The League

Archive: January 2011

It's a passing league

The reality is that more often than not, a great quarterback leads his team to a Super Bowl victory. The NFL is a passing league and any team relying on its defense or running game to win a championship is a long shot.

By Brandon Benson | January 25, 2011; 4:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's coaches and QBs now

Quarterbacks and coaching, more than defense, have the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers vying for another Super Bowl title.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | January 25, 2011; 3:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Staying true to history

As past Super Bowl champions have proven, it takes defense to reach, and ultimately win the big game in the NFL. The Steelers and Packers are proof once again.

By Leonard Shapiro | January 25, 2011; 3:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Defense does it again

It's no surprise that two teams built for the playoffs with elite defenses will take the field in Dallas on Feb. 6 in a game that will likely be decided on the defensive end.

By Anthony Stalter | January 25, 2011; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cliche because it's true

Even in a year when everyone is running up points, the Packers and Steelers have proven it still takes a good defense to get to the Super Bowl.

By Dave Goldberg | January 25, 2011; 1:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Is trash talking good for the NFL?

Is trash talking good for the NFL?

By Reader Poll | January 18, 2011; 1:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Trash is our bread and butter

If fans watch the NHL for the fights and watch NASCAR for the crashes, they increasingly watch the NFL for trash talking, and the backing up of said trash talking with smash-mouth football.

By Emil Steiner | January 18, 2011; 1:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Talk big, win bigger

Trash talk is good for the NFL, the media and football fans. Say what you want to say and prove your worth on the field, just as the Jets did Sunday night.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | January 18, 2011; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rex's hype machine

All the trash talking from the New York Jets is a calculated tactic from Rex Ryan to hype his players up and make them feel the world is against them. It may be crazy, it may be genius or it may be both. Either way, it's good for the NFL.

By Anthony Stalter | January 18, 2011; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Please shut up

It's time for Rex Ryan, Antonio Cromartie and the Jets to shut up and play football or risk alienating their fanbase and the rest of the NFL.

By Michael Kun | January 18, 2011; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (4)

Walking the walk

Increased media coverage of the NFL has incited more trash talking than ever - the effects of which could be seen Sunday in New England.

By Dave Goldberg | January 18, 2011; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Big Apple vs. Beantown

When the New York Jets take on the New England Patriots for a spot in the AFC Championship, two of the country's major sports cities will be front and center.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | January 12, 2011; 1:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Take your pick on a loaded weekend

Take your pick on a weekend loaded with great playoff matchups.

By Michael Bean | January 12, 2011; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

Defense reigns in Steel City

Two of the NFL's top defensive, hard-hitting teams collide when rivals Pittsburgh and Baltimore meet for the third time this season. What's not to like?

By Brandon Benson | January 12, 2011; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ravens-Steelers destined for drama

If you could only watch one game this weekend, it's got to be the Ravens at the Steelers.

By Michael Kun | January 11, 2011; 7:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

What's the most intriguing divisional playoff matchup?

What is the most intriguing NFL divisional playoff matchup?

By Reader Poll | January 11, 2011; 4:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Personal for Pats-Jets

The personal nature of an increasingly bitter rivalry makes the Jets-Patriots matchup makes it the most intriguing of weekend.

By Leonard Shapiro | January 11, 2011; 4:27 PM ET | Comments (14)

Rodgers-Ryan must-see

With two of the top young quarterbacks in the NFL facing off, the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons provide the most enticing divisional playoff matchup of the week.

By Anthony Stalter | January 11, 2011; 4:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Real rivalry in Pitt

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens play football as it's meant to be played, and their third meeting of the season should be another classic.

By Dave Goldberg | January 11, 2011; 2:40 PM ET | Comments (4)

Seahawks only close to worst ever

Surprisingly, the Seahawks might not be the worst playoff team of all-time -- and not surprisingly, their closest competitors also hail from the NFC West.

By Doug Farrar | January 5, 2011; 3:14 PM ET | Comments (3)

Playoff change we can believe in

The NFL's division system should remain in tact, but a sub-.500 playoff team like the Seahawks should not be able to host a first round playoff game.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | January 5, 2011; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

In need of repair

NFL divisional games no longer carry the weight they used to, and likewise, a division championship has diminished in worth. The league must take action - especially if an 18-game regular season is imminent - to bring meaning back to divisional contests and allow the best teams in the league to qualify for the playoffs.

By Nick Houllis | January 5, 2011; 7:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

Better than BCS

The NFL's playoff format may not be perfect, but it's a heck of a lot better than what the BCS has done to college football.

By Michael Oriard | January 5, 2011; 7:49 AM ET | Comments (2)

Need to re-seed

The 7-9 Seattle Seahawks and their first-round home playoff game are the greatest case yet for Roger Goodell and the NFL re-seeding teams at the start of the postseason.

By Anthony Stalter | January 5, 2011; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

Emphasis on division

Plenty of mediocre teams have made the playoffs before and there will be plenty more after the 2010 NFC West champion Seattle Seahawks. But the NFL's current division playoff format is the best way to go.

By Dave Goldberg | January 5, 2011; 7:40 AM ET | Comments (2)

 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company