Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?
Even though Gregg Easterbrook has left us for the greener pastures of NFL.com, we know that the discussion threads we provided during his short stay at our site were very popular. Therefore we're providing the "unofficial official" discussion thread of Tuesday Morning Quarterback each week. This will be your place to discuss Gregg's column at NFL.com, which you can find here.
We said we would update our playoff fantasy standings each week in this space; they've already been discussed in the playoff fantasy draft thread but here's a nice clean version. For those wondering, we'll add the best "leftover" team after this week's games give us a better idea of which one of those teams (picked by readers) is the best.
|QB||Manning, IND||38||McNair, TEN||6||Brady, NWE|
|RB||M. Faulk, STL||George, TEN||8||A. Green, GNB||22|
|RB||A. Smith, NWE||S. Davis, CAR||16||J. Lewis, BAL||3|
|WR||T. Brown, NWE||Bruce, STL||Pinkston, PHI|
|WR||J. Walker, GNB||11||Driver, GNB||6||S. Smith, CAR||19|
|WR||Morton, KAN||Wayne, IND||10||Looker, STL|
|TE||Franks, GNB||9||Wycheck, TEN||1||Sharpe, DEN||3|
|K||M. Andersen, KAN||G. Anderson, TEN||10||Vinatieri, NWE|
|DEF||Tennessee||6||St. Louis||New England|
|QB||Bulger, STL||McNabb, PHI||Favre, GNB||19|
|RB||Holmes, KAN||Portis, DEN||7||James, IND||8|
|RB||Buckhalter, PHI||Staley, PHI||Hambrick, DAL||2|
|WR||Mason, TEN||2||Givens, NWE||Holt, STL|
|WR||R. Smith, DEN||12||Lelie, DEN||0||Harrison, IND||25|
|WR||D. Jackson, SEA||5||Branch, NWE||Kennison, KAN|
|TE||Heap, BAL||14||Gonzalez, KAN||Fauria, NWE|
|K||Wilkins, STL||Akers, PHI||Longwell, GNB||9|
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