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The worst pass defense in the NFL is played in the NFC South. The Panthers rank 22nd in the NFL in pass defense, the Buccaneers 29th, the Falcons 30th and the Saints 31st.

Barry Sanderswas the NFL MVP in 1997 when he rushed for 2,053 yards and set a league record that season with 14 consecutive 100-yard games.

NFL historian John Turney of Pro Football Journal ranks his top 50 outside linebackers who weren’t pure edge rushers … and there are plenty of surprises.

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Pat Harder was scoring 100 points a season in the NFL long before it was the norm, becoming the first to do it three straight seasons in the eaarly post-war years of the mid-1940s. He was a member of the Chicago Cardinals’ “Million Dollar Backfield” and proved to be worth the price.

Former Sports Illustrated writer Peter King, now with NBC Sports, remembers the best of former colleague Paul Zimmerman and what lessons Dr. Z taught him about covering pro football.

There aren’t many NFL teams playing defense these days … mostly because the league has made it difficult for anyone to play defense. But the Tennessee Titans are an exception. And, now, they’re more than that. They’re a legit playoff threat. Because that’s what happens when you lead the league in scoring defense, shut down …

GOLD JACKET FEATURE PRESENTATION DALLAS @ PHILADELPHIA, 8:20 p.m. (EST) The line: Eagles by 7 The weather: Sunny, high of 46 The story: OK, Dallas fans, it’s time to panic. First of all, your team is on the road where it hasn’t won all season. Second, it’s going to Philadelphia, where the Eagles are defending …

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