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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; 04:07 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; 03:54 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; 03:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Is trash talking good for the NFL?

Is trash talking good for the NFL?

By Reader Poll | January 18, 2011; 01:07 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; 01:02 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; 01:41 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; 07:51 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; 04:45 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; 04:27 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; 04:13 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; 02:40 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; 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)

Saints flying under the radar

Last year, everyone saw the Saints coming. This year, people are only tracking them out of the corner of their eye. And that, perhaps, is what makes them most dangerous.

By Anthony Stalter | December 29, 2010; 11:56 AM 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)

Who's in your 2011 Super Bowl?

Which two teams will reach Super Bowl XLV in Dallas this winter?

By Reader Poll | July 28, 2010; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bring on the Bird Bowl

The Falcons and Ravens have made all the right offseason moves to fly higher in 2010-11.

By Anthony Stalter | July 28, 2010; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Something old and new

The Indianapolis Colts will return to the Super Bowl in 2011 and line up against the up-and-coming Atlanta Falcons in Big D.

By Michael Kun | July 28, 2010; 06:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ravens rise to the top

With a combination of defense and improving offenses, the Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers would make a tantalizing Super Bowl XLV matchup in Big D.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | July 28, 2010; 05:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Ravens to rule

The suddenly offensively charged Baltimore Ravens have a great shot at keep the New Orleans Saints from repeating as Super Bowl champions in 2011.

By Jason Maloni | July 28, 2010; 12:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Super Bowl renaissance

It's way too early for 2011 Super Bowl predictions, so here's one for you: The Packers and Dolphins will make it to Big D this winter.

By Dave Goldberg | July 28, 2010; 12:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Atlanta ready to bounce back

Third-year quarterback Matt Ryan and a rejuvenated running game led by Michael Turner should land the Atlanta Falcons back in the playoffs this winter.

By David Fucillo | July 14, 2010; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Which teams will turn it around in 2010?

Which non-playoff team from last season has the best chance to make a deep postseason run in 2010-11?

By Reader Poll | July 13, 2010; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

NFC West wide open for 49ers

The NFC West is wide open for the San Francisco 49ers to usurp the throne from the Arizona Cardinals and reach the 2010 NFL playoffs.

By Jason Brewer | July 13, 2010; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Houston in the hunt

With a top-notch offense, the Houston Texans might only need an average defense to make their first trip to the playoffs in 2010.

By Tim McHale | July 13, 2010; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Don't sleep on Raiders

A slew of offseason moves have the Oakland Raiders in position to turn the tables in the very winnable AFC West.

By Josh Kirkendall | July 13, 2010; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons will fly higher

With a young quarterback coming into his own and more than enough talent around him, the Atlanta Falcons will not only make the playoffs in 2010, they're going all the way to the NFC title game.

By Michael Kun | July 13, 2010; 08:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

This could be Texans' year

If the right breaks fall their way, the Houston Texans could crack the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

By Doug Farrar | July 13, 2010; 01:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants' defense the key

A defensive makeover will propel the 2007 Super Bowl champion New York Giants back into the postseason, where they have a great shot to make another deep run.

By Dave Goldberg | July 13, 2010; 12:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

 
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