1. Every AFC "Favorite" Has Been Knocked Down in '08

    NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Titans have clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Whee. Sure, it's a great accomplishment-especially with how the Titans wrestled that edge from Pittsburgh in Sunday's 31-14 home victory...

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  2. Peyton Manning Carries Colts to Postseason

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - We figured Peyton Manning was carrying Indianapolis to the playoffs. But what transpired Thursday night was simply ridiculous. Manning did more than help the Colts clinch a postseason berth with a 31-24 victory at Jacksonville...

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  3. Getting to Pro Bowl Too Tough for Most Rookies

    Youth was not served on the 2008 Pro Bowl rosters announced Tuesday. Two rookies — Tennessee running back Chris Johnson and Tampa Bay returner Clifton Smith — were chosen for a February trip to Hawaii...

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  4. Despite Win, Eagles' Offense Still Not Clicking Yet

    PHILADELPHIA - Once considered all but shut, the door to the playoffs is gradually creaking open for the Eagles. It's just hard to have confidence they can do much if they're able to walk through it...

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  5. Big Ben Continues to Come Up Clutch

    BALTIMORE - For any team besides the Pittsburgh Steelers, the situation couldn't have been much bleaker. They trailed Baltimore by three points with 3:36 remaining...

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  6. Ravens No Longer Have to Rely on Defense to Win

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. - He's Joe Cool until you mention the brown-nose scoring system. That's when Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco — the rookie whose laid-back personality makes ...

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  7. NFL Parity: Any Team Is Just One Season Away From Playoffs

    Through 13 games, the NFL standings show that any team is just one season away from being back in playoff contention. Even the Detroit Lions...

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  8. NFL's All-Overpaid team (Defense)

    Which players are a steal? Which are stealing money? Alex Marvez unveils his All-Overpaid and All-Underpaid teams for 2008. In the last of the series, we look at 11 players on defense whose salaries are not helping their teams' causes ...

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  9. NFL's All-Overpaid Team: Offense

    Which players are a steal? Which are stealing money? Alex Marvez unveils his All-Overpaid and All-Underpaid teams for 2008. In this third series, we look at 11 players on offense whose salaries are not helping their teams' causes ...

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  10. NFL's All-Underpaid Team: Defense

    Which players are a steal? Which are stealing money? Alex Marvez unveils his All-Overpaid and All-Underpaid teams for 2008. In this second series, we look at 11 players on defense who have provided the best value for their teams...

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  11. NFL's All-Underpaid Team: Offense

    Which players are a steal? Which are stealing money? Alex Marvez unveils his All-Overpaid and All-Underpaid teams for 2008. In this first series, we look at 11 players on offense who have provided the best value for their teams...

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  12. NFL's All-Overpaid, All-Underpaid Teams

    Here's some more bad news for Al Davis: The Oakland Raiders aren't eligible for a government bailout. At 3-10, Davis' franchise is out of playoff contention despite a wild off-season spending spree...

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  13. Panthers-Buccaneers: Carolina Eyeing Bigger Prize After Beating Bucs

    CHARLOTTE—After the Carolina Panthers bulldozed through one of the NFL's top run defenses, the NFC's road to Super Bowl XLIII may very well wind through this city...

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  14. Cowboys Might Be Heading Toward Another Collapse

    Dallas wide receiver Patrick Crayton says Christmas came early for the Steelers. Maybe so. But judging by Sunday's 20-13 loss to Pittsburgh, the Cowboys should brace for coal in their own stockings once again...

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  15. Dominating Defense Drives Steelers' Title Hopes

    PITTSBURGH - Even with the Steelers dominating the NFL's defensive rankings, Dick LeBeau calls his unit a "work in progress." So is the second-story room where we stood inside team headquarters...

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  16. Pioli Could Pull Pieces Together Quickly for Lions

    The blueprint seems so simple that even the Detroit Lions couldn't screw it up. Raid the best franchise from this decade to reinvent the worst. Hire away Scott Pioli from New England's front office to become president/general manager...

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  17. Giants Don't Need Plaxico to Succeed

    For the New York Giants, life without Plaxico Burress began long before the gunshot wound that ended his season. It started in September when Burress was suspended for a game after missing team meetings...

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  18. December Will Make or Break These Contenders

    Three of the four teams in last season's conference championship games are on track to miss the postseason. Four teams that finished with five victories or fewer in 2007 are in playoff contention...

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  19. 10 Players Who May Not Be Around in '09

    For select players on 20 teams, more than just their seasons will be ending in late December. It could be their careers as well. Some are clearly declining because of age, injuries or a combination of both...

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  20. Matt Cassel: The Next Tom Brady or the Next Scott Mitchell?

    Like Kurt Warner or Tom Brady himself, New England's Matt Cassel could be the next obscure backup quarterback to parlay a starting opportunity into NFL stardom. Then again, he could be the second coming of Scott Mitchell...

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  21. Drew Brees Key for New Orleans Saints in Playoff March

    NEW ORLEANS - Being two-years-old in 1973, I can only imagine what it was like watching the first 2,000-yard rushing season squandered when O.J. Simpson's Buffalo Bills didn't make the playoffs...

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  22. Favre Senses Good Karma in Jets Huddle

    Brett Favre began the celebration of his 501st career touchdown pass in signature fashion, giddily running around in a wide circle like an airplane waiting to land. Shortly thereafter, the Tennessee Titans officially crashed back to earth...

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  23. Haynesworth Worthy of MVP Consideration

    NASHVILLE - The Albert Haynesworth highlight reel is just a mouse click away. Using the computer inside his office at Tennessee Titans headquarters, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz ...

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  24. Roger Goodell Shouldn't Give Pacman Jones Second Chance This Year

    An already embarrassing week for the NFL is only getting worse. We've had the $100-million officiating mistake. A star quarterback who doesn't know the overtime rules...

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  25. There's No Easy Way to Improve Overtime Format

    Lost amidst the latest NFL officiating snafu—besides umpteen-million dollars by those who took Pittsburgh minus the points against San Diego—was the resurfacing of another touchy subject during last weekend's games: The league's overtime rules

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