Platania: NFC has several powerhouse teams
A quarter of the NFL season is in the books, and it seems that many teams are still trying to find an identity.
It’s hard to make fair judgment based on a mere four games (with three of those officiated by refs deemed not worthy of the prestigious Lingerie Football League). But as the season marches on, this is what can be made of the NFC.
The NFC East houses four teams who all look like they have a shot to win the division.
Robert Griffin III has thus far lived up to his sky-high expectations, and the Washington Redskins will need him to since their defense has been doing him no favors. The Redskins sure can run the ball with a plethora of backs, so they’ll likely find themselves in a number of offensive shootouts, but it’s going to be on RGIII’s shoulders to win them games.
Who exactly is Tony Romo? He can’t seem to make up his mind, but the only thing we know for sure is that he’s the most hot-and-cold quarterback in the league. He’s averaging two interceptions per game, but thankfully, for him, a rejuvenated secondary and DeMarco Murray have helped Dallas win games.
Philadelphia won three games by a total of four points, largely because their defense’s “Wide Nine” scheme and lockdown corners have bailed out an erratic Michael Vick. They have all the pieces to make the playoffs, but will their cardiac tendencies get the best of them?
The defending Super Bowl champion Giants will need to rely less on fourth-quarter magic from Eli Manning, and more on the strong defense and running game exhibited in Carolina if they want to get back in the big game.
The Saints had arguably the worst offseason ever, between Drew Brees’ holdout, the colossal bounty scandal, the wire-tapping scandal and losing head coach Sean Payton for the year. It was apparent they’d fall off a bit, but it wasn’t apparent that they’d be winless a quarter of the way through the year. Their defense has been putrid, and the offense isn’t clicking without Payton making the calls.