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If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 4

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Who could have ever predicted that the Chiefs would be the last unbeaten team left? Or that the Colts wouldn’t be in the picture at all? Or even in 3rd place in their division for that matter? The Rams have an actual winning streak in place, too. The NFL has been turned upside down for 2010, and plenty of surprises are still to come. So without further ado, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, October 5:

NFC

#1 Atlanta Falcons

Anyone who can march into the Superdome and take care of business deserves some respect, but they almost lost to the surprisingly bad 49ers. There were some problems from that game that need to be addressed if Atlanta wants to remain a Super Bowl contender.

#2 Chicago Bears

Julius Peppers has been a miracle for Chicago this year, but that being said, Chicago also had some problems against the Giants, managing only a field goal of offense. If you can’t support Peppers with some good offense, you still can’t win games.

#3 Washington Redskins vs #6 Green Bay Packers

Washington has been hit and miss in the first quarter of the season. Green Bay’s defense hasn’t been perfect, but it doesn’t have to be when you have Aaron Rodgers. If this does end up being a postseason game, expect Rodgers to tear Washington apart.

#4 Arizona Cardinals vs #5 New Orleans Saints

See the previous entry. If Arizona gave up 41 points to San Diego, you’d better believe Drew Brees will take it to them as well. Without as great a quarterback situation, Arizona simply can’t keep up with New Orleans; it’s a good thing for the Cardinals’ sake they’re in (by far) football’s weakest division.

AFC

#1 Kansas City Chiefs

Hey, they beat San Diego to open the season, but after an early bye week, Matt Cassel now has to trudge through 13 consecutive weeks. If they can keep playing like they have, they’ve got a decent shot at making the playoffs, but coming off their bye week and visiting Indianapolis then Houston, I’d be shocked if the Chiefs go 5-0.

#2 Houston Texans

Except for Dallas, Houston has scored at least 30 points in each game so far. With two games against the Giants and Chiefs, followed by a bye, Houston has plenty of time to rest Andre Johnson, still win anyway, and continue their playoff push. If there ever was a year for the Texans, this is it.

#3 Baltimore Ravens vs #6 Pittsburgh Steelers

If Pittsburgh booted two field goals, which was the direct reason why they lost, at home, how could they do any better on the road? Pittsburgh will need to fix that, and hope Big Ben returns to his old self (minus the rape, of course) if they want to win another title.

#4 New York Jets vs #5 New England Patriots

New England finally proved they can do something on the road. Now the question is, can they do it again? And Mark Sanchez has really come into his own this year, especially after the opening hiccup against Baltimore. And as far as the Patriots go, I’m not too thrilled about teams that give up 30 points to Buffalo.

What Might Change Next Week:

  • Expect Washington (vs Green Bay) to drop out of the lead in favor of Philadelphia (@ San Francisco).
  • Similarly, expect Arizona (vs New Orleans) to give way to St. Louis (@ Detroit).
  • As long as we’re at it, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Houston (vs New York Giants) to take over the top spot from Kansas City (@ Indianapolis).

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