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NFL playoff picture coming into focus
NFL playoff picture coming into focus

Thanksgiving is behind us, and now the real NFL season begins. This is the homestretch, when the story is either the favorites maintaining their momentum, or written-off teams rising to the challenge, then getting hot in the playoffs, the way the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers have in recent years. The playoff picture is just starting to come into focus, so here's a division-by-division look through the fog: AFC East: Can New England's defense bottle up good running backs? Can that offensive line keep the heat off Tom Brady? Will elite quarterbacks surgically dissect that secondary? The Patriots have answered all the questions we used to have about them. In the last...