- I think it is about time we start looking at the Browns as real contenders this year. At least to win the division. They are not just squeaking by teams either. They are very middle of road when it comes to the offensive ranking but play some decent pass D which is all that really counts in this league anymore. They remind me of the Cardinals in the NFC, no stand out star player but overall as a team they work well together. With games against Houston, Atlanta, and Buffalo on the horizon, this division very well may be theirs by the time they get to Cinncy in week 15.
- The Cardinals have lost their starting QB Carson Palmer, for the rest of the season. This is such a blow to the organization. I think the Cardinals true strength on the field comes from their D but you cannot deny the leadership a veteran like Palmer brings to the table. Still though, at 8-1 I have faith this is the year of the Cardinal. However it is looking more like they will stumble into the playoffs rather than take it by force.
- As of right now, the Packers are not in the playoffs. But mark my words, that will change and I project them to go deep into the playoffs, possibly even the big game. No team scares me more than big green right now. And it may just be Aaron Rodgers is consistently playing the best football on the field, in a couple of years he will be the guy everyone is talking about at the changing of the guard.
- On the other side of the league, I know everybody is thinking Peyton makes another run, and I may be suffering from a case of recent bias, but I think Brady and the Patriots are the team to beat in the AFC, possibly for the same reason as Rodgers. Early in the season both guys started playing with a chip on their shoulders and now they have put their teams in excellent position for a playoff run. No surprise to anyone who watches the sport but facing someone with the talent Brady has who feels like he has something to prove? Yea, I am taking the Patriots.
- Finally, lets lay to rest any hope we had of the Rams making a glimmer of a run at the playoffs. Austin Davis has shown a few times this season that he has trouble playing from behind. His game against Philadelphia comes to mind. I think he was able to succeed when he did because teams haven’t figured him out yet, but now that he has half a season under his belt, seems everyone has seen enough, including the Rams. Shaun Hill is starting this week and maybe that is for the best. Only time will tell but I for one welcome the change, any change at this point is a good thing.
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