Unlike the charade that will envelop college football this weekend, it is sheer wins and losses that will determine the NFL playoff field during the next four weeks.
There will be no 12-person committee sitting behind closed doors to determine who is worthy of championship contention. All division winners (even the NFC South) and two wild cards from each conference get in. Style points and who teams played will not matter.
Normally I do not cross into the baseball world while doing my weekly football piece, but I have to give props to the Kansas City Royals. I did predict them to make the playoffs (at 89-73, thank you very much), but their historic run through the postseason was even beyond my expectation.
As the NFL season progresses, maintaining a successful fantasy team can hinge on whether you outsmart yourself or not. There have been plenty of healthy players who were once considered studs that you may be beginning to question whether or not to put them in your lineup.
For the third time in less than a year, Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos Thursday night to open the 2013 NFL season.
From top to bottom the AFC North is the conference’s toughest division and among the best in pro football. So, let’s break it down in the second of eight divisional installments previewing the 2013 NFL season.