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ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:14 AM ET

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (8-5)

A little early to revive 3-peat talk, but the champs are looking stronger by the week and they would be a dangerous first-round opponent.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (11-2)

The Colts of the West/NFC have outscored the opposition 83-3 in the past two weeks.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (8-5)

The only "winnable" game in their final four and they go down at home to the Dolphins. Could be a season killer.

HOUSTON TEXANS (1-12)

The worst field-goal attempt in history. Looks like Houston is kicking for Reggie Bush.

THE BIG GAME

BUCCANEERS VS. PATRIOTS

A nice matchup to kick off the first Saturday game of the season as the Bucs have to keep their NFC South hopes alive on the road against the tough-again Patriots. This game features the past four Super Bowl winners -- New England the past two seasons and in 2001, Tampa in 2002.


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