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On the Rise, On the Fall – Playoff Edition

Playoff Edition of
On the Rise, On the Fall

As we complete Week 11, there are just two or three weeks left in your
regular season before the playoffs begin. This week will be a special edition
of the column focusing on the playoff weeks.

The most common playoff weeks of 14, 15 and 16 will be used in the
analysis.

Favorable
Schedules

Arizona Cardinals

– @ SF, @ DET, vs. STL

Houston Texans – vs. SEA, @ STL, @ MIA

Miami Dolphins – @ JAX, @ TEN, vs. HOU

Seattle Seahawks – @ HOU, vs. TB, @ GB

New England Patriots – vs. CAR, @ BUF,
vs. JAX

Of course, you’ll still be starting your Colts and Saints, regardless
of their match-ups, expecting that they won’t be resting players in any of
these games.

Weather Factors

High-powered passing offenses with extremely weather-friendly games:

out of Weeks 14-16, the number of dome
games is listed below. The games not played in domes are also very weather
friendly stadiums (ex:

Miami,

Arizona,
etc)

Cardinals

– 1 dome

Colts – 2 domes

Saints – 3 domes

Texans – 2 domes

Kicking Game

It’s just a kicker, but in the playoffs, it matters. The winds in the
Meadowlands are not friendly in the month of December. While Lawrence Tynes may be
putting up points for you now, be very leery of him come playoff time. The same
goes for the Giants opponents, as well as the Jets’. The windy city comes in
mind too, where the Bears will play three games at home in December.

Who do the
Lions/Rams/Browns play?

Lions

: @ BAL, vs. ARZ, @
SF

Rams: @ TEN, vs. HOU, @ ARZ

Browns: vs. PIT, @ KC, vs. OAK

Check back for players to keep an eye on as we near the playoffs …

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