Bill Barnwell analyzes film of the first Baltimore-Miami and Indianapolis-San Diego games to reveal some things likely to rear their heads again this weekend, plus the usual FO playoff preview stats and tables.
We know the Giants have improved over their last four games, but what has specifically changed? Is it enough to pull the greatest upset in NFL history? What can the Patriots do to make sure that doesn't happen? Here's the Football Outsiders preview of Super Bowl XLII, overflowing with numbers and stats.
How did the Giants become the hottest team in the NFL? Could it really be as simple as "Eli Manning is playing better?" Why yes, it really is that simple. Is that better version of Eli Manning good enough to keep Brett Favre from his third NFC title? That may depend more on the Giants secondary.
New England continues its march to 19-0 and history. Can the hobbled Chargers possibly stand in their way? If they want the answer to be "yes," they'll need more consistency from the running game, most creativity in their blitz packages, and better play in the middle of the secondary.
Our AFC preview tries to figure out whether the Jaguars and Chargers can do anything to prevent yet another sanity-destroying Pats-Colts hypefest. Answer: Probably not. Plus, a long discussion of teams that either improved or declined significantly at midseason.
The Packers and Seahawks know each other well because of their similarities. The Cowboys and Giants know each other well because of their division rivalry. Who moves on to the NFC Championship? It all may depend on injuries and hot pants. Plus: Jason Beattie's latest cartoon!
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The Sunday games are not as close as the Saturday games, but that doesn't mean an upset isn't possible. The Giants will get in Jeff Garcia's face and hope Eli Manning's big game against New England is no fluke, while the Titans hope they can beat the well-rounded Chargers with nothing but defense and the power of Bironas.
Time for those legendary, stat-packed Football Outsiders playoff previews, complete with funky, team color-coordinated week-to-week DVOA graphs. First, we tackle Washington at Seattle and Jacksonville at Pittsburgh.
The Colts have offense. The Bears have defense. But an NFL game is never that simple. Chicago's defense was trending downwards, the Indianapolis defense trending upwards -- until both reverted to form two weeks ago. Is Rex Grossman actually Trent Dilfer, or is Peyton Manning actually Albert Pujols? Here's the Football Outsiders preview of Super Bowl XLI, packed to the gills with numbers and stats.
Once upon a time, Chicago dominated the NFC. But the quarterback imploded and injuries weakened the defense. Can the Bears use home-field advantage to recover their mojo and stop the Cinderella story of America's Team, the New Orleans Saints?
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