If the Niners continue to stumble, Seattle could very well step up and be the surprise team of the NFC West.
Eli Manning hasn't looked good over the past few weeks. This team will always be given a certain amount of slack given its history, but their trajectory as of late is not especially promising.
With a win against the Giants in two weeks, the Packers could easily ride an eight-game winning streak into Chicago on Dec. 16.
In a year with more good teams, the season that the Patriots are having right now would seem a lot worse.
Remember when this looked like the best team in the NFL? Me neither. The Niners could easily lose three of their next six.
As expected, this squad was mediocre during the toughest stretch of its season and is now picking up serious steam. Won’t really be challenged again until Dec. 16 when they have to take on the Baltimore Ravens.
The collapse that we figured was inevitable a few weeks ago hasn’t happened yet. Now there is talk of a sooner-than-expected Ray Lewis return. Watch out, AFC North.
The offense needs to get its act together. This team has a history of making it to the Super Bowl just on the strength of its defense, but that won’t happen again this year.
Everyone was waiting to knock this team down off the top of their power rankings, and now we finally have an excuse to do it. The Falcons may have been the NFL’s best team for the last two months, however, it was moreso because of how much parity there is this year – not because of anything specific Atlanta has shown. This a legit but flawed team.
After that strong showing against the Bears, you have to give Matt Schaub and the gang their due.