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TALE OF THE TAPE

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    Tale Of The Tape: Detroit Lions At Arizona Cardinals

    Much is expected from Matthew Stafford this season, and he appears to have all the elements needed to return the Lions to the playoffs.

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    Tale Of The Tape: New Orleans Saints At Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Drew Brees and the Saints may be the most motivated team in the league after last year’s debacle that was largely the fallout from the Bountygate scandal.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Minnesota Vikings At Chicago Bears

    The Vikings are hoping that Christian Ponder shows significant improvement over his 2012 form, but they did not see any evidence of that in their Week One loss to the Lions.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Carolina Panthers At Buffalo Bills

    It’s a very critical season for Cam Newton, who rarely plays with the consistency that head coach Ron Rivera needs to see from him.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Cleveland Browns At Baltimore Ravens

    Brandon Weeden is trying to help the Browns turn their franchise around and he has shown the ability to read defenses, find open receivers and take heavy shots from the defense and keep on playing hard.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Washington Redskins At Green Bay Packers

    The explosive play of Robert Griffin III means that the Redskins should be contenders all season for the NFC East title.