 2011 was the first year Jeff Fisher wasn’t calling the shots in Tennessee in 17 years, and combine it with a protracted holdout involving their superstar running back, the Titans 9-7 record was impressive.
The NFL is looking to create parity across the league, but 2012 is starting to look a lot like 2011.
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