Much to the delight of players leaguewide, coaches are rolling the dice more on fourth down, writes Len Pasquarelli.
Safety play is often overlooked, but each remaining playoff team has a productive and impressive tandem in the secondary.
Defense played an important role in last weekend's playoff matchups and more of the same is expected in the divisional round.
The Steelers are back to playing Steelers football, which could make them a dangerous team in the playoffs.
Several teams are counting on the recoveries of injured players to turn their fortunes around in '05.
Versatile defensive end Jarvis Green, a three-year veteran who started in all three playoff games for the New England Patriots in 2004, has re-signed with the defending Super Bowl champions.
With his Falcons already having secured a first-round bye, coach Jim Mora is considering holding several starters, including quarterback Michael Vick, out of Sunday's road matchup with the Saints.
After last season's NFC title-game loss, anything short of a Super Bowl victory is unacceptable for the Eagles.
Steve Mariucci won't be fired due to the playoff loss to the Bucs. But his future is still murky.
With their backs to the playoff wall and only two games remaining on the schedule, the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots made two moves on defense Thursday, one by choice and the other by necessity.