NFC Picture Getting Clearer, Still No Elite Team1. Giants (4-2) - Not a pretty win against the Lions, but they got the job done and have now won 3 in a row. Consider the top 3 teams 1A, 1B and 1C.
2. Saints (4-2) - The champs rolled over the Bucs and finally hit on all cylinders.
3. Eagles (4-2) - After beating last week's #1 team, you could argue the Eagles should be in the #1 spot. Kevin Kolb had a very encouraging game.
4. Falcons (4-2) - The Eagles punched them in the mouth, but the Falcons have a solid enough squad to hang around all season.
5. Packers (3-3) - The loss to the Dolphins may just be the tip of the iceberg. This team was as talented as any in the NFL heading into the season, but injuries have taken their toll.
6. Redskins (3-3) - They hung in there against the Colts, thanks in part to the hard running of Ryan Torain. They play teams tough, and they are better than the Cowboys, which goes a long way in Washington.
7. Vikings (2-3) - The winners of the "Panic Bowl" get rewarded with road games at Green Bay and New England. Good chance they're panicking again in two weeks.
8. Bears (4-2) - The defense, a Bears hallmark, did not slow down the Seahawks' pedestrian offense. This is an average team.
9. Cowboys (1-4) - Thus far, the Cowboys have done nothing to dispel the notion that they are a bad football team. They face a must win game in hosting the Giants Monday night.
10. Rams (3-3) - Sam Bradford is for real, and he's doing it without his top two receivers. In an awful NFC West, anything is possible.
11. Seahawks (3-2) - I don't know what to make of Pete Carroll's motley crew, but it should be noted that they are the only NFC West teams with more points scored than points allowed (albeit by 1 point).
12. 49ers (1-5) - Finally won their first game, but I'm at the end of my rope with Alex Smith. At this point, David Carr can't be any worse, and this team needs a change.
13. Buccaneers (3-2) - Bookending a gift win over the Bengals are two blowout losses. The Bucs have come down to earth.
14. Lions (1-5) - They've lost to five NFC playoff contenders by an average of 6 points. They are not as bad as their record, and with Matthew Stafford returning, I expect them to win a couple games.
15. Cardinals (3-2) - I don't care if they are 3-2, they have 50 more points allowed than points scored.
16. Panthers (0-5) - The bye week came at a great time for Carolina. The Panthers would do well to schedule more of those.