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NFL Divisional Weekend - Part 1

Here are some quick previews for today's games, as well as links to the team's blogs on Sports Blogs Nation.

AFC Divisional Playoff Match

Stampede Blue

Pokorny's Preview of Game at PFCritics. The Divisional Playoffs will kick off when Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts battle Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens. This is a classic case of offense vs. defense, the strengths of the respective teams. The Colts are coming off of a commanding win in the first round over the Kansas City Chiefs, but it was a game that really should have been even more of a blowout if Manning had not thrown several costly interceptions. The Ravens will be fired up after their bye week, looking to prove doubters wrong. Simply looking at the sack differential in terms of creating from the defense and allowing by the offense can define just how good the Ravens are. The home teams went 4-0 last week in the playoffs, but there are bound to be some upsets this time around with some steeper competition involved.

NFC Divisional Playoff Match

Bleeding Green Nation

Pokorny's Preview of Game at PFCritics. The second game of the Divisional Playoffs will take place when the Philadelphia Eagles come in and battle the New Orleans Saints. Both teams have had fairytale stories this season, but one of them will have to end this week. For the Eagles, no one expected Jeff Garcia and the defense to fill in and make a postseason run when all hope seemed to be lost. For the Saints, Sean Payton has brought a franchise from the bottom to the top in his first year as head coach. The Saints are without question one of the most exciting teams to watch in the league, something people would never have expected. These two teams faced each other way back in Week 6, in a memorable game that the Saints won via a field goal at the last second. Who will come out on top this time around?