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Tale of the tape

  1. BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 22: Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens throws a pass during warmups prior to the start of a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium on August 22, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 24: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to the game Kansas City Chiefs on August 24, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
    Tale Of The Tape: Baltimore Ravens At Pittsburgh Steelers

    Joe Flacco may be the highest paid quarterback in the NFL, but he is not playing like it.

  2. DENVER, CO - AUGUST 24: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos in action before playing the St. Louis Rams at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 24, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 18: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts talks on the sidelines during their preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 18, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
    Tale Of The Tape: Denver Broncos At Indianapolis Colts

    The Broncos have been dominating opponents all year and much of it is because Peyton Manning has been so sharp.

  3. SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 29: Colt McCoy #2 of the San Francisco 49ers takes his first huddle of the night againt the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter of a preseason game at Qualcomm Stadium on August 29, 2013 in San Diego, California. NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at LP Field on October 11, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Colts defeated the Titans 31-9.
    Tale Of The Tape: San Francisco 49ers At Tennessee Titans

    The 49ers had one of the most explosive offensive teams in the league last year once Colin Kaepernick took over under center.

  4. SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers plays the role of backup quarterback during a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 29, 2013 in San Diego, California. ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 6: Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars rushes against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 6, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Jaguars 34-20.
    Tale Of The Tape: San Diego Chargers At Jacksonville Jaguars

    The Chargers have confidence in Philip Rivers, and he has a good working rapport with head coach Mike McCoy so far this season.

  5. ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 24: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals during a preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 24, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 15: Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions looks for a pass during the first half against the Cleveland Browns of a preseason at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 15, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.
    Tale Of The Tape: Cincinnati Bengals At Detroit Lions

    Andy Dalton has been somewhat of a disappointment this year. Many observers had the Bengals as a legitimate Super Bowl threat this season.

  6. CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 6: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots passes against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 24: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets passes against the New York Giants during their pre season game at MetLife Stadium on August 24, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
    Tale Of The Tape: New England Patriots At New York Jets

    The Patriots don’t have the kind of explosive offensive team that fans are used to seeing, but they are 5-1 and in first place in the AFC East.