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Super Bowl 52: A look at the secondaries

Malcolm Butler (21), Patrick Chung (23)

Flip the number 52 around and you’ll get 25. Which I found interesting for the purpose of this piece, because there are a lot of similarities between this year’s Super Bowl 52 pitting the New England Patriots against Philadelphia Eagles, and Super Bowl 25, when the Buffalo Bills faced the New York Giants in 1991.

Back then, the Bills were heavily favored to beat the Giants. Buffalo had the NFL’s most prolific offense, led by quarterback Jim Kelly, running back Thurman Thomas, and receivers Andre Reed and James Lofton. (All of them are now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.) The defense was solid — led by Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith — but it was Buffalo’s offense that was its biggest strength.

The Giants made it to the Super Bowl thanks primarily to its defense, headlined by Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor (arguably the greatest defensive player in NFL history), Pro Bowl DE Leonard Marshall and LB Carl Banks, and cornerback Everson Walls, who is a finalist for the 2018 Hall of Fame class. Continue reading

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Super Bowl 51: A look at the secondaries

L-R: Harmon, McCourty, Ryan

L-R: Harmon, McCourty, Ryan

The media coverage leading up to Super Bowl LI (a.k.a. Super Bowl 51 for the Roman-numerically-challenged) between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons has mirrored the media coverage leading up to last month’s college football national championship game between Alabama and Clemson.

Legacy has been a popular angle.

Going into the NCAA title game, the biggest question surrounding Alabama head coach Nick Saban was not if he could lead the Crimson Tide to the program’s 17th national title. It was more like, when Saban did it, would he then be considered the greatest college coach of all-time? Would he be considered better than ‘Bama legend Paul “Bear” Bryant? Continue reading

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Pick Six: Players of the Week

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Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:

Bradley Roby, CB, Broncos (NFL): While he did get beaten a few times by Pittsburgh’s Antonio-Brown-less receiving corps in Sunday’s AFC divisional-round playoff game, Roby stepped up and made the single biggest play of the game. The Broncos were trailing the Steelers in the fourth quarter when Roby dislodged the ball from RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, forcing a fumble that set up QB Peyton Manning to drive Denver down for the go-ahead score in their 23-16 victory.

Rashad Johnson, FS, Cardinals (NFL): The bad? Johnson and All-Pro CB Patrick Peterson were the ones who allowed Packers WR Jeff Janis to catch that impossible Hail Mary touchdown that forced overtime in Saturday’s NFC divisional-round playoff game. The good? The Cardinals were still able to get the W, and Johnson had Arizona’s only interception (that counted) against QB Aaron Rodgers as well as adding five tackles in Arizona’s 26-20 overtime victory. Continue reading

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