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Sean Moroney
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Sean Moroney

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Top 4 stressed teams

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Four teams in particular will have some added pressure to an already pressure filled weekend of football. Here they are In reverse order...

4) San Diego Chargers: Not only a Super Bowl favorite, but the window is closing for both LaDainian Tomlinson and Norv Turner. For Tomlinson, his Hall of Fame career is coming to an end in a hurry. He's clearly lost a step or two (or three or four), and this will probably be his last chance of winning a Super Bowl, while still getting meaningful carries. For Norv Turner, this could be it. Let's face it, Turner as a coach, is probably San Diego's biggest weakness. If Turner once again fails to lead this very talented team to the Super Bowl, he could very well be fired (especially with a loss to the Jets).

3) Dallas Cowboys: Even after getting the monkey off their shoulders this month, both Tony Romo and Wade Phillips still have a great deal on the line. This pair has probably the most to gain out of this year's playoffs, but a loss vs. Minnesota would give their critics reason to continue their doubt.

2) Minnesota Vikings: Is this Brett Favre's last year? Are we going to ask this same question every year? Like it or not, if Minnesota loses, the Vikings future would be very much up in the air. Let's face it- Minnesota clearly wouldn't be this good with Tarvaris Jackson as their starter. Also, like Turner in San Diego, Brad Childress is Minnesota's weak link. A playoff loss would make his recent contract extension even more perplexing.

1) Indianapolis Colts: After forfeiting their chance at immortality, all eyes will be on the Colts to see if their "strategy" will pay off with a Super Bowl victory. Personally, I think bad karma will follow the Colts for letting down their fans and the league for essentially giving up a chance to go undefeated. As Michael Irvin said, a team wins the Super Bowl every season, but only one team has gone undefeated and won the Super Bowl.

By Sean Moroney  |  January 15, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , Indianapolis Colts , Minnesota Vikings , San Diego Chargers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Ok... saw this and while I don't normally comment, after reading you're mistakes on Norv Turner I had to respond.

Norv is in trouble in SD? Are you kidding? The team is about to announce his signing of a new contract, the owner has said that he's coming back, the GM has said he's coming back. I know being from DC you might have issues with the man, but isn't that more of a reflection on your franchise than it is on Turner? Exactly how many coaches do the Redskins have to go through before you realize the Redskins are doing a good imitation of the Raiders when it comes to organizational chaos?

Regardless of what the Chargers do in the playoffs, including a loss to the Jets, Norv will be signed to a new, long term, contract.

Now, about the "window closing" comment... if you would actually look at the age of the Chargers roster instead of repeating this old worn out diatribe, you would easily see that the SD roster is one of the NFL's youngest. Not the youngest, but certainly not the NE patriots. AJ Smith has done a great job in accumulating talent and picking up the unsigned and undrafted. This is talented roster, only half built through the draft and will continue to compete for a number of years to come.

Seriously, I know that writers have deadlines, but all you had to do was a smidgen of research before you trotted out the "Norv Can't Coach" chestnut. The man has a real shot at winning Coach of the year in the NFL this year, where have you been?

Oh, that's right, watching Jim Zorn... my bad.

Posted by: JYBaritone | January 16, 2010 1:11 AM

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