1. Teddy Bridgewater Impressing Early, Producing in Vikings System

    After watching the tape of the Minnesota Vikings ' 41-27 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4, there should be some excitement surrounding Teddy Bridgewater , as the rookie ...

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  2. Tale of the Tape for NFL Week 4

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you an X's-and-O's look at the pro game. Here are his five key plays from the Week 4 Sunday NFL schedule...

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  3. Kyle Fuller Already Ahead of Schedule in Bright Young NFL Career

    Just three games into his pro career, Chicago Bears rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller has developed into a playmaker because of his eye discipline, transition speed and ball skills...

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  4. Matt Bowen's Week 4 NFL Film Study

    Every Thursday, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen brings you his film study: a breakdown of the league from multiple angles...

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  5. Breaking Down Devin Hester's Second Wind Career Resurgence

    Devin Hester still has the rare acceleration and open-field ability that has made him the most productive kick returner in NFL history...

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  6. Tale of the Tape for NFL Week 3

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, former defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you an X's and O's look at the pro game. Here are his five key plays from the Week 3 Sunday NFL schedule...

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  7. Antonio Gates Reminding NFL Fans, Defenses He's Not Done Yet

    At 34 years old, Antonio Gates doesn ’t have the vertical speed to consistently stretch the middle of the field or the same lateral movement that we associated with the tight end earlier in his career...

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  8. Matt Bowen's Week 3 NFL Film Study

    Every Thursday, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen brings you his film study: a breakdown of the league from multiple angles...

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  9. Sammy Watkins on Early Track to Impressive Rookie Season

    Through the first two games of the 2014 season, the Buffalo Bills have scripted an offensive game plan that caters to the skill set of wide receiver Sammy Watkins...

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  10. Tale of the Tape for NFL Week 2

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, former defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you an X's and O's look at the pro game. Here are his five key plays from the Week 2 Sunday NFL schedule...

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  11. Tale of the Tape: Tight Ends Key to Baltimore Ravens' Offensive Success

    After watching the Baltimore Ravens ' 26-6 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night, let’s discuss the role of the tight end position in Gary Kubiak’s offense...

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  12. Matt Bowen's NFL Week 2 Film Study

    Every Thursday, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen brings you his film study: a breakdown of the league from multiple angles...

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  13. Tale of the Tape: Why Percy Harvin Is a Matchup Nightmare

    Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin creates stress for opposing defenses because of his matchup ability within the game plan...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 21 days ago 49,104 reads 103 comments

  14. Tale of the Tape for NFL Week 1

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, former defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you an X’s and O’s look at the pro game. Here are his five key plays from the Week 1 Sunday NFL schedule...

    Matt  Bowen Written by Matt Bowen about 23 days ago 42,748 reads 10 comments

  15. Packers vs. Seahawks: Tale of the Tape from Season Opener

    Throughout the 2014 regular season, former defensive back Matt Bowen will bring you an X’s and O’s look at the NFL . Here are his three key plays from the Seattle Seahawks' 36-16 win over the Green Bay Packers on opening night...

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  16. Matt Bowen's NFL Week 1 Film Study

    Every Thursday, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen brings you his film study: a breakdown of the league from multiple angles...

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  17. The Reality of Opening-Week Preparation

    After training camp and four exhibition games that lacked the feel of a regular-season atmosphere, NFL coaches and players will take a much different approach this week in their prep for the opening of the 2014 season...

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  18. Tale of the Tape for Johnny Manziel Heading into Regular Season

    As quarterback Johnny Manziel continues the transition process to the pro level, let’s take a look back at what the Cleveland Browns rookie put on the tape this preseason...

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  19. Matt Bowen's NFL Regular-Season Film Preview

    Former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen previews the start of the 2014 regular season with a focus on scheme and personnel in the film room...

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  20. Will Defensive Contact Emphasis Spoil NFL's Regular Season?

    Physical play, technique and the ability to challenge receivers throughout the route stem. These are the basic skills we look for in defensive backs when they are matched up in coverage at the NFL level...

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  21. Tale of the Tape from NFL Preseason Week 3

    Throughout the 2014 preseason schedule, Matt Bowen will bring you an X’s and O’s look at the NFL . Here are his five key plays from the third weekend of the exhibition season...

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  22. NFL 101: Breaking Down the Nickel Run Game

    In this installment of the "NFL 101" series at Bleacher Report, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the basics of the nickel run game to give you a better understanding of the scheme and its execution at the pro level...

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  23. Matt Bowen's NFL Preseason Week 3 Film Study

    Every Thursday throughout the preseason and regular-season schedule, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen brings you his film session: a breakdown of the league from multiple angles...

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  24. Inside the Importance of Preseason Week 3

    In the third week of the NFL preseason, game plans are handed out, practice is structured to simulate the regular-season routine and starters are expected to play into the second half before shutting it down for the rest of the summer...

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  25. Tale of the Tape from NFL Preseason Week 2

    Throughout the 2014 preseason schedule, Matt Bowen will bring you an X’s and O’s look at the NFL . Here are his five key plays from the second weekend of the exhibition season...

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