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Matt Chatham: NFL Getting It Wrong With Vague ‘Neck Area’ Penalties

To combat the growing concern with head injuries in the NFL, the league has taken to strictly enforcing penalties on what it deems “helmet-to-helmet” hits. The result? Questionable penalties like the ones assessed to New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner last weekend and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds this Sunday. These borderline...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

College Football Playoff Format Could Be Recipe For Chaos In Final Weeks

Things are about to get nutty in college football. The regular season is almost over, but there’s still plenty that must be sorted out in college football, and there’s a good chance there are at least a few answers to the many questions on Saturday. No. 2 Oregon cruised to a win in the Pac 12 championship Friday night and No. 3 TCU rolled to a blowout win on Saturday afternoon...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Chatham: College Football Needs Eight-Team Playoff Format

The new college football playoff format might be a step in the right direction, but it’s far from perfect. That’s according to former New England Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham, who details on his website Football By Football that while the new system is better than the mess of the method of the Bowl Championship Series, the new four-team playoff still...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots Point Of View: Nowhere To Run

Former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham provides Part 2 of our two-part Packers-Patriots preview, this time looking from the New England side of the table.  With all due respect to Green Bay wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, but I don't think the Packers fortunes rests with their performances today.  If it does, then the Packers are in trouble.  Top-two tandem production...
Via Football By Football
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots, Bengals, Chiefs Reshape AFC Picture With Excellence In Running Game

The NFL is a pass-happy league, but the ability to run the ball is still a major key to success. A few teams unlocked that success Sunday, as the NFL landscaped was altered with a crazy day of football. Teams like the New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs picked up huge wins and shook up the AFC in the process. The common thread between those four teams...
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Twitter Tuesday: The importance of Aqib Talib

This keeps getting brushed past, but Demaryius Thomas’ longest reception of the game came in man-to-man coverage vs Talib in 1st quarter — Matt Chatham (@chatham58) January 20, 2014   I know this is supposed to show that having Talib for the whole game wouldn’t have guaranteed that Thomas would have been shut down. But in my mind, this shows the opposite. While Talib allowed...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

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