No Clear Cut Favorites In NFC1. Packers (3-1) - Avoided a late comeback from a frisky Detroit team. It was closer than they would have liked, but they got the job done.
2. Falcons (3-1) - Battled back from a 14-0 deficit to defeat an underperforming 49ers team.
3. Saints (3-1) - The offense still isn't clicking, and they could easily be 1-3 right now. Still, they have the pieces in place.
4. Giants (2-2) - In a wide open NFC, it only takes one dominant performance for a team to become the flavor of the week. The Giants will need to continue to get pressure on the QB to prove that their week 4 win over the Bears was no fluke.
5. Eagles (2-2) - Kevin Kolb was unimpressive to say the least. Maybe he just needs more experience, but either way, the loss of Michael Vick will hurt this team.
6. Cowboys (1-2) - The Cowboys are one of the league's biggest enigmas. We know they have talent, but are their few holes too big for them to overcome?
7. Vikings (1-2) - The next few games will go a long way in showing us whether or not Brett Favre is done. Either way, this has to become Adrian Peterson's team if they want to succeed.
8. Bears (3-1) - I've been saying all along that they weren't as good as their record indicates, and their performance on Sunday night only helps to prove that point. With some luck, they could contend for a playoff spot, but I see them finishing around .500.
9. Redskins (2-2) - Donovan McNabb made a couple nice throws in his return to Philadelphia, and the Redskins hung on to win a tough divisional game. But you kind of got the sense that the Redskins were trying to give the game away the entire second half, and if the Eagles had a competent QB, the outcome would have been different.
10. 49ers (0-4) - I'm too stubborn to rank any other NFC West teams above them, even if they do continue to disappoint. They just have too much talent not to win that awful division.
11. Rams (2-2) - They have now won two in a row and are starting to separate themselves from the lower tier teams in the NFC.
12. Buccaneers(2-1) - Their two wins have come against awful teams. Their next two games, against the Bengals and Saints, should give us a better idea of how good they really are.
13. Detroit (0-4) - They've played the Bears, Eagles, Vikings and Packers, and lost by an average of 6 points per game. This team is not as bad as it's record indicates. Once Stafford returns, this is a dangerous team.
14. Cardinals (2-2) - They have scored 60 points less than they have allowed. Bad team.
15. Seahawks (2-2) - Any feel good magic that was left for Pete Carroll is gone after being spanked by the Rams.
16. Panthers (0-4) - Jimmy Clausen was impressive, and he gives fans hope for the not-so-distant future.