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December 9, 2009 | Sam Farmer
It's December, and time for NFL teams to break out their tiebreaker calculators. The playoff picture is coming into focus. The league's two undefeated teams, Indianapolis and New Orleans, have won their divisions and can clinch first-round byes with victories Sunday. The Saints play at Atlanta and the Colts play host to Denver. Cincinnati can claim the AFC North title . . . but has to win at Minnesota. Arizona, which is coming off a victory over Minnesota, can lock up the NFC North with a victory Monday at San Francisco.
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SPORTS
January 9, 2010
Today's games N.Y. JETS AT CINCINNATI 1:30 p.m., Channel 4 Story line: Both teams have outstanding defenses and solid running games. This game comes down to who can throw the ball better. In that case, the nod goes to Carson Palmer over rookie Mark Sanchez, both USC products. And being at home doesn't hurt Cincinnati, either. Sam Farmer's pick: Bengals 20, Jets 13 PHILADELPHIA AT DALLAS 5 p.m., Channel 4 Story line: The Cowboys swept the season series and dominated the Eagles up front last Sunday.
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January 14, 2010 | By Sam Farmer, On The NFL
Breaking down the Arizona-New Orleans matchup in the NFC divisional playoffs: Rest or rust Whereas the Cardinals will be six days removed from a dramatic overtime victory over Green Bay, the Saints will not have won in five weeks. New Orleans was far from its best down the stretch, and also rested players in the season finale. Saints Coach Sean Payton believes there are no clear statistical data about what's best to do, rest starters or play them all the way across the regular-season finish line.
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January 19, 2010 | Sam Farmer
The other three NFL teams in this weekend's conference championship games have the Canton-bound quarterbacks, gaudy passing numbers, and seedings that secured them first-round byes. But the New York Jets have the clear edge in one category. Disrespect. They are the slighted, the snubbed, the underdog team so forgotten that, a few weeks ago, even their coach thought they had been mathematically eliminated from the playoff picture. All that doesn't matter now; it only serves as more motivation, because the Jets -- with their rookie coach, quarterback and running back -- are headed to the AFC championship game for the first time since 1998.
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January 14, 2010 | By Sam Farmer, On The NFL
Breaking down the Dallas-Minnesota matchup in the NFC divisional playoffs: Who's seeded higher? Brett Favre participated in a conference call with Dallas reporters Wednesday, and his theme was clear: The Cowboys are the most dangerous team in the NFL this postseason. Although it's not uncommon for someone to butter up his opponent, reporters who took part in the call say Favre was very convincing. And he should be; the Cowboys have been scorching. "For the outside looking in, if you had to look at both teams, us and the Cowboys, you'd go, OK, aside from the fact the Cowboys are playing at the Vikings, who is the hottest team right now?
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December 20, 2009 | Sam Farmer
What seemed written in the stars was rewritten by the guys wearing them. The perfect-season bid of the New Orleans Saints was derailed Saturday by the Dallas Cowboys, a franchise that wasn't supposed to be able to win in December and certainly not against the team-of-destiny Saints and their No. 1-ranked offense. But the Cowboys did win, picking up a huge 24-17 victory at the Superdome that tightened their grip on a playoff berth and might have been the best performance by Dallas quarterback Tony Romo.
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January 15, 2010 | By Sam Farmer, On The Nfl
Breaking down the Baltimore-Indianapolis matchup in the AFC divisional playoffs: Almost perfect The last time the Colts played a home game they were 14-0 and, to the disappointment and frustration of their fans, opted to rest Peyton Manning for most of the second half of a loss to the Jets. Now the pressure is on Indianapolis to prove it was the correct choice to sit players. In some ways, the pressure on the Colts at 14-2 is greater than it would have been at 16-0, because just about everyone thinks they should have fought hard all the way through.
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December 23, 2009 | By Sam Farmer, On The NFL
With two weeks remaining in the NFL's regular season, there are still dozens of scenarios that will put teams in or out of the playoffs. But New England and Cincinnati can find comfort in those four little words: Win and we're in. The Patriots play host to Jacksonville on Sunday and can clinch the AFC East with a win or tie. The same goes for the Bengals, who play host to Kansas City with the AFC North within reach. "We still have the opportunity to obtain our first and No. 1 goal, and that's to win this division," Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis said.
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January 7, 2010 | By Steve Harvey
During their Super Bowl years a decade ago, the St. Louis Rams were called "the Greatest Show on Turf." Now they're the greatest show under turf. The Lambs (1-15) were buried, 6-28, by San Francisco on Sunday to win the Bottom Ten title over Detroit (2-14), which deserves a career achievement award for going 2-30 over the last two years. St. Louis' offensive offense averaged just under 11 points per game, lowest in the league. The Lambs were even outscored this season by Oakland, which had the distinction of scoring one third-quarter touchdown all season.
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February 6, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that the league is working hard to reach a new labor agreement, and called "absolutely false" the suggestion by the players' union that team owners stand to benefit from a work stoppage. "You don't make money by shutting down your business," Goodell said at his annual state-of-the-league news conference. "It's a bad scenario for everybody. I can assure you the ownership and I believe the players -- in talking to individual players -- want to get an agreement and want to work to do that.
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