The NFC East will be a tight race down the stretch, but it?s looking like the NFC West will be too.

1.?Atlanta Falcons 11-2 (Last week, 1): The Falcons were embarrassed by the Panthers, but they retain the top spot. The Giants can really send Atlanta a message this weekend.

2.?Green Bay Packers 9-4 (Last week, 2): The Packers battled the Lions in the snow to pick up a victory. Just imagine if this team was healthy all season?

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From Jimmy Kempski of Blogging the Beast:

Week 1 is in the books, and overreactions are rampant. ?Prior to the preseason, I did my?first hierarchy. ?For this version, only one team moved more than 3 spots. ?That would be the Giants, who I made the #1 team as sort of a courtesy for being the champs. ? They dropped all the way to 7.


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The Seattle Seahawks finished the NFL season at 7-9 to end a rather disappointing first campaign for head coach Pete Carroll.? But, thanks to the other dysfunctional teams in the soft NFC West, that was enough to win the division and grab a playoff berth.

By design, division winners are awarded at least one home game in the post season. In a situation that lined up perfectly for the Seahawks, they drew the injury-riddled, defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round and managed to sideswipe them to advance to the Divisional playoffs.


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