1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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...

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  5. 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...

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Matt Bowen's NFL Preseason Week 2 Film Study

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

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  18. Breaking Down the Progression of the NFL Preseason

    The NFL preseason follows a specific progression each week in terms of game plans, veteran playing time and rookie exposure as teams prep for the regular season...

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  19. Tale of the Tape from NFL Preseason Week 1

    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 first weekend of the exhibition season...

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  20. NFL 101: Breaking Down the Basics of 2-Man Coverage

    In this installment of the "NFL 101" series at Bleacher Report, former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down the basics of 2-Man coverage to give you a better understanding of the scheme and its execution at the pro level...

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  21. Inside Training Camp: The Harsh Reality of Camp Injuries

    Players are going to get banged up with ankle, knee, shoulder and various muscle injuries in NFL training camps—injuries that prevent them from competing in practice...

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  22. Tale of the Tape from NFL's Hall of Fame Game

    Throughout the 2014 preseason schedule, Matt Bowen will bring you an X’s and O’s look at the NFL . Here are his three key plays from the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, on Sunday night, where the Giants beat the Bills 17-13...

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  23. Inside the NFL's Hall of Fame Game

    The Hall of Fame Game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Giants Sunday night in Canton, Ohio, should be viewed as an extension of practice...

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  24. Julius Peppers' Freakish Athletic Ability Is an Ideal Fit for Packers Defense

    At 34 years old, Julius Peppers can still run like a tight end, explode off the line of scrimmage with an electric first step and showcase his freakish athletic ability to chase down the quarterback or make a play in the open field...

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  25. Inside Training Camp: Are NFL Camps Getting Too Soft?

    The concerned look on my mom’s face said it all as I walked out of FedEx Field on one of those humid nights in August after the third preseason game in 2004...

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