On one hand, the New England Patriots are 6-2 and sitting in first place in the AFC East.
However, all is not necessarily well in Beantown.
Tom Brady has had one-touchdown outings in two of the last four games. The Patriots, who ranked fourth in the NFL in passing offense in 2012, have dropped to 20th this year.
Granted, the Patriots just got tight end Rob Gronkowski back, but injuries and inconsistent play have combined to make the New England receiving corps a crapshoot.
In short, if the Pats are serious about another Super Bowl run, they have to get better on offense.
Meanwhile, this season has been a complete disaster for the New York Giants. At 2-6, they are effectively out of the playoff hunt at the season's halfway point.
That leaves them facing some tough questions, including about Hakeem Nicks' future.
The 25-year-old Nicks, who is in the last year of his rookie deal, has struggled in 2013, a fact that head coach Tom Coughlin readily admitted to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News:
You’ve got to get to the point where the reliability factor is there as strongly as it always has been. Has it been there up to this point? No. But we’re saying "Let’s get back to work and get this done." We count on this guy.
If Nicks' struggles are enough to have dissuaded the Giants from making a big push to re-sign him, then now is the time to move him. It would be risky to deal for a player in a contract year, but the fact remains that Nicks is a very talented player who would be "playing for his supper."
A motivated Nicks could provide a steadying force in the passing game for the Patriots, and New England would have a formidable stable of pass-catchers if they can get everyone healthy for the stretch run.