NFL playoff teams share hopes
Pats, Eagles best eggs in the dozen that remain
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moncler bambino outlet Why they probably won’t: The Colts are almost as bad at run defense as the Chiefs. Denver controlled the ball on them for a nearly 30 minute advantage. Plus, Manning has gone 0 for 3 in the playoffs and the whispers that he can’t win the big game are almost deafening. moncler bambino outlet
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Why they can win: They have the offensive player of the year (Jamal Lewis) and the defensive player of the year (Ray Lewis) and a sense of history repeating itself. They moncler outlet run the ball and they stop the run. The defense generated 41 takeaways, tied with the Patriots for most in moncler uomo the AFC.
Why they probably won’t: The offense gave the ball away 38 times, most of any AFC playoff team. A lot of that is the quarterback. With a proven passer, the Ravens would be odds on favorites to take it all.
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Why they probably won’t: Eddie George had just two 100 yard rushing games this year, which means McNair pretty much has to do it through the air. The Titans’ pass defense isn’t very good, either. They’ve allowed six 100 yard receiving games this year.
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Why the Broncos can win: They have a very solid defense, despite some injury losses, and they’ve got playmaker Clinton Portis to energize the offense. Quarterback Jake Plummer is at his best when he’s making moncler donna plays on the run.
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