Monday, November 15, 2010

Only In The NFL

In my last post, I stated my opinions on the top four AFC and NFC teams respectively. I mentioned that Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New England, and the New York Jets were the cream of the AFC while the New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, and New Orleans Saints were the NFC front runners.

Going into the 10th week of the season, I would have thought that very little would change although there were 2 marquee match-ups that could flip my opinions ( Baltimore @ Atlanta and New England @ Pittsburgh). After what happened Sunday, much carnage remained on the fields and things changed in a blink of an eye. This proves the old adage “On any given Sunday...”

Only In The NFL.

So what happened? For starters, the Ravens went to Atlanta on Thursday night and seemingly had the Falcons beaten until Matt Ryan led Atlanta on a last minute march to upend Baltimore 26-21. Then Sunday,the Jets managed to stay tied atop the East with a less than convincing 26-20 overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns, whom had pounded the Patriots the week prior. On Sunday night, the Patriots went to Pittsburgh and whipped the Steelers 39-26 in a that wasn't as close as the score indicated. The win kept the Pats even with the Jets for the AFC East lead with identical 7-2 marks. With that, it appears that the Jets and Patriots are seemingly a bit better than the rest of the AFC contenders.

With Atlanta winning and with both Green Bay and New Orleans on a bye week, the Giants had their opportunity to keep pace by playing the underwhelming Dallas Cowboys at Giants Stadium. After coming out flatter than a pancake and two power outages later, New York was dealt an embarrassing 33-20 loss to fall behind Atlanta for home field advantage.

I'm not convinced that Atlanta is the NFC's best team, but they have the look of a team coning together at the right time. Let's not forget that the Saints are seemingly gathering momentum and the Packers look as though they are rolling. It's wide open in the NFC.

Then again, “Only In The NFL.”


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