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All season we've heard about how terrible the NFC is, and how all the great teams are in the AFC. Really?
Well New England got blown away by the Cleveland Browns, taking the sting out of a similar loss the Saints suffered to the very same Cleveland Browns. The New York Jets needed OT to beat the Detroit Lions, and they only got there after Lions QB Matt Stafford got hurt and Lions K Jason Hanson was temporarily knocked out of the game (leading to rookie DT Ndamukong Suh attempting and missing an extra point. That gave the Lions 13 points- not 14, allowing the Jets to tie the game up when it was 20-17 on the final drive.)
The Houston Texans? They fell apart! Shocker. They lost at home to Philip Rivers and a bunch of day laborers the Chargers picked up on the way to Houston. The mighty Indianapolis Colts? They were shut down by a suddenly improving Eagles defense, who forced Peyton Manning into his worst game in recent memory (31/52, 294 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT's, 3 sacks, 65.7 QB rating).
The Giants blew away the (former NFC West-leading) Seattle Seahawks. Are the Seahawks good? I don't think so. But they were also undefeated at home until that game, and the Giants have had issues in the past in Seattle.
And no- the Dallas Cowboys aren't good. But Green Bay still blew them away, with a 42-7 thrashing. Once this defense begins to get healthy, you realize that Green Bay is as talented as any team in the NFL.
NFC East combined record: 16-16
AFC East combined record: 16-16
If I have to hear how great the AFC East is one more time....