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Divisional Playoffs

Wednesday’s Practice Notes:

Did Not Practice/Limited: DAL: Terrell Owens (ankle) – He did not participate in practice, but did go through rehab. Head Coach Wade Phillips said Owens may be able to play this weekend even if he does not practice this week. Owens is considered a game time decision, but will likely play. GB: Greg Jennings (groin) – Jennings suffered a slightly strained groin during Wednesday’s practice and could not finish. Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Jennings will be able to play this weekend. GB: Koren Robinson (knee) – He was limited during practice, but will be able to play this weekend. GB: James Jones (hamstring) – Jones slightly strained his hamstring during Wednesday’s practice and could not finish. He will be available to play this weekend. NYG: Plaxico Burress (ankle, knee) – Burress did not practice on Wednesday. SEA: DJ Hackett (ankle) – He was on the field for stretching but did not practice and will be a game time decision this weekend.

Matchups:

Seattle @ Green Bay: Over the last 5 weeks of the regular season, Seattle ranked as the 9th worst fantasy group against the receiver position, on a per game basis. During that span they allowed 787 yards to the receivers or 157.40 yards per game on average. They allowed 7 out of 9 passing touchdowns to go to the receivers. Seattle allowed 1.40 touchdowns per game on an average of 12% of converted receptions or every 8.14 receptions on average to the receivers. They only allowed 15 total passing touchdowns during the entire season, which was best in the league. They rank as the 11th worst fantasy group against the quarterback position and the 16th worst fantasy group against the running back position, during the last 5 weeks of the regular season. —– Over the last 5 weeks of the regular season, Green Bay ranked as the 11th worst fantasy group against the receiver position, on a per game basis. During that span they allowed 694 yards to the receivers or 138.80 yards per game on average. They allowed 6 out of 8 passing touchdowns to go to the receivers. Green Bay allowed 1.20 touchdowns per game on an average 13% of converted receptions or every 7.83 receptions on average to the receivers. They ranked as the 11th best fantasy group against the quarterback position and the 12th best fantasy group against the running back position, during the last 5 weeks of the regular season.

Notes: This will be Seattle’s toughest matchup since week 5, when they played Pittsburgh and lost 21-0. They should have all 4 of their receivers for this game, but Branch and Hackett are both nursing injuries. Seattle’s lack of a running game will make them one dimensional and that will make for a tough matchup on the road against one of the more superior defense’s in the league. Seattle is 3-5 on the road this season and have not won a postseason game on the road since 1983, against Miami. Green Bay will be well rested and confident going into this game. They have been dominant at home this year going 7-1 and averaging 28 points per game. They had victories over 3 playoff teams including San Diego, NY Giants and Washington.

Jacksonville @ New England: Over the last 5 weeks of the regular season, Jacksonville ranked as the 6th best fantasy group against the receiver position on a per game basis. During that span they allowed 539 yards to the receivers or 107.80 yards per game on average. They allowed 3 out of 9 passing touchdowns to go to the receivers. Jacksonville allowed 0.60 touchdowns per game on an average of 7% of converted receptions or every 14.66 receptions on average to the receivers. They ranked as the 7th best fantasy group against the quarterback position and the 7th best fantasy group against the running back position, during the last 5 weeks of the regular season. —– Over the last 5 weeks of the regular season, New England ranked as the 10th best fantasy group against the receiver position on a per game basis. During that span they allowed 608 yards to the receivers or 121.60 yards per game on average. They allowed 4 out of 8 passing touchdowns to go to the receivers. New England allowed 0.80 touchdowns per game on an average of 8% of converted receptions or every 12.75 receptions on average to the receivers. They ranked as the 15th worst fantasy group against the quarterback position and the 12th worst fantasy group against the running back position, during the last 5 weeks of the regular season.

Notes: The Patriots quest for perfection continues and they are a 13.5 point favorite for a reason, they are the better team. They did not play a soft schedule either, with wins against 6 different playoff teams including, Indianapolis, San Diego and Dallas. Jacksonville’s matchup advantage on paper is the run game exploiting the soft spot in New England’s defense. If New England jumps out quickly it could negate that matchup while they try to match scores with Brady. Jacksonville has lost the last 3 times these teams have met, including a 28-3 blowout in the 2005 wildcard game.

San Diego @ Indianapolis: Over the last 5 weeks of the regular season, San Diego ranked as the 4th best fantasy group against the receiver position on a per game basis. During that span they allowed 532 yards to the receivers or 106.40 yards per game on average. They allowed 3 out of 4 passing touchdowns to go to the receivers. San Diego allowed 0.60 touchdowns per game on an average of 7% of converted receptions or every 15.00 receptions on average to the receivers. They ranked as the 5th best fantasy group against the quarterback position and the 4th best fantasy group against the running back position, during the last 5 weeks of the regular season. —– Over the last 5 weeks of the regular season, Indianapolis ranked as the 14th worst fantasy group against the receiver position on a per game basis. During that span they allowed 731 yards to the receivers or 146.20 yards per game on average. They allowed 5 out of 6 passing touchdowns to go to the receivers. Indianapolis allowed 1.00 touchdowns per game on an average of 8% of converted receptions or every 12.60 receptions on average to the receivers. They ranked as the 17th best fantasy group against the quarterback position and the 9th best fantasy group against the running back position, during the last 5 weeks of the regular season.

Notes: One of the Colts 3 losses came at the hands of San Diego earlier this season by a score of 23-21. There is more to that loss than meets the eye. Indianapolis played the second half with a practice squad player at left tackle and a guard had to move to tackle after 2 linemen went down. Marvin Harrison, Anthony Gonzalez and Dallas Clark were not in the lineup and Adam Vinatieri missed a 29 yard field goal. Manning was forcing things and it led to 6 interceptions. Indianapolis will have payback on their mind in this matchup. San Diego struggled to beat an injury riddled Tennessee team last week and may be without Antonio Gates in this matchup. More pressure will likely be put on LT, who the Colts will likely key on. That will likely mean Philip Rivers will have to make plays. A tough task considering in the last matchup he had just 104 passing yards, a horrendous 30.6 passer rating, 2 interceptions and a lost fumble. That’ll be alot to ask of Rivers going up against the second best pass defense.

NY Giants @ Dallas: Over the last 5 weeks of the regular season, New York ranked as the 11th best fantasy group against the receiver position on a per game basis. During that span they allowed 676 yards to the receivers or 135.20 yards per game on average. They allowed 3 out of 6 passing touchdowns to go to the receivers. New York allowed 0.60 touchdowns on an average of 6% of converted receptions or every 16.66 receptions on average to the receivers. They ranked as the 10th best fantasy group against the quarterback position and the 8th worst fantasy group against the running back position, during the last 5 weeks of thee regular season. —- Over the last 5 weeks of the regular season, Dallas ranked as the 12th worst fantasy group against the receiver position on a per game basis. During that span they allowed 809 yards to the receivers or 161.80 yards per game on average. They allowed 4 out of 4 passing touchdowns to go to the receivers. Dallas allowed 0.80 touchdowns on an average of 6% of converted receptions or every 17.25 on average to the receivers. They ranked as the 9th best fantasy group against the quarterback position and the 10th worst fantasy group against the running back position, during the last 5 weeks of the regular season.

Notes: Dallas has home field advantage in this matchup, but may not have Terrell Owens or at least a healthy Owens, who is the key to their offense. The respect he demands on the field makes the other players the key role players that they are. Without Owens, Dallas is beatable and if their offense produces the way it did to close out the season even with a less than effective Owens, they could be fighting in the end to advance. Eli Manning has looked terrible at times this season, but seems to be playing his best ball of the season at the right time.  He threw for 185 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions last week and will need to have another mistake free performance if the Giants are to get past Dallas. If they are patient with the run game, that will allow Manning to exploit the Dallas secondary and sustain some drives, moving the chains and eating the clock will be vital to their success.

Favorable Passing Matchups: Green Bay, Indianapolis, New England

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