We're back with another weekly podcast featuring our favorite X's-and-O's analyst — Greg Cosell, the longtime NFL Films maven who's also the executive producer of ESPN's "NFL Matchup." As always, we go through this week's upcoming games with a scout's eye and Greg in control of the All-22 tape.
The first three weeks have shown us a few trends and realities we can hang our hats on to a certain degree, and Greg and I go through a few of those. Can the Lions continue to win without a consistent running game (basically, as Jim Schwartz said Monday, using tight end Brandon Pettigrew as their ground attack)? Will the Bears be able to use their new-look pressure concepts to befuddle Cam Newton? Is the Bills' pass defense as good as those four Tom Brady picks seemed to indicate? What on earth is going on with the Vikings in the second half? And just how good is Oakland's ground game?
We also touch on a few underrated aspects of the NFL this season — Cleveland's blitz packages, the way the Texans are using fullback James Casey to set up their passing game, San Francisco's impressive front seven, and an undersized defensive tackle by the name of Drake Nevis who makes the Colts still worth watching.
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