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The Worst Postseason Matchup for Every Potential Playoff Team
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Tom Brady and the Patriots had no trouble handling the Jets.

For each NFL team that has a realistic shot at the postseason in 2012, there exists at least one other team that would provide problems in a matchup. Another way to pose this topic is to question what specific opponent would serve as "Kryptonite" for every potential playoff team.

We will look at what each of these potential playoff teams does well, and what areas they are vulnerable in. Borrowing a page from Coach Bill Belichick, we will analyze which teams have the ability to neutralize the strengths of each team, thus arriving at which teams we believe will be the worst possible matchup.

For the purposes of this presentation, we will include every team with at least a .500 record after the games on Thanksgiving are concluded. That means we will cover 16 teams, even though there are obviously only 12 playoff berths available.

For all the 4-6 and 5-6 teams, the odds are against them running the table to reach a final record of 10-6. What is sad is that a 10-6 record isn't an iron-clad guarantee that teams will be included in the postseason.

We will begin with the .500 teams and work our way up to the teams with the best records: the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans.

 

All statistics and team rankings posted were current entering Week 12 games and are courtesy of ESPN.com. The red-zone offense and defense rankings are provided by TeamRankings.com.

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