NFC Obituary/Hierarchy with Week 7 in the books

Graveyard:

Obituaries: None this week

Heirarchy:

London Fletcher might miss his first NFL game since... uh... ever.

11 – Shellacked by a 1-5 team.

I think this pretty much sums up the feelings of the fan base right now.  Chin up, Skins fans.  Didn’t we all expect the Skins to be not that good when the season began?  We’re pretty much on schedule here, people.  The Skins’ QB situation is awful, the skill position players aren’t scary… at all… and the OL needs some work.  The D, meanwhile, has been very good for most of the season, until yesterday happened.  They weren’t going to seriously compete for anything remotely close to a title, so dropping a road game to a still bad but up and coming team shouldn’t be totally unexpected.

Having said that, the injuries are piling up fast, and after a 3-1 start, the Skins are hanging by a thread.

10 – Rested

Last week, the Eagles played a “win or you’re probably done” game.  This week, they play another one.  Plenty of coverage on Eagles-Cowboys upcoming this week (obviously).

9 – Gimme

The Rams are the worst team in the NFL.  The Cowboys should have smoked them, and smoke them they did.  And DeMarco Murray… terrible run D or not, that’s some performance.  Felix Jones, welcome back to your role as a change of pace guy.

8 – The model of inconsistency

They’re bad, they’re good, they’re bad, they’re good, they’re bad.  Pick one and go with it, Bucs.  The Bucs enter their brutal part of the schedule after their BYE next next.  Their next 3 games: @ Saints, Texans, @ Packers.  Ouch.

7 – Matty Ceiling Fan

Big win in Detroit, but really… Is Matt Ryan the golden boy that so many analysts have tried to cram down our throats the past few years?  Matty Ice’s numbers so far:

154 of 252 (61.1%), 1683 yards (6.7 YPA), 9 TD, 8 INT, 79.5 passer rating.  He’s another INT away from the likes of Chad Henne, Kevin Kolb, Kyle Orton, and Colt McCoy.

6 -Not great at any one particular thing on offense or defense, but somehow they win more than they lose

If the season ended today, the Bears would be the 6 seed.  Matt Forte is on pace for 2494 yards from scrimmage this season.

5 -Worst division leader in the NFL

Here’s what I said last week:

Better than the Packers? No.

Better than the Saints? No.

Better than the Niners? No.

Better than the Patriots? No.

Better than the Ravens? No.

Better than the Chargers? No.

Better than the Titans? Ah… got one.

With the Texans taking over the division lead in the NFC South, the Giants are now officially (OK, not officially) the worst division leader in the league.

4 – Ruh roh

Two losses in a row, both at home, and both to NFC teams.  Their OL is very shaky, they can’t run the ball, and they give up a ton of yards on the ground.  After building a 5-0 start, the Lions really need a win next week in Denver to start feeling good about themselves again and stay ahead of the other teams in the conference.

3 – Nice easy stretch ahead

The Niners are 5-1 with a 3 game lead over the Seahawks, and they have the following remaining schedule: Browns, @ Redskins, Giants, Cardinals, @ Ravens, Rams, @ Cardinals, Steelers, @ Seahawks, @ Rams.  Even with Drew Brees doing what he’s doing in New Orleans, the Niners have a real shot at a first round bye.

And then there’s a big gap…

2 – Wow

I went to bed at the end of the 3rd Quarter last last night with Drew Brees out of the game and a 48-7 lead.  Woke up to see that they put 14 more on the board with their scrubs.  That’s a Madden on rookie level style shellacking – impressive even if the Colts are burning hot garbage.

Meanwhile, as Cris Collinsworth noted last night, Brees is on pace to shatter Dan Marino’s single season passing yards record, and might not even be the MVP.  I looked up how close the numbers would be if Brees stays at his pace, and it’s scary.  Brees is on pace for 5661 passing yards this season.  Marino’s record is 5084.  Crazy.

1 – Still the best

You know how I just noted that Brees might not be the MVP even if he shatters Marino’s passing record?  Well, that’s because there’s a guy in Green Bay that has put up the following numbers this year:

171 of 239 (71.5%), 2372 yards (9.93 YPA), 20 TD, 3 INT, 125.7 rating.

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  11. Free Plax says:

    Might want to re think the Ravens that offense stinks.

    1. As what? Not being as good as the Giants? Come on man.

      1. Free Plax says:

        Packers, Saints and Pat’s much better the rest of those teams your listing, could go either way. As for the Ravens, with an offense like that, I wouldn’t put them over your Eagles right about now.

        1. packimop says:

          What? You do realize this is the NFC only right?

  12. D3Keith says:

    The Packers are clearly the best team in football right now, and yes, I’d be willing to bet they don’t win it all. It so rarely happens that the best team in the early going is still healthy enough to be the best team late.

    It just takes one great game from a pretty good team to beat a great one. Sometimes in the Super Bowl, sometimes a couple rounds earlier (at which point we fail to remember said 14-2 team as great)

    Just imagine if the Eagles get it together, or win the division … you might have to go through like the Lions, the Saints and the Packers just to GET to the Super Bowl.

    10 weeks of regular season left. A lot will change. The teams we fear now won’t all be the teams we fear in January, but the Pack and the Saints look very likely to still be in the mix.

  13. amoore42 says:

    Invincible teams always look invincible … until they don’t. At some point, some d-coordinator will crack the Rodgers code, and then we’ll all wonder aloud why it took so long.

    That’s not to take anything away from Rodgers. He’s incredible. I’m just saying that every player is mortal, every player has deficiencies.

    Manning looked like a TD-throwing robot 5 or 6 years ago but the Pats found a way to shut him down.

    1. packimop says:

      A team with a great pass rush and 4 solid corners to cover WRs would have a pretty good chance against the Packers….

      Hmmmmm

  14. packimop says:

    the NFC is ridiculously good this year. Can anyone beat the Packers? The only way I see it happening is if they end up playing in the snow, which may happen at Lambeau

    1. Packers are the best team in the league… clearly… and one of the better teams of the past decade or so. but they’re far from invincible. They definitely have some holes on D, and all it takes is a couple big shots on the QB, and the entire games changes. They’ll lose a couple before the season is out.

  15. giants fan says:

    Rodgers is killing it.

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