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SB XLIX Preview: 5 Keys to Victory

Are you “About that action, Boss” or do you prefer your balls on the wrong side of “Deflate-gate”?

Since #FF15 isn’t starting for a good long while, let’s do a rundown of a few of the finer points of championship football.  I’m talking the real ‘ship this time.  Statistics on paper won’t count for much when the lame duck pigskins start fluttering around this Sunday.

First and foremost, I believe I can predict with a high accuracy that this will be a competitive game.  There will be no repeat performance of the blowout of XLVIII.  One year ago, we saw what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.  There will be no opposites attack story-line here.  Each team who made it to the “Big Game” in 2015 is well rounded enough to put up a great fight all the way to the end.  Vegas seems to agree (for those who care) and the point spread is a narrow margin of 2.  It’s going to be a knock down drag out.  Unlock the keys after the jump:

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Backup Watch 4: Hit or Miss

Are wide receivers even worth mentioning in this league any more?  Everybody who’s anybody needs running backs this year.  It seems the only useful strategy is to load up on as many backup runners as you can and hope they break out in the change of pace role for big gains.  All of the high volume, every down backs have been taken since the draft and you’re #1 pick is on the IR, or suspended, or maybe you really lucked bad and got both.

Practically every team is working in more running options in the following ways:

  • Thunder and lighting
  • Screen & Dump
  • Sweep & Deep
  • Zone Read

So, your RBs might not be looking so hot.  Let’s see what you can do this week.

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