Sports Gal has been so busy this last month that I havenΓÇÖt been as diligent as I should have been in keeping you up to date on my football opinions. But I am here now!
LetΓÇÖs start on the West Coast: in the NFC West, the San Francisco 49ers are only two games out of the division race at 0-4. ΓÇÿNuff said there.┬á The Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West are trying convince people that their 3-0 start is real, and they are a force to be reckoned with.
A good thing for the Chiefs is their one divisional win came against the San Diego Chargers at home. If they can beat the Denver Broncos at home as well, they have a decent chance of winning their division and making the playoffs. But remember we are only four weeks in.
Now to the South: the Dirty Birds of Atlanta are putting on quite a show to challenge the
Superbowl Champion Saints. Both teams are 3-1 but the Falcons have already beaten the Saints in New Orleans. If Atlanta can defend their home field on Monday night in December, they have an excellent shot at winning their division.
The AFC South is a gateway to the Twilight Zone with Indy last in the division. Now 2-2 is not bad, but when the team leading the division at 3-1 is the Houston Texans, the world seems somewhat askew.
In the North: Da Bears in Chicago are reminding everyone in the NFC North of their defensive pedigree. Julius Peppers and Brian Urlacher anchor a vicious hitting defensive that runs QBs down like they have the bonus money on them. On the other hand, Minnesota is looking like a team with a washed-up QB.
As expected the AFC North is shaping as one of the most competitive divisions. WhatΓÇÖs unexpected is the success of Pittsburgh, who until yesterday was undefeated. With Ben Roethlisberger coming back to the Steelers next week, itΓÇÖs hard not to be on that bandwagon, but I will stick with the Bengals despite the loss to divison rivals, the Cleveland Browns. The offense looked good yesterday for the first time all season so I will keep hope alive! And can someone tell me when Ray Lewis will lose a step? ΓÇÿCause the Ravens D is still a force to be reckoned with even though errybody is like a hundred years old (in football years).
Finally, the East: there are three teams at 2-2 in the NFC East, Washington, Philadelphia and the Giants, but only the Redskins are 2-0 in the division. It should be noted that the Giants have not played a divisional rival yet. The Dallas Cowboys, who entered the season with Super Bowl expectations, is last at 1-2. If they expect to play at home at the end of January, they need to win three games this month. After a shaky opening game, the Jets sit firmly atop their division at 3-1 with all three wins against the division. Even though the Patriots and the Dolphins are both 2-1 overall, they have a big hole to climb out of at 1-1 in the division.
Sports Gal, signing off. See you at the next play!
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