Top AFC Storyline: Now that the Patriots beat the Bills and improved to 10-0 and pushed the Bills down to 5-5, the Patriots can clinch the AFC East this week with either a win over Philadelphia or a Bills loss to the Jaguars. The Patriots will be the first team to clinch this year. This goes to show how dominant the Patriots have been and how dismal the AFC East has been. Maybe we should call it the AFC Easy.
Top NFC Storyline: One of the top NFC teams, Dallas, won against Washington and T.O. has been playing "out of his mind right now". The 'Boys have managed to tame the wild Owens and he has been producing. Last week he had almost 175 yards and 4 touchdowns, bringing him to 1,028 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. This is the first time a Dallas receiver has had 4 touchdown receptions in a game since 2003 (correct me if I'm wrong).
The Terrific Ten:
1. New England Patriots (Last Week: 1) - 10-0 - There was a blowout in Buffalo Sunday night as the Patriots destroyed the bewildered Bills 56-10. Now the Patriots have a chance to clinch the AFC East already this week.
2. Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: 3) - 9-1 - The Cowboys beat their bitter rivals, the Redskins, thanks to Terrell Owens and his 4 touchdown performance. T.O. has become a team player and a superb wideout. Tony Romo is helped out a lot by him.
3. Green Bay Packers (Last Week: 5) - 9-1 - The Pack took out the Panthers and Ryan Grant showed that he can still run and he raked in 88 yards. The score was 31-17 and the Packers are starting to look less and less one-dimensional.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week: 7) - 7-3 - The Jags are in the best division in the league (AFC South, just telling you in case some of you thought it was the AFC East) and are only behind by one game. They beat the Chargers last week thanks to David Garrard and his pair of touchdown throws.
5. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: 2) - 8-2 - I was clearly wrong last week ranking them second. They have their injuries, but you don't see that affecting the Bucs as much as the Colts. They have struggled since their loss to the Pats and just barely got a win last week.
6. Denver Broncos (Last Week: Not in Top 10) - 5-5 - The Broncos proved something last night against the Titans. They stopped the run, but they did give up over 300 passing yards to Young. They scored on multiple big plays and had a great game.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week: 8) - 6-4 - Despite their injuries they have managed to stay atop the NFC South. It is mostly their defense keeping them there with the league's second best average points allowed per game, fifth best average yards allowed per game, and third best passing ayrds allowed per game.
8. Tennessee Titans (Last Week: 9) - 6-4 - They lost last week to the Denver Broncos, but Vince Young was extremely impressive. He no longer seems like a scramble-only quarterback to me. He threw for over 300 yards and ran for over 70. Unfortunately, the Broncos played very well and Lendale White was shut down.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: 4) - 7-3 - The Jets?! Well, at least they fought back and made it go into overtime, but they still lost to the JETS. The Steelers are having trouble on the road, losing to the Jets in New York, the Cardinals in Arizona, the Broncos in Denver, and they got a fluke win against Cleveland on the road. So how do they plan to beat the juggernaut Pats in New England?
10. Cleveland Browns (Last Week: 6) - 6-4 - I know that they won, but would a successful playoff team have a game that close with the lowly Ravens? They won a hard fought game, but it did not impress me at all. Is it me or are the Browns getting progessively worse?