TALE OF THE TAPE

NFL

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    Tale Of The Tape: Houston Texans At Indianapolis Colts

    Ryan Fitzpatrick was replaced by Ryan Mallett earlier in the year, but an injury to Mallet has given Fitzpatrick another opportunity, and he is making the most of it.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Arizona Cardinals At St. Louis Rams

    Despite the optimism shown by head coach Bruce Arians that the Cardinals were capable of winning the Super Bowl with Drew Stanton at quarterback, there has been little evidence that they are truly capable of making that kind of run with their backup quarterback.

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    Tale Of The Tape: San Francisco 49ers At Oakland Raiders

    The 49ers appear to be in a desperate situation after losing at home on Thanksgiving night to the Seahawks, and that poor performance led owner Jed York to issue an apology for his team’s play.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Oakland Raiders At St. Louis Rams

    The Raiders played a strong game in gaining their first win of the season over their arch-rivals from Kansas City, and rookie quarterback Derek Carr deserves much of the credit for leading the game-winning drive and also hanging in and improving throughout the long season.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Seattle Seahawks At San Francisco 49ers

    The Seahawks made their championship run last year because of Russell Wilson’s outstanding leadership and athleticism, not as a result of his arm strength or downfield passing.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Baltimore Ravens At New Orleans Saints

    The Ravens are dependent on Joe Flacco to play his best football down the stretch if they are going to make a run at the AFC North title. Flacco is certainly capable of getting hot and putting big numbers up on the scoreboard.