Some juicy division races, some dry ones
Minnesota (3-5) leads the division in drama. It also has a relatively easy upcoming schedule, but can Brett Favre hold up? Strange question considering his record ironman streak. It’s been a strange year.
Detroit (2-6) is vastly improved despite its weak record, with a young core led by 2010 draftees Ndamukong Suh and Jahvid Best.
Projected Winner: Packers.
The debacle in Dallas (1-7) has taken the attention away from how well the Giants (6-2) rush the quarterback (24 sacks), run and throw. What the Giants haven’t done is beat a top contender.
The Eagles (5-3) impressed in Sunday’s victory over Indianapolis with a balanced offense led by the rejuvenated Michael Vick and a healthy DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy. They need more consistency on defense.
Projected Winner: Giants.
A potential nightmare for the NFL: a sub-.500 team winning this division.
St. Louis and Seattle are 4-4 and struggle on the road. The Rams are gutsy and top overall draft pick QB Sam Bradford has been superb despite few threats around him, except RB Steven Jackson. The Seahawks have been outscored by 51 points and are banged-up.
Arizona (3-5) can’t find a quarterback or a defense. San Francisco (2-6) was the division favorite coming in, but poor coaching and communication has hurt.
Projected Winner: Seahawks.