Deep Dive

Deep Dive
49ers Preview: S.F. eyes 4th NFC title game in row
49ers Preview: S.F. eyes 4th NFC title game in row
Can a potentially more potent offense offset what might be a decline on defense? San Francisco will find out as Colin Kaepernick and company aim to keep pace with their Super Bowl champion, NFC West neighbors to the north
By Andy Benoit
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Patriots Preview: Playing to Their Strengths
Patriots Preview: Playing to Their Strengths
Bill Belichick's greatness comes from the fact that he builds his systems around the strengths and weaknesses of his roster. And his 2014 roster is Super Bowl-caliber
By Andy Benoit
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Panthers Preview: Declawed
Panthers Preview: Declawed
After a breakthrough 2013, the Panthers suffered through a miserable offseason. With so many key players gone, and so many holes left unfilled, it's shaping up to be a long season in Carolina
By Andy Benoit
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Saints Preview: Beating the ‘Blueprint’
Saints Preview: Beating the ‘Blueprint’
Some feel the Seahawks found the blueprint for shutting down the Saints' prolific offense. But Sean Payton's play designs, plus Drew Brees' talent and an improving defense, will have New Orleans back in the Super Bowl hunt
By Andy Benoit
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Colts Preview: Super Bowl Contenders, as Luck Would Have It
Colts Preview: Super Bowl Contenders, as Luck Would Have It
Because of Andrew Luck, the Colts have gotten very good very fast. With their superstar quarterback ready to take even more ownership of this offense, Indy is ready to step into the Super Bowl conversation
By Andy Benoit
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Chargers Preview: Back for More, Better than Before
Chargers Preview: Back for More, Better than Before
Philip Rivers experienced a mid-career resurgence under new coach Mike McCoy and led San Diego to the playoffs last season. With flexible personnel on offense and an adaptive defense, this team is primed for another postseason
By Andy Benoit
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Bengals Preview: New Staff, Same Stars
Bengals Preview: New Staff, Same Stars
After three straight playoff appearances, the Bengals lost their offensive and defensive coordinators to head coaching jobs. But adjusting to a new staff is secondary to the development of their young players, specifically QB Andy Dalton
By Andy Benoit
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Chiefs Preview: Can K.C. Surprise Again?
Chiefs Preview: Can K.C. Surprise Again?
A startling start to 2013 reverted back to reality over the final two months. This year, Andy Reid and company aim to have a more steady performance
By Andy Benoit
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Eagles Preview: Gonna Fly Now… Again
Eagles Preview: Gonna Fly Now… Again
You might think that NFL defenses are ready for Chip Kelly's system this time around. You'd be wrong
By Andy Benoit
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Betting on Julius Peppers
Betting on Julius Peppers
The Packers are hoping the 34-year-old defensive end turned outside linebacker can have a career renaissance just like Charles Woodson did in Green Bay. But recent history suggests the position change won’t be easy
By Andy Benoit