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Ten weeks into the season, and there are finally no unbeatens remaining. Yes, the Falcons finally lost, but it was still a great game. Houston helped them out by handing Chicago a loss, but that wasn’t a shameful loss either.
As if there wasn’t enough action so far, things are only picking up, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, November 13:
Atlanta lost 31-27 in New Orleans, but it was a competitive game throughout. New Orleans has been the thorn in Atlanta’s side throughout the past couple of years, but New Orleans isn’t in the playoff picture this time around. Atlanta is still one of the chief contenders in the NFC and Ddespite their loss, their Super bowl odds remain very high.
Similarly, Chicago lost a 13-6 squeaker against Houston at home. The fact that Chicago’s defense was able to hold Houston’s potent offense to just 13 points speaks volumes for them, and as long as Jay Cutler recovers just fine from his concussion, the Bears will be well-off as well.
The 49ers were upset (in a way) by fighting St Louis to a very rare tie. Seattle has two straight wins, but against teams that had been struggling. The fact remains that Seattle is still just 1-4 on the road, but the Rams had been 0-3 in that spot. Seattle will make it interesting, but the 49ers should be just a bit too strong.
The struggling Giants have lost two in a row to fall to 6-4, a very familiar position for them in recent years. They may or may not be exactly where they want to be depending on which sports analyst is speaking, but with four straight wins, the Packers are primed to take advantage.
Beating the Chicago Bears has done wonders for the Texans. Winning what I personally expected to be a Super Bowl preview completely establishes the Texans as the team to beat, proving that they can beat a very good team.
Baltimore continues to hold onto #2 following a 55-20 win over Oakland, including a fake field goal with the game already won. Key injuries certainly aren’t dampening Baltimore’s spirits, and they proved that they’ll do whatever they have to in order to win.
Pittsburgh has won four straight, but nearly fell victim to the upset of the season at home against Kansas City. New England won their third straight, but once again failed to finish off an opponent, only beating Buffalo by six. New England also now has Aqib Talib in play after finishing his suspension Sunday. While that won’t mean everything, it could give New England just the push they need to win another tight game.
Indianapolis has been winning lately, thanks in no small part to the play of Andrew Luck. However, Denver still has an elite offense led by future Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning. In Denver, Indy’s season should come to an end.
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