NFL Nation: New Orleans
Feeling good: After two straight weeks of scrapping for points against tough Cincinnati and Pittsburgh defenses, the Cowboys get a crack at the worst defense in the league. The Saints are 31st in the NFL in run defense, 31st in pass defense and 32nd overall. They did shut out Tampa Bay last week, but that Buccaneers team has lost four in a row, was coming off a loss to the Eagles and appears to be out of gas. The Cowboys should be able to run the ball effectively with DeMarco Murray today, and Tony Romo should have time to find Dez Bryant and the rest of his receivers in the passing game. If there was ever a week in which to expect the Cowboys' offense to appear in sync from the start, it's this week.
Cause for concern: If there's a cause for concern in Dallas these days, it's that the Cowboys' injury-ravaged defense will fall apart one of these weeks. Hasn't happened yet, but Drew Brees and the Saints still can make life miserable for a defense. Dallas needs to make sure Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr get those wide receivers covered, and somebody in the linebacking corps has to come up with an answer for big, athletic tight end Jimmy Graham.
Why: Tomlinson said after he was kept by San Diego in 2009 that he thought Baltimore could have been a potential landing spot.
Why: Tomlinson is still effective at the goal line. Denver struggled in short yardage last season.
Why: The Packers could use a veteran presence in the backfield.
Why: Texans coach Gary Kubiak has long been a fan of Tomlinson’s.
Why: The Chiefs could use a veteran mentor for young star Jamaal Charles.
Why: Tomlinson and Drew Brees, the king of New Orleans, would love to reunite.
Why: Mike Shanahan loves veterans and he was a huge admirer of Tomlinson’s while he was in Denver.
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
There should be a playoff atmosphere at Soldier Field for a game with huge postseason implications for both sides. The Bears need a victory to preserve their hope for a division title; a loss will give Minnesota a chance to clinch the NFC North as early as Sunday. New Orleans, meanwhile, will be all but eliminated by a victory.
On a neutral field, you probably wouldn't like the Bears' chances -- not with a defense that has given up the fifth-most passing yards in the NFL. (In case you weren't aware, New Orleans' Drew Brees is on track to break Dan Marino's record for passing yards in a season.)
But the forecast is -- quite literally -- more favorable at Soldier Field. Wind chills are expected to dip into the teens by kickoff, and the Saints have lost five of six games away from the Superdome. But just for good measure, the Bears will try to use their delayed no-huddle offense to control the ball and keep Brees off the field.
Final Carolina 7 New England 30 Final New York 35 New York 24 Final Jacksonville 12 Detroit 13 Final Oakland 21 Green Bay 31 Final Chicago 6 Seattle 34
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