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The Falcons' Defense Is Finding Itself At Just The Right Time The Falcons' Defense Is Finding Itself At Just The Right Time

For much of this season, it’s been difficult to take the Atlanta Falcons seriously. After a 3-0 start, they lost back-to-back home games to the Bills and Dolphins before getting thumped by the Patriots, by which time the hangover from 28-3 had reached the coffee-and-aspirin phase. Their offense, even with all that…

Danielle Hunter Sacks A QB And An RT At The Same Time

The Rams’ Rob Havenstein was in perfectly fine position to block Danielle Hunter as he went to take down Jared Goff. But Havenstein’s strength was nowhere near enough. Hunter plowed right through the powerless L.A. right tackle, getting the third-down sack on Jared Goff without having to avoid blocking at all.

How The Saints' Defense Finally Got Its Act Together How The Saints' Defense Finally Got Its Act Together

Two games into the season, the Saints’ defense performed down to expectations: New Orleans yielded 777 passing yards and 32.5 points per game in a pair of double-digit losses. But the Saints have since won six straight, and that beleaguered D has surrendered more than 200 yards through the air just once. This from a…

Mitch Trubisky Completed Four Passes And The Bears Won Mitch Trubisky Completed Four Passes And The Bears Won

A vintage defensive performance from the Chicago Bears and a complete lack of trust in their rookie quarterback were enough to soundly beat the Carolina Panthers today, 17-3. Chicago achieved a win with a pair of Eddie Jackson defensive touchdowns, while QB Mitchell Trubisky threw only seven passes, completing four.

NFL Games Seem Ugly Because Defenses Have Gotten Good NFL Games Seem Ugly Because Defenses Have Gotten Good

Two weeks into the NFL season, the game’s overall aesthetics are under fire. Scoring is down, sacks are up, and Brian Hoyer is still gainfully employed as a starting quarterback. Offenses, we’re being told, are in crisis. But are things really that bad?

Kevin Pillar Is A Highlight Machine Who Can Maybe Fly Kevin Pillar Is A Highlight Machine Who Can Maybe Fly

An update on Kevin Pillar, baseball’s most exciting center fielder: He has taken flight.

Elvis Andrus Tricked Cameron Maybin Out Of An Extra Base With A Slick Little Fake Tag Elvis Andrus Tricked Cameron Maybin Out Of An Extra Base With A Slick Little Fake Tag

The Rangers blew the Angels out early this afternoon, thanks to some steady work from Yu Darvish and a hail of hits from almost every batter in the lineup. Their defense was also on point, and no play was better than one Elvis Andrus made in the second inning.

Virginia Shuts Down North Carolina, Deals Tar Heels Historic Loss Virginia Shuts Down North Carolina, Deals Tar Heels Historic Loss

Few teams score more than North Carolina. The fifth-ranked Tar Heels average 86.4 points per game, good for seventh in the nation and third among Power 5 teams. They’ve notched 100 or more five times this season and they average the most assists per game in the country.

The Eagles' Relentless Defense Is Winning With A Scheme From The Bad Old Days The Eagles' Relentless Defense Is Winning With A Scheme From The Bad Old Days

Carson Wentz’s quick acclimation to the NFL is widely credited for the Eagles’ 4-2 start. Wentz has indeed been excellent. But Philly’s defense—and especially its defensive line—has been fantastic through six games, and it deserves its due. Through seven weeks, the Eagles lead the league in DVOA and in adjusted sack…

The Broncos' Defense Is Still Scary Good The Broncos' Defense Is Still Scary Good

There was a moment yesterday when it looked like Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense might be ready to give the Denver Broncos a game. After throwing a pick to Aqib Talib on the opening drive that set the Broncos up with an early 7-0 lead, Winston and the Bucs responded with a 13-play, 75-yard scoring…

Just Give Mike Trout A Gold Glove Already Just Give Mike Trout A Gold Glove Already

In the midst of a meaningless loss at the tail end of a losing season, the Angels’ Mike Trout is still making highlight reel-worthy defensive plays. You know, as he does.

Jarrod Dyson Made The Home Run Robbery Of The Year Jarrod Dyson Made The Home Run Robbery Of The Year

Nobody has ever robbed a home run at the Marlins’ stadium, until this evening, when Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson got all the way up to snatch one away from Christian Yelich.

Billy Hamilton Can Fly, Maybe Billy Hamilton Can Fly, Maybe

Billy Hamilton is one of the very best defensive center fielders in baseball, and tonight he went all out to make one of his best catches of the season. He’s really fast, man. Fast enough to get asked jokingly about racing Usain Bolt, and fast enough to chase this Carlos Beltran hit down.

Andrew Benintendi May Have Just Made The Catch Of The Season Andrew Benintendi May Have Just Made The Catch Of The Season

David Price pitched a gem for the Red Sox this evening, striking out eight men and only giving up two hits in eight innings of work. His night would have been a lot less spectacular, had Andrew Benintendi not flown across the outfield to leap up on top of the wall to rob Steven Souza of a dinger.

Watch Your Head

After bouncing around the minors for a while, Canadian pitcher Scott Richmond is plying his craft in the Chinese Professional Baseball League with the EDA Rhinos. Whether through sublime reflexes or blind luck, Richmond managed to turn one of the slickest and fastest double plays you’ll see all year, catching a liner…

Ian Desmond Has A Goddamn Cannon For An Arm Ian Desmond Has A Goddamn Cannon For An Arm

Ian Desmond entered this year as a cautionary tale about the perils of turning down big money and betting on yourself, but the man has been revitalized as an outfielder for the Rangers. He’s hitting .310 and has a WAR of 2.1. Desmond also made one of the best throws of the season this evening to nab Jason Castro at…

Juan Lagares Did A Pretty Convincing Willie Mays Impression Juan Lagares Did A Pretty Convincing Willie Mays Impression

When Willie Mays made The Catch in 1954, the New York Giants played in the Polo Grounds, which was a goddamn huge ballpark shaped like a horseshoe with a 483-foot center field fence. He had to get way the hell back there to make the over-the-shoulder grab. Given the dimensions of the ballpark, it’s probably…

Check Out This Outrageous, Leaping Steven Souza Catch Check Out This Outrageous, Leaping Steven Souza Catch

Remember back in 2014, when Steven Souza Jr. saved Jordan Zimmerman’s no-hitter with an over-the-shoulder catch for the last out? That was a great catch!

Billy Hamilton Lays Out For Spectacular Catch, Possibly Angers Baseball Gods Billy Hamilton Lays Out For Spectacular Catch, Possibly Angers Baseball Gods

The Reds lost to the Mets again, despite being comfortably up 3-0 when Billy Hamilton made this spectacular full-stretch diving catch to get Kevin Plawecki out. After the catch, the Mets came back and scored four runs in the seventh to win 4-3. Did Hamilton’s dope catch call malevolent baseball spirits upon them?…

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