Does anyone actually have an idea of who is going to win the NFC this year and play the Patriots or the Broncos? After the 49ers loss to the Rams, (I personally wanted to see another tie) I have no idea who is going to win the NFC, let alone make the playoffs. With Seattle upsetting the Bears, the 49ers losing, the Bucs getting blown out, the Vikings continuing their slide, the Cowboys need for a second-half offense again and the Redskins beating the Giants, I have no idea who is going to compete come playoff time. The Falcons are the only team in the playoffs right now whereas the AFC is already seems to be set in stone. No team has convinced me…yet.
The Niners have seemed like the front runner of the NFC at times, but the consistency week in and week out hasn’t been there. Can they put it together for three or four straight games? When they go on the road, nothing seems for certain; just like their quarterback issue. I don’t know if starting Kaepernick is good for the team as headlines aren’t about the team’s success and championship aspirations, but it could be affecting the team in a negative way. The Rams have gotten better, but it seems like the Niners are a bit schizophrenic on the offensive side of the ball. Coach Harbaugh has been the biggest flip-flop in sports over the last three weeks and it will be interesting to see if NOBODY has it better than the Niners.
I see the Packers winning the NFC North again this year. As for what team is going to show up for the playoffs is anyone’s guess. The offense this year has been a major disappointment. Watching every game, instead of watching offensive fireworks, I feel like I am watching a middle school game. Nothing at all has impressed me so far this season as no performance has really been dominating from one side of the ball or the other. Granted, there have been a plethora of injuries on both sides of the ball but it shouldn’t effect Rodgers’ play this much, but from the makes of it, it seems like the possibility of an early exit is possible with a sub-par performance. I thought two or more teams could make it out of the north, particularly with the play of the Vikings early in the season. Since, I see the Bears as a Wild Card that may make a brief run in the playoffs.
The NFC East has the reigning Super Bowl champs, the Giants. Other than their performance against the Packers in front of the national television audience, the offense has been anything but stellar. Eli Manning didn’t throw a touchdown for three weeks and the team looked like it reverted to five years ago. This team just never ceases to surprise, but then again you don’t know what Niner or Packer team you could face in the playoffs. I would love to see the Redskins make a storybook run, but a 16-game season is long. After their performance on Monday Night Football, their last four opponents (Eagles, Browns, Cowboys, and Ravens) are believably beatable. The RG3 storybook rookie year also is going to get his first playoff experience.
The NFC is for the taking, which makes the last few weeks of this season and into the playoffs as exciting as any in recent memory. It seems like anyone and everyone with a .500 record or better could be representing the conference in the Super Bowl. To reiterate, the Falcons will not be there, so take your pick at the rest of the field. Football has a beautiful format where even the doormat of the league can rise to the top of the crop next season. By this, I mean the Colts and the Redskins. A little consistency from a team would be nice, but the unpredictability makes it a great watch. Stay tuned for playoff picks.