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49ers and Cowboys [Sep. 22nd, 2005|01:22 pm]
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I was looking over this week's schedule and I saw that the Cowboys are playing the 49ers. Remember when that game would be HUGE? Could the young 'Boys get passed the veteran 'Niners? Now I see the other 4:15 game is the Pats at the Steelers. That's the game I want to see. The AFC rules right now. So, when will the NFC rise again?
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[User Picture]From: rhythmsextion
2005-09-22 05:58 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, the good old days. Though, the Cowboys/Niners game is still a big one for me since I love the Boys and absolutely can't stand the Niners.
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[User Picture]From: masterofjesters
2005-09-22 08:31 pm (UTC)
Well..like I've said before, I'm a Steelers fan, so I'm inherently biased. But here's my best answer to your question on the NFC.

The NFC will rise again whenever their teams start to develop solid running games. Now, I know that Westbrook and Alexander are both good running backs, but their teams don't use them as effectively as AFC teams use their backs. The Eagles #1 preference is to go to TO. As with a lot of other NFC Teams, they use the pass to set up the run. Conversely, in the AFC, teams like the Chiefs, Patriots, Steelers, Bills and even the Ravens are more reliant on their ground game to pound out the ball, control the clock and wear down the opposing team. Even the Colts and their high-flying offense employ James effectively. When you look at the two leagues, the big difference in talent is not at the Quarterback or Wide Reciever position, it's at running back. The AFC has Dillon, Martin, Holmes, Lewis, James, Taylor, and Bettis (even though he's hurt, he's #5 all-time in rushing, so deserves to be on this list). In my opinion, the reason that the Eagles have been so dominant in the NFC these past years is because they're the only ones that can attack well by ground and by air. This is why Tampa Bay has been the suprise of the league these first two weeks. Cadillac has been pounding it out on the ground and had two solid games. A good ground game enables teams to open up the playbook and run effective play-action passes. When a defense isn't afraid of the run, the play-action pass is not as effective.

Another strong point of the AFC is the defensive prowess. A strong defense, in addition to a strong running game, is a great combination. I'll end with a quote from one of my old hockey coaches..."Offense wins games, Defense wins championships"
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