Walkthrough

A look at the upcoming week in the NFL, from the players on the field to the fans in the stands

Too Deep Zone: 5th-and-40

You have to cover a lot of ground when you drop into The Zone. This week, Mike Tanier tackles some third-and-forever situations, sets the record straight about the Steelers clock malfunction, reminisces about some major officiating blunders, and visits (figuratively) some Seattle strip clubs.

October 07, 10:24 am ET
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October 07, 10:24 am ET
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Rest Stopped: The 1996 Denver Broncos

They clinched home field advantage with weeks to spare. But when an offensive superstar was hurt in the clinching game, coaches had to decide whether to bench regulars and risk losing their competitive edge, or let the starters play in the waning weeks and risk injury. Do the 1996 Denver Broncos foretell playoff failure for the 2004 Philadelphia Eagles? Michael Tanier revisits those long ago days when John Elway was just a guy with great stats who couldn't win the big one.

January 11, 2:02 am ET
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January 11, 2:02 am ET
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Marino vs. Manning

There's a lot of talk out there about the Peyton Manning breaking the passing touchdown record, but very little talk about how Dan Marino set it. Michael Tanier compares the two seasons to find out if Manning is guilty of padding his stats -- or if Marino was guilty of padding his. Or neither.

December 22, 10:01 pm ET
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December 22, 10:01 pm ET
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Skin of the Teeth: The Worst Playoff Teams Ever

The term "playoff race" is a bit of a misnomer when every team in the NFC seems to be running away from the playoffs. We could have two 8-8 teams in the playoffs this season, maybe even a 7-9 team. Michael Tanier looks at the worst teams to ever make the postseason, and what the histories of those teams say about the feeble NFC playoff contenders of 2004.

December 07, 3:47 pm ET
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December 07, 3:47 pm ET
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Every Stat Tells a Story: Hey Nineteen

The top storyline this weekend is New England's attempt to surpass the (unofficial) NFL record of 18 straight victories, playoffs included. We're talking so much about the Patriots, however, that nobody is saying anything about the six great teams whose record may be broken. Michael David Smith has a quick primer on these teams, their best players, and the game that broke each streak, not to mention the Cuervo Gold and the fine Columbian that make tonight a wonderful thing.

October 07, 4:59 pm ET
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October 07, 4:59 pm ET
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