‘Playbook’ divisional picks: Experts split on NFC games

“Playbook” analysts Sterling Sharpe, Brian Baldinger, Matt Millen and Brian Billick make their picks for the divisional playoff games.

Playbook: Fullback, commitment to run key to Saints success

His individual numbers won’t stand out (with just 4 carries for 4 yards and 11 catches for 50), but Jed Collins has been a critical part of a Saints’ run game that resembles more of the 2009 Super Bowl champion squad than a 2010 team that veered heavily toward the pass game.

Playbook: OT playcall capitalized off of Steelers’ tendencies

It was excellent awareness of tendencies and a simple play design that propelled the Broncos to an improbable overtime victory over the Steelers.

Tale of the Tape: QBs the focus in New York, Houston

When you compare the Texans–Bengals and Giants-Falcons games, they are very much the opposite of one another. Any way you look at it, both add up to great matchups for Wild Card weekend.

‘Playbook’ mailbag: Can Yates lead Texans deep into playoffs?

The Texans know they can beat the Bengals. They’ve already done it once this season. But can they do it twice with rookie T.J. Yates at quarterback?

‘Playbook’ wild-card picks: Experts torn on Bengals-Texans

“Playbook” analysts Sterling Sharpe, Brian Baldinger, Joe Theismann and Brian Billick make their picks for the wild-card games.

Playbook: First down D key for Giants vs. Falcons

They are division winners, a playoff host and one of 12 contenders for the Lombardi Trophy. But to move forward in these playoffs, the Giants have to step up their game. Against Matt Ryan, Michael Turner and the Atlanta Falcons (10-6), the Giants defense will most certainly have to do better – and it all starts on first down versus the run.

Tale of the Tape: Making sense of a jumbled playoff picture

The final week of the NFL regular season is upon us, and the playoff picture is anything but settled. The Texans are pegged into the No. 3 seed – and in the AFC, that’s the only peg lodged.

‘Playbook’ Mailbag: Terminology 101

Through 16 weeks of the season, you have certainly heard commentators throw around some strange-sounding terms.

Week 17 ‘Playbook’ picks: Giants will win NFC East

“Playbook” analysts Sterling Sharpe, Joe Theismann and Brian Baldinger make their picks for Week 17.

Tale of the Tape: Brees, Ryan square off in N.O.

Heading into their second matchup with the Saints this season, the Falcons will look to duplicate their last performance – minus one fourth-down failure.

Playbook: Have WRs found key to unlocking ‘Revis Island’?

While a 17th ranked run defense has taken the luster off the Jets’ aura this year, the deterioration of one facet of New York’s defense has prompted fans to ask another question: Is it really that hard to escape from “Revis Island?”

Week 16 ‘Playbook’ picks: Split on Eagles-Cowboys tilt

“Playbook” analysts Solomon Wilcots, Joe Theismann, Brian Baldinger and Matt Millen make their picks for Week 16.

Playbook: How two big zeroes went away

On Sunday, two big zeros were erased from the NFL landscape – the Colts’ potential freefall toward 0-16 and the Packers’ bid for a 16-0 season.

Tale of the Tape: Run-stuffing Ds focus on QBs in San Fran

In a game featuring two top-notch defenses, the fate of the Steelers and 49ers might rest upon the two signal callers who have to stare back at them.

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