The New York Giants have typically gotten the job done, but their head scratch-inducing hiccups are difficult to understand.
The two most prominent of these were their Week 1 loss at Washington and Week 5 loss at home against Seattle.
But the team has gotten its six wins in bunches of three and two, so the good news is their losses are spread out.
The bad news is their running game is a joke, and Eli Manning can't do it all by himself.
I consider him an elite quarterback, but he can throw three interceptions as easily as he can throw three touchdowns.
This is a dangerous truth to contend with, considering Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs have one 100-yard rushing performance between them in 2011. Bradshaw is now injured to add to the problem.
The Giants defense doesn't fare any better. They are in the lower half of the league in total defense and have only held three teams under 20 points this season.
They should get by Philadelphia this week, but even that isn't guaranteed.
The rest of their schedule includes New Orleans, Green Bay, New York Jets and both Dallas games.
Meanwhile, the 5-4 Cowboys have quietly won two straight and three-of-four. Their next three games are against Washington, Miami and Arizona.
In fact, the only team with a winning record left for Dallas this season is the New York Giants.