• The Titans defense harassed
• The Lions deviated from their typical "air-it-out" approach by establishing the running game early in the contest. Offensive coordinator
• The Lions successfully defended the Cowboys' vaunted offense by using an assortment of two-deep coverages. By incorporating more man-underneath coverage out of their two-deep shell, the Lions were able to keep quarterback
• The Panthers made a concerted effort to get
• Despite using a ball-control passing game against the Raiders,
• After watching opponents use a variety of zone blitzes to attack their offense, the Patriots used a multi-faceted strategy to combat the Steelers' zone blitz. Initially, the Patriots turned to their running game to temper the Steelers' aggressiveness. By handing the ball to
But the early emphasis on the running game was quickly replaced by a pass-only approach in the second half. The Patriots spread the field with more three- and four-receiver sets and used the quick, rhythm passing game to attack the Steelers' zone blitz. By spreading the field, the Patriots were able to incorporate more slants and quick-outs to take advantage of the open windows available against the zone blitz. The Patriots are notorious for attacking stout run defenses by spreading the field to throw exclusively, and their second half approach against the Steelers was another illustration of their adoption of a pass-happy mentality.
• The Browns offense is slowly transforming into a smash-mouth unit, led by the power running of
• Credit the Seahawks'
• The Vikings' depth at running back allows them to handle the occasional subpar effort. With the 49ers focused on stopping
• The Vikings defense doesn't get enough credit for being one of the best in the league. Their rushing defense leads the league in yards allowed (70.5), and their penchant for creating turnovers has resulted in six interception return touchdowns. Coordinator