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.
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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.
Heading into their second matchup with the Saints this season, the Falcons will look to duplicate their last performance – minus one fourth-down failure.
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.
Posted: Thursday, December 8th, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Dallas Cowboys, David Diehl, DeMarcus Ware, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants, Playbook, Rob Ryan, Tale of the tape, Tony Romo
Watching tape in preparation for the Giants this weekend, Rob Ryan has to be licking his lips or plucking his gray beard; however excitement manifests with the Cowboys defensive coordinator, he must have shown plenty of it after seeing New York’s situation at offensive tackle.
Everyone knows the Lions will be without Ndamukong Suh against the Saints this weekend. That’s a huge blow to their defense. But the real story heading into Sunday’s contest will be the absence of wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who has been taken away by opposing defenses in the last three weeks.
Posted: Thursday, November 24th, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Joe Flacco, Justin Smith, Navorro Bowman, Patrick Willis, Playbook, Ray McDonald, San Francisco 49ers, Tale of the tape
After tonight’s Thanksgiving feast, you’ll probably feel stuffed like a 300-pound defensive lineman. That’s actually quite appropriate, because if you tune in to watch Thursday Night Football on NFL Network, all of the best talent will be in the trenches for the 49ers and Ravens.
Heading into NFL Network’s first Thursday Night Football broadcast, the Raiders and Chargers (both 4-4) are looking for something to tip control of the AFC West in their favor.
With the fall of the Patriots last Sunday, Buffalo is the de facto “team to beat” in the AFC East. Having already knocked off the Patriots, the Bills (5-2) now have a chance to shut down the Jets (4-3) and stay atop one of the NFL’s most competitive divisions.
In Week 10 of last season, Pittsburgh’s defense gave up more points than they have ever allowed in the 11-year history of Heinz Field. Once again, the Patriots will visit with Tom Brady, Wes Welker, two dangerous tight ends and a bevy of running backs in tow.
Posted: Friday, October 14th, 2011 | NFL Playbook Staff Tags: Arthur Moats, Buffalo Bills, Chris Hairston, David Nelson, Donald Jones, Drayton Florence, Eli Manning, Eric Wood, Fred Jackson, Jason Pierre-Paul, Kelvin Sheppard, Kyle Williams, Leodis McKelvin, New York Giants, Nick Barnett, Playbook, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Shawne Merriman, Stevie Johnson, Tale of the tape
Just a week ago, the Bills beat the media’s favorite “Dream Team” and now sit atop the AFC East. At 4-1, do the Bills have what it takes to be a contender this year? A lot of questions can be answered after Sunday’s game with the New York Giants.
Here’s a look at how some of the top quarterback and wide receiver prospects measured out Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine.