I stopped giving a weekly update of the NFL a couple months ago. First of all, a weekly update took way too long for me to write. Secondly, there was so much flux from one week to the next, I couldn’t thoughtfully tell you who I thought was good and who I thought was bad.
There are certain things that we knew at the beginning of week 16. We knew that the San Francisco 49ers were very good. They quite possibly may be the best team in the NFC, maybe the best team in football. They made a huge statement by flying across the country last week and beating the New England Patriots, in New England, in the cold rain.
Well, it is week 16 and we’ve learned a lot more about the NFL. Briefly, let me run it down to you like this. The Dallas Cowboys have played above my expectations. They lost today to the New Orleans Saints because their defense, in my opinion, was unable to make plays. Tony Romo is playing out of his mind. For the last six weeks, he has really been playing some outstanding football. Very few quarterbacks in the NFL have been playing as well as Tony Romo. The Washington Redskins, unlike the Dallas Cowboys, have been playing extremely well on both sides of the football. Robert Griffin, III is the real deal. He throws the football with touch and accuracy. He is one of the league’s highest rating passers. The New York Giants, on the other hand, have been imploding. If you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan, like I am, it’s been beautiful to watch. Here’s the deal. The New York Giants have a great defensive front four. They must dominate for the Giants to be able to cover up their relatively weak secondary. On offense, they have to be able to run the ball. Victor Cruz hasn’t been making those great plays like he did last year. The combination, failure of their front four and their inability to run the football, has made them an extremely mediocre team. (more…)