Now that the preseason is over and the NFL is back into full swing, it is time for us to examine the best new strategy implemented in the league this season.
Below are the top plays from the first week of the NFL season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers insisted on defending the Patriots with a constant man-to-man defense. The best way to beat a man-to-man defense is to run crossing routes that require the defenders to follow their men all the way across the field.
The lateral quickness of Julian Edelman and the other Patriot receivers gave Tom Brady enough room to pass the ball to the shallow crossing routes moving quickly across the field.
Continuing the trend of shallow crossing routes, the Dallas Cowboys also implemented their own version of the Shallow Crosses play out of the Shotgun Bunch formation.
Utilizing this play, among others, Dak Prescott racked up 405 yards passing and 4 Touchdowns through the air in the Cowboys' Week 1 match up against the New York Giants.
Down two points with a few seconds remaining on the clock, the Cardinals needed a successful two-point conversion to take the game to overtime in Kyler Murray's NFL debut.
Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury called this pick play to get his inside receiver open in front of the pylon on a quick out route. Larry Fitzgerald and a tight end formed the outside of the Bunch formation in order to attract attention and prevent the inside defender from running out to the pylon in time to prevent the completion.
The Cardinals succeeded on the two-point conversion with this play to take the game into overtime where they eventually tied the Detroit Lions 27-27.
Watch this play and see how the receivers successfully implement a legal "pick" play at the 9:50 mark in the video below: