1. Green Bay Packers (13-1)
With injuries mounting, the Packers dropped a game they should have breezed through in Kansas City. While some think that this is a good thing, taking the pressure of a perfect season off the table thus allowing the Packers to rest key players, I think this is a sign of where Green Bay is right now. As the weather worsens, so will the one dimensional Pack.
2. New Orleans Saints (11-3)
I honestly believe that the most dangerous team in the NFC is the Saints. Flying under the radar for most of the season, New Orleans has very quietly built up a record that will probably grab the second seed and a week off. They are peaking at the right time, NFL beware.
3. New England Patriots (11-3)
The Patriots are what they are every year, a great regular season team. That being said, you are going to have to do some serious preaching if you're going to sell me on a team that's best weapons are tight ends. Is another one and done on the menu for the Patriots? I say yes.
4. San Francisco 49ers (11-3)
The 49ers are a very talented and tough team that is believing in itself and achieving what most people thought was impossible. However, don't make more of that win against Pittsburgh than it was, a good win against a very depleted NFL superpower. At full health, San Fran wouldn't have beat Pitt.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-4)
The Steelers are desperately needing a week off to recuperate from their many injuries. However, they probably won't get it unless they rest their starters in the final week against the Browns. I really don't see the Ravens dropping either of their remaining games.
6. Baltimore Ravens (10-4)
The Ravens have really got to step it up and play more consistent against every team. Playing to your competition is not going to win you a SuperBowl, no matter how much belief you have in yourself.
7. Atlanta Falcons (9-5)
Atlanta is potentially up there with San Francisco as the most balanced team in the NFC, if not the NFL. They have pro bowl worthy skill players on both sides of the ball. Now that the talent is aplenty, they have to turn it into a postseason berth with some wins.
8. Houston Texans (10-4)
The Texans were exposed for the fading team they are in the loss to the Panthers this past weekend. The reason I say they are fading is simple, you're not going to win it all with a rookie QB who doesn't have at least 10 starts under his belt. I don't care how good your defense is or your running game, if you can't establish a QB threat, you're not going to win in the playoffs.
9. Detroit Lions (9-5)
Detroit is on the verge of breaking through to the playoffs and energizing an area that could frankly use the boost. With a talented offense and defense, it's only experience that this team is lacking. Give them two more years and they will be a major force in the NFC.
10. Dallas Cowboys (8-6)
This week is crucial for the Cowboys as a win over Philadelphia would basically give them the division and the playoff berth with it. With two very losable games to go, Dallas has got to man up and get the job done.
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