Championships are won in the trenches

Originally Published: January 19, 2010
By Gregg Easterbrook | Page 2

Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees -- the run-up to Title Weekend is sure to focus on them. For my money, the Colts, Jets, Saints and Vikings made the championship round because they have the league's four best offensive lines.

Ninety percent of the action in football occurs away from the ball. When Jersey/B runners burst into the clear, or Favre casually dissects a defense, what's going on is terrific blocking. Manning was sacked less than any other NFL quarterback ...

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