TALE OF THE TAPE

NFL

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    Tale Of The Tape: New York Giants At Detroit Lions

    After back-to-back subpar seasons from Eli Manning, this is a critical year in his career.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Indianapolis Colts At Denver Broncos

    Andrew Luck has had two solid seasons to start his career, and he should be coming into his own in his third year.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Carolina Panthers At Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    The Panthers were one of the top stories of the year in 2013, but they can’t take their success for granted in this new season.

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    Tale Of The Tape: San Francisco 49ers At Dallas Cowboys

    The 49ers begin the season with Super Bowl aspirations and the hope that they can run down the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West.

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    Tale Of The Tape: Oakland Raiders At New York Jets

    The Raiders hope to pull out of the malaise they have been in for the last 11 years. They have not earned a spot in the postseason since reaching the Super Bowl following the 2002 season, and have just three playoff appearances in the last 20 years.

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    Tale Of The Tape: New England Patriots At Miami Dolphins

    The Patriots go into the season with full confidence that they can go to the Super Bowl. The key to that is the combination of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.