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What's the most intriguing divisional playoff matchup?

What is the most intriguing NFL divisional playoff matchup?

By Reader Poll | January 11, 2011; 04:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 04:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 03:14 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; 01:00 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; 07:55 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; 07:49 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; 07:45 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; 07:40 AM ET | Comments (2)

Pick the Pack

Aaron Rodgers and that Dom Capers defense will make the Packers the toughest out in the NFC.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | December 29, 2010; 01:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't doubt the champs

The defending Super Bowl champion Saints proved Monday in Atlanta that they are ready to defend their title - and the rest of the NFC should take notice.

By Leonard Shapiro | December 29, 2010; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saints, Packers are the toughest seeds

The Saints are peaking just in time for the playoffs while Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will be a handful for any team they face in the playoffs (assuming they make it).

By Doug Farrar | December 29, 2010; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons a formidable favorite

With a balanced offense, a healthy lineup and presumably home field advantage, the Falcons are the most dangerous team in the NFC.

By Brandon Benson | December 29, 2010; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Most dangerous team in NFC?

Who is the most dangerous NFC team heading into the playoffs?

By Reader Poll | December 28, 2010; 03:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Eagles, Saints lead pack

The Eagles have proven no lead is safe against them while the Saints showed Monday night they are capable of beating anyone anywhere. Both teams have a great shot to make a Super Bowl run.

By Jason Brewer | December 28, 2010; 02:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sticking with the Falcons

The Falcons are nearly unstoppable at home, and with the road to the Super Bowl likely running through Atlanta, they will be tough to beat - even more so following Monday's home loss to the Saints.

By Michael Kun | December 28, 2010; 02:35 PM ET | Comments (4)

Speed kills for Eagles

With speed to spare and Michael Vick playing his best football ever, the Eagles pose numerous problems for any team matching up against them in the NFC playoffs.

By Dave Goldberg | December 28, 2010; 01:52 PM ET | Comments (1)

Doing the right thing

With his youngest team yet, Bill Belichick has the Patriots playing the best football in the NFL and when it's all said and done, this year's team could rival the 2007 team that went 18-1.

By Leonard Shapiro | December 14, 2010; 04:40 PM ET | Comments (14)

Yesterday's news

Debating whether the Cowboys or Vikings have been the bigger disappointment this season is like debating which was a worse disaster: the Titanic or the Hindenburg.

By Michael Kun | November 24, 2010; 06:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Futile foursome

Minnesota and Dallas have massively underachieved, but so have the revamped Cincinnati Bengals. Perhaps a "Futile Four" tournament would provide a fitting end to each of their seasons.

By Chris Richardson | November 23, 2010; 01:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

High hopes, blunted expectations

The situations in Dallas and Minnesota both demanded crisis control, which, in this case, resulted in the sacrifice of a head coach to make progress toward a better future.

By Derede McAlpin | November 23, 2010; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Vikings are biggest loser

The Vikings and Cowboys failed this year for strangely similar reasons, but Minnesota's fall from Super Bowl contender to NFL laughingstock has been the greater surprise

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | November 23, 2010; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inevitable in Minnesota, not so in Big 'D'

The dismissal of Brad Childress in Minnesota was inevitable, but Wade Phillips' firing in Dallas could have been avoided had the Cowboys lived up to their potential.

By Brandon Benson | November 23, 2010; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys should have been better

The Cowboys' turnaround since Wade Phillips' firing shows their players quit on their former head coach - and that's downright shameful.

By Doug Farrar | November 23, 2010; 09:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Deeply disappointing

Both the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys have been colossal failures this season. The Vikings placed their bet on a 41-year-old quarterback while the Cowboys have failed to live up to their payroll.

By Dawn Knight | November 23, 2010; 01:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Boys' bigger surprise

The writing was on the wall for the Vikings after everything went their way in 2009. With a roster loaded with talent, the Cowboys' demise is the bigger stunner.

By Anthony Stalter | November 23, 2010; 12:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Great expectations

Brad Childress became the second head coach to fall victim to unfulfilled expectations on a team picked to challenge for a Super Bowl title.

By Leonard Shapiro | November 23, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Which team has been the bigger disappoint?

Which team has been the bigger disappointment this year?

By Reader Poll | November 22, 2010; 11:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wade is out but problems remain

Firing Wade Phillips won't solve the problems facing the Dallas Cowboys, but getting a real general manager to replace Jerry Jones just might.

By Robert Littal | November 9, 2010; 02:24 PM ET | Comments (2)

Jerry Jones: Architect of mediocrity, enabler of failure

Jerry Jones' meddlesome ownership style has created a murky leadership ladder in Big D and has directly led to erratic play and unfulfilled potential on the field.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | November 9, 2010; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

When in crisis, watch your blind side

After a 1-7 start, the reeling Dallas Cowboys face the daunting task of big business crisis management.

By Derede McAlpin | November 9, 2010; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Victims of the hype machine

The Cowboys are a victim of their own marketing and hype machine.

By Peter Schaffer | November 9, 2010; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (3)

Worst season ever

No matter their final record, the Cowboys are in the midst of the worst season in franchise history.

By Edward Valentine | November 9, 2010; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Succumbing to the hype

The Cowboys believed all the hype they heard coming into the season and forgot they had to win to make that predicted Super Bowl run a reality.

By Michael Kun | November 9, 2010; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (2)

Blame Jerry

The collapse of the Dallas Cowboys falls on the flash-over-substance personnel decisions made year after year by owner and general manager Jerry Jones.

By Dave Goldberg | November 9, 2010; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Parity reduces disparity

Star quarterbacks and shrewd front office decisions helped the AFC win six out of 10 Super Bowls, but this season's overall parity has reduced the AFC's dominance over the NFC.

By Dawn Knight | November 7, 2010; 05:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

It starts at the top

The stronghold the AFC has established in the NFL all boils down to the owner's box.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | November 4, 2010; 11:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

How great is the disparity between the AFC and NFC?

How great is the disparity between the AFC and NFC?

By Reader Poll | November 4, 2010; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

It all comes down to execution

Despite popular belief, the difference between the quarterbacks, coaches and general managers in the AFC versus the NFC is not significant. In the end, it all comes down to execution on the field.

By Anthony Stalter | November 4, 2010; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

QB play and youth

The AFC has been the stronger conference over the last several seasons due to two specific factors: elite quarterback play and a commitment to building with young draft talent.

By Brandon Benson | November 4, 2010; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wait 'til the playoffs

Enough with all the in-season power rankings, show some patience and let things play out in the NFL playoffs. After all, that's why this sport has a playoff system -- to determine the best team in the league.

By Dave Goldberg | November 4, 2010; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Look to the front offices

The supposed superiority of the AFC in the 2010 season is based more than anything on the fact that many of the most talented NFC teams have allowed themselves to be run into the ground with terrible decision-making processes.

By Doug Farrar | November 4, 2010; 02:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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