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John
 Dec 9, 2021
Best NFL podcast I've ever listened too.i don't go a day without it

Tony
 Nov 18, 2020
Great to have Mays back on the air. Simply the best.


 Oct 12, 2020

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 Sep 30, 2020
I'm glad Robert Mays is back podcasting again. I enjoy his insight into the game and it is very enjoyable to listen to.


 Sep 10, 2020

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The Athletic’s flagship football podcast covers the NFL like only The Athletic can. Robert Mays is joined by a team of world class NFL writers and analysts. They’ll break down the biggest stories throughout the world of football. Whether it’s happening on the field, or behind-the-scenes, you’ll get an in-depth look at an unprecedented NFL season and NFL Draft on The Athletic Football Show.

Episode Date
NFL Wild Card Saturday Recap: Bengals & Bills advance & what's next for the Raiders & Patriots
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Joe Burrow snaps the 31-year playoff drought in Cincinnati, Josh Allen leads the Bills to one of the most-impressive offensive performances in NFL history, and those are just a few of the talking points coming out of the NFL's Wild Card Saturday. Robert Mays and Nate Tice react to the action & what the wins mean in Buffalo and Cincinnati, where the Patriots and Raiders go from here with Derek Carr, Mac Jones expectations and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 16, 2022
NFL Wild Card Sunday preview
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice continue their wild-card weekend coverage by previewing Sunday’s games. They begin by breaking down Tom Brady and the Buccaneers’ offense vs. the Eagles’ defense. Then, they discuss the highly-anticipated matchup between the Cowboys and 49ers before closing things out by talking about Steelers-Chiefs.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2022
NFL Wild Card Saturday preview & picks
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Before diving into wild-card weekend, Robert Mays and Nate Tice discuss the Texans’ decision to fire David Culley and major questions facing the franchise this offseason. Then, they preview Saturday’s wild-card matchups between Raiders-Bengals and Patriots-Bills. Finally, Sheil Kapadia his back for his playoff picks against the spread.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2022
Ranking the NFL head coach openings and top candidates with Jeff Howe + the state of the Giants amid another reset with Dan Duggan
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Which NFL head coach opening is the most attractive? Lindsay Jones and The Athletic’s Jeff Howe break down all of the vacancies, the top candidates for each role and much more. Plus, The Athletic’s Giants’ writer Dan Duggan joins the show to discuss the state of the franchise amid another head coach and GM change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2022
Evaluating the hiring process for NFL head coaches and GMs with Amy Trask, Domonique Foxworth & Joe Barry
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Where do we look for NFL head coaches and GMs? What qualities should the candidate possess? Robert Mays begins exploring those questions with former NFL executive and current analyst for CBS Sports, Amy Trask. They discuss the business side of finding a GM, the importance of collaboration and her experience with the Raiders. Then, former NFL player and current ESPN writer and commentator, Domonique Foxworth joins the show to talk about how head coaches set the culture within a team. Finally, Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry explains why he knew early on that Mike Tomlin, Sean McVay and Brandon Staley would be successful head coaches.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2022
Mailbag: Potential QB moves, trick plays, uniform talk, undervalued GMs & more with Mitchell Schwartz
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The Playoffs are here, and we've got a recent Super Bowl Champion in the house to shed some light on how players prepare for playoff games vs. the regular season, which QBs could be on the move this offseason, an NFL uniform fact you might not know and more courtesy of this week's Athletic Football Show mailbag as Robert Mays leads Mitchell Schwartz through your voicemails and emails concerning the Browns, Raiders, Chargers, Colts and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2022
NFL Black Monday: Brian Flores, Matt Nagy, Mike Zimmer out & more news with Mike Sando
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Robert Mays and The Athletic’s Mike Sando break down all of the NFL firings on Black Monday. They begin by discussing the Bears’ decision to move on from Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace and the end of Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman’s tenure in Minnesota. They also talk about the surprise firing of Brian Flores and why the Giants are sticking with Joe Judge. They wrap by examining potential head coach candidates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2022
NFL playoff matchups, Chargers-Raiders tie almost happens, Colts season ends vs. Jaguars, Vic Fangio out & more
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Following a chaotic ending to the 2021 NFL regular season, which almost appropriately ended in a tie between the Chargers and Raiders, Robert Mays and Nate Tice sift through the mess and discuss the most intriguing playoff matchups, from the 49ers & Cowboys renewing an old rivalry to the Bills facing the Patriots & more. Plus, the Colts season ends in embarrassing fashion at the hands of the Jaguars, Vic Fangio is out in Denver and more breaking headlines following the final whistle of week 18. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2022
Week 18 NFL preview + picks
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Week 18 is officially here! Robert Mays and Nate Tice preview the matchups with the most at stake. They break down Chargers-Raiders before discussing why the Rams have struggled against the 49ers’ offense. Plus, can Nate rebound after going 0-3 in his picks last week? Sheil Kapadia is back to explain his favorite lines heading into the final weekend of the regular season.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2022
2021 NFL Awards: MVP picks, biggest WTF moments, games of the year & more + Saints team visit with Katherine Terrell
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We're rounding out the 2021 NFL season by handing out some awards of our own, from Most Improved Player to WTF Moment of the Year and more before Lindsay Jones and Robert Mays dive into MVP talk, Coach of the Year, Exec of the Year and all the rest - then Saints writer for The Athletic, Katherine Terrell, stops by to weigh-in on Robert's Sean Payton trade hypothetical, the fans' desire to make a playoff run and more Saints talk. Discount code for The Athletic just in time for PLAYOFFS! theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2022
2021 NFL All-Pro Team: Defense
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The 2021 NFL All-Pro team discussion continues with the defense. Robert Mays welcomes back Trench Warfare’s Brandon Thorn to help select the defensive line. Then, former NFL player and current ESPN analyst, Matt Bowen fills out the roster for linebackers and defensive backs.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2022
2021 NFL All-Pro Team: Offense
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On a special two-part episode of The Athletic Football Show, Robert Mays is joined by several guests to select the 2021 NFL All-Pro team. They begin with the offense and Nate Tice stops by to break down the quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and tight ends. Then, Trench Warfare’s Brandon Thorn weighs in on the offensive line. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2022
Mailbag: Best football timezone, playing for bad coaches, Elway's ideal QB, trading Derek Carr for Russell Wilson & more
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It's almost playoff time, and your emails & voicemails are flowing in. From teams in need of a refresh to playoff worries, the All-Pro himself Mitchell Schwartz is here to shed light on playing in sour situations, what a Derek Carr for Russell Wilson trade could do for the Seahawks and the Raiders, finding some help for Ravens and Broncos fans, which timezone is truly the best for football and more with Robert Mays as week 18 arrives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2022
Week 17 Recap: Bengals-Chiefs doesn't disappoint, Antonio Brown quits, Cardinals handle Cowboys, playoff picture & could Matt Stafford doom the Rams?
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It was a week of playoff clinching wins, confusing losses, and even more confusing behavior on the field as Joe Burrow and the Bengals wrap up the AFC North with a win over Patrick Mahomes the Chiefs , the Cowboys can't control of Kyler Murray, Antonio Brown literally quits on the Buccaneers, the Eagles stay alive, the Colts drop one to the Raiders, and could Matthew Stafford end up dooming the Rams' playoff run? Robert Mays and Nate Tice discuss these headlines and more from week 17 on a postgame Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 03, 2022
Week 17 NFL preview + picks
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There are several important matchups on the slate for Week 17 and Robert Mays and Nate Tice are here to preview what they are watching heading into the weekend. They discuss what’s at stake for the Bengals, if the Dolphins’ defense is for real, their excitement around the Cowboys and much more. Then, Sheil Kapadia looks to make a final push with his Week 17 picks against the spread. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2021
AFC & NFC wild card threat index
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones start the show by discussing the latest COVID-19 changes across the NFL and the impact it could have on games as soon as this weekend. Plus, which wild card team poses the biggest threat heading into the playoffs? They rank who they believe could be the most dangerous teams from the AFC and NFC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 30, 2021
John Madden's impact & legacy with Bryan Curtis
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The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and Robert Mays take some time to reflect on the impact of John Madden's career, from his larger-than-life personality in the broadcast booth to on the field and via our gaming consoles, hear how Madden's life impacted so many who love the game of football. Athletic subscription deal happening now @ theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2021
Remembering John Madden + Mina Kimes on the future of the Pete Carroll-Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
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Robert Mays begins the episode by remembering NFL Hall of Fame coach and commentator, John Madden. Then, ESPN’s Mina Kimes joins the show to discuss the legacy and future of the Pete Carroll era in Seattle. How did the Seahawks get to this point? Will they trade Russell Wilson? How will the front office approach this offseason? They dive into all of that and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2021
Mailbag: Giants keeping Joe Judge & Daniel Jones, trading Sean Payton, Cowboys’ draft success, active player Hall of Famers & more
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The Super Bowl Champion Mitchell Schwartz returns to the Mailbag portion of the show to dig into some of your best week 16-17 questions, voicemails and emails like what we think of the Giants apparently sticking by Joe Judge and Daniel Jones, what the Jaguars would have to trade to acquire a Sean Payton, the Cowboys' recent draft history, rebooting the Bears and Washington Football Team, which coach-QB relationships are intriguing to think about and more with Robert Mays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2021
Week 16 Recap: Joe Burrow makes history, Cowboys secure the NFC East, Baker Mayfield can't loosen up, Chiefs & Colts surging & more
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Week 16 of NFL action is wrapping up, as Joe Burrow makes history against the Ravens, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys secure the NFC East thanks to Trevon Diggs and the defense, the Chargers drop a concerning game to the Texans, the Patriots stumble, the Chiefs and Colts look unstoppable and much more. Join Robert Nate and Nate Tice for their weekly postgame reaction discussing the highs and lows of Saturday and Sunday, including the Jaguars' confusing end-of-game sequence, the Bears' last-minute victory in Seattle and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 27, 2021
NFL week 16 preview & picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice kick off the holiday weekend by previewing the highly anticipated rematch between the Bills and Patriots. They also discuss the Colts’ defense, if the Cowboys offense is really broken and the AFC North showdown between the Bengals and Ravens. Plus, Sheil Kapadia pulls ahead in the picks segment and Nate is riding with Ian Book? Tune in to hear their Week 16 picks against the spread.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2021
The MVP case for Cooper Kupp & Jonathan Taylor, should the Vikings want the playoffs & the Browns' Baker Mayfield conundrum with Zac Jackson
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A lot is happening as week 16 in the NFL arrives. Lindsay Jones is here for her weekly visit as she and Robert dive into the MVP case for non-QB candidates Cooper Kupp & Jonathan Taylor. Will their historic seasons at their respective positions be enough to sway the committee? Plus, the Vikings are somehow Stayin' Alive, personnel updates across the league, appointment viewing for Thursday before The Athletic's Browns writer Zac Jackson joins the show to dig into the Baker Mayfield conundrum hanging over Cleveland, the offseason plan, Myles Garrett's DPOY campaign and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2021
How the run game fits into modern NFL offenses with Mitchell Schwartz
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What role does the run game play in a successful offense in 2021? Robert Mays is joined by Mitchell Schwartz to discuss what the numbers tell us, the impact on the quarterback and offensive line and the physical element it brings to the offense. Plus, Robert shares parts of his conversation with Colts’ head coach Frank Reich on the topic.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2021
Mailbag: The most star heavy teams, Jaguars coaching swings, the myth of "too tall" QBs, how Bengals fans should feel & more
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Our own Senior Writer and Pro Football Hall of Fame Voter Mike Sando returns for this week's mailbag, diving into your voicemails and emails coming out of week 15. How should Bengals fans feel right now? What makes a coaching "rerun candidate" like Dennis Allen a good one? What's the deal with "too tall" QBs with guys like Justin Herbert out there? Who are the most star-heavy teams in today's NFL aside from QB? If the Jaguars swung for the fences, which head coach would be the most intriguing for them to hire? These questions and more on deck from YOU on this Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2021
Week 15 Recap: Saints silence Tom Brady, Lions shock the Cardinals & explaining the AFC playoff picture
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The NFL's week 15 was full of sloppy play, backup starters, and unexpected wins. Robert Mays and Nate Tice run down the biggest headlines coming out of Sunday, from the Saints shutting out Tom Brady and the Bucs, to the Lions shocking the Cardinals to get their second win under Dan Campbell and more + Robert and Nate attempt to bring some clarity to the AFC playoff race following the Ravens loss and wins by the Bengals and Steelers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 20, 2021
Colts outlast Patriots, Jonathan Taylor is inevitable, Frank Reich & Carson Wentz in the spotlight with Zak Keefer
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Jonathan Taylor is inevitable. Following the Colts' big win over the AFC rival Patriots, Robert Mays is joined by Athletic NFL / Colts writer Zak Keefer to discuss the win, Carson Wentz and Frank Reich's communication, Darius Leonard's Peanut Punches, and of course, Jonathan Taylor. How dangerous is this Colts team? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 19, 2021
NFL week 15 preview & picks
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What’s next for Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars? Robert Mays and Nate Tice begin the episode by discussing what needs to happen in Jacksonville over the next few months. Then, they examine Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur’s success this season, how the Rams have figured things out on offense and the 49ers’ adjustments on defense. Finally, Sheil Kapadia shares his Week 15 picks against the spread.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2021
More Urban Meyer reactions: Effect on Trevor Lawrence, coaching candidates & what's next for the Jaguars with Sheil Kapadia
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Robert Mays and Sheil Kapadia bring some more context to the Urban Meyer situation with some bonus podcast coverage covering the coach's affect on Trevor Lawrence's development, what direction the Jaguars should go in for their next head coach, & whether or not the Jags as they are today can even be trusted to get things right. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
Urban Meyer fired in Jacksonville, league meetings, NFL's response to rising cases & 49ers long term plans with David Lombardi
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Urban Meyer is out in Jacksonville after multiple reports surface about a hostile situation in the Jaguars locker room. Lindsay Jones and Mike Sando react to the breaking overnight news before Robert Mays and Lindsay shift their focus to the league meetings are happening in Dallas as teams around the league continue to shift rosters around. Lindsay has updates on what teams and players are doing to keep the season going, the reveal of the 2022 salary cap number, how the Broncos continue to Stay Alive in the playoff hunt & more + The Athletic's David Lombardi, who covers the 49ers, joins in on the conversation to bring some insight as to why the 49ers didn't start Trey Lance in year 1, the plan for Jimmy Garoppolo in 2022, playoff hopes & more as week 15 arrives. Gift a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
Kurt Warner on Mac Jones, cerebral QBs & the state of quarterback play in 2021
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Robert Mays is joined by Hall of Famer Kurt Warner to break down the different styles of quarterback play we are seeing across the NFL in 2021. They discuss how Mac Jones has been successful this season, the art of reading the defense’s body language and the offenses that are doing a good job at making things easy on the quarterback. They also talk about footwork, technique and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2021
Mailbag: Best QB arms, college vs. NFL coaching, current Hall of Fame trajectories, rookie transitioning & more with Nate Tice
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Nate Tice returns for the 2nd show in a row as we open the Athletic Football Show Mailbag. This week's it's full of questions regarding ranking some of the best QB arm talent in recent memory, who some Hall of Fame candidates are in today's NFL, making the transition from coaching in college to coaching in the League, what approach the Falcons should take this coming offseason and much more with Robert Mays! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2021
Tom Brady outduels Josh Allen, Micah Parsons enters the DPOY convo, Urban Meyer chaos in Jacksonville, Chiefs are back & more with Nate Tice
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Buccaneers-Bills lives up to the hype, the Cowboys defense has our attention, Urban Meyer is wearing out his welcome in Jacksonville, and those are only a few highlights from week 14. How should Bengals fans feel after the loss to the 49ers? What about Bears fans and another loss in Green Bay? Is Micah Parsons really the MVP favorite? What is going on with the Panthers, Cam Newton and their QB situation? Nate Tice and Robert Mays have all the postgame reaction on a new Athletic Football Show. Athletic discount @ theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2021
Bills-Buccaneers preview, the Browns and Ravens’ offensive struggles & the resurgence of the Chiefs’ defense with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 14 picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice preview the game of the week between the Bills and Buccaneers. They also examine the Browns and Ravens’ struggles on offense before breaking down how the Chiefs have fixed their defense over the course of the season. Then, Sheil Kapadia is back to talk about his Week 14 picks as Nate inches closer to taking the lead.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2021
NFL teams out of the playoff race, can the Dolphins remain hot & questions for the Bills with Lindsay Jones + a Philadelphia Eagles team visit with Bo Wulf
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones start the show by discussing which teams are out of the NFL playoff race and which franchise they believe has the most hope over the next several years. They also talk about the Dolphins’ postseason chances and the Bills’ important matchup with the Buccaneers. Finally, Bo Wulf joins the show to discuss how the Eagles have turned things around this season, Jalen Hurts’ future in Philly, their 2022 NFL Draft picks and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2021
Examining the parity of the 2021 NFL season with Mike Sando
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Why has this NFL season felt so unpredictable? Where are all the elite teams? Robert Mays and Mike Sando examine why we are experiencing more parity than ever before across the league. They discuss what the numbers tell us, how the quarterbacks are playing a role, the increase in penalties and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2021
Mailbag: Joe Brady out in Carolina, Lamar Jackson's development, Mitchell Schwartz's Fantasy O-Line & more
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Time to open the Athletic Football Show Mailbag following some big moments from week 13, from Joe Brady's firing in Carolina, to the decision to go for 2 in Pittsburgh and more, Mitchell Schwartz is Robert Mays' guest to dive into your emails and voicemails + Mitchell reveals his starting Fantasy O-Line! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2021
Updated playoff picture, Lions finally win, Cardinals' defense flying, Gronk defying logic & more with Nate Tice
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As week 13 nears an end, it's time to take a step back and look at the AFC playoff picture in the context of Sunday's results as the Colts keep on winning, the Chargers blow out the Bengals, and the Las Vegas Raiders and Baltimore Ravens might be done + Rob Gronkowski keeps defying logic with how he's playing in Tampa Bay, an early Hall of Fame campaign speech for Andrew Whitworth, the Niners fall to a poor Seahawks team, the Vikings hand the Lions their first win under Dan Campbell and more with Robert Mays and Nate Tice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2021
Patriots’ dominant defense, why Washington’s offense is working & how bad are the Jaguars failing Trevor Lawrence with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 13 picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice begin the “Friday Five” by discussing how the Patriots’ defense is bullying offenses this season. They also examine why Washington’s offense is working with Taylor Heinicke, the Chargers’ offensive game plan and how bad the Jaguars are failing Trevor Lawrence. Finally, Sheil Kapadia hopes for a big Week 13 as Nate gains ground in the picks segment.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2021
MVP favorites, Washington is Stayin' Alive, rebooting the Steelers & more with Lindsay Jones & Mark Kaboly
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Lindsay Jones and Steelers writer Mark Kaboly of the Athletic are this week's guests as Robert and Lindsay discuss their current picks for MVP and discuss candidate odds of Tom Brady, Kyler Murray, Aaron Rodgers, Jonathan Taylor, Dak Prescott and more before discussing the Washington Football Team's refusal to exit the playoff conversation, the most intriguing games this weekend and more + Kaboly joins the show for an extended convo on the current state of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger, the draft and all the chaos that Steelers fans are currently experiencing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2021
Dane Brugler’s 2022 NFL mock draft 1.0
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Mock draft season is officially underway as Robert Mays welcomes The Athletic’s Dane Brugler to discuss the 2022 NFL Draft. Dane explains who he has at No. 1, the overall talent this year and where things get interesting for the Jets, Giants and Eagles. Plus, they also dive into the top quarterbacks and what to watch heading into the conference championship games this weekend.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2021
Mailbag: How players spend the bye week, what positions are most valuable, is Matt LaFleur underrated & more with Mitchell Schwartz
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Mitchell Schwartz returns to share his Super Bowl Champion perspective as we open this week's Mailbag, full of talk about Matt LaFleur not getting enough credit, why NFL teams don't hire former agents as GMs like the NBA does, how players choose to spend their bye week, which positions are the hardest to come by in today's NFL, Micah Parson's role in Dallas and much more with host Robert Mays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2021
NFC rankings, Bucs top Colts, Aaron Rodgers out-duels Matthew Stafford, Dolphins surprise, Patriots & more with Nate Tice
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After a wild week 12 of NFL action, we're taking a closer look at how the results affect the NFC playoff picture. How convincing was Tom Brady and the Bucs' win over the Colts? Have the Packers become the NFC favorite? What about what's happening out in San Francisco with Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers? Nate Tice joins Robert Mays to discuss it all + a surprising win for the Dolphins, BIll Belichick and the surging Patriots, what the hell is up with Ben Roethlisberger and more on a postgame Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2021
What’s wrong with Rams’ offense, the Eagles’ path to the playoffs & the Patriots’ game plan for Mac Jones with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 12 picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice discuss the top things they are watching heading into the weekend slate. They begin by examining what is wrong with the Rams’ offense before talking about the Eagles’ path to the playoffs. They also discuss what is different about this version of the 49ers’ offense and how the Patriots have built their game plan around Mac Jones. Finally, Sheil Kapadia is back to break down his Week 12 picks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2021
What we’re thankful for this NFL season
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There is plenty to be thankful for this NFL season. Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discuss what tops their list. They talk about the return of the fan experience, the Manningcast, the new group of wide receivers and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2021
Previewing the Thanksgiving slate with Sheil Kapadia & Nate Tice
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Before the turkey and mashed potatoes, Robert Mays sits down with Sheil Kapadia and Nate Tice to preview the Thanksgiving games. They find ways to get you excited for Bears-Lions, before diving into the Cowboys’ offense against the Raiders’ defense. Finally, Sheil explains why he’s not worried about the Bills as they break down Buffalo’s matchup against the Saints.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2021
Mailbag: Taunting rule, Tom Brady vs. Bill Belichick, Frank Reich's value & Thanksgiving food power rankings with Mitchell Schwartz
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Super Bowl champ Mitchell Schwartz returns to open this week's Mailbag with Robert Mays as the taunting rule reared it's ugly head again in week 11. Hear a player's perspective on the impact on the game, plus Tom Brady's value vs. Bill Belichick's value, Bills concerns, Justin Fields' development, where Frank Reich ranks in the coaching hierarchy & more before Mitchell and Robert rank their favorite Thanksgiving foods, with a few surprises along the way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2021
Chiefs silence the Cowboys, Jonathan Taylor runs over the Bills, Titans & Seahawks in panic mode, Vikings shine & more with Nate Tice
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Another Sunday down, and we're left with more questions than answers. What do we make of the Chiefs defense shutting down Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense? Should Bills fans be freaking out more than Colts fans are celebrating? What has happened to the Titans and Seahawks that we used to know? Nate Tice joins for the weekly postgame edition of The Athletic Football Show, discussing these topics and more including Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Steve Spagnulo and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2021
Chiefs-Cowboys preview, the Colts’ run game & the Titans’ defensive success with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 11 picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice start the “Friday Five” with a full preview of Chiefs-Cowboys. They also examine the Colts’ run game, the Titans’ defensive success and the Ravens’ struggles against the blitz. Then, Sheil Kapadia dresses as Bill Belichick and Nate wears a pirate costume for their Week 11 picks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2021
Ron Rivera vs. Cam Newton, what’s at stake for the Bengals & the AFC playoff picture with Lindsay Jones + a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team visit with Greg Auman
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones kick off the episode by discussing the Week 11 matchup between Ron Rivera and Cam Newton. They also talk about what’s at stake for the Bengals, the highly anticipated showdown between the Cowboys and Chiefs, and the big questions surrounding the AFC playoff picture. Plus, The Athletic’s Greg Auman joins the show to discuss the Buccaneers' two-game skid, the injury issues and Tom Brady's MVP caliber season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2021
Decoding two-high defenses with Cody Alexander
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Robert Mays welcomes MatchQuarters’ Cody Alexander to break down the rise of two-high defenses across the NFL. They dive into what we’ve seen on film over the last several years, what teams are implementing it the most, how it’s impacted the run game across the league and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2021
Mailbag: The Baker Mayfield dilemma, QBs in bad situations, when to move on from a coach & more with Mitchell Schwartz
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Mitchell Schwartz is here for this week's Mailbag special, answering your voicemails and emails coming out of week 10 with Robert Mays. How should Browns and Colts fans feel about their QB situations with Baker Mayfield and Carson Wentz? When will Seahawks fans know it's time to move on from Pete Carroll? Which players did Mitchell play against with the Chiefs that he dreaded facing? This and much more on a Tuesday Athletic Football Show. Athletic discount - theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2021
Mac Jones dominates the Browns, Cam Newton is back, Dak Prescott's MVP campaign, Seahawks score 0 & more with Nate Tice
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Week 10 in the NFL was full of high-scoring blowouts, a shutout, a tie, the return of a franchise QB, and more headlines that felt oddly right for this 2021 season. Nate Tice and Robert Mays react to Sunday's biggest stories, from Mac Jones' ascension in New England & the Browns' issues, Cam Newton being BACK in Carolina, the argument for Dak Prescott the MVP, the Minnesota Vikings being contenders, curious losses for the Buccaneers and Seahawks and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2021
Odell Beckham Jr. signs with Rams & Cam Newton returns to Carolina with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 10 picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice start the show by discussing the top news in the NFL. They examine how Odell Beckham Jr. will fit into the Rams’ offense as well as the Panthers’ decision to bring back Cam Newton. Then they dive into the film and discuss whether or not the Broncos have shown the blueprint to slowing down the Cowboys. Finally, Sheil Kapadia’s lead in the picks segment dwindles as Nate looks to make a comeback. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2021
Potential landing spots for Odell Beckham Jr., spotlight on Cowboys coaching staff, can the Titans keep rolling & more with Lindsay Jones + a Green Bay Packers team visit with Matt Schneidman
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Where will Odell Beckham Jr. land? Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones break down the best teams for the wide receiver. They also talk about the spotlight on Mike McCarthy and the Cowboys coaching staff, Russell Wilson’s return and the Titans’ dominant defense. Then, The Athletic’s Packers writer Matt Schneidman joins the show to talk about Aaron Rodgers’ status for Week 10 and Green Bay’s COVID-19 violations. They also discuss Jordan Love’s debut, David Bakhtiari’s activation and the surprising stars on defense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2021

Priorities for rebuilding teams at the midpoint of the season with Scott Pioli + distractions in the NFL locker room with Mitchell Schwartz
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What do NFL teams in the rebuilding process prioritize at the midpoint of the season? Former NFL executive and current TV analyst Scott Pioli joins Robert Mays to explain his experiences with player evaluations, the waiver wire and retooling for the future. Then, Mitchell Schwartz and Robert talk about how the Aaron Rodgers and Odell Beckham Jr. situations impact the locker room. Finally, they discuss Wyatt Teller’s deal with the Browns and how players approach extensions and free agency.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2021
Mailbag: Defining MVP, DeSean Jackson the Raider, a crazy hypothetical, misleading wins, Vikings & more with Nate Tice
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Time to open the Athletic Football Show Mailbag as we set our sights on week 10. Nate Tice is this week's guest with Robert Mays as they dig into your voicemails and emails on Mike Zimmer's standing with the Vikings, DeSean Jackson signing with the Las Vegas Raiders, some misleading wins that had us fooled earlier this year, Bengals talk, what "MVP" really means, Justin Fields' development and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2021
Titans top Rams, Jags stun the Bills, Chiefs edge Jordan Love's Packers, Broncos shut down the Cowboys & more with Nate Tice
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Another NFL Sunday down, and another one full of weird results, like the Derrick Henry-less Titans topping the Rams in Los Angeles, the Kyler Murray-less Cardinals stomping the 49ers, and the Broncos keeping Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys offense at bay, just to name a few. Robert Mays and Nate Tice react to these storylines + the Ravens running game, Jordan Love's debut & loss to the Chiefs, Matt Ryan's Surprisingly Great Performance & tons more NFL week 9 discussion.Athletic discount @ theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2021
Dissecting the defenses of NFC contenders with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 9 picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice focus their attention this Friday on the defenses of NFC contenders. They break down what they’ve seen from the Cowboys before discussing the Packers’ defense vs. the Chiefs’ offense. They also dive into the Rams’ defense with Von Miller as well as Cooper Kupp and Robert Wood’s influence on the other side of the ball. Finally, Sheil Kapadia and Nate test out Dan Campbell’s coffee order and talk about their Week 9 picks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2021
Aaron Rodgers tests positive for COVID-19 & Odell Beckham Jr. excused from Browns' practice with Lindsay Jones + the misconception of trap games with Mitchell Schwartz
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones unpack a wild Wednesday in the NFL. They discuss Aaron Rodgers testing positive for COVID-19, his previous comments on the vaccine and whether or not there has been any protocol violations. Then they dive into the Odell Beckham Jr. situation in Cleveland following his father’s comments. Finally, Mitchell Schwartz is back for an important conversation on mental health in the NFL. He also discusses coaches calling plays from the booth or the field, the misconception of trap games and if teams can feel a bad week of practice.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2021
NFL midseason awards & superlatives with Bill Barnwell
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What team has impressed the most this season? What team has been the most disappointing? Who is leading the way for offensive and defensive rookie of the year? Coach of the year? MVP? ESPN’s Bill Barnwell joins Robert Mays to give out midseason awards and superlatives.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2021
Von Miller traded to the Rams, Derrick Henry injured & Mailbag talking Eagles, Cowboys, NFL rule changes & more with Benjamin Solak
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Benjamin Solak of The Ringer joins Robert Mays on the heels of the Von Miller trade, which sends the All-Pro from the Denver Broncos to the Los Angeles Rams. They react to it all + the Derrick Henry injury news before diving into your mailbag questions concerning the Eagles, the Cowboys and Kellen Moore, choosing between the Browns and the Bengals, a fun spin on an NFL rule change and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2021
Ranking the best teams after week 8, Mike White shocks the Bengals, the Saints top the Bucs & more with Nate Tice
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How do the best teams in the AFC and NFC rank at (basically) the halfway point of the season? Following a weird week 8, Nate Tice and Robert Mays discuss Mike White's huge day for the Jets over the Bengals, the Saints topping the Bucs, the curious conundrum of Baker Mayfield and the Browns' offense, Amari Cooper pulling the Cowboys past the Vikings and more week 8 reaction. ATHLETIC DISCOUNT @ theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2021
Spotlight on Saints’ defense, Vikings-Cowboys preview & key matchups between AFC contenders with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 8 picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice start the “Friday Five” by discussing a big test for the Saints’ defense against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. They also preview Vikings-Cowboys before diving into important AFC matchups between the Chargers and Patriots, as well as the Browns and Steelers. Finally, after another perfect week, Sheil Kapadia looks to extend his lead on Nate with his Week 8 picks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2021
NFL owners meetings, pressure mounts for Joe Brady & Packers-Cardinals TNF preview with Lindsay Jones + what makes a good head coach with Mitchell Schwartz
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While the NFL owners meetings are underway in New York, Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discuss the latest with the WFT investigation as well as the league’s stance on Deshaun Watson. They also discuss what’s at stake for Joe Brady and Sam Darnold in Week 8 before previewing the Thursday Night Football showdown between the Packers and Cardinals. Finally, Mitchell Schwartz stops by to talk about his concern for the Chiefs, what makes a good head coach in 2021 and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2021
Scheme trends shaping the 2021 season with PFF's Seth Galina and Diante Lee
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Which schemes have defined the 2021 NFL season through the first seven weeks? Robert Mays sits down with PFF’s Diante Lee and Seth Galina to examine the trends on offense and defense. They discuss what they numbers tell us, what has been the biggest surprise and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2021
Mailbag: Ravens, Broncos & Jets fans are worried, who is Kyle Shanahan, Patrick Mahomes, football memories & more with Lindsay Jones
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Lindsay Jones is here to open the week 7 Mailbag - and boy was it a doozy. Hear why Broncos, Chiefs, Ravens and Jets fans are currently terrified, what Bengals fans are allowed to think about this team, memories of football with family, a look at Kyle Shanahan's tenure with the 49ers and much more via your voicemail and email. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2021
Titans tear apart the Chiefs, the Bengals might be legit, chaos in Carolina, Zach Wilson & Justin Fields growing pains & more with Nate Tice
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As the storm of week 7 settles down, Robert Mays and Nate Tice react to the biggest storylines like Ja'Marr Chase taking over the Rookie of the Year conversation & the Bengals themselves perhaps being for real, the Titans emerging in a muddy AFC, chaos with the Carolina Panthers after benching Sam Darnold, growing pains for Zach Wilson with the Jets and Justin Fields with the Bears and more as we look to week 8. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2021
Derrick Henry goes beast mode, Packers potent offense & Bucs dominant D + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 7 picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice dive into their weekly 'Friday Five'. Derrick Henry is on pace for another 2000 yard season with the Titans. The Packers have made some offensive tweaks in 2021 to help Aaron Rodgers. The Bucs defense continues to dominate against the run. Bengals WR Ja'Marr Chase has lived up to the hype in Cincinnati. Mac Jones is playing like a veteran in New England's offense. Plus, Sheil Kapadia joins the show for his weekly picks segment. This week he likes the Patriots, Seahawks & Colts. Nate(dog) has his eye on the Bears, Ravens & Chiefs. Week 7 is here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2021
Deshaun Watson trade rumors, what’s at stake for Jared Goff and can the Browns overcome injuries with Lindsay Jones + a New England Patriots team visit with Matthew Fairburn
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discuss the latest with the Deshaun Watson trade discussions as the deadline approaches in less than two weeks. Plus, what’s at stake for Jared Goff vs. the Rams and can the Browns overcome their long list of injuries? Finally, The Athletic’s Matthew Fairburn joins the show to talk about what he’s learned covering the Patriots this season, Mac Jones’ development and whether or not New England can contend this year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2021
Doug Pederson on how NFL teams evolve in season + the 4th down revolution with Mitchell Schwartz
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Former Eagles head coach, Doug Pederson sits down with Robert Mays to talk about how NFL teams evolve and self-scout in season. Pederson breaks down when the process begins, how the game plan is assessed and adjusted and what he learned most as a coach during Philadelphia’s Super Bowl run. Then, Mitchell Schwartz is back to discuss the 4th down revolution across the league, whether or not players feed into the “revenge game” narrative and how injuries impact the rhythm of the offensive line.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2021
Mailbag: A new team for Lions fans, Eagles needs, rookie QB expectations & more with Mike Sando
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Mike Sando, Senior Writer of The Athletic NFL, host of the Football GM here on the Athletic Football Show, and Pro Football Hall of Fame Voter returns to the Mailbag portion of things as we hit week 7 and react to week 6. Lions fans are seeking out a new team to root for, and we might have the perfect answer. Who would you rather manage going forward - the Miami Dolphins or New York Giants? What should we realistically expect from rookie QBs in 2021? These questions and more voicemails and emails from YOU on a new Athletic Football Show with Robert Mays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2021
Cowboys top Patriots in OT, Cardinals stay unbeaten, Aaron Rodgers "owns" the Bears & more with Nate Tice
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What a weird NFL Sunday in week 6, with OT thrillers, emotional press conferences, wrestling promos & more. Join Robert Mays and Nate Tice for a full recap of Sunday's action - from the Cowboys winning 5 straight, to Arizona and Kyler Murray remaining unbeaten, the Ravens defense showing up, the Jaguars and Trevor Lawrence get their first win, trouble for Daniel Jones and the Giants and tons more on a NEW Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2021
Lamar Jackson’s dominance, a test for the Cardinals’ defense and where does the WFT go from here with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 6 picks
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice lead off this week’s “Friday Five” by talking about Lamar Jackson’s dominance this season as the Ravens take on the Chargers on Sunday. They also look at the matchups between the Cardinals’ defense and Browns’ offense as well as the Bears’ defense and Packers’ offense. Finally, after a perfect Week 5, Sheil Kapadia is back with his picks against the spread.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2021
What’s next for the Raiders, Kyler Murray vs. Baker Mayfield and questions for the Seahawks’ offense with Lindsay Jones + a Kansas City Chiefs team visit with Nate Taylor
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discuss the latest with the Raiders and Jon Gruden’s resignation, including Mark Davis’ absence and what comes next with the Washington Football Team investigation. They also dive into Baker Mayfield vs. Kyler Murray, what’s at stake for the Dolphins and their questions for the Seahawks’ offense without Russell Wilson. Plus, is it time fo the Chiefs to hit the panic button? The Athletic’s Nate Taylor joins the show to talk about Kansas City’s 2-3 start, the defensive struggles and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2021
Mailbag: Coaches helping QBs, trading for coordinators, confused about the Patriots & more with Ted Nguyen
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The Athletic's Ted Nguyen, @FB_FilmAnalysis on Twitter, joins Robert Mays for this week's Mailbag as they dive into your voicemails and emails coming out of week 5. Which current head coaches are HELPING their QBs the most? How should Bengals fans feel after the OT loss to the Packers? If you could trade for coordinators, what would your first move be? And more! Send your questions or CALL each week at 872-222-7073 / athleticfootballshow at gmail dot com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2021
Addressing the Jon Gruden situation with Tashan Reed & Vic Tafur
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The Athletic’s Tashan Reed and Vic Tafur join Robert Mays to discuss Jon Gruden’s resignation as Raiders’ head coach. They talk about the insensitive emails, the timing of the move and how owner Mark Davis has handled the situation. They also examine how this impacts the locker room, who will lead the team in the interim and where the organization goes from here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2021
Bills-Chiefs' rainy rematch, kickers can't kick, Justin Herbert & Tom Brady defy logic, the Bears can run & more with Nate Tice
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Josh Allen tops Patrick Mahomes at a rainy Arrowhead, Justin Herbert wins in a shootout, the Chicago Bears running game stuns the Raiders, kickers can't kick in week 5 and more with Robert Mays and Nate Tice on a NEW Athletic Football Show postgame edition. Watch this episode on YouTube https://youtu.be/MdLkB85m3ZM Get your discount to The Athletic at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2021
Breaking down the Bills and Browns defense and Daniel Jones’ development with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia makes good on his bets and his Week 5 picks
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The Bills defense faces their first big test of the season against the Chiefs in Week 5. Robert Mays and Nate Tice kick off the “Friday Five” by discussing what they are looking to see from Buffalo on SNF. They also talk about Daniel Jones’ development, how the Browns will defend Justin Herbert, why they aren’t sold on the Bengals just yet and the 49ers offense with Trey Lance under center. Then, Sheil Kapadia makes good on his bets with a Terrible Towel and looks to redeem himself with his Week 5 picks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2021
Stephon Gilmore traded, Justin Fields named starter and the spotlight on Kyler Murray with Lindsay Jones + a Cincinnati Bengals team visit with Paul Dehner Jr.
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones break down the Panthers deal for Stephon Gilmore, the Bears naming Justin Fields the starter and the spotlight on Kyler Murray and the undefeated Cardinals. Then, The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr. joins the show to talk about the Bengals’ surprisingly good defense, Joe Burrow’s progression and their Week 5 matchup with the Packers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2021
Rookie QB check-in with John Beck + discussing the Urban Meyer situation with Mitchell Schwartz
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Robert Mays welcomes QB coach John Beck to break down what we’ve seen from the rookie QB class so far this year. Beck discusses the biggest challenges for these players in their first season as well as his work with Zach Wilson, Justin Fields and Trey Lance. Later in the show, Mitchell Schwartz talks about the Urban Meyer situation, how a QB can help his offensive line pre-snap and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2021
Mailbag: Bills & Steelers concerns, the value of QBs, how to watch film, Baker Mayfield & more with Steven Ruiz
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Steven Ruiz of The Ringer joins Robert Mays for the next Mailbag, taking your emails and voicemails coming out of week 4. Bills fans are worries. Steelers fans don't know what to do about Ben Roethlisberger. Browns fans are in limbo about Baker Mayfield. And how does Robert watch the NFL when looking to evaluate? These questions and more on a new Athletic Football Show. Voicemail line - 872-222-7073 Email - athleticfootballshow at gmail dot com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2021
Buccaneers-Patriots gets sloppy, the Dallas Cowboys look dangerous, Zach Wilson & Justin Fields get wins & more week 4 reaction with Nate Tice
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Week 4 NFL action is nearing a close, and Robert Mays and Nate Tice have tons of thoughts on Sunday's slate of games. What happened in the in between Tom Brady, Bill Belichick & Buccaneers vs. Patriots? How dangerous are the Dallas Cowboys and Trevon Diggs right now? What about what Kyler Murray in Arizona and what's going on with rookie QBs Trey Lance, Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, and Trevor Lawrence? And Who's Got the Belt for week 4? All that and more on a postgame reaction edition of The Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2021
Previewing a loaded Week 4 slate with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s picks against the spread
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The “Friday Five” this week is packed with marquee matchups. Robert Mays and Nate Tice break down how Tom Brady will attack the Patriots defense before they preview Cowboys-Panthers and Cardinals-Rams. They also dive into Brandon Staley vs. Jon Gruden and a big test for the the Broncos’ defense against the Ravens. Finally, Sheil Kapadia looks to rebound in his pick competition with Nate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2021
Tom Brady’s return to New England, Richard Sherman’s deal with the Bucs and what’s at stake for Ben Roethlisberger with Lindsay Jones + a New York Giants team visit with Dan Duggan
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discuss Richard Sherman’s deal with the Buccaneers and the WR injuries across the league. Then, they dive into Tom Brady’s return to New England, the Cardinals’ hot start and what’s at stake for Ben Roethlisberger in Week 4. Finally, The Athletic’s Giants writer Dan Duggan joins the show to talk about New York’s 0-3 start, the state of the franchise, Joe Judge and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2021
Examining how NFL defenses are using pressure packages in 2021 with Chris Vasseur
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Robert Mays welcomes on defensive guru Chris Vasseur (aka Coach Vass) to discuss pressure packages in 2021. They examine the Panthers’ defense and how they are using pressure this season. Plus, what are teams doing to keep themselves protected while being aggressive? How do they decide to fit pressure into their philosophy as a defense? They dive into those questions and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2021
Mailbag: Justin Tucker's value, Matt Nagy replacements, protecting Mac Jones & more with Charles McDonald
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Charles McDonald of For The Win is this week's special guest for our weekly Mailbag. Who are some coaches who could replace Matt Nagy if things continue to go south in Chicago? Is the Steelers offense completely toast? What would the Falcons look like with Joe Burrow? What is Justin Tucker's trade value? All this and more of your emails and voicemails with Robert Mays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2021
Packers-49ers' insane ending, Justin Fields' dud debut, the Raiders & Bills keep winning, Steelers struggles & more with Nate Tice
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It was an insane weekend of NFL action during week 3 as the Packers and Aaron Rodgers stun the 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo in the dying seconds, the Chiefs get upset by Justin Herbert and the Chargers, the Raiders and Bills keep on winning, Justin Fields debut is a disaster, the Steelers might be cooked, Justin Tucker makes history and more. Hear all the instant reaction from Robert Mays and Nate Tice on a NEW postgame Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2021
Buccaneers-Rams preview, Josh Allen vs. WFT defense & Chargers’ early-down issues with Nate Tice + Sheil Kapadia’s Week 3 picks
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In another edition of the “Friday Five,” Robert Mays and Nate Tice break down what they are watching heading into the weekend. They preview Buccaneers-Rams and Josh Allen vs. the WFT defense. They also talk about their questions for the Falcons and Vikings offenses before discussing the Chargers’ early-down issues. Finally, Sheil Kapadia is back to talk about his Week 3 picks with Nate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2021
QB injuries, Justin Fields’ first start and questions for the 49ers with Lindsay Jones + a Denver Broncos team visit with Nick Kosmider
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Lindsay Jones and Robert Mays kick things off by breaking down all of the quarterback injuries across the league. Then they discuss what’s at stake for Jameis Winston this week, Justin Fields’ first start and their questions for the 49ers. Finally, The Athletic’s Broncos writer Nick Kosmider joins the show to talk about Teddy Bridgewater, Denver’s offense and the key injuries to monitor.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2021
Inside Monday Night Football with Louis Riddick + breaking down the WFT’s defensive line and Steelers’ offense with Mitchell Schwartz
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ESPN analyst Louis Riddick joins Robert Mays to discuss what goes into the Monday Night Football broadcast. Louis also gives his assessment of the Packers and he explains why he’s expecting a big year from Derek Carr and the Raiders. Then, Mitchell Schwartz and Robert talk about their takeaways from Chiefs-Ravens before breaking down their early observations of Washington’s defensive line and the Steelers’ offense.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2021
Mailbag: Mac Jones' trajectory, Bears concerns, Colts questions, Bills burdens & more with Stephen Holder
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National NFL Writer for The Athletic, Stephen Holder, joins Robert Mays for this weeks listener mailbag with topics such as Mac Jones' trajectory in New England, Chicago Bears concerns with Justin Fields, the Buffalo Bills' start and much more as we close the book on week 2. DISCOUNT @ theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2021
Lamar Jackson flips past the Chiefs, the Cowboys edge the Chargers, Kyler Murray carries the Cardinals & more with Nate Tice
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice bring you all the week 2 headlines as Lamar Jackson finally edges Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, the Cowboys and Dak Prescott barely scrape by Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sam Darnold continues to impress in Carolina, Zach Wilson and Trevor Lawrence do the opposite after a few weeks and Who Gets the Belt for week 2? All that and much more postgame reaction on The Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2021
5 things to watch in Week 2 + picks against the spread with Nate Tice and Sheil Kapadia
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice debut the “Friday Five” segment where they talk about the top things they are watching heading into the weekend. They discuss the excitement surrounding DeVonta Smith, Dak Prescott vs. Brandon Staley’s defense and more. Plus, The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia joins the show to (hopefully) redeem himself with his Week 2 picks against the spread. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2021
Who has the most at stake this week with Lindsay Jones + a Seattle Seahawks team visit with Michael-Shawn Dugar
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The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones joins Robert Mays to break down all the news and notes across the league, including Ryan Fitzpatrick’s injury, OBJ’s status for Sunday and Urban Meyer’s comments regarding the USC job. Plus, who has the most at stake this week? They talk about what they are watching in Week 2 and the big questions they are looking to have answered. Then, Seahawks writer Michael-Shawn Dugar stops by to discuss how Seattle has revamped the offense and the biggest takeaways from their win over the Colts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2021
The rise of the Brandon Staley defense and how NFL offenses should respond with Jourdan Rodrigue + Examining Week 1 with Mitchell Schwartz
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Robert Mays sits down with The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue for an in-depth conversation on the rise of the Brandon Staley defense. Jourdan discusses her research and how NFL offenses are looking to respond. Plus, All-Pro OT Mitchell Schwartz is back to discuss the QB situation in Chicago, the Chiefs’ performance against the Browns, the Ravens’ issues at tackle and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2021
Mailbag: Vikings fans want change, Eagles illusions, Carson Wentz & the Colts, new jersey numbers & more with Mike Sando
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The Athletic's Senior Writer / Football GM co-host Mike Sando joins Robert Mays for the first Athletic Football Show mailbag of the season as Minnesota Vikings fans aren't happy, Colts fans are curious about Carson Wentz, the Eagles might be seeing an illusion, jersey number controversy, the Broncos offense looking unexpectedly sharp and more.  Want to leave a message? Call 872-222-7073 or email athleticfootballshow@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2021
The Chiefs outlast the Browns, Justin Herbert shows out, the Saints shock the Packers & more with Nate Tice
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Week 1 of NFL action has wrapped up as the Kansas City Chiefs topped the Cleveland Browns, the Steelers settle down the Bills offense, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers lay an egg in New Orleans, Justin Herbert balls out on 3rd down and much more. Join Robert Mays and Nate Tice for their weekly postgame reaction as week 1 approaches its end. Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sq5ELmnyoE Athletic discount @ theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2021
Week 1 picks, predicting end-of-year awards, Super Bowl & more mini-contests with Nate Tice & Sheil Kapadia
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We're kicking off our weekly Friday Fun here on the Athletic Football Show with our first Mini-Contest of the year as Sheil Kapadia and Nate Tice go head-to-head in a winner-take-all battle for the ages. Who will come out on top in the picks game at the end of the season? Place your bets now! Plus the guys predict MVP, Super Bowl winners, Coach of the Year and more as week 1 finally arrives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2021
AFC West preview with Mitchell Schwartz - Chiefs, Chargers, Broncos & Raiders
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Robert Mays welcomes Super Bowl LIV champion and All-Pro OT Mitchell Schwartz to preview the AFC West. Can the new additions on the Chiefs’ offensive line protect Patrick Mahomes? What will year two look like for Justin Herbert? Can Teddy Bridgewater be the spark for the Broncos’ offense? What can we expect from the Raiders revamped defense? They discuss all of that and more in the final division preview.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2021
AFC South preview with Lindsay Jones - Titans, Colts, Jaguars & Texans
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Robert Mays continues the division previews on The Athletic Football Show with a deep dive on the AFC South with The Athletic's Lindsay Jones. What can we expect out of Trevor Lawrence in year one? What are the Colts betting on Carson Wentz's success? Can the Titans pull it together in 2021 and make a Super Bowl run? And what the heck is going on with the Houston Texans?? DISCOUNT @ theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2021
NFC East preview with Sheil Kapadia - Cowboys, WFT, Giants & Eagles
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The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia joins Robert Mays for a full preview of the NFC East. Will the return of Dak Prescott and the addition of Dan Quinn lead the Cowboys back to the playoffs? Can Ryan Fitzpatrick revitalize Washington’s offense? Is this a make it or break it season for Daniel Jones? What should we make of the Eagles this year? They examine all of that and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2021
AFC North preview with Nate Tice - Browns, Ravens, Steelers & Bengals
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Nate Tice and Robert Mays continue The Athletic Football Show’s division preview series with the AFC North. Are the Browns true Super Bowl contenders? What is the evolution of the Ravens passing game? Did the Steelers do enough to revamp the offense? What can we expect from Joe Burrow and the Bengals? They dive into all of that and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2021
NFC West preview with Mike Sando - Rams, 49ers, Seahawks & Cardinals
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The Athletic’s Mike Sando joins Robert Mays to discuss a division he knows very well, the NFC West. Can Matthew Stafford lead the Rams back to the Super Bowl? When will we see Trey Lance in San Francisco? Can the Seahawks correct the offense? Will the Cardinals finally find a rhythm? They discuss all of that and much more in their annual preview.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2021
NFC South preview with Mina Kimes - Buccaneers, Saints, Panthers & Falcons
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ESPN's Mina Kimes joins Robert Mays for a full preview of the NFC South. How good will the Bucs be? How surprising is it that Sean Payton went with Jameis Winston in New Orleans? What about the Sam Darnold trade? And which players in Atlanta have us intrigued? All that and more on a NEW Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2021
AFC East preview with Bill Barnwell - Patriots, Bills, Dolphins & Jets
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Bill Barnwell returns to The Athletic Football Show as he and Robert Mays dissect the AFC East. What should we make of Cam Newton's release? Is Josh Allen in the MVP convo for 2021? Are we Tua Tagovailoa believers? And what about the Jets? The annual division previews continue on a new TAFS. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2021
NFC North preview with Nate Tice - Bears, Packers, Vikings & Lions
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice return to The Athletic Football Show with their annual division previews, kicking things off with Robert and Nate's favorite division, the NFC North. What x-factors could put those teams into the postseason? What are we most excited to watch in Chicago, Green Bay, Minnesota and Detroit?  ATHLETIC DISCOUNT - theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2021
How to watch college football as an NFL fan with Andy Staples & Giants and Vikings camp visits
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What should NFL fans be watching for this college football season? The Athletic’s Andy Staples and Robert Mays discuss the QBs, coaches and other top talent to monitor this year. Plus, Giants reporter Dan Duggan joins the show to talk about Daniel Jones and the additions to the defense. Finally, could this year really be different for the Vikings? Chad Graff stops by to talk about it.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2021
Defenses we're most excited to watch in 2021 with Nate Tice & Bears camp visit with Adam Jahns
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We've gone over the offenses to look out for this season, but what about the defenses? Nate Tice joins Robert as they each bring a list of teams they can't wait to watch take the field in 2021 - from Vic Fangio's horses, to the Packers and more. Then Robert sits down with Adam Jahns at Bears camp to discuss his hometown Chicago Bears, Justin Fields, Matt Nagy and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2021
NFL news roundup with Lindsay Jones, fantasy draft value hunting with Jake Ciely & Packers camp visit with Matt Schneidman
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Robert and Lindsay kick off the week catching up on NFL headlines, from the battle between Cam Newton and Mac Jones, Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Trey Lance and more. Then Robert welcomes Jake Ciely of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast to hunt for some value picks at QB, RB, WR and more. Then Robert catches up with Packers beat writer Matt Schneidman of The Athletic's Head of the Pack podcast to get the latest on the chaos with Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay. Get your Athletic discount and Jake's Fantasy guide at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2021
Top 10 offenses with Sheil Kapadia, a Bengals team visit with Paul Dehner Jr. & discussing Joe Burrow’s progress with Cincinnati’s OC Brian Callahan
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With Week 1 right around the corner, The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia joins Robert Mays to discuss the NFL’s top 10 offenses. Then, Bengals reporter Paul Dehner Jr. chats with Robert about Cincinnati’s offensive line, the questions on defense and much more. Finally, Bengals OC Brian Callahan talks about Joe Burrow’s progress this camp and how the team is looking to grow the offense around him this season.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2021
Most intriguing first-year play callers, a Lions team visit & the wave of defensive evolution with Rams secondary coach/passing game coordinator Ejiro Evero
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice examine the most intriguing first-year play callers heading into the 2021 season. They predict how these coaches will shape the offense, the level of impact it will have on the team and much more. Plus, The Athletic’s Lions reporter Chris Burke joins the show to talk about Dan Campbell’s coaching staff, Penei Sewell and expectations for Detroit this year. Finally, Robert chats with Rams secondary coach/passing game coordinator Ejiro Evero about the wave of defensive evolution in the NFL and how offenses are responding.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2021
Teams on the cusp & how they can win a title with Lindsay Jones & Cowboys camp check-in with Jon Machota
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What do teams on the cusp of a Super Bowl title like the Browns, Bills, Packers, Ravens, Seahawks and more need to do get over the hump? Robert and Lindsay Jones discuss the changes that have been made, or need to be made, with those teams headed into 2021. Then Robert catches up with The Athletic's Cowboys beat writer Jon Machota to talk all things Dak Prescott, Jerry Jones, CeeDee Lamb and America's Team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2021
Veteran QBs in new places / rapid fire rookies with Nate Tice & Rams camp visit with Jourdan Rodrigue
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Matthew Stafford as a Ram. Sam Darnold as a Carolina Panther. Ryan Fitzpatrick in Washington. What can we expect from the veteran QBs with new homes in 2021 after the insane precedent Tom Brady set last season? Nate Tice joins Robert Mays to discuss how the old guys could stand out among the young guns + some rapid fire rookie QB talk, then Robert sits down with The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue at Rams camp to get the lowdown on Sean McVay and the new-look Los Angeles Rams. REMEMBER TO SUBSCRIBE @ theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2021
Teams stuck in the middle with Bill Barnwell & a Chargers team visit with Daniel Popper
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Robert Mays sits down with ESPN’s Bill Barnwell to discuss the teams stuck in the middle of the NFL power rankings. They present six teams, how they got in this position and why it’s difficult to see their path to the top. Plus, The Athletic’s Chargers reporter Daniel Popper joins the show to talk Brandon Staley’s first year on the job, expectations for the team in Justin Herbert’s second season and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2021
Big contract news, defining success for first-year head coaches with Lindsay Jones & processing the Panthers with Joe Person
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What affect do the Josh Allen, Darius Leonard and Xavien Howard contracts have on the rest of the league? How do we define success for first-year head coaches like Urban Meyer, Dan Campbell, Arthur Smith, Brandon Staley, Nick Sirianni, and Robert Saleh? Lindsay Jones and Robert Mays discuss, plus Robert welcomes Joe Person, Panthers beat writer from The Athletic to dive into Sam Darnold and what we could see out of Carolina in 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2021
Coaches at a crossroads, a Falcons team visit and talking Trevor Lawrence with Jaguars OC Darrell Bevell
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice discuss the coaches at a crossroads heading into the 2021 season. Some of which have a lot to prove, others face a pivotal moment in their career. Plus, The Athletic’s Falcons reporter Tori McElhaney joins the show to talk about the team’s transitional year, the major questions on defense and first-round pick Kyle Pitts. Finally, Jaguars’ OC Darrell Bevell sits down with Robert to discuss the plan for Trevor Lawrence, what he’s seen so far in training camp and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2021
10 breakthrough players for 2021 with Nate Tice, Buccaneers camp with Greg Auman & Tampa's offensive evolution with Byron Leftwich & Bruce Arians
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice each bring 5 names to the table of players that could have breakout seasons in 2021, from a few different CBs to watch out for, potential defensive threats & more, they reveal their lists live on the show and dive into some of Robert's observations from Jets camp. Then The Athletic's Greg Auman stops through with Robert to dig into the Super Bowl champs' attempt at a back-to-back, Byron Leftwich brings us some insight on the offensive playcalling and Robert ends the show with a convo with Bucs head coach Bruce Arians. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2021
Players with most at stake in 2021, Carson Wentz’s injury and Dolphins & Bills team visits
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Which players have the most at stake in 2021? Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones are together in Miami to examine who has the most on the line this season. They also discuss their impressions from Dolphins camp, Carson Wentz’s foot injury and what the Colts will do at QB. Finally, The Athletic’s Bills reporter Matthew Fairburn joins the show to talk about Josh Allen, Buffalo’s questions at CB and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2021
Xavien Howard’s trade request, Colts & Browns team visits and a look inside camp with Cleveland TE coach Drew Petzing
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice discuss the latest news and notes across the league including Aaron Rodgers’ candid press conference, Xavien Howard’s trade request and more. Plus, Robert’s training camp tour has officially begun with stops in Indianapolis and Cleveland. The Athletic’s Colts writer Zak Keefer joins the show to talk about Carson Wentz and the question marks on defense. Also, Browns writer Zac Jackson stops by to discuss Baker Mayfield’s growth and the return of OBJ. Finally, Robert catches up with Browns’ TE coach Drew Petzing for a look inside camp.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2021
QB Tiers with Mike Sando - ranking the 2021 starting quarterbacks
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Mike Sando's annual 'QB Tiers' has been a staple of the NFL beat for years. Now Mike joins our own Robert Mays for full reaction to the piece as it drops. Which QBs deserved to be tier 1? Who has no shot? Where do Aaron Rodgers, Dak Prescott, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, Lamar Jackson and more fall in 2021? Read the entire piece at theathletic.com/qbtiers for the full tier reveal and let us know what you think! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2021
Aaron Rodgers news, Deshaun Watson update, QB battles for the Saints & Broncos, Rams offense & more camp kickoff
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Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones return as training camps arrive with a fresh dose of Aaron Rodgers news in Green Bay, the Deshaun Watson situation taking a turn in Houston, QB battles taking shape in New Orleans and Denver, plus Robert and Lindsay dive into their individual under-the-radar players they're watching, biggest storylines around the NFL and more on a NEW Athletic Football Show. Discount link - theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2021
Canton Court: Making a case for the Hall of Fame
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The Canton Court is officially open for session! Robert Mays and Nate Tice each present three players and why they believe they deserve a spot in the Hall of Fame. They back up their cases with stats, stories and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2021
2021 Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet with Josh Norris and Evan Silva
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Josh Norris of Underdog Fantasy and Evan Silva of Establish the Run join Robert Mays for a special look-ahead to the fantasy football season. Which players should you take early? Where should you draft a QB? What value receivers will be available late? Get a head start in your league now and remember to stay locked-in to The Athletic all season for the best fantasy advice. Get your exclusive discount to The Athletic at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2021
Offseason Interview Series: Falcons GM Terry Fontenot
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New Falcons GM Terry Fontenot joins Robert Mays for the final installment of The Athletic’s Offseason Interview Series. Fontenot discusses his approach to Atlanta’s salary cap situation and why the term “rebuild” wasn’t in their vocabulary. They also talk about the decision to draft Kyle Pitts, the Julio Jones trade and the lessons he’s learned from his time in New Orleans.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2021
2021 versions of 2020 stars - who are this year’s Josh Allen, Brandon Staley, Justin Jefferson, Cleveland Browns & more?
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Who are the 2021 versions of NFL standouts from 2020 like QB Josh Allen, coach Brandon Staley, the Cleveland Browns surprising season and more? Robert Mays and Nate Tice look ahead to 2021 through the lens of some potential replacements for 2020 storylines. Be sure and get the best discount on a new subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2021
Offseason Interview Series: Colts GM Chris Ballard
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Robert Mays continues the Offseason Interview Series by welcoming Colts GM Chris Ballard to the show. Chris details his time in Chicago, the move to trade for Carson Wentz, his biggest weakness as a general manager and much more. Subscribe to The Athletic with our exclusive discount at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2021
1st Annual Hall of Very Good Induction - which non-HOF players are worth remembering?
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When the subject of potential Pro Football Hall of Famers come up, the response is sometimes "Nope, he belongs in the Hall of Very Good." So what would such a Hall actually look like? Robert Mays and Nate Tice each bring their inaugural inductions into the Hall of Very Good. Which players deserve a spot? Let us know on social media! Subscribe to The Athletic using our discount at theathletic.com/footballshow SPOILER LIST REVEAL HALL OF VERY GOOD Class of 2021 Nate - Kevin Williams DT Vikings Robert - Charles Tillman S Bears Nate - Matt Birk C Ravens Robert - Brian Waters OG Chiefs Nate - Mike Alstott RB Bucs Robert - Nick Collins S Packers Nate - Corey Dillon RB Bengals/Pats Robert - Tony Romo QB Cowboys Nate - Patrick Surtain CB Dolphins/Bears Robert - Lance Briggs LB Bears Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2021
Offseason Interview Series: Chargers head coach Brandon Staley
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Robert Mays continues the Offseason Interview Series with Chargers new head coach Brandon Staley. Staley discusses what has surprised him the most about his new role, the importance of conceptualization vs. memorization and the biggest influences on his defensive scheme. They also talk about how Staley is imprinting his values on the offense, his relationship with Justin Herbert and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2021
A historic NFL moment & playing Roster Doctor with Lindsay Jones & Nate Tice
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Which NFL rosters have improved the most headed into 2021? Which teams worry us the most? And which ones fall into our "What the Hell?" category? Nate Tice and Lindsay Jones both bring team names to the table as Robert Mays leads the crew through their 2021 Roster Doctor segment assessing the best and worst rosters in the NFL. SPOILERS BELOW FOR THE FULL LIST Best Rosters Bucs, Packers, Chiefs, Browns, Bills, Packers Worst Rosters Texans, Lions, Jags, Panthers, Eagles Best Offensive Depth Charts Chiefs, Bucs, Browns, Cowboys Sneaky Good Offenses Rams, Vikings, Patriots, Washington Offenses that Worry Us Panthers, Bears, Steelers Best Defensive Depth Charts Ravens, Bucs, Broncos, Steelers Sneaky Good Defenses Washington, Packers, Giants Defenses that Worry Us Titans, Cowboys, Raiders Best Position Groups Washington’s Front 4, Bucs WRs, Browns RBs, Titans WRs, Patriots TEs, Browns O-Line, Steelers Defensive Front, Cowboys WRs Most Improved Position Groups Browns Secondary, Chargers O-Line “What the Hell?” Position Groups Broncos QBs, Steelers O-Line, Panthers O-Line, Giants O-Line Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2021
Where NFL defenses are going with Nate Tice & PFF's Diante Lee
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Pro Football Focus' Diante Lee joins Robert Mays and Nate Tice for a wide look at NFL defenses. Which trends are taking the current league by storm, and which ones are the trends of the future? From defensive line to defensive backs, the guys discuss it all on a new Athletic Football Show. Get full access to The Athletic with an exclusive discount - theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2021
Offseason Interview Series: Jets head coach Robert Saleh
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New Jets head coach Robert Saleh sits down with Robert Mays for the latest episode of The Athletic’s Offseason Interview Series. They discuss Saleh’s roster collaboration with GM Joe Douglas, the process of assembling a coaching staff and what stood out about Zach Wilson before the draft. Plus, hear what Saleh has to say about the importance of player feedback and how that can translate to success on the field.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2021
Offseason Interview Series: Browns GM Andrew Berry + Analyzing the Aaron Rodgers Drama with Matt Schneidman
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The Offseason Interview Series continues as Robert welcomes Cleveland Browns GM Andrew Berry to discuss his philosophy on building a team, the draft, analytics and more. Plus Robert welcomes The Athletic's Packers beat reporter Matt Schneidman to update us on the Aaron Rodgers situation and where things could be headed with his future as a Green Bay Packer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2021
Julio Jones trade & ranking the top NFL coaches with Lindsay Jones & Nate Tice
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How would we rank the top coaches in today's NFL? Who are the best up-and-coming names? Who are the best play callers? Robert Mays welcomes Nate Tice and Lindsay Jones for part 3 of their list series as they bring their 2021 coaching superlatives to the table, plus everyone reacts accordingly to the Julio Jones trade from the Atlanta Falcons to the Tennessee Titans. Get all-access to The Athletic with a special discount for new subs at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2021
5 lessons from studying the NFL’s best offenses
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What team would be the best fit for Julio Jones? Robert and Nate weigh in and discuss what it will take to land the wide receiver. Then they dive into five key lessons they’ve learned from studying the NFL’s best offenses. Hear what they have to say about an explosive run game, the ability to create at the quarterback position and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2021
Offseason Interview Series: Defensive coaching legend Wade Phillips
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Wade Phillips, former coach for the Cowboys, Texans, Broncos, Rams, Chargers, Saints, Eagles, Oilers and more joins Robert Mays to talk all things defense. What was it like starting as a coach in the 80s and trying to adjust to today's offenses? How would he compare Aaron Donald to some of the legendary players he has coached like Reggie White? And did he ever hang out with Willie Nelson back in the day? These topics and much more as the Offseason Interview Series continues on The Athletic Football Show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2021
Most Valuable Non-QB Draft with Nate Tice & Lindsay Jones
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After their Most Valuable QB Draft went down without a hitch last week, Lindsay, Nate and Robert return to draft the best non-QBs in the NFL. Who will be at the top of the list? Which positions could be completely left out? And could we even see a rookie make an appearance? Who won the draft? Let us know at @TheAthleticNFL Sign up for The Athletic with an exclusive discount at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2021
Offseason Interview Series: Falcons QB Matt Ryan
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Robert Mays continues the Offseason Interview Series with special guest Matt Ryan - Falcons QB, Pro Bowler & face of the franchise for a decade plus. How does he feel about the Julio Jones stuff? Was he consulted before the Falcons selected Kyle Pitts at pick 4? How does he feel about the Super Bowl loss now? These topics and more exclusively on a new Athletic Football Show. Get all-access to The Athletic with an exclusive discount at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Athletic’s Small Business Story | Part 3 of 3
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Part Three of The Athletic’s Origins story for Dell Technologies ‘Small Business Podference’ series. In this episode The Athletic’s co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann continue on about the company's expansion into the U.K., how the team got through the shutdown of sports and challenges that lay ahead. Writers, Marcus Thompson, Anthony Slater, Zach Harper and David Aldridge give their thoughts as well. For the complete lineup of episodes, visit delltechnologiespodference.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Athletic’s Small Business Story | Part 2 of 3
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Part Two of The Athletic’s Origins story for Dell Technologies ‘Small Business Podference’ series. In this episode The Athletic’s co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann continue on about the company's first steps into the marketplace. The challenges they met selling this idea to investors, and journalists they were trying to recruit, specifically with the expansion into the Bay Area. Writers, Marcus Thompson and Anthony Slater give their thoughts on that process as well. For the complete lineup of episodes, visit delltechnologiespodference.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Athletic’s Small Business Story | Part 1 of 3
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Part One of The Athletic’s Origins story for Dell Technologies ‘Small Business Podference’ series. In this episode we hear from The Athletic’s co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann about how they met, how an idea for better sports coverage materialized into a significant media player in the sports landscape and the spirit at the heart of The Athletic’s culture. For the complete lineup of episodes, visit delltechnologiespodference.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2021
Offseason Interview Series: Lions GM Brad Holmes
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On the first edition of The Athletic Football Show Offseason Interview Series, Robert Mays sits down with new Lions GM Brad Holmes. They discuss Holmes’ acclimation to the role and the state of Detroit’s roster before diving into the Matthew Stafford trade. Holmes also breaks down the decision to draft Penei Sewell, how the league has changed since he first became a scout and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2021
Most Valuable QB Draft with Nate Tice & Lindsay Jones
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Based on age, contract and of course, traits, how will our panel of experts draft the league's best QB's? Nate Tice and Lindsay Jones both join the pod for a special Most Valuable QB Draft. Who will be the top 5? Bottom 5? Any QBs that were left out? Let us know on social media! Remember to get that special discount to The Athletic at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2021
Chargers’ hype, Sam Darnold’s fit in Carolina, the Colts’ roster approach and more: Answering all of your NFL questions
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Can the Chargers live up to the hype? How will Sam Darnold fit in Joe Brady’s offense? What price is too high for a proven QB? Robert Mays and Nate Tice answer your offseason questions. They also discuss long-shot MVP candidates, their biggest hits and misses on draft prospects and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2021
NFL Draft review - who owned the weekend, most exciting picks, under-the-radar hauls, Aaron Rodgers & more
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice return to The Athletic Football Show for a full reaction to the 2021 NFL Draft. Which teams hauls had us the most impressed? What areas still need to be addressed? Who were the favorite under-the-radar pickups that you might be hearing about later? TAFS discuss it all. Get all of the NFL Draft coverage you'll ever need with an exclusive discount at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2021
Draft Night Special: Trey Lance to the 49ers, Justin Fields to the Bears & more shocking moves from round 1
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Robert Mays, Nate Tice, Lindsay Jones and Dane Brugler bring you live reaction from the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. How shocked were we that the 49ers drafted QB Trey Lance? How excited was Robert that the Bears drafted QB Justin Fields? Watch this episode on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBGVWXVtGZc Get discount access to all of The Athletic's incredible draft coverage at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2021
NFL Draft final big questions with Lindsay Jones
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What will the Falcons do at pick 4? What will the "non-pandemic" NFL Draft look like? Which teams trade into the top 10? Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones bring some final big questions to the air in their final podcast before the 2021 NFL Draft. Make sure you tune in to their round 1 coverage Thursday night at 9:30PM EST. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2021
Lessons learned during the 2021 NFL Draft process with Dane Brugler & Lance Zierlein
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The Athletic's NFL Draft podcast 'Prospects to Pros' with Dane Brugler and Lance Zierlein join Robert Mays to discuss some big takeaways from the process of scouting the 2021 NFL Draft class, from no combine to lack of game tape, weird measurables, intangibles and more. Join our NFL Draft Night Special this Thursday! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBGVWXVtGZc Subscribe to The Athletic and get an exclusive discount, Dane's Draft Guide and more at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2021
Top 10 mock draft with The Athletic NFL Staff
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With the NFL Draft less than one week away, Robert Mays teams up with The Athletic’s beat writers for a top 10 mock draft. Which QB with the 49ers take at No. 3? Do the Bengals go WR or OL? Who will land Kyle Pitts? Tune in to hear Lindsay Jones, Connor Hughes, Matt Barrows, Tori McElhaney, Paul Dehner Jr., Josh Tolentino, Chris Burke, Joe Person, Nick Kosmider and Jon Machota break it all down.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 23, 2021
Jay Gruden on the coach's role in the draft process & how to develop prospects with Nate Tice
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Former Washington head coach and long-time NFL offensive coordinator Jay Gruden joins Robert Mays to discuss his role in the draft room, scouting prospects, finding players like Terry McLaurin, what happened with Dwayne Haskins & more as he sheds some light on how head coaches influence NFL draft decisions. Then Nate Tice and Robert discuss the process of developing players once they're drafted in their final pod together before the draft. Get all of The Athletic's incredible draft coverage with an exclusive discount at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2021
Draft prospect scheme fits with Matt Bowen & cornerback class deep dive with Mike Renner
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We know most teams tend to draft either for value or position of need. But which player in the 2021 draft class could fit with certain teams because of their unique skillsets or the way they fit into certain schemes? Former NFL player & current ESPN-er Matt Bowen joins Robert Mays to bring you some special fits that could make huge sense on draft day. Then PFF's Mike Renner stops in to dig into the cornerback class & compare it to years past, current players & more. Get exclusive discount access to all of The Athletic's draft coverage at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2021
Lessons from past NFL Draft mistakes with Nate Tice + evaluating the edge rushers with Benjamin Solak
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What can we learn from previous NFL Draft mistakes? Robert Mays and Nate Tice look back on past misses and the lessons teams can learn as the approach this year’s draft. Plus, The Draft Network’s Benjamin Solak joins the show to discuss the complicated edge rusher class and the misguided narratives around Justin Fields. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16, 2021
NFL Draft o-line break down with Brandon Thorn
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Robert is joined by Trench Warfare owner Brandon Thorn to break down a deep 2021 NFL Draft offensive line class, from top guys like Penei Sewell, Teven Jenkins, Rashawn Slater, and Christian Darrisaw to second tier players, arm length concerns, potential positional shifts, and much more. You can get an annual subscription to The Athletic for just $3.99 a month when you visit theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2021
Julian Edelman retires, teams “one draft away” with Lindsay Jones & the Rams’ unique draft strategy with Jourdan Rodrigue
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Every offseason, we hear chatter like "they're just one draft away from a Super Bowl," or "All they need to do is hit on defense in the draft." But which teams are REALLY maybe only a draft away from contention? Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones each bring teams to the table, including the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and more. Plus they discuss Julian Edelman's Hall of Fame status as he retires during the recording session. Then, Robert welcomes Jourdan Rodrigue, Rams writer for The Athletic to share some insight on the unique approach the Rams are taking when it comes to the draft and player evaluation. Get exclusive discount access to The Athletic at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2021
Examining the best and worst drafting teams with Bill Barnwell
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Which teams have nailed the NFL Draft over the past five seasons? Which teams have not? Robert Mays and ESPN’s Bill Barnwell dive deep into the data to determine the best and worst drafting teams, some of which may surprise you. Plus, they debate who is the most valuable draft pick over that time period. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2021
Top 10 WR prospects of 2021
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice continue their 2021 NFL Draft coverage by assessing the top pass catchers. They discuss their fascination with Kyle Pitts, Devonta Smith’s size and whether or not Ja'Marr Chase is the best wide receiver on the board. Plus, they examine the film for Jaylen Waddle, Rashod Bateman and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2021
Sam Darnold trade reaction & NFL Draft player comparisons with Lindsay Jones & Danny Kelly
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Following the Panthers' decision to trade away a few picks for Jets QB Sam Darnold, Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones react to both sides of the conversation. Did Carolina spend too much? What's the Jets plan now? Plus, Robert is joined by old friend Danny Kelly of The Ringer to dive into NFL draft player comparisons & which players he's looking at the most. Get the best discount you can on The Athletic as the NFL Draft is right around the corner - theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2021
Remaining QB questions with Lindsay Jones + how schematic trends may shape the NFL Draft with Seth Galina
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Who will the 49ers target now that they’ve traded up? What will the Falcons do with the No. 4 pick? Are the Broncos desperate to add competition to the quarterback room? Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discuss the top QB questions that remain ahead of the NFL Draft. Plus, PFF’s Seth Galina joins the show to break down key schematic trends that could shape the way teams approach the draft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2021
Top 5 QBs of the 2021 NFL Draft deep dive
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Robert and Nate break down the five best quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft, Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Trey Lance, Zach Wilson, and Mac Jones, evaluating their respective strengths and weaknesses, pro comparisons, potential landing spots, and much more. And, right now, you can join The Athletic for just $1 a month when you visit http://theathletic.com/footballshow or for just 1 CAD a month when you visit http://theathletic.com/footballshowcanada Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2021
Daniel Jeremiah talks Mac Jones rumors, his favorite prospects, going from scout to broadcaster & more
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NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah joins Robert Mays to react to the stunning 49ers trade up and their rumored interest in Alabama QB Mac Jones, plus DJ brings his list of favorite prospects, discusses his journey from scout to broadcaster, the insane depth of the 2021 draft class and much exclusively on The Athletic Football Show. Get exclusive discount access to The Athletic at theathletic.com/footballshow or /footballshowcanada Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2021
Breaking: 49ers trade up to pick 3, then the Dolphins secure pick 6 from the Eagles
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Robert Mays is joined by The Athletic's Mike Sando of the Football GM podcast to react to the breaking news of the 49ers jumping up to pick 3, then the Dolphins trading back into the top 10 after flipping picks with the Eagles. What kind of ripple effect will the moves have on the league and the teams involved? Get all-access coverage at The Athletic for $1 a month at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2021
Beginner’s guide to the 2021 NFL Draft with Dane Brugler
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With just over one month until the 2021 NFL Draft, The Athletic’s Draft analyst Dane Brugler joins Robert Mays to discuss everything you need to know about the league's top prospects. What are the strongest and weakest position groups? Who is the biggest riser since last year? Who is the most polarizing prospect? What is the best team/player fit? The discuss all that and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2021
NFL Free Agency: the remaining questions & the latest on Deshaun Watson
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First, Robert and Lindsay discuss Deshaun Watson and the sexual assault allegations he’s facing in sixteen civil lawsuits brought against him, what’s happening on the NFL-side of things, and how long it could take for these cases to be resolved, one way or another. Then, they break down the remaining questions they still have after the first big wave of free agency has crested, including why the Bengals haven’t done much to help protect Joe Burrow, how can the Ravens improve their passing game, where are the Colts going to find an LT and an edge rusher at this point, which team outside the draft’s top five will make a splashy trade to move up and get a QB, if anything about George Paton’s tenure in Denver has been surprising so far, why the Eagles want Joe Flacco to back up Jalen Hurts, if the return of Dak Prescott makes the Cowboys an NFC East contender again, and what Tua’s second year in Miami will look like. Right now you can get an annual subscription to The Athletic for just $1 a month when you visit theathletic.com/footballshow or for just 1 CAD when you visit theathletic.com/footballshowcanada Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2021
Confused by JuJu, Daniel Jones has no excuse, the Broncos might be back, Raiders risks & more free agency lessons with Nate Tice
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After a week of free agency, what have the transactions told us about certain teams? Are the Giants all-in now? What kind of risk are the Raiders taking? Is this a make-or-break year for Kliff Kingsbury with the Arizona Cardinals? Robert Mays and Nate Tice dive into 5 specific lessons they learned from 5 separate teams during free agency on a new Athletic Football Show. :00 -11:11 Confused by Juju 11:11 - 13:48 Chiefs 13:48 - 17:21 Raiders risks? 17:21 - 31:00 Giants out of excuses 31:00 - 40:44 Broncos might be back 40:44 - 49:50 Colts aren’t spending 49:50 - 55:56 Packers are locked in 55:46 - 1:01:26 Kingsbury’s time is out 1:01:26 - Chargers gonna protect Herbert Get access to The Athletic for $1 per month at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2021
Free Agency Day 4: New NFL TV contracts, Mitchell Trubisky to the Bills, Bears moving on from Kyle Fuller & more with Lindsay Jones
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As NFL free agency continues, the league announces new TV contracts through the 2033 season. Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discuss the streaming age of football before diving into the Bills deal for Mitchell Trubisky. Plus, they weigh in on Kenyan Drake’s contract with the Raiders, the Bears’ decision to move on from Kyle Fuller and Phillip Lindsay’s departure from Denver.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2021
Free Agency Day 3: 49ers & Panthers start spending, the Jaguars get involved, the Cardinals' & Raiders' head-scratching strategies & more with Sheil Kapadia
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Catch up on another day of NFL free agency action as Robert Mays and Sheil Kapadia review some of the biggest news as Haason Reddick heads to Carolina, the 49ers break the bank to keep Trent Williams, the Jaguars start spending, and more. Plus, what do the 49ers, Raiders, and Washington Football Team's strategies so far tell us about where the teams are headed? 1 - 8:05 - Hasson Reddick / CAR 8:05 - 11:45 - Trent Williams 11:45 - 18:02 - State of the 49ers 18:02 - 24:09 - Rivera / Washington 24:09 - 34:39 - Jags 3439.22 - 36:32 - Kyle Long 36:32 - 44:17 - Cardinals 44:17 - 51:56 - Raiders  51:56 - 58:34 - Names still out there 58:34 - Sheil’s favorite moves so far Watch this episode on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCe3mB_1uIw Subscribe to The Athletic for $1 a month at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2021
Free Agency Day 2: Andy Dalton to the Bears, Jets & Patriots stay active, Ryan Fitzpatrick to Washington, favorite signings & more with Nate Tice
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Day 2 of the NFL's legal tampering period was full of headlines, from Ryan Fitzpatrick signing with Washington, to the Jets making multiple signings, the Patriots staying active, Leonard Williams signing a massive contract, and of course, Andy Dalton signing with the Chicago Bears. Hear instant reaction from Robert Mays and Nate Tice s they break down the biggest NFL storylines of the day on The Athletic Football Show. 1 - 6:33 AndyDalton 6:33 - 19:06 Patriots moves 19:06 - 24:47 - Jets moves 24:47 - 34:03 Trey Hendrickson / Bengals 34:03 - 41:24 Bud Dupree / Titans 41:24 - 45:56 Leonard Floyd / Rams 45:26 - 47:56 Leonard Williams / NYG 47:56 - 52:35 Dalvin Tomlinson / MIN 52:35 - 58:57 - FitzMagic / WFT 58:57 - 1:03:15 Jameis Winston / Saints 1:03:15 - 1:07:17 Matt Ryan / Falcons 1:07:17 - 11:5:10 Rodney Hudson / LV 1:15:10 - Favorite / Least-favorite Signings  Watch this episode on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xkEnSabTac Get exclusive discount access to The Athletic at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2021
Free Agency Day 1: Patriots make moves, big OL deals & more with Lindsay Jones + the players' side of free agency with Geoff Schwartz
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It was a busier than expected day 1 of the NFL tampering period. Lindsay Jones joins Robert Mays to react to some of the biggest deals including Joe Thuney to the Chiefs, the Bucs keeping Shaq Barrett, the Patriots making numerous moves and tons more. Then former NFL offensive lineman and current host of 'Geoff Schwartz is Smarter Than You', Geoff Schwartz chats with Robert about his experience from the player's side during free agency.  Get all-access to The Athletic at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2021
Under-the-radar free agents with Nate Tice + crafting the perfect Jaguars’ offseason with Richard Johnson
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Robert Mays and Nate Tice begin the show by discussing the surprise cuts on the Chiefs’ offensive line as well as Matt Milano’s four-year extension with the Bills. Then they dive into several under-the-radar free agents, including Corey Davis, Matt Feiler, Trey Hendrickson and more. Plus, Richard Johnson sits down with Robert to create the perfect Jaguars’ offseason. They discuss the team’s blank slate, where they should be spending the most money in free agency and the future landscape of the AFC South.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 12, 2021
NFL free agency reverse engineering with Jason Fitzgerald & franchise tag deadline day breakdown with Lindsay Jones
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First, Robert and Lindsay recap NFL franchise tag deadline day, discussing the biggest takeaways from guys that got tagged, like Cam Robinson and Marcus Williams, and guys that didn’t, like Kenny Golladay, Carl Lawson, and Joe Thuney, the Bucs deciding to tag Chris Godwin over Shaq Barrett, potential Kenny Golladay landing spots, and more. Plus, Over The Cap’s Jason Fitzgerald stops by to break down optimal free agency planning, including addressing the defense first, targeting multiple $3-4 million contract players, rather than putting all your eggs in one basket, how the Buffalo Bills have successfully defied certain expectations about spending a lot of free agency money, and much more. You can get an annual subscription to The Athletic for just $3.99 a month when you visit theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2021
Dissecting Dak Prescott's record-breaking deal & QB movement around the NFL with Mike Sando + Joel Corry on the agent's side of negotiations
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What should we think of Dak Prescott's record-breaking contract with the Cowboys and what kind of precedent does it set for the rest of the NFL? The Athletic's QB Guru Mike Sando of The Football GM podcast joins Robert Mays to break down the details of the Dak Prescott contract, Russell Wilson rumors, and look around the league at how QB movement has changed in recent years. Then Robert welcomes former player agent and current CBS Sports analyst Joel Corry for some insight on the player and agent side of free agency negotiations. Be sure to get the best deal on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2021
Louis Riddick on how NFL front offices approach free agency + Russell Wilson trade rumors & rule changes with Nate Tice
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ESPN analyst and Monday Night Football color commentator Louis Riddick joins The Athletic’s Robert Mays to assess free agency through the lens of NFL front offices. Riddick discusses his time as a pro personnel director, the influence coaches have on the process and the importance of relationships in the locker room. Later in the show, Nate Tice talks about his time as a scouting assistant before diving into the Russell Wilson trade rumors. Finally, they examine the Bills and Ravens’ proposed rule changes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2021
NFL free agency finances, and the NFLPA’s George Atallah joins to talk salary cap, CBA, vaccines, and much more
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First, Robert and Lindsay break down the overall financial landscape, and realities of a depressed salary cap, heading into the free agency period, and how some of the uncertainty about the cap will impact players and teams heading into the 2021 season. Then, Lindsay is joined by Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs for the NFLPA, George Atallah, to discuss how the 2021 TV deals will affect next season’s salary cap, and its potential impact on free agency, the biggest takeaways and lessons learned from the 2020 pandemic season, players’ top priorities in the next CBA, what role vaccines could play in the 2021 season, if players could have more of a formal role in teams’ hiring processes, and more. You can get an annual subscription to The Athletic for just $3.99 a month when you visit theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2021
J.J. Watt to the Cardinals & previewing the top free agents with Sheil Kapadia
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J.J. Watt has a new home in Arizona. What can Cardinals fans expect from their new pass-rusher? Sheil Kapadia joins Robert Mays to react to the trade and bring his top 50 free agents for the 2021 offseason. Where will the QBs end up? Which under-the-radar players should teams have an eye on to scoop up on the cheap? Robert & Sheil discuss it all on a new Athletic Football Show. Remember to get your exclusive discount to The Athletic at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2021
The biggest question facing each AFC team this offseason
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After assessing the biggest questions facing the NFC, on this episode, The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones shift their attention to the AFC. What does year two hold for Joe Borrow? Will the “Urban Meyer experiment” actually work? They dive into each team and the top concerns they have this offseason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2021
The biggest question facing each NFC team this offseason
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The 2021 NFL season has already been crazy and we aren't even officially at free agency. What are the biggest questions for each team in the NFL as they make franchise-altering choices this offseason? Robert Mays previews every team and what their mindset should be, beginning with the NFC and co-host Nate Tice. Tune in tomorrow as Lindsay Jones joins Robert to take a look at the AFC. Get your exclusive discount to The Athletic at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2021
When we'll be back & a preview of The Artist & The Athlete
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Robert Mays brings you a quick update on when the Athletic Football Show will be back to regularly-scheduled programming, where you can fill your Carson Wentz trade needs and brings you an exclusive clip of Lindsay Czarniak's new podcast 'The Artist & the Athlete." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 19, 2021
What we learned during the 2020 NFL season & the biggest storylines we're watching this offseason
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The 2020 NFL season was full of unexpected moments, health protocols, crazy personnel moves and more. Which moments will we remember the most about 2020, and what offseason storylines are we following the closest? The Athletic's Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones put the final touches on the 2020 convo and officially look to 2021 on The Athletic Football Show. Get all access to The Athletic for only $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2021
Super Bowl LV: How the Bucs stopped Patrick Mahomes, inside Bruce Arians' game plan & Tom Brady wins his 7th ring
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the Super Bowl LV Champions! How did the Bucs' defensive scheme under Todd Bowles keep Patrick Mahomes at Bay? What are the secrets of how Bruce Arians & Byron Leftwich's game plan? Robert Mays and Nate Tice bring you postgame reaction as they review the best plays from the game & Tom Brady's 7th championship. Get all access to The Athletic for only $3.99 per month @ theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2021
Carson Palmer on Bruce Arians, Deshaun Watson & more + Nate Tice & Ted Nguyen's Super Bowl LV Xs & Os
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Former NFL QB Carson Palmer joins the show to discuss playing QB for Bruce Arians, advice for Matthew Stafford and Deshaun Watson and details his mindset late in his career. Plus The Athletic's football film guru Ted Nguyen stops by to dig into some Chiefs-Bucs film study, and Nate Tice brings some formation concepts to watch out for in Super Bowl LV. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2021
Brad Childress on Andy Reid's coaching evolution + 10 under-the-radar players to watch in Super Bowl LV
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Former NFL coach Brad Childress joins Robert Mays to discuss his experience and relationship with Andy Reid and how the Chiefs' head coach has evolved as a play caller, scout and coach overall. But before that, Lindsay Jones brings 10 under-the-radar names and storylines to watch ahead of Super Bowl LV. 0:00 - 1:03:04 - 10 players to watch / Lindsay Jones 1:03:04 - end - Brad Childress Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2021
How the Buccaneers & Chiefs were built with Greg Auman & Nate Taylor
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What steps did the Buccaneers and Chiefs take in 2020 to help them reach the Super Bowl? The Athletic's Bucs and Chiefs writers Greg Auman and Nate Taylor join Robert Mays for an extended deep dive into the philosophy of how both teams were built and takeaways for teams around the NFL. 0:00-38:34 - Greg Auman / Bucs 38:34-End - Nate Taylor / Chiefs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2021
Super Bowl LV analytics with Sheil Kapadia and assessing Bruce Arians’ offense with Ryan Lindley
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The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Sheil Kapadia kick off Super Bowl week by discussing 10 stats that could play a key role in the Chiefs-Bucs matchup. Then, former NFL quarterback Ryan Lindley joins the show to talk about what he learned under Bruce Arians. He explains what makes Arians’ system so unique, Tom Brady’s influence on Tampa’s offense and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2021
Matthew Stafford trade pros & cons for the Rams & Lions - why'd they make the move?
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The Rams and Lions set the NFL world on fire Saturday by announcing a blockbuster trade that would send QB Matthew Stafford to the Rams in exchange for Jared Goff, 2022 & 2023 1st round picks & a 2021 3rd rounder. Why did the Rams make the move to acquire Stafford, and why did the Lions let him go? What trickle down affect does it have on the rest of the league? The Athletic's Robert Mays and Nate Tice discuss the intricacies of the deal on a NEW Athletic Football Show. Remember to get all access to The Athletic for only $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2021
Super Bowl betting extravaganza, part 1
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The Super Bowl is still more than a week away, but that doesn't mean we can't already start talking about our favorite ways to bet the game. Sure, we're going to be playing the line, be it on the Chiefs or the Buccaneers, but this is the Super Bowl. There are seemingly countless ways to get in on the action, and no time to waste. In the first part of our Super Bowl betting extravaganza, Michael Beller and Vic Tafur begin discussions on the wagers that have caught their eye this week. While they're not locking in all these plays just yet, they are the ones that the guys are, at the very least, zeroing in on as the big game draws nearer. Will Patrick Mahomes go over 329.5 passing yards? Does Beller have a sneaky angle on the first touchdown scorer? Is Vic crazy for wanting to trust the running backs in a game like this? We'll get into all that, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2021
Matthew Stafford, Julio Jones, 2021 salary cap and more: Answering your NFL questions
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Is Matthew Stafford tall enough to play QB for the Broncos? What would be a reasonable trade package for Julio Jones at this stage in his career? The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones answer those questions and more in this mailbag episode. They dive into the 2021 salary cap, lessons learned from this season and the top positions of focus for any GM. Plus, what do the Bills and Browns need to do this offseason? They break it all down.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2021
NFL final four: lessons learned with Terez Paylor, and an Atlanta Falcons Team Visit with Tori McElhaney
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Robert is joined by Yahoo Sports’ Terez Paylor to review lessons learned from the NFL’s four conference championship teams, and discuss the murky Jared Goff situation in LA, ideal Matthew Stafford destinations, possible Dwayne Haskins landing spots, and much more. Plus, The Athletic’s Tori McElhaney stops by for an Atlanta Falcons Team Visit to discuss Arthur Smith as the team’s new head coach and Terry Fontenot as the team’s new GM, Matt Ryan’s potential comfort level within Smith’s system, the option to draft their next QB with the fourth overall pick, problems on the defensive side of the ball, and how Dean Pees could change that next season, and more. You can get an annual subscription to The Athletic for just $3.99 a month when you visit theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2021
Chiefs & Bucs advance to Super Bowl LV; what's next for Aaron Rodgers, the Bills & more in our Conference Championship recap
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The Super Bowl is set! Patrick Mahomes returns to face Tom Brady in his 10th Super Bowl appearance. What happens next for the Bills following the loss, and do they have room to improve this offseason? What should we make of Aaron Rodgers postgame comments regarding his future with the Packers? The Athletic's Robert Mays and Nate Tice recap Championship Sunday on a new Athletic Football Show. Remember to subscribe to get all of The Athletic's content leading up to Super Bowl LV - theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2021
Conference Championship best bets and picks against the spread
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In the opinion of one of our two hosts, this is the best NFL weekend of the season. Championship weekend routinely brings together at least three of the four best teams in the league, if not all four, and this season is no exception. The Packers and Buccaneers get things going on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game, and then the Chiefs and Bills cap off the night in the AFC Championship Game. Start your Championship Weekend prep with Michael Beller and Vic Tafur on The Athletic Football Show. The guys offer up their picks for sides and totals in both games, highlighting their absolute favorite plays of the weekend. And hey, Beller found a fun prop he likes, while Vic came up with a new segment to put a bow on the episode. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22, 2021
Philip Rivers retires, Patrick Mahomes’ limited practice and previewing the conference championships
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Is Philip Rivers a Hall of Famer? The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones look back on the quarterback’s 17-year career as they discuss his retirement. Then, they talk about the latest with Patrick Mahomes and if he will be cleared to play on Sunday. Plus, to get you ready for conference championships, Nate Tice joins the show to preview the Chiefs-Bills and Packers-Buccaneers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2021
Deshaun Watson, Brandon Staley, Eric Bieniemy, and more: NFL headlines with Mike Sando, and a Kansas City Chiefs Team Visit with Nate Taylor
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First up, The Athletic’s Mike Sando joins the show to run through a number of headlines, hirings, rumblings, and general goings-on around the NFL over the last week or so, including Deshaun Watson’s tenuous relationship with the Houston Texans, the possibility he forces a trade to another team, potential landing spots, and more, Brandon Staley’s new gig as Los Angeles Chargers head coach, the Sean McVay-Jared Goff marriage on the rocks, Eric Bieniemy getting left off the head coaching carousel so far, how race is seemingly playing a factor in how franchise’s make their coaching staff decisions, and much more. Plus, The Athletic’s Nate Taylor stops by for a Kansas City Chiefs Team Visit to discuss the injury status of Patrick Mahomes, and whether the franchise QB will be under center for Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the Bills, the quietly important and underrated Chiefs defensive players, Eric Bieniemy becoming emblematic of biased hiring practices in the NFL, and much more. You can get an annual subscription to The Athletic for just $3.99 a month when you visit theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2021
Divisional round game-by-game recap - the Chiefs, Bills, Bucs & Packers move on…what’s next for the Browns, Ravens, Saints & Rams?
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An exciting weekend of NFL divisional round action has wrapped up with some huge storylines leading the way. What do the Chiefs do about Patrick Mahomes? What's next for Drew Brees and the Saints? How do the Browns move ahead? Robert Mays and Nate Tice review all of the games and look ahead to the conference titles on The Athletic Football Show. 0:00- 20:42 - Bucs/Saints 20:42-45:06 - Browns/Chiefs 45:06-1:04:25 - Ravens/Bills 1:04:25- Rams/Packers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2021
Divisional Round best bets and picks against the spread
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The NFL is down to its final eight teams, which means we're running out of opportunities to bet on the league this season. Michael Beller and Vic Tafur have you covered on this week's precious few games with our latest episode of The Athletic Football Show. Can the Rams keep rolling, or will Aaron Rodgers and the Packers cover the 6.5-point spread. Who comes away with the win and cover in Ravens-Bills? Can the Browns at least keep things close against the Chiefs? And can the Saints topple the Buccaneers for the third time this season, covering in the process? Or does Tom Brady have some more playoff magic in his arm? The guys answer all those questions, and offer up their favorite bets of the weekend. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 15, 2021
Bears sticking with Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy, Seahawks part ways with Brian Schottenheimer and a divisional round preview
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Before diving into a divisional round preview, The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discuss the latest organizational moves across the NFL. Robert gives his thoughts on the Bears decision to keep Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy and Lindsay weighs in on the Broncos new GM, George Paton. They also talk about Brian Schottenheimer and the Seahawks parting ways as well as Robert Saleh’s interest from the Jets and Eagles. Then, Nate Tice is back to get you ready for the divisional round with a complete breakdown of each matchup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2021
NFL Coaching Carousel with Peter King, Wild Card Weekend postmortem with Sheil Kapadia
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First, Robert is joined by the legendary Peter King to discuss the already-underway NFL Coaching Carousel, as teams start to fill the vacancies on their respective staffs, including the Eagles, looking for Doug Pederson’s replacement, the Texans, and the Jaguars, as well as some of the names in play, like Arthur Smith, Robert Saleh, Joe Brady, Brandon Staley, and Urban Meyer. Then, The Athletic’s own Sheil Kapadia returns to the show to do a Wild Card Weekend postmortem on the teams that were ousted from the playoffs, including the Seahawks, Bears, Colts, Steelers, Titans, and the Washington Football Team, discuss where they are right now, and what their respective futures hold. You can get an annual subscription to The Athletic for just $3.99 a month when you visit theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2021
Wild Card game-by-game recap - the Browns & Bills break the curse, the Rams, Ravens, Buccaneers & Saints also advance
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Wild Card weekend wraps with a Browns victory over the favored Steelers as Cleveland moves on to face Kansas City. Robert Mays and Nate Tice go game-by-game through the best moments of the weekend, from Josh Allen's victory over the Colts, Lamar Jackson showing his footwork to outlast the Titans, Sean McVay out-dueling Pete Carroll, the Saints' solid win over the Chicago Bears and more on The Athletic Football Show. 0 - Browns / Steelers 13:20 - Colts / Bills 32:57 - Rams / Seahawks 52:58 - Bucs / Washington 1:02:25 - Ravens / Titans 1:19:50 - Bears / Saints Get a special discount to the Athletic for $3.99 a month at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2021
Wild Card Weekend picks against the spread
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The most wonderful time of the year may be behind us, but the most wonderful time of the NFL season is just beginning. The playoffs are here, with Saturday kicking the first ever six-game Wild Card weekend. Michael Beller and Vic Tafur are back to dive into their top plays against the spread. The guys get into all six games this weekend, discussing leans for all six, while highlighting the ones on which they'll actually be placing wagers. They also discuss their favorite futures bets for the postseason. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 08, 2021
Wild-card weekend preview
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The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones bring you the latest with the Browns’ COVID-19 situation ahead of the playoffs. They also discuss the Texans decision to hire Nick Caserio as well as John Elway’s new role with the Broncos. Plus, they play a game of matchmaker with the top head coach candidates across the league. Later in the show, Nate Tice joins Robert to break down all six wild-card matchups. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2021
Bill Barnwell returns to discuss lessons learned from the 2020 NFL season, and Jeff Zriebec joins for a Baltimore Ravens Team Visit
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Robert welcomes ESPN’s Bill Barnwell to the show to take a look back at the 2020 NFL season and discuss the lessons we’ve learned along the way, and what we should take with us into the future. Plus, The Athletic’s Jeff Zriebec stops by for a Baltimore Ravens Team Visit to discuss how the current version of the team differs from the version they were during the first half of the season, Lamar Jackson settling in after returning from injury, playoff expectations, needs heading into next season, and more. You can get an annual subscription to The Athletic for just $3.99 a month when you visit theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2021
The playoffs are set, the Browns end the drought, Washington stumbles in, Titans, Rams, Cardinals concerns & more in our week 17 reaction
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After a tumultuous 2020 (to put it lightly) we got through the NFL regular season, the playoffs are set, and we're looking to the postseason. The Athletic's Robert Mays and Nate Tice put a bow on week 17 by celebrating the Browns' playoff drought coming to an end, the Washington Football Team backing their way in, what we should expect from the Titans and Rams, whether or not to believe in Kliff Kingsbury, Coach of the Year candidates and more. Get full access to The Athletic over at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2021
AFC & NFC playoff implications in our week 17 preview
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Week 17 is finally here and there is plenty at stake in both the AFC and NFC. The Athletic’s Robert Marys and Lindsay Jones break down all of the playoff implications. First they discuss the quarterback situation in Washington and what a Sunday Night Football loss means to the Cowboys and Giants. Then they dive into the Rams-Cardinals showdown, the absence of Jared Goff and Cooper Kupp and why the Bears are rooting for Los Angeles. Later in the show, they discuss the latest with the Browns’ COVID-19 concerns and whether or not it could impact their game against the Steelers. Finally they examine the tight AFC Wild Card race and give their predictions for who will advance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2020
All-Pro Team picks with Nate Tice, Darius Butler, and Brandon Thorn
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Robert is joined by The Athletic Football Show’s Nate Tice, former NFL cornerback and co-host of The Man to Man Pod, Darius Butler, and Trench Warfare Newsletter’s Brandon Thorn, to give their expert opinions on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, respectively, and help fill out this season’s NFL First and Second All-Pro Team rosters, handing out some honorable mentions along the way. And, from now through December 31, you can get an annual subscription to The Athletic and give one free when you visit theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 30, 2020
Aaron Rodgers’ MVP chances, the Steelers & Seahawks clinch, the Colts, Rams & Browns are in trouble, the Bears keep winning & more in our week 16 reaction
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The 2020 NFL Playoff seedings look a little more clear following week 16. Join The Athletic's Robert Mays and Nate Tice for full reaction to the biggest stories, including why Aaron Rodgers should be seriously considered for MVP, the Steelers and Seahawks winning their divisions, what the Rams, Colts, and Browns need to do to make the postseason, the possibility of the Bears making minimal changes in the offseason and much more. Remember to sign up for The Athletic with our discount at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2020
Gifts for NFL teams, games with playoff implications, Rivers vs. Roethlisberger, Coach of the Year, MVP & more in our week 16 preview
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It's a special Holiday edition of The Athletic Football Show with Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones. First, they discuss the 3 biggest games with playoff implications this weekend, Titans vs. Packers, Seahawks vs. Rams and Steelers vs. Colts. Then Lindsay and Robert dive into the AFC and NFC playoff scenarios, who needs to win, which borderline teams could sneak their way in and more as Linds puts on her Kornacki pants. Finally, they play Santa and hand out some gifts to NFL teams who could desperately use some cheering up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2020
Seth Meyers talks Pittsburgh Steelers fandom, Sheil Kapadia analyzes teams with high picks in the NFL Draft, and Kat Terrell joins for a New Orleans Saints Team Visit
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First up, Robert welcomes the host of Late Night with Seth Meyers, and avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Seth Meyers to the show to discuss the emotional arc of this Steelers season, his expectations for where the team actually ends up this year, the three acts of Ben Roethlisberger, the best and worst moments of the last decade of Steelers football, how COVID-19 has changed the creative process for Late Night, and more. Next, The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia helps Robert map out future plans for some of the teams with high picks in next year’s NFL Draft, including the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Carolina Panthers, and Philadelphia Eagles. To close things out, The Athletic’s Katherine Terrell stops by for a New Orleans Saints Team Visit to discuss the mood around the team, if the offense can live up to expectations and lift the team back into Super Bowl contention, why the Saints could be more dangerous in the playoffs than some people would expect, what they’ll look like next season if they end up falling short this year, and more. And, from now through December 31, you can get an annual subscription to The Athletic and give one free when you visit theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2020
The Jets lose by winning, Mahomes vs. Brees, Wild Card threat index, debating the Bills and Packers, the Bears find a groove & more in our week 15 reaction
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It was a weekend of NFL football that will impact the league this season and possibly for seasons to come. How big of a deal is it that the Jets won a game? What should we make of the Chiefs' victory over the Saints? The Athletic's Robert Mays and Nate Tice dive into the week 15 headlines, their Wild Card Threat Index, Jalen Hurts, scheming to stop the Bills and Packers, Rams woes, the Bears figuring it out offensively and much more. Get 2-for-1 access to The Athletic over at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2020
Week 15 DFS plays, and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Football Show, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 15 DFS slate. They discuss the high-priced players who should be at the center of your lineups, the abundance of $6,000ish receivers who look good this week, love for rookie running backs, and more. Later, Beller runs through the slate from a gambling standpoint, highlighting his favorite picks against the spread. Can the Bills and Packers get off to good starts on Saturday? Can the Patriots bring the Dolphins back down to earth? Who wins and, more importantly, covers in the showdown between the Chiefs and Saints? We get into those games, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 18, 2020
Questions for the Saints, Washington’s defense vs. Russell Wilson and football in the UK with Mark Chapman in our week 15 preview
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In what looked to be a Super Bowl preview a few weeks ago, Saints vs. Chiefs presents big questions in Week 15. The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones preview the game and break down why New Orleans is all-in this season. They also talk about how Washington’s defense squares up against Russell Wilson and what the Cardinals need to do to contain Jalen Hurts. Next, they examine what’s at stake for the Raiders’ defense and the latest playoff scenarios. Later in the show, The Athletic UK’s Mark Chapman calls in to discuss his unlikely path to Chicago Bears fandom, why American football has taken hold in England in a way the other quintessentially American sports have not, how deep conversations can go with American football fans in England now versus ten years ago and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2020
Matthew Bowen picks the best play designers in the NFL and an Indianapolis Colts Team Visit with Stephen Holder and Zak Keefer
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First up, Robert welcomes ESPN’s Matthew Bowen to the show to give his thoughts on the best play designers and play callers in the NFL this season, including perennial favorites like Kyle Shanahan, Andy Reid, and Bill Belichick, as well as some under the radar coaches who deserve some credit. = Plus, The Athletic’s Stephen Holder and Zak Keefer stop by for an Indianapolis Colts Team Visit to discuss the team’s potential to win the AFC South, the job Matt Eberflus has done with the defense, Frank Reich’s faith in Philip Rivers at quarterback, how far they could go in the playoffs this season, who might be the team’s starting QB next season and beyond, and much more. And, from now through December 31, you can get an annual subscription to The Athletic and give one free when you visit theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2020
The AFC playoff picture takes shape, Jalen Hurts ignites the Eagles, Washington’s defense dominates, Colts, Saints, Vikings & more in our week 14 reaction
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After a crazy week 14 in the NFL, we now have a clearer picture of which teams have a chance to make a postseason run. Could the Bills give the Chiefs a run for their money? Join The Athletic's Robert Mays and Nate Tice as they cover all the biggest headlines of the weekend, including the Colts win over the Raiders, Jalen Hurts providing the Eagles with a spark, Chase Young and the Washington defense dominating, losing faith in the Vikings, Saints talk, analyzing Aaron Rodgers and more. Get our exclusive discount to The Athletic at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2020
Week 14 DFS plays, and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Football Show, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 14 DFS slate. They discuss an abundance of attractive players across the three major positions priced between two $7,000 and $7,700, Dalvin Cook vs. Derrick Henry vs. Davante Adams, the lack of cheap pivots at quarterback, and more. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through the slate from a gambling standpoint, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread. The guys are going head-to-head in three games, including marquee matchups between the Bills and Steelers, and Vikings and Buccaneers. They also dive into Packers-Lions, Saints-Eagles, Chiefs-Dolphins, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 11, 2020
AFC playoff race heats up, what's at stake for Doug Pederson and examining the Bills' offense with Ted Nguyen in our week 14 preview
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The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones break down a stacked week 14 slate in the AFC as the playoff race heats up. Should we have concern about the Steelers? Is Monday night a must-win for the Ravens? What do we really know about the Raiders? They answer those questions and more.  Later in the show, they discuss how the Dolphins’ defense squares up against the Chiefs’ offense and how much is at stake for Doug Pederson. Finally, Ted Nguyen joins the show to dissect the Bills’ offense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2020
The QB Carousel with Mike Sando and a Seattle Seahawks Team Visit with Michael-Shawn Dugar
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First up, Robert is joined by The Athletic’s own Mike Sando to look ahead to next season’s quarterback carousel and give percentage chances of teams kicking off 2021 with a new starting QB, including the Lions, Colts, Eagles, 49ers, Patriots, Saints, Falcons, Broncos, and Bears. Then, to close things out, The Athletic’s Michael-Shawn Dugar stops by for a Seattle Seahawks Team Visit to discuss the “Let Russ Cook” movement, how it’s had diminishing returns as the season’s worn on, what opposing defenses are doing to stifle the offense, where the franchise goes if this version of the team falls short of their lofty expectations, and much more. And, from now through December 31, you can get an annual subscription to The Athletic and give one free when you visit theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2020
The Jets & Jaguars battle for Trevor Lawrence, Jalen Hurts replaces Carson Wentz, the Browns & Giants impress, Bears problems, Colts & more in our week 13 review
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Despite it being a very entertaining weekend of football in the NFL, perhaps the biggest storyline involves college football. Who will end up with Trevor Lawrence...the Jags or the Jets? Join Robert Mays and Nate Tice for a full recap of this and more of week 13's biggest storylines, from the Eagles pulling Carson Wentz in favor of Jalen Hurts, to the Browns offense showing up big against the Titans, a debate about the Bears and Eagles and so much more on The Athletic Football Show. Subscribe to The Athletic now and save BIG at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2020
Week 13 DFS plays, and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Football Show, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 13 DFS slate. They discuss building lineups around an elite back or receiver, finally paying up for a quarterback, the desire to get invested in Browns-Titans, and more. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through the slate from a gambling standpoint, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread. Can the Raiders bounce back against the Jets? Will Taysom Hill hit his first speed bump as a starter in Atlanta? Can the Browns spring an upset on the Titans—or at least keep it within 5.5 points? Will the Packers run away from the Eagles? Can the Bills take care of business against the 49ers? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2020
Roger Goodell’s comments on NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, Baker Mayfield’s big test vs. Titans and plenty at stake for Bears and Lions in our week 13 preview
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We finally made it to Week 13! The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones break down all the COVID-19 chaos that led to Wednesday football as well as Roger Goodell’s comments on the virus and whether or not a postseason bubble is realistic. Next, they dive into the games with big AFC and NFC playoff implications, the “Taysom Hill Experience” and an important test for the 49ers defense. Plus, as the Bears square off against the Lions, there is plenty at stake for both teams and Robert weighs in why this is a big week for Aaron Rodgers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2020
David Bakhtiari joins the show, NFL Winston Wolfe/Mike Ehrmantraut with Charles McDonald, and Zac Jackson stops by for a Cleveland Browns Team Visit
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First, For The Win’s Charles McDonald joins the show and the guys play a little NFL Winston Wolfe/Mike Ehrmantraut, to lay out fixes for the Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, Houston Texans, and Detroit Lions, all in various degrees of trouble heading into this offseason and beyond. Then, Robert is joined by Green Bay Packers OT David Bakhtiari to discuss the weirdness of being congratulated on his big-money contract, the biggest difference between the player he is today and the rookie version of himself, his game week process, Aaron Rodgers, empty arenas, and more. Plus, to close things out, The Athletic’s Zac Jackson stops by for a Cleveland Browns Team Visit to discuss early returns in the Kevin Stefanski Era, the team’s trajectory moving forward, Baker Mayfield’s future with the franchise, critical games against Pittsburgh and Baltimore, and more. You can still enjoy The Athletic’s Black Friday offer through December 4, to get a year subscription for just $1 a month, by visiting http://theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2020
Tyreek Hill goes off, the Titans find their groove, a Raiders mirage, debating Matt Stafford vs. Sam Darnold, Bears chaos & more in our week 12 review
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Week 12 of NFL action has wrapped up, and it was certainly an action-packed weekend. Join The Athletic's Robert Mays and Nate Tice for their overview of the biggest headlines, from the Chiefs offense putting up ridiculous numbers, to what's going on with the Raiders, the Titans dominating the Colts, the Browns moving to a surprising 8-3, looking into some intriguing QB landing spots and so much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2020
Week 12 DFS plays, and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Football Show, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 12 DFS slate. They discuss Dalvin Cook chalk, a willingness to pass on high-priced receivers, the desire to get invested in Chargers-Bills and Chiefs-Buccaneers, and more. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through the slate from a gambling standpoint, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread (begins at 30:35). Will Beller finally back off the Cardinals? Can the Browns cruise against the Jaguars? Can Taysom Hill and the Saints keep it rolling in Denver? Are the Giants worthy of laying nearly a touchdown against the shorthanded Bengals? Will the Chiefs hand the Buccaneers another loss and, more importantly, do so by more than 3.5 points? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2020
Mahomes vs. Brady, AFC South up for grabs and what to be thankful for this NFL season in our week 12 preview
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It’s the Thanksgiving edition of The Athletic Football Show! Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones break down the big week 12 matchup between Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady. They dive into both sides of the ball before talking about the AFC playoff implications in the Colts and Titans showdown in Indianapolis. Then they discuss what they are most thankful for in this 2020 NFL season including the young QBs, Matt LaFleur in Green Bay and much more. Finally, if quarterbacks were a side dish, who would be the mashed potatoes? What about the sweet potato casserole? They debate the holiday favorites.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2020
NFL Draft check-in with Dane Brugler, Jourdan Rodrigue joins for a LA Rams Team Visit
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First up, Robert welcomes The Athletic’s Dane Brugler to the show to talk all-things NFL Draft, including a crowded quarterback class, headlined by Trevor Lawrence, potentially transcendent non-QBs like Penei Sewell, whether loaded wide receiver classes are going to become the norm going forward or not, how the unprecedented COVID pandemic has affected this year’s draft, and much more. Plus, The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue stops by in this week’s Team Visit to break down the Las Angeles Rams, including what it’s like to cover the avant-garde franchise, moving on from Wade Phillips to Brandon Staley as Defensive Coordinator, how the Aaron Donald-centric defense is evolving game by game, Jordan Fuller’s play being emblematic of the team’s longterm plans, potential weaknesses that could keep the Rams from another Super Bowl berth, and more. From Black Friday through December 4, you can subscribe to The Athletic for just $1 a month by visiting http://theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2020
Taysom Hill shows up, Colts conquer Packers, debating Nick Chubb vs. Derrick Henry, Carson Wentz might be broken & more in our week 11 review
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From Taysom Hill leading the Saints to a win in his first start, to the Colts outlasting the Packers in OT, the NFL's week 11 for 2020 was full of unexpected surprises, The Athletic's Robert Mays is joined by Nate Tice to break down the biggest storylines like the Raiders nearly pulling it off against the Chiefs, what the heck is happening with Carson Wentz, and the guys find time for a debate about Nick Chubb and Derrick Henry. Cash in on The Athletic's Black Friday Deal at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2020
Week 11 DFS plays, and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Football Show, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 11 DFS slate. They discuss Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook reaching CMC territory, the Jameis Winston free space, Keenan Allen as the WR1, the lack of meaningful tight ends, and more. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through the slate from a gambling standpoing, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread (begins at 29:42). Can the Titans bounce back in a tough spot against the Ravens? Can the Jaguars keep things respectable against the undefeated Steelers? Can Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins keep things rolling against the Broncos? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2020
Giants fire Marc Colombo, Titans-Ravens playoff implications and plenty at stake for Jameis Winston in our week 11 preview
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After a wild Wednesday in the NFL, The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones break down the drama surrounding the Giants’ decision to fire Marc Colombo as well as Justin Herbert’s viral haircut. Later in the show they discuss an exciting Week 11 slate as they preview the Titans vs. Ravens and the AFC playoff implications. They also examine the Raiders’ COVID-19 high-risk concerns and how it impacts their game against the Chiefs.  Finally, what’s on the line for Jameis Winston against the Falcons and which team in the league has the least hope moving forward? They answer those questions and much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2020
Smart Football’s Chris B. Brown calls in, a Las Vegas Raiders Team Visit with Vic Tafur and Tashan Reed, and the Miami Dolphins Defense in Ted Nguyen’s Film School
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First up, Robert welcomes football internet celebrity, Chris Brown, to the show to discuss a variety of topics including Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense, what intrigues him about the Kliff Kingsbury-Kyler Murray Air Raid experiment so far, the evolution of offensive motion over time across the league, how tempo on offense affects the game-within-the-game between plays, and much more. Then, The Athletic’s Vic Tafur and Tashan Reed stop by in this week’s Team Visit to take a closer look at the Las Vegas Raiders, including fan feelings about the team two and a half years into the Jon Gruden Era, how Derek Carr has outperformed expectations so far this season, if the defense can improve enough to compliment the offense during a potential playoff berth, and more. To close things out, in Ted Nguyen’s Film School, the guys break down the Miami Dolphins defense and discuss what the Fins are doing differently than the rest of the NFL, why other teams can’t replicate their high pressure defensive schemes, how pressure can dictate what an opponent does on offense, and more. Subscribe to The Athletic now for just $1 a week when you visit http://theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2020
Kyler Murray magic, Rams top Seahawks, Ben Roethlisberger has a day, buying the Dolphins & more in our week 10 reaction
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From Kyler Murray & DeAndre Hopkins' hail mary, to the Rams topping the Seahawks, week 10 in the NFL was full of viral moments, incredible plays, and some bad ones as well. So join Robert Mays and Nate Tice as they review the best of the best from the weekend of NFL action such as Ben Roethlisberger keeping the Steelers undefeated, what's going on with Drew Lock, the Philadelphia Eagles falling apart, and an intriguing "Would You Rather" concerning the AFC East. Remember to sign up for The Athletic for $1 at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2020
Week 10 DFS plays, and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Football Show, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 10 DFS slate. They discuss Rams-Seahawks and Bills-Cardinals, the Mike Davis free space, a trio of attractive cheap quarterbacks, the diversity of high-priced receivers, and more. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through every Week 10 game, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread (begins at 30:45). Can the Buccaneers bounce back against the Panthers? Who wins the expected shootout in the desert between the Bills and Cardinals? What's the right side to be on in the showdown between Justin Herbert and the Chargers and Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2020
Seahawks-Rams divisional showdown, Tua vs. Herbert and ‘Ted Lasso’ co-creator Brendan Hunt joins the show in our week 10 preview
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The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones kick things off this week by discussing the important NFC West showdown between the Seahawks and Rams. They also dive into an exciting matchup between the Bills and Cardinals.  Later on, they look back at the top of the 2020 NFL Draft as Tua Tagovailoa squares off against Justin Herbert. Plus, is Russell Wilson still the MVP front-runner? The two weigh in on the discussion.  Finally, ‘Ted Lasso’ co-creator Brendan Hunt joins the show to talk about his childhood in Chicago, better times for the Bears and his role as Coach Beard on the popular comedy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2020
Mailbag with Bill Barnwell and a Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Visit with Greg Auman
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First up, Robert reunites with former podcast partner, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell, to open up the mailbag and answer listener questions about fixing the Chicago Bears, rebuilding the Jets in five moves, how analytics effect the game, if they’d take Patrick Mahomes or seven non-QB starters, and many more. Then, in this week’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Visit, The Athletic’s Greg Auman joins the show to discuss the Bucs’ blowout loss to the Saints, the tone around the team now as opposed to what it was like when they were rolling a few weeks ago, Tom Brady, Antonio Brown, and more. Subscribe to The Athletic now for just $1 a week when you visit http://theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2020
Kyler vs. Tua, the Saints maul the Buccaneers, Patrick Mahomes is a cheat code, choosing between the Falcons & Texans & more in our week 9 reaction
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The Athletic's Robert Mays and Nate Tice react to the biggest stories coming out of week 9 in the NFL like the Saints' dismantling of the Buccaneers, Patrick Mahomes' insane abilities, Josh Allen outlasting the Seahawks, the Ravens defense stepping up to stop the Colts, Kyler Murray and Tua Tagovailoa's shootout and much more. Plus the guys ask "Who would you rather coach next year...the Texans or Falcons?" Get access to The Athletic for $1 at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2020
Week 9 DFS plays, and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Football Show, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 9 DFS slate. They discuss Dalvin Cook chalk, the appeal of mid-tier backs and cheap receivers, a possible Lamar Jackson bargain, and more. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through every Week 9 game, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread (begins at 30:02). Who wins—or, more importantly, covers—the NFC South clash between the Saints and Buccaneers? Can the Ravens' offense get going in Indianapolis? Are the Dolphins a live dog again, this time against Kyler Murray and the Cardinals? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2020
Brady vs. Brees, a test for the Dolphins’ defense and the league deals with COVID-19 in our week 9 preview
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COVID-19 concerns spark big questions for week 9 across the NFL. The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discuss the latest news involving the virus as well as the quiet trade deadline this season. Plus, it’s Brady vs. Brees, round two! They preview the Bucs matchup with the Saints and discuss a big test for the Dolphins’ defense against Kyler Murray and the Cardinals.  They wrap by assessing what’s at stake for Lamar Jackson this week and a big stretch for the Colts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2020
Midseason Awards with Steven Ruiz and a New England Patriots Team Visit with Jeff Howe
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First, Robert is joined by Steven Ruiz, the lead NFL writer at For The Win, to step back, take stock, and hand out some midseason awards, including league MVP, Coach of the Year, Unexpected Player Crush, Worst Preseason Take, and many more. Then, to close things out, The Athletic’s Jeff Howe stops by for a New England Patriots Team Visit to discuss how different things feel around the Patriots this year, during their first potential losing season in recent memory, bedrocks heading into 2021, what the offseason might look like if they miss the playoffs, Jimmy G, Stephon Gilmore, and more. Subscribe to The Athletic now for just $1 a week when you visit http://theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2020
Packers, Rams, & Titans panic index, the Steelers still unbeaten, Colts, DK Metcalf & more in our week 8 review
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How should Packers, Rams, and Titans fans feel after some concerning losses? Will anyone step up and beat the Steelers? And how many adjectives are there to describe what DK Metcalf is doing? Join The Athletic's Robert Mays and Nate Tice for a review of week 8's biggest storylines, from the Colts and Philip Rivers finally putting it together, to the ridiculous suckerpunch from the Bears' Javon Wims, an intriguing 'Would You Rather' scenario and so much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2020
Week 8 DFS plays, and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Football Show, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 8 DFS slate. They discuss Alvin Kamara chalk, the appeal of Titans-Bengals, the enduring bargain on Keenan Allen, and more. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through every Week 8 game, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread (begins at 29:39). Can the Dolphins spring the upset on the Rams in Tua's first start—or at least stay within 3.5 points? Can the Seahawks bounce back against the 49ers? Can the Bills officially take the AFC East torch from the Patriots? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Plus, a difference of opinion on this week's marquee game between the Steelers and Ravens. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2020
Dream trade scenarios, Steelers-Ravens rivalry, what’s at stake for Drew Lock & more in our Week 8 preview
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With the trade deadline just days away, The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones propose fake trades they would like to see happen. Who will be buyers and who will be sellers? What are the best landing spots for guys like J. J. Watt, Will Fuller and John Ross? They weigh in.  Plus, it’s rivalry week for the Steelers and Ravens. They break down the game of the week as well as what’s at stake for Drew Lock moving forward.  Finally, Bruce Feldman joins the show to discuss his new book with Ed Orgeron, 'Flip the Script.’ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2020
Russell Wilson’s QB coach Jake Heaps on “Let Russ Cook”, a Buffalo Bills Team Visit with Matthew Fairburn, and examining the Arizona Cardinals Offense in Ted Nguyen’s Film School
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To kick things off, Robert talks to Jake Heaps, Russell Wilson’s personal QB coach, about the “Let Russ Cook” movement, Russell’s evolution into arguably the best player in the league, honing his off-platform skills, and much more. Then, in this week’s team visit, The Athletic’s Buffalo Bills writer Matthew Fairburn joins the show to discuss the team going 1-2 over their last three games, following a 4-0 start to the season, Josh Allen’s play in recent weeks, how the underperforming defense can turn things around heading down the stretch, and more. Finally, in Ted Nguyen’s Film School, the guys break down the Arizona Cardinals Offense, including the differences between Kliff Kingsbury’s NFL playbook and what his Air Raid scheme looked like in college, what defines the team’s passing game, Kyler Murray’s comfort level in this offense, and more. Get a year’s subscription to The Athletic for just $1 a month when you visit http://theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2020
The Steelers stay unbeaten, the Cardinals conquer, Baker Mayfield saves his job, trading for JJ Watt & more in our week 7 review
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It was an entertaining as hell week 7 in the NFL, from the Steelers outlasting the Titans in the battle of the unbeatens, to Baker Mayfield saving his job with the Browns, there was no shortage of dramatic storylines. The Athletic's Robert Mays and Nate Tice dive into the headlines of Cardinals-Seahawks, appreciation for Mike Tomlin and Tom Brady, apologies to Justin Herbert, which receivers we would start franchises with and much more in our week 7 review. Get access to The Athletic for $1 at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2020
Week 7 DFS plays, and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Football Show, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 7 DFS slate. They discuss ideal running back pairs, which typically include two high-priced backs, the abundance of attractive, mid-priced receivers, and budget savers at quarterback. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through every Week 7 game, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread (begins at 31:01). Can the Cardinals keep it close with the Seahawks? Can the Patriots bounce back against the 49ers? And who wins the clash of 5-0 teams between the Steelers and Titans in Nashville? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 23, 2020
Week 7: Steelers-Titans AFC showdown, Bears’ run defense and questions surrounding Zimmer and McCarthy
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There is plenty to unpack with Week 7’s slate, The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones look ahead to an exciting weekend of action. They break down Ryan Tannehill’s success this season as they preview the AFC battle between the undefeated Titans and undefeated Steelers. Plus, how will the Bears defend against the Rams’ run game? Where do the Vikings and Cowboys go from here? They discuss the matchups they’re watching as well as the concerns surrounding Mike Zimmer and Mike McCarthy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2020
Aaron Donald joins the show, Darius Butler talks offensive production from a defensive perspective, and a Miami Dolphins Team Visit with Josh Tolentino
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First up, nine-year NFL veteran, and cohost of The Man To Man With DB & AB podcast, Darius Butler joins the show to talk about why offensive production has been up so much so far this season, the lack of offseason prep time affecting defenses, Jet Motion, Julio Jones, Bill Belichick, and a lot more. Then, Robert talks to two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, LA Rams defensive tackle, Aaron Donald about how he adds new wrinkles to his game, building trust with a coaching staff, if he ever thinks about his place in the history of football as potentially one of the best defensive players ever, conditioning and recovery, and more. To close things out, The Athletic’s own Josh Tolentino stops by in this week’s Team Visit to discuss the beginning of Tua Time for the Miami Dolphins as Tua Tagovailoa steps in as the team’s starting QB, how he’ll mesh with the offense, and its slowly improving offensive line, where some of the teams draft capital will be directed as their rebuild continues, and much more. Get a year’s subscription to The Athletic for just $1 a month when you visit http://theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2020
Week 6 Reaction: The Steelers keep scoring, Derrick Henry isn't fair, the Buccaneers bounce back & concerned about Cam Newton?
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From the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers putting up offensive showcases to stay undefeated, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shutting down Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, it was a week 6 full of firepower, big plays, and even more questions about which teams we should be buying. Join Robert Mays and Nate Tice for a full recap of the biggest moments of Sunday including Adam Gase's failure in New York, the Bears red zone defense, Adam Vrabel being a possible Savant, the underrated Lavonte David and much more. Subscribe to The Football GM for a new episode each Tuesday: https://apple.co/3n7yn7O Get access to The Athletic for $1 at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2020
Week 6 DFS plays and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 6 DFS slate. They discuss ideal running back pairs, a desire to pay up at receiver, and attractive mid-priced quarterbacks. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through every Week 6 game, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread (begins at 29:23). Can the Buccaneers possibly slow down the Packers' offense? Can the 49ers get on track against the Rams? Should the Cowboys really be home dogs in Andy Dalton's first start with the team? The guys answer those questions, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 16, 2020
Week 6: Le'Veon Bell released, Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady and an intriguing test for the Steelers’ defensive line
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In a surprising move this week, the Jets parted ways with Le'Veon Bell. The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discuss what went wrong for the running back in New York. Also, Lindsay explains the latest news involving the NFL’s schedule changes. Later in the show, they preview the Chiefs-Bills showdown as they both look to bounce back from their first loss of the season as well as the battle between Brady and Rodgers.  Finally, hear what quarterbacks they think have the most at stake in Week 6.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2020
Evan Silva fantasy stock market, a Carolina Panthers Team Visit with Joe Person, and the Kevin Stefanski Offense in Ted Nguyen’s Film School
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First up, Establish the Run’s fantasy football guru Evan Silva joins the show to evaluate the fantasy season so far, including his biggest miss, early season victory lap, whose stock he’s buying and selling right now, slow starters, dynasty picks, and much more. Then, The Athletic’s Joe Person stops by in this week’s Team Visit to take a closer look at the Carolina Panthers’ pleasantly surprising 3-2 start and discuss the defining characteristics of Matt Rhule’s coaching style, Joe Brady’s incredible impact on the offense, Teddy Bridgewater’s play changing the narrative about the season, and more. To close things out, in Ted Nguyen’s Film School, the guys break down the Kevin Stefanski Offense, Bill Callahan’s details oriented approach with the offensive line improving things dramatically from last season, how a play action heavy attack has helped Baker Mayfield adjust to a new offense early on, and more. Get a 1 year subscription to The Athletic for just $1 a month when you visit http://theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2020
Week 5 Reaction: Dallas loses Dak Prescott; the Falcons clean house, Myles Garrett, Chase Claypool & more
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Week 5 in the NFL was one that could define franchises for the foreseeable future, with Cowboys QB Dak Precott going down with a gruesome ankle injury, the Falcons moving on from Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff, and the 49ers benching Jimmy Garoppolo. The Athletic's Robert Mays & Nate Tice dig into the biggest headlines of the weekend including Chase Claypool's huge game, the Raiders win over the Chiefs, Myles Garrett's insane impact on the Browns' defense and much more. Get access to The Athletic for $1 at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2020
Week 5 DFS plays and picks against the spread
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On this episode of The Athletic Football Show, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 5 DFS slate. They discuss a lack of high-priced options at running back and receiver, and what that means for the slate as a whole. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through every remaining Week 5 game, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread (begins at 29:19). Can the Browns pull a mini-upset on the Colts? Can the Falcons finally get their first win of the season? Are the Chiefs going to run away and hide from the Colts? And can the Vikings keep pace with the Seahawks? We have answers to those questions, and plenty more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2020
Week 5: COVID-19 concerns across NFL, Browns-Colts preview and the decision to bench Dwayne Haskins
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COVID-19 cases are on the rise throughout the NFL and as the story continues to develop The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones bring you the latest on the situations with the Patriots and Titans.  Later in the show, they discuss this week’s matchup between the Browns and Colts as well as a big test for Joe Burrow against the Ravens' defense.  Plus, Rhiannon Walker joins the show to talk about Washington’s decision to bench Dwayne Haskins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2020
Mina Kimes breaks down NFC playoff teams, Aaron Reiss talks Bill O’Brien’s dismissal, a Detroit Lions Team Visit with Chris Burke, and more
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To start, Robert welcomes ESPN NFL analyst Mina Kimes to the show to discuss the NFC teams currently holding a better than 50% chance of making the playoffs, break down their biggest weaknesses, and determine which one will be the scariest to play against by December. Next up, Houston Texans beat writer for The Athletic, Aaron Reiss, calls in to break down the shocking firing of Texans GM and head coach Bill O’Brien, Jack Easterby as the highest ranking member of the football staff in the organization right now, the potential for a JJ Watt trade, who could become the next head coach, and more. To close things out, in this week’s team visit, The Athletic’s Detroit Lions writer Chris Burke joins the show to discuss the mounting issues for the 2020 squad, Matt Patricia seemingly heading towards a rough end as head coach, the overall lack of homegrown defensive talent within the organization, and more. Get a year’s subscription to The Athletic for just $1 a month when you visit http://theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2020
Week 4 Reaction: Josh Allen’s arrival, Dallas’ lack of defense, Brady’s back & Buy or Sell?
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Has there ever been a QB improve more from year 1 to year 2 than Josh Allen? What the hell is going on with the Cowboys' defense? And are we buying the Cardinals' offense, even with Kyler? Join The Athletic's Robert Mays and Nate Tice for a full week 4 reaction as they dig into Brady vs. Herbert, DeForest Buckner's impact on the Colts and much more. Buy or Sell? - :00 Who Won the Week? - 35:14 What Just Happened?- 42:06 Nate's QB Corner - 54:19 Secret Sauce - 1:01:24 Get access to The Athletic for $1 at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2020
Week 4 DFS plays and picks against the spread
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The weekend has arrived, bringing with it 14 more Week 4 games. On this episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the Week 4 DFS slate. They discuss how a flat pricing week creates to a diversity of team-building options...but still find themselves targeting some expensive backs. Later, Beller and Vic Tafur run through every game, highlighting their favorite picks against the spread (begins at 29:33). Are the Bears a good bet in Nick Foles' first start with the team? Can the Saints and Cardinals bounce back? Who finally gets their first win when the Texans and Vikings get together? We have opinions on that, and a whole lot more. Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 02, 2020
Week 4: Titans-Steelers postponed due to COVID-19, Andy Reid vs. Bill Belichick and Adam Gase’s hot seat
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As the NFL deals with their first COVID-19 outbreak, The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones break down what we know about the Titans’ positive cases, the impact on the schedule moving forward and what failed in the testing protocols. Plus, they dive into the showdown between Andy Reid and Bill Belichick and can the Browns run past the Cowboys this weekend? They discuss their matchups of the week as well as Adam Gase’s job security in New York. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2020
PFF’s Sam Monson calls in, a Bears Team Visit with Adam Jahns, the evolution of Sean McVay’s Offense in Ted Nguyen’s Film School, and more
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To kick things off, Robert and PFF’s Sam Monson hop into their time machine to travel back to the beginning of the summer, before they made their predictions for the season, and tell themselves a few things they’d want to know about the first three weeks of NFL football. Then, in this week’s team visit, The Athletic’s Chicago Bears writer Adam Jahns joins the show to discuss the beginning of the Nick Foles Era as the team’s newly installed starting QB, why Mitchell Trubisky lost his job, how the 3-0 Bears’ gameplan will be impacted with Foles under center, and much more. Finally, Ted Nguyen helps Robert close out the show as they break down the evolution of the Rams’ offense under Sean McVay, highlighting the differences from 2018 through Week 3 of 2020, Jared Goff’s impressive stat line, and more. Get a yearly subscription to The Athletic for just $1 a month when you visit http://theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2020
Week 3 Reaction: Another Falcons collapse, NFC questions, fixing Carson Wentz & finding the Secret Sauce
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Can you believe the Falcons blew another lead? Well, maybe you can. Robert Mays and Nate Tice discuss the best and worst from week 3 including the benching of Mitch Trubisky, the trash of the NFC east, Josh Allen's ascension, why teams don't embrace play action more and the debut a new segment, 'Secret Sauce.' Remember you can get access to The Athletic for $1 at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2020
Week 3 DFS plays and picks against the spread
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There are a few monster totals on the board in Week 3 (55.5 in Lions-Cardinals and Cowboys-Seahawks), and that always makes for interesting DFS and gambling weeks. Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper break down the DFS slate, then Beller welcomes on Vic Tafur to discuss their favorite picks against the spread, on this hybrid episode of The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast and The Athletic Football Show. Rundown 1:33 Games to target for DFS in Week 3 4:00 Quarterback targets in Week 3 8:08 No shortage of ways to attack the running back position 15:30 Stars and scrubs at wide receiver 24:27 Finding bargains at tight end 26:27 No obvious options at defense 30:39 Week 3 picks against the spread 31:10 Week 2 audit 32:49 Patriots (-6.5) vs. Raiders 34:15 Bills (-2.5) vs. Rams 35:22 Steelers (-4) vs. Texans 37:33 49ers (-4) at Giants 39:43 Titans (-2.5) at Vikings 41:18 Browns (-7) vs. Washington 43:06 Eagles (-4.5) vs. Bengals 45:16 Falcons (-3) vs. Bears 47:02 Colts (-11.5) vs. Jets 48:10 Chargers (-6.5) vs. Panthers 49:55 Cardinals (-5.5) vs. Lions 52:00 Buccaneers (-6) at Broncos 53:54 Seahawks (-5) vs. Cowboys 55:29 Saints (-3) vs. Packers 56:30 Ravens (-3.5) vs. Chiefs 57:50 Recapping our Week 3 picks 58:53 Week 3 survivor picks Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 25, 2020
Week 3: Injury impact, stellar slate and can Dan Quinn respond?
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The injuries across the NFL continue to make headlines. The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones discuss why this might be happening and how teams are adjusting. They also break down the Tyrod Taylor situation in Los Angeles. Later in the show, they talk about this week’s great slate of games, including Chiefs-Ravens and Saints-Packers. Plus, Lindsay explains why she thinks this is an important week for Dan Quinn and Robert isn’t quite ready to say the Raiders are for real.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2020
Joe Thomas Joins the Show, an Eagles Team Visit with Bo Wulf and Zach Berman, Analyzing the Bruce Arians Offense in Ted Nguyen’s Film School, and more
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First up, Robert is joined by former Cleveland Browns offensive tackle, and future Hall of Famer, Joe Thomas to discuss the potential impacts condensed training camps will have on OL’s as the season wears on, how the absence of crowd noise is changing the games-within-the-game, the Browns’ Week 2 win over the Bengals, the play of Jed Wills, what he likes about Orlando Brown, Jawaan Taylor, and other young lineman, and more. Then, in this week’s Team Visit, Robert talks to The Athletic’s Philadelphia Eagles beat writers Bo Wulf and Zach Berman about the team’s ugly 0-2 start, what Eagles fans should be most and least worried about, the worst two game stretch of Carson Wentz’s career, and much more. To close the show, The Athletic’s Ted Nguyen helps Robert analyze the much-discussed Bruce Arians Offense, including the challenges it could present to Tom Brady, why the Bucs should or shouldn’t be encouraged by their start, and more, featuring insights from BA’s former player, Drew Stanton. Get access to The Athletic for only $1 at http://theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2020
Week 2 Reaction: Russell Tops Cam, The Cowboys' Comeback, Buffalo’s Blooming Offense & More
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What a week 2 it was in the NFL! Why didn't more team's buy in on Cam Newton? Did the Falcons lose or did the Cowboys win? Who won the week for week 2? And what the heck happened to the Vikings? Robert Mays and Nate Tice are answering these questions and more as they react to the NFL's week 2 on The Athletic Football Show.Get access to The Athletic for only $1 at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2020
Week 2 DFS Plays and Picks Against the Spread
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Falcons-Cowboys dominates the Week 2 DFS slate, but there is plenty of goodness to be found outside that game. Michael Beller and Brandon Funston help you find it...while also talking plenty about that likely scoring bonanza. Then, Beller and Vic Tafur highlight their five favorite picks against the spread among the 15 remaining Week 2 games.Rundown2:06 Games to Target in DFS Contests3:53 Dak Prescott Tops the QB List5:31 A Case for Kyler Murray7:14 Going Cheap at QB with Mitch Trubisky and Kirk Cousins8:59 Jonathan Taylor a DFS Free Space10:41 The RBs to Back if You Spend Big at the Position12:41 The Ronald Jones Argument14:13 Believing in Miles Sanders Right from the Jump17:07 Playing all the Falcons' and Cowboys' Receivers19:33 Emmanuel Sanders Climbs the Ranks21:18 Tampa Bay's Receivers with Chris Godwin (Concussion) Likely Out22:48 A Bounceback for Tyler Higbee24:38 Brandon Beats the Drum for Jared Cook25:53 Defense/Special Teams Plays30:24 Week 2 Picks Against the Spread32:35 Rams-Eagles33:47 Panthers-Buccaneers34:57 Broncos-Steelers36:42 Falcons-Cowboys38:27 49ers-Jets40:01 Bills-Dolphins41:45 Vikings-Colts43:08 Lions-Packers44:21 Giants-Bears46:17 Jaguars-Titans48:14 Washington-Cardinals50:23 Ravens-Texans51:30 Chiefs-Chargers53:38 Patriots-Seahawks55:13 Saints-Raiders57:55 Recapping our Picks, Plus a Look at Survivor Vic's Week 2 Picks Column Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Brandon on Twitter: @BrandonFunstonFollow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Get a subscription to The Athletic for $1/month at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2020
Week 2: Baker vs. Burrow, Questions for the Cowboys and Can Russ Cook the Patriots?
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It’s been a hectic week for wide receivers, from Michael Thomas and Chris Godwin’s injuries to Allen Robinson’s contract riff. The Athletic’s Robert Mays and Lindsay Jones break down all the news and notes across the league.Later in the show, they get you ready for Week 2 by discussing the marquee games on the slate, what position matchups they’re watching and who has the most at stake.Plus, Lindsay explains what it’s like covering a game with no fans and Robert shares his love for Sir Purr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2020
Week 1 QB Performances with Quincy Avery, Aaron Reiss Breaks Down the Texans, Film School with Ted Nguyen, and more
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First up, Robert is joined by Quarterback Consultant Quincy Avery to give his thoughts on the best and worst QB performances of Week 1, including the play of Gardner Minshew, Dwayne Haskins, Tom Brady, and more. Then, Texans beat writer for The Athletic, Aaron Reiss joins the show for a Team Visit to discuss Houston’s blowout loss to the Chiefs on opening night, how the Texans’ offseason moves led to their rough start, and much more. To close the show, The Athletic’s own Ted Nguyen takes us to Film School, breaking down a handful of the week’s best plays, featuring the likes of Lamar Jackson, CJ Henderson, Cam Newton, and Daniel Jones. Get a subscription to The Athletic for $1 a month when you go to http://theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2020
Week 1 Reaction: Cowboys Calls, Newton & Rodgers Return, The Lions Collapse & More
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What an opening it was in the NFL. The Athletic's Robert Mays is joined by Nate Tice to break down the highlights of the week with a review of Mike McCarthy's decision to not take the field goal, the Lions' collapse at the hands of Mitch Trubisky, Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers' returning to form, plus a deep dive into the Colts' loss to the Jags in "What Just Happened?" and more.Get access to The Athletic for only $1 a month at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2020
Week 1 DFS Plays and Picks Against the Spread
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Week 1 is here, and the first full Sunday of NFL action can't arrive soon enough. Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper get you ready for the DFS weekend ahead with their favorite plays at every position, and various lineup-building strategies. Then, Beller and Vic Tafur make their five favorite picks against the spread for the week. They also both give an upset special, and weigh in on survivor pools, where there aren't a lot of attractive picks in Week 1.Rundown3:25 The Latest on Injuries to Courtland Sutton, Kenny Golladay and Mike Evans7:21 Games to Target in DFS Contests9:24 Quarterbacks to Play in Week 111:56 A Bears Stack Led By Mitch Trubisky?15:28 The Difficulty of Working Christian McCaffrey Into Lineups17:46 Lots of Love for Josh Jacobs and Joe Mixon19:58 Targeting the Mid-Level Wide Receivers24:18 Paying the Premium for George Kittle?27:52 Trusting Washington's Defense Against the Eagles?32:03 Let's Make Some Picks Against the Spread32:52 Dolphins-Patriots34:45 Browns-Ravens36:46 Jets-Bills39:12 Raiders-Panthers40:49 Bears-Lions42:03 Colts-Jaguars43:46 Chargers-Bengals47:23 Cardinals-49ers49:57 Buccaneers-Saints52:30 Cowboys-Rams54:15 Steelers-Giants56:34 Picks Recap and Upset Specials59:19 Backing the Bills in Survivor Pools Vic's Picks Column Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiperFollow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Get a subscription to The Athletic for $1/month at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2020
NFC South Preview & Super Bowl Picks: The Brady Bucs, Faith in the Saints, Projecting the Panthers & Who Are the Falcons?
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For the final episode in our division previews, Robert Mays is joined by The Athletic NOLA's Katherine Terrell to preview the NFC South, Brees' "final season," what to expect from the Brady Bucs, projecting what the Panthers could look like with a new coach and trying to figure out the Falcons, plus Lindsay Jones stops by for the final segment to pick the league awards, division winners and Super Bowl champion!Get a membership to The Athletic for $1 a month with our link - theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2020
AFC South Preview: The Transformative Titans, Rivers Takes Over Indy, Houston Has Problems & Remember the Jags?
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The AFC South is anybody's game in 2020. Stephen Holder of The Athletic Indiana joins Robert Mays to discuss the new-look Colts with Philip Rivers at the helm, whether or not the Titans should be believed after their run last season, what the future holds for Deshaun Watson and the Texans, and remember when the Jags were competing for a championship, like, a year ago?!Get The Athletic Football show ad-free PLUS a 40% off discount over at theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2020
AFC North Preview: Ravens Ready to Roll, Potential in Pittsburgh, Changing Scheme in Cleveland & Can Burrow Lead the Bengals?
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It’s a podcast by committee for the AFC North preview! ESPN analyst and new Monday Night Football color commentator, Louis Riddick joins Robert Mays to discuss Lamar Jackson and the Ravens’ offense as well as the Steelers’ potential to contend this season. Then, The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia breaks down the changes in Cleveland and expectations for Joe Burrow’s rookie year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2020
NFC West Preview: The Favored 49ers, Seattle Seeks Middle Ground, Rams Ready to Run & Could the Cardinals Make Noise?
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The Athletic's Mike Sando is Robert Mays' special guest for this episode as they preview the NFC West division, from their faith in Kyle Shanahan, to what Seattle is doing wrong with Russell Wilson & more. Plus Where does Sean McVay stand right now as a coach, and how should we feel about Kyler Murray?  Get 40% at The Athletic with our link - theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2020
Washington's Backfield, Quarterbacks and Tight Ends to Target, and our Favorite Futures Bets
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It's the debut episode of the joint effort between The Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast and The Athletic Football Show. Every Friday, Michael Beller and Derek VanRiper will round up the fantasy news of the week and look ahead to Sunday with last-minute tips and DFS picks. After that, Beller and Vic Tafur will walk you through their favorite bets of the week. On the debut episode, Beller and DVR discuss Washington's backfield and the quarterback and tight end positions for fantasy, while Beller and Tafur highlight some of their favorite future bets for the 2020 season.Rundown1:35 Introducing the Friday Athletic Fantasy Football Podcast and Athletic Football Show Partnership2:33 Antonio Gibson's Stock on a Rocketship7:55 Quarterbacks We're Targeting at ADP13:29 Quarterbacks We're Avoiding at ADP17:39 Quarterbacks Outside the Top 15 We Think Can Finish in the Top 1022:25 Tight Ends We're Targeting at ADP25:35 Tight Ends We're Avoiding at ADP28:33 Tight Ends Outside the Top 15 We Think Can Finish in the Top 1033:22 Welcome to the Gambling Portion34:08 Super Bowl Futures Bets38:08 Our Favorite Division Winner Bets43:53 Win Totals!50:08 Make or Miss the Playoffs Wagers55:07 MVP Futures We're Backing60:16 Not Loving the Rookie of the Year OddsFollow Beller on Twitter: @MBellerFollow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiperFollow Vic on Twitter: @VicTafur Get a free 7-day trial to The Athletic at theathletic.com/fantasyfootballpod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 04, 2020
AFC West Preview: Chiefs in Control, Raiders Speculation, Broncos Buzz & Can the Chargers Compete?
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When it comes to the AFC West, we think we know what to expect with the Chiefs expected to make another push for a championship, but what about the other 3 teams? The Athletic's Lindsay Jones joins Robert Mays to preview the strengths and weaknesses of all 4 teams in the division and predict how they finish.Get 40% off your Athletic subscription at theathletic.com/footballshow 1:00 - Chiefs18:34 - Raiders34:57 - Broncos58:46 - Chargers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2020
NFC East Preview: Can Cowboys shine, Banged-up Eagles, Judging the Giants & A Reboot in Washington
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Three new head coaches and plenty of storylines to follow in the NFC East this season. The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia sits down with Robert Mays to discuss the Cowboys’ potential under Mike McCarthy, the Eagles’ training camp setbacks, Joe Judge’s tactics with the Giants and a franchise reboot in Washington. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2020
AFC East Preview: Patriots new offense, Bills built to contend, Jets Looking for Answers & the Post-Tank Dolphins
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The AFC East will be without Tom Brady for the first time in 20 years, so what does the division look like heading into this season? ESPN’s Bill Barnwell joins Robert Mays to discuss Cam Newton’s impact on the Patriots’ offense, the Bills’ deep roster, the Jets’ future and the development of the Dolphins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2020
NFC North Preview: Bears QB Drama, Packers Need Playmakers, Debating the Vikings & Look Out for the Lions
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The Athletic's Robert Mays kicks off The Athletic Football Show with former Wisconsin QB and NFL staffer Nate Tice as they begin their division previews with a close look at each team of the NFC North, including the Bears QB competition, the Packers' unwillingness to add playmakers, what difference Yannick Ngakoue makes on the Vikings and why the Lions might surprise some people.Get 40% off a new subscription to The Athletic at: theathletic.com/footballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2020
The Athletic Football Show - Trailer
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The Athletic Football Show is your go-to podcast for NFL coverage. staff brings you extensive audio coverage every weekday headlined by host Robert Mays with contributions from Athletic writers Lindsay Jones and Sheil Kapadia, plus former NFL, exclusive interviews, fan Q&A's, fantasy football advice and so much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2020