The Rams give me something positive to say and some top contenders struggle to pick up wins
- The Rams defense continues to show their depth by completely dominating the Browns and keeping them out of the end zone. This is a team that reminds me a lot like how the Vikings look right now. Todd Gurley is an explosive back that has put the rest of the league on notice much like Adrian Peterson. On top of that, they seem to be one consistent quarterback away from being a dominant force. Other than his game in Seattle, Nick Foles has not been an impressive member of this team. however, he is also not a disappointment. I would say that this is the most talented team St. Louis has seen in years and with such an easy schedule ahead of them, the playoffs should be within their grasp.
- The Falcons are a hot and cold team that seems to be destined for an early elimination from the playoffs this year. I expected a big game from Matt Ryan taking on a Titans team still trying to find themselves. Instead, Ryan seemed to have trouble hitting his targets, instead relying on the run game (again) to get this team in position to make big plays. He has the talent to lead the Falcons, we have seen it in their first four wins of the season. For a deep playoff run the Falcons need Ryan to find his footing and be able to be a field general or the Packers and Panthers are going to eat him up.
- Unless someone from the AFC South can get momentum soon, they are going to be sending a team with a losing record to the playoffs in only the third time in history. The Colts are playing the best of the worst right now and that is coming off a loss to a Saints team that has been struggling all season. To put how bad this division is, the Jaguars are a win away from the top of the division. Andrew Luck should be playing better but has an offensive line that resembles what Marc Bulger had in the mid 2000’s. Even the Texans might be able to put together a small wins streak and take the division. At least in the NFC East there have been signs of good teams.
- I have ignored the New York Jets all season because they have been over shadowed by the numerous undefeated teams this year. They played a high caliber game against New England and almost came away with a win. If there wasn’t a blown coverage and silly penalty by Brandon Marshall in the fourth quarter to end the game, the Jets could be the talking point of the league. Instead, they come up short and are known for being the closest to knocking off the Goliaths of the league. It has people wondering how the second match up is going to be when the Patriots have to travel to MetLife Stadium and play the Jets at home.
- Cam Newton arguably had his worst game of the season against the Eagles on Sunday night throwing for less than 200 yards and three interceptions. Play like that is only giving the illusion of a good football team to Philly fans who are surprised the Eagles were able to get three wins. I have said this about other teams so far and it still holds true; the Panthers are much more than one player who is carrying the team (Tom Brady anyone?). The Panthers are a great team who can pull each other up when one is faltering. That makes for an enjoyable team to watch and one who never lets you count them out.