1. Giants- With the return of Osi Umenyiora, they may have the top offensive and defensive lines in the league. The receivers looked average at worst. As free agents Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard and Michael Boley get comfortable and healthy, the defense should be even better.
3. Vikings- Adrian Peterson is unstoppable, and it looks like Percy Harvin is going to big a big part of the offense. The return of EJ Henderson makes this defense even better. Let’s see how Brett Favre looks against a defense that is tougher than the Browns.
8. Panthers- An embarrassing performance by Jake Delhomme and the rest of the Panthers in their shellacking at the hands of the Eagles. They are still one of the most talented teams, but they didn’t look like a playoff team this week.
9. Redskins- A good team stuck in the toughest division. They were dominated up front, but that may have more to do with the Giants’ stellar line play than their own shortcomings.
11. 49ers- This team is headed in the right direction. Shaun Hill’s play isn’t pretty, but he gets the job done.
12. Cardinals- The defending NFC Champs don’t look like a playoff team. Luckily, they play in the worst division in the NFC.
14. Buccaneers- Byron Leftwich actually looked pretty good, but no one can make it through a season if they continue to get hit the way he did.
15. Rams- If not for Steven Jackson, they are easily the worst team in the NFL. Even with Jackson, they might be.
16. Lions- Until they win a game, I find it hard to consider them anything but the worst team in the NFL.