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Defense, and cheerleaders, highlight wild-card weekend

It may not be sexy, but TMQ knows it's the ball stoppers that rule the NFL. Tuesday Morning Quarterback

Originally Published: January 6, 2009
By Gregg Easterbrook | Special to Page 2

The maxim is that offense sells tickets, while defense wins championships. This season, four of the five top offensive teams -- New Orleans, Denver, Houston and New England -- failed to reach the playoffs. In contrast, four of the five top defensive teams -- Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Jersey/A -- did reach the playoffs. Of top offenses, only Arizona is in the postseason and of top defenses, only Washington is out. Is that a trend? Wild-card weekend said yes, because defense ruled ...

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