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.
Tom Coughlin’s 2013 Giants are in uncharted territory.
There’s a thin line between winning and losing in the NFL.
After four weeks, five unbeaten teams remain. Here’s Durkin’s take on how Week 5 plays out.
Let’s go to the film room to look at how the Saints stay one step ahead of their opponents.
Brees is an elite performer and a coach on the field, but undoubtedly, Payton is the leader.
After three efficient performances, quarterback Jay Cutler took a step back in the Bears first loss of the 2013 season.
After a wild Week 3, seven undefeated teams remain.
Reggie Bush is healthy and will be a key weapon the Bears have to stop.
It’s hard to understand why the Lions haven’t made finding a second receiver a bigger priority.
By Dan Durkin- (CBS) – While it wasn’t pretty for four quarters, the Bears put together solid bookends on the road, defeating a desperate and prideful Pittsburgh Steelers team 40-23, running their record to 3-0. OFFENSE [...]
The league-wide air raid continues. There have been 23 individual 300-yard performances through two weeks, tying an NFL record.
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau won’t take full credit for being the first coach to run the zone blitz scheme, as its roots trace back to Bill Arnsparger’s early 70’s Dolphins. But, undoubtedly, LeBeau was the first to perfect and commit to it as a defensive philosophy.
The 2013 Steelers certainly aren’t your dad’s Pittsburgh Steelers.
Just like they planned it, right? It seems fitting that such an odd, back-and-forth, punch-counter punch, roller coaster ride of a game went down to the wire and was decided by one point.
Flying pig skins filled the air in the opening weekend of NFL action. A record-setting 63 touchdown passes were thrown in Week 1. Here’s my take on how Week 2 will play out.
Surprisingly enough, the Bengals chose to double team tight end Martellus Bennett.
Unfortunately for the Vikings, their pedestrian passing attack can’t keep defenses honest.
Despite a new regime and refreshed philosophy, the Bears season opener had several elements of years past. Here’s my rapid reaction to a gutsy performance by the Bears to get to 1-0 and win the first game of the Marc Trestman-era.
It’s here. It’s finally here. The NFL is back!
Here’s my preseason prediction of how the 2013 NFL season will shake out.