We're back with another weekly podcast featuring our favorite X's-and-O's analyst — Greg Cosell, the longtime NFL Films maven, who's also the executive producer of ESPN's "NFL Matchup." As always, we go through this week's upcoming games with a scout's eye and Greg in control of the All-22 tape.
As the focus is more on playoff matchups from here on out, we excluded certain games in this week's preview. Here are the games we discussed in order on this week's podcast:
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
We also discussed a few larger concepts: With all the talk about the passing game being easier for quarterbacks these days, does the complexity of current defenses make quarterback protection a wash? How are the Patriots adjusting their defense late in the season, and do they have a specific conference advantage right now? Has time run out on Mark Sanchez, and have we ever seen a rookie quarterback quite like Can Newton? Can run-heavy teams like the 49ers, Texans, and Broncos advance far in the postseason, and what happens to defensively-focused teams when opponents put up 40-burgers on them? Do the Lions have an advantage right now because they're so pass-happy? Is Andy Dalton a better future prospect than Joe Flacco at this point? And are the Cardinals and Seahawks looking at huge defensive improvements in 2012?
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