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Sam’s NFC Playoff Preview

Sadly, our season has come to an end earlier than we hoped for, but there’s still some good football to watch in January. After all, we need to root against the Jets and Pats.

I put together a few reasons why each NFC team currently in the playoffs has a chance to win the Super Bowl.

Green Bay Packers: The Packers are a very good, young team. Aaron Rodgers had a breakout year as starting QB, and I think he can lead this team to the Super Bowl. He threw for 4,434 yards and 30 td’s. On defense, they have an outstanding young linebacker group that includes A.J. Hawk and rookie Clay Mathews along side veteran MLB Nick Barnett. Also, a great secondary, led by Charles Woodson, Atari Bigby, and Nick Collins, make this defense a force against the run and the pass.

Arizona Cardinals: Arizona is a definite air threat, with Kurt Warner (3,753 yards, 26 td’s) throwing to two star receivers in Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald.  However, they have also established a run game in the past few weeks with Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower, who have a combined 1,391 yards. On the other side of the ball, Darnel Docket leads a good Defensive line, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Antrell Rolle lead a very good secondary.

Dallas Cowboys: Momentum means a lot going into the playoffs, and Dallas has plenty of that, coming off good wins to the Philadelphia Eagles, and New Orleans Saints. Tony Romo came through in December for once, and found a new favorite target in budding-star Miles Austin. There offense is also thankful to have three Running Back options, in Marion Barber, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice. On defensive, DeMarcus Ware (11 sacks) is arguably the best pass rusher in the league,and will cause a major problem for Quarterbacks.

Philadelphia Eagles: Donovan McNabb is thrilled to have WR DeSean Jackson to throw to. The young Jackson is a tremendous deep threat, and especially dangerous if he gets into open field. RB Brian Westbrook could have limited carries, due to a concussion suffered a few weeks ago. He could give some carries to rookie LeSean McCoy. A strong defense is led by former Patriot CB Asante Samuel and LB Jeremiah Trotter.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings found some lost momentum last week with a big win over the New York Giants. Brett Farve (4, 202 yards, 33 td’s) is having a career year, which is really saying something. He’s found new targets in Sidney Rice and rookie Percy Harvin. And lets not forget pro-bowl RB Adrian Peterson, who one of the best RB’s in football. On defense, they have on of the best lines around, led by Pro-Bowler Jared Allen, and the Williams brothers, Pat and Kevin. Antoine Winfield stands out in the Secondary.

New Orleans Saints: QB Drew Brees (4, 388 yards, 33 td’s)  is a major force, and possibly an MVP candidate. As long as he’s on the field, the Saints are a Super Bowl favorite. Running backs Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush also carrie some of the load. On defense, Darren Sharper is one of the best safeties around, and former Jet LB Jonathan Vilma is a force to be reckoned with.

That’s all for now. Check in later for the AFC preview.

-Sam

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