TALE OF THE TAPE

NFL

  1. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: New England Patriots At New York Jets

    Tom Brady would remain one of the elite quarterbacks in the game even if he did not have stellar stats, because of plays like his 17-yard shoulder-dipping run in the third quarter against Miami that helped turn a close game into a New England rout.

  2. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: Atlanta Falcons At New Orleans Saints

    While both teams have been miserable this season, this game will have a huge influence on the outcome of the NFC South Division.

  3. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images) (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: San Diego Chargers At San Francisco 49ers

    The Chargers are depending on Philip Rivers to be at his best so they can compete on the road against a team that is clearly disappointed in the way it has played this season, but one that should have enough pride to play a competitive game here.

  4. 4. Philadelphia Eagles (9-3) (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: Philadelphia Eagles At Washington Redskins

    After their loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 15, the Eagles can’t afford to feel sorry for themselves against the Redskins with the season in deep stretch and homefield advantage in the playoffs a major concern.

  5. Charlie Whitehurst #12 of the Tennessee Titans (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) Blake Bortles of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: Tennessee Titans At Jacksonville Jaguars

    Zach Mettenberger’s shoulder injury is a big step back for the Titans, because he appeared to have the arm strength to deliver the ball with consistency, even if he lacked escapability from the pocket.

  6. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
    Tale Of The Tape: New Orleans Saints At Chicago Bears

    It can’t get any worse for the Saints, can it? They absorbed a 41-10 beating at home from the Panthers, yet they remain tied with the Falcons for first place in the woeful NFC South with a 5-8 record.

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