I'll go into more detail throughout the week, but I wanted to debunk one myth that everyone will hear a lot this week. I'm just glad I don't have to spend the week explaining why QB Brett Favre's 0-9 record in games at Dallas is not a big deal.
QB Eli Manning and the Giants play better on the road! They are 9-1 on the road this season so it must be true! Even DE Michael Strahan believes it:
The difference is who they played on the road vs. at home. 5 of the 10 (including playoffs) teams they played on the road had losing records (Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Chicago, Buffalo). They only played 2 teams with losing records at home (NY Jets (it's counted as a home game) and San Francisco). The combined records of the teams played on the road (I'm counting Dallas twice as if they were two separate teams) is 78-82 vs. 76-52 at home. Using Football Outsiders DVOA stats, the average opponent DVOA on the road was 0.17%, and at home it was 7.28%.
They still beat two good teams on the road during the playoffs, but that 9-1 road record overall is overrated by all the bad teams they played on the road this season.