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DENVER - Each of the dozen NFL teams still standing has reason to believe next month will bring a party and a parade.Every one of them also has a potentially costly flaw that could have them dejectedly clearing out their lockers instead.The game gets a little faster and certainly everythings on the line, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning said of the playoffs, where hes experienced plenty of pain — 12 losses — to go with lots of euphoria — 11 wins.The key this time of year is pretty simple, he said.I think the more experience you have, the different types of games youve been through, those things can certainly help you, Manning said. But it usually comes down to kind of who executes better.As the dandy dozen prepare for the playoffs, heres a look at the signature strength of each team along with their most worrisome weakness:AFC:1. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS:WEAKNESS: The O-line struggled early after LG Logan Mankins was traded to Tampa Bay. The unit settled down when rookie centre Bryan Stork took over in Week 4. With little depth, the Patriots need the O-linemen to stay healthy and protect the franchise, Tom Brady.STRENGTH: With apologies to Rob Gronkowski, the addition of cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner gets the nod here. They have greatly improved New Englands pass defence. The emergence of second-year linebacker Jamie Collins also has been a big plus.Hes turned into a leader and a linebacker who is able to control the whole defence, safety Devin McCourty said of Collins. Theres not much he cant do on the field.2. DENVER BRONCOS:WEAKNESS: Manning often looks rushed even when hes not. The O-line hasnt done him many favours and must step up its play for Manning to be able to find Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, who combined for 212 catches, 3,023 yards and 20 TDs this season.STRENGTH: Defensive newcomers Aqib Talib, DeMarcus Ware and T.J. Ward came up big. So did Von Miller, Chris Harris Jr., Rahim Moore and Derek Wolfe, who were sidelined a year ago. Add in Bradley Roby and Brandon Marshall and this unit atones for any offensive hiccups.Ill just ask the fans this: Do you want Peyton to throw 70 million touchdowns and break 80 million records or do you all want a parade downtown? running back C.J. Anderson said.3. PITTSBURGH STEELERS:WEAKNESS: Pittsburghs defence is no longer the menacing group it was during three Super Bowl trips from 2005-11. The Steelers were 18th in total defence and 27th against the pass. Ike Taylor and Troy Polamalu were hurt and Cortez Allen failed to develop into a shutdown CB.STRENGTH: Antonio Brown has become as big a part of the offence as Ben Roethlisberger. His 129 catches were the second-highest single season total in NFL history, and he led the league with 1,698 yards receiving to go with a team-record 13 TD catches.He needs no endorsement from me, coach Mike Tomlin said of Brown. He is who he is. I dont think any of us are surprised when he delivers for us time and again.4. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS:WEAKNESS: Over the last six weeks, the Colts have lost nine fumbles and thrown six interceptions. Thats a real concern for a team that had seven interceptions in two playoff games last year. After committing a league-low 66 penalties in 2013, Indy was called for 105.STRENGTH: Even with all the blunders and bruises, Andrew Luck has an uncanny knack for winning. The Chiefs saw his genius in the playoffs last year, when he rallied the Colts from a 28-point deficit. Lucks finishing touch means anything is possible this post-season.I dont think the kid ever feels any pressure, coach Chuck Pagano said. I think he performs best when his backs to the wall.5. CINCINNATI BENGALS:WEAKNESS: Andy Dalton is 0-3 in the playoffs and has played some of his worst games in the pressurized post-season. In those three games, two losses at Houston and one at home last year against San Diego, Dalton has one TD, six interceptions and a paltry passer rating of 56.2.STRENGTH: Rookie RB Jeremy Hill has provided a spark. The Bengals commitment to the run takes pressure of Dalton. Fourteen of his 17 passes went to a tight end or running back in a big win over the Broncos, a low-risk approach that goes hand-in-hand with handing it off.We just have a new attitude. The running game has really sparked kind of a feistiness, left tackle Andrew Whitworth said.6. BALTIMORE RAVENS:WEAKNESS: The Ravens have five cornerbacks on injured reserve, most notably Jimmy Smith, along with safety Terrence Brooks. If the Ravens dont get pressure from sack specialists Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs, the heat is on a backfield that ranked 24th against the pass.STRENGTH: Justin Forsett ran for a career-high 1,266 yards. He gives Joe Flacco time to pick from Torrey Smith, Steve Smith and Owen Daniels. That formula enabled the Ravens to score 17 fourth-quarter points against Cleveland when Forsett had runs of 27 and 26 yards.To open those runs up in the fourth quarter, to finish the game, thats what you need to do, coach John Harbaugh said. Especially this time of year.NFC:1. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS:WEAKNESS: Seattles O-line remains shaky in pass protection. The front five are good at opening lanes for Marshawn Lynch, but too often Russell Wilson is asked to improvise out of sheer survival.STRENGTH: The key to the Seahawks stout defence is its ability to stuff the run, led by middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. Opponents become one-dimensional and end up having to deal with a standout secondary featuring Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.Right now were playing better than we have all of last year. Guys are putting their egos to the side, guys are buying in and playing for one another, defensive end Bruce Irvin said.2. GREEN BAY PACKERS:WEAKNESS: The Packers dont travel well. They were 4-4 on the road and 8-0 at Lambeau Field. If Seattle and Green Bay win in the divisional round, the Packers road to the Super Bowl would go through the Great Northwest, where they were thumped 36-16 in the opener.STRENGTH: A limping Aaron Rodgers is better than most healthy QBs. His notorious grit was especially impressive last weekend when he fought through a left calf injury to help the Packers beat Detroit. At home, Rodgers threw 36 TD passes without a single interception.If there was a word of a greater magnitude than respect, thats what I have for Aaron, defensive lineman Mike Daniels said.3. DALLAS COWBOYS:WEAKNESS: The Cowboys arent getting many difference-making plays from their cornerbacks. Orlando Scandrick picked off a pair of passes and high-priced veteran Brandon Carr went without an interception for the first time in his seven-year career.STRENGTH: Long reliant on Tony Romo, Dallas committed to the run. NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray set franchise records for carries (392) and yards (1,845) and three first-round picks on the O(asterisk)--line got Pro Bowl nods: Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin.This team is completely different than some of those teams in years past, Romo said. Were much better up front.4. CAROLINA PANTHERS:WEAKNESS: The O-line and secondary were big problems before Ron Rivera found the right mix. However, the Panthers are relying on so much youth at key positions. Seven rookies started the last two games, and that inexperience could prove costly in the playoffs.STRENGTH: Behind Luke Kuechly, the Panthers defence was dominant during a 4-0 December run. Cam Newton tends to play much better when his defence is making stops and hes not forced into making big plays. He has won both of his starts since his auto accident.Sometimes its good to be young and dumb, veteran safety Roman Harper said of the teams abundance of rookies.5. ARIZONA CARDINALS:WEAKNESS: Arizonas problems at quarterback may finally be too much. Carson Palmer was 6-0 before his season-ending knee injury. Effective backup Drew Stanton sprained his right knee and an infection slowed his recovery. That means Ryan Lindley gets the nod.STRENGTH: The defence was the backbone of the team for much of the year but it is coming off its two worst performances of the season. Todd Bowles loves the blitz and brings it from all sorts of angles, relying on man coverage from his secondary.We cant have those mistakes next week, because everything is on the line, cornerback Patrick Peterson said.6. DETROIT LIONS:WEAKNESS: Detroits O-line has been disappointing. Matthew Stafford was sacked 45 times. 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DALLAS -- The Portland Trail Blazers no longer are chasing the San Antonio Spurs in the NBAs Western Conference. LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 12 rebounds, and the Trail Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 127-111 on Saturday night to pull even with the Spurs at 31-9. The Trail Blazers have won five consecutive games, including a 109-100 victory at San Antonio on Friday. "I was really proud of the way our team played, especially on the heels of an emotional win in San Antonio," coach Terry Stotts said. "Our resolve, defensively, I thought was very good and got us into a position to have a large lead." The lead reached 38 points at 111-73 with 9:43 to play. A 25-2 surge against Portlands bench brought Dallas within 15 points with 4:38 remaining before the starters returned to restore order. The Trail Blazers, the NBAs highest-scoring team, reached 30 points in the first quarter for the 14th time in 2013-14, and 100 points in three quarters for the fourth time. "We are just playing great basketball right now," Aldridge said. "Whenever guys guard the way they can, this team is good." Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 18 points in 21 minutes. All five Portland starters scored in double figures, and Aldridge, Robin Lopez and Damian Lillard (14 points, 10 assists) each recorded a double-double. "The first three quarters were beyond embarrassing," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "We were poor on offence, too. We werent playing together. We werent helping each other. "You do that against a high-level quality team like Portland, theyre going to make you pay a heavy price." Portland outrebounded Dallas 55-30, scored 60 points in the paint and had 22 second-chance points. Nicolas Batum shot 6 for 7 and scored 15 of his 21 points in the first quarter as the Trail Blazers opened a 35-23 lead. "They were double-teaming LaMarcus," Batum said, "so the other four guys around him moved around to get open. Were a shooting team." Portland shot 51 per cent (46 for 90) for the game, including 59 per cent (26 for 44) for a 71-52 halftime lead. The Trail Blazers defence also was superb, holding the Mavericks to 39 per cent shooting (26 for 66) while running up a 104-70 lead after three quarters. Portland had 30 fast-break points to Dallas 5. "Theyre obviously a tough team to defend,&qquot; Nowitzki said.dddddddddddd "They have LaMarcus on the block and they have shooters out there. They really got whatever they wanted for three quarters and they were very good." Carlisle found a silver lining in the fourth quarter, when the Mavericks outscored the Trail Blazers 41-23. "The guys that were in there in the fourth quarter really fought," he said. "Im going to find guys that will fight and get them in the game, simple as that." Jae Crowder scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter, and DeJuan Blair had 11 of his 13. The Mavericks Devin Harris played 17 minutes and scored six points in his first game this season following toe surgery. Harris played the first 3 1/2 of his 10 NBA seasons with Dallas, and re-signed with the team last summer, but missed the first 41 games. He received a standing ovation when he entered the game with 3:22 remaining in the first quarter. Harris missed his first two free throws, but hit a long 2-point field goal at the buzzer later in the quarter. "I actually like what I saw," Nowitzki said. "Were looking forward to getting him out there more and more and playing at a high level." Portlands lead grew to 18 in the second quarter, but the Mavericks battled back within 54-46 with an 18-8 run. With the Trail Blazers starting lineup back in the game, they scored 17 of the final 23 points in the second quarter. Aldridge and Batum each had 17 first-half points. The third quarter also started well for Portland, which quickly stretched its advantage to 83-58. NOTES: Dallas Shawn Marion made his 1,000th NBA start. . The Trail Blazers are just 8-6 when they have scored 30-plus points in the first quarter, but theyre 4-0 when reaching 100 in just three quarters. They entered the night averaging 109.1 points per game. ... The Mavericks reassigned rookie guard Ricky Ledo to Texas of the NBA Development League. He has played in only nine games for Dallas, averaging 3.3 minutes and 1.9 points. ... Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $100,000 for confronting officials on the court and using inappropriate language after Wednesdays game against the Clippers in Los Angeles. ... When asked what knowledge Stotts had gained after Portland won only 33 games last season, Carlisle joked about his former assistant, "You mean other than what he stole here?" ' ' '

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