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13 Jan 2006, 01:54pm by Aaron Schatz

NFC Second Round Preview

Saturday, Washington hopes to continue its hot streak against the Seahawks, but can the Redskins keep enough of their players out of the trainer's room? Sunday, Chicago and Carolina meet up in the first NFL playoff game in history where the over-under is an imaginary number. With the help of our numbers and tape analysis by Michael David Smith, Aaron Schatz previews the second round of the NFC playoffs. And sorry about the server issues. It's like an old television, if you kick it a couple times it will turn on again for a while.

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65 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2006, 10:20am by posy

06 Jan 2006, 07:57pm by Aaron Schatz

AFC Wild Card Preview

Bitter AFC North rivals face off for a third time, and the defending champion New England Patriots bring out the magic beans against some team from Florida. Who are they again? Oh, yes, the Jaguars. With help from Michael David Smith’s tape analysis and our Football Outsiders statistics, Aaron previews the AFC wild card contests.

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82 comments, Last at 15 Jan 2006, 4:48am by Sid

06 Jan 2006, 05:32pm by Aaron Schatz

NFC Wild Card Preview

No more 8-8 teams for the NFC; this year, every team in the playoffs has at least 10 wins. Can the Giants overcome the injuries to their linebackers, or will the Panthers reward those who have supported them since the preseason? The Redskins are the hottest team in the NFC, but can they go on the road with an injured secondary to get revenge for their one-point loss against Tampa Bay? With help from Michael David Smith’s tape analysis and our Football Outsiders statistics, Aaron previews the NFC wild card contests.

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27 comments, Last at 14 Apr 2009, 1:44pm by Visitor

31 Dec 2005, 12:42am by admin

Win and You're In -- But Does It Matter?

In this week's game previews from the New York Sun, Aaron Schatz looks at which teams on the postseason bubble might blow a shot at the playoffs against an inferior opponent. But as Michael David Smith points out, it may not matter -- because teams that need a win in the final week to make the playoffs never get as far as the Super Bowl.

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57 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2006, 1:42pm by judolphin

24 Dec 2005, 01:38am by admin

Game Previews: DAL-CAR, ATL-TB

Aaron Schatz previews two big Saturday clashes between NFC playoff contenders, and Michael David Smith looks at a history of great San Diego offenses -- and bad defenses.

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17 comments, Last at 25 Dec 2005, 2:25pm by Smeghead

17 Dec 2005, 01:23pm by admin

Game Previews: DAL-WAS, ATL-CHI

This Sunday, Dallas will try to pretend that the last four minutes of Week 2 never happened, while Michael Vick seeks to neutralize criticism of his passing by pointing to Kyle Orton on the other sideline. Aaron Schatz reviews two big NFC matchups and Michael David Smith discusses the undersized Chicago defensive line.

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19 comments, Last at 20 Dec 2005, 9:00pm by Rick

10 Dec 2005, 12:07am by Aaron Schatz

Game Previews: CHI-PIT, KC-DAL

Chicago and Pittsburgh are twins, built around running and defense, but they are going in opposite directions. Dallas and Kansas City are mirror images, as our sixth-ranked offense takes on our sixth-ranked defense and our 14th-ranked offense takes on our 14th-ranked defense. Three teams on the playoff bubble and the season's biggest surprise in this week's game previews from the New York Sun.

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24 comments, Last at 18 Dec 2005, 10:57am by Shock

03 Dec 2005, 12:43am by Aaron Schatz

Game Previews: CIN-PIT, DEN-KC

With seven AFC teams at 7-4 or better, a division title is the only way to guarantee a playoff spot, so rivalry rematches mean added pressure on head coaches to avoid the mistakes they made the first time around. The Bengals seek to copy the Colts and stop the Pittsburgh running game; The Chiefs must solve a Denver offense that gained more than twice as many rushing yards as any other Kansas City opponent this year.

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22 comments, Last at 05 Dec 2005, 5:37pm by Dan

24 Nov 2005, 02:33am by Aaron Schatz

Game Previews: ATL-DET, DEN-DAL

Atlanta tries to right its season against the struggling Lions, while two of this season's best teams meet up in Big D. Here are the Thanksgiving game previews which appeared in the New York Sun.

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29 comments, Last at 26 Nov 2005, 7:10pm by Born a Bronco Fan/Die a Bronco Fan

19 Nov 2005, 01:55pm by Aaron Schatz

Game Previews: TB-ATL, IND-CIN

This weekend's two highlighted games share two things in common. First, both games have extra implications for postseason tiebreakers. Second, all four teams have built their records on easy schedules, and feel they have something to prove.

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25 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2005, 10:50pm by ChicagoScott