TALE OF THE TAPE

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    Tale Of The Tape: Oakland Raiders At Denver Broncos

    The Raiders have certainly shown some life in the second half of the season, and while it most likely won’t be enough to help Tony Sparano shed the interim label and become the full-time head coach, he does deserve credit for not letting this team give up.

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    Tale Of The Tape: St. Louis Rams At Seattle Seahawks

    The Rams offense functioned at a much higher level in their Week 16 loss to the Giants with Shaun Hill at quarterback, and he is coming off a confidence-boosting 24-of-32 game for 290 yards with 2 TDs and 1 interception.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Cincinnati Bengals At Pittsburgh Steelers

    The Bengals get another opportunity to step up and show they are big-game worthy. This has not been their strength over the years, and much of this falls on Andy Dalton.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Dallas Cowboys At Washington Redskins

    The Cowboys clinched the NFC East with their rout of the Colts coupled with the Eagles’ loss to the Redskins, and the Cowboys would like to earn a first-round bye.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Philadelphia Eagles At New York Giants

    The Eagles appeared to be in excellent shape to either win the NFC East or make it into the playoffs as a Wild-Card team, but back-to-back losses to the Cowboys and Redskins means that this game will close their season.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Buffalo Bills At New England Patriots

    The Bills hurt themselves badly by losing their penultimate game at Oakland, and they are going to have to put that game in the rear-view mirror if they are going to come up with an upset over the Patriots.