Texans: A +
Houston bounced back from last week’s blow-out loss to the Packers in a huge way, by destroying the Ravens. They dominated the ball, and proved that last weeks loss was just an aberration. The Texans look like the best team (by far) in the AFC. We’ll get to see how good Houston really is in week 9 when they visit the Bears-- a win in Chicago would probably be their most impressive of the season.
Giants: A +
The Giants are the best team in the NFL. People might disagree, but they are the defending Super Bowl champs, are always calm under pressure, and have skills and ‘know-how’ to beat any team in the league. And on top of all of that, they have Eli Manning, who has been the best late game QB in the NFL the last two seasons. How many other teams could have pulled off a win against the Redskins after RGIII pulled off a miracle last minute drive?
Washington may have lost the game, but how impressive was that late game RGIII to Santana Moss touchdown? RGIII vs. Eli might be the best quarterback match up the NFL has to offer. The Redskins make a lot of mistake and weren’t perfect Sunday versus the Giants, but anytime you have a quarterback like Griffin, what you do in the 4th quarter will outshine everything else.
Dallas didn’t play great, but they were able to get a much needed win on the road against the Panthers. The Cowboys are going to have to play far better over the next few weeks if they want to stay in contention for a playoff spot in the NFC. Over the next 6 weeks they play the Giants, Falcons, Eagles twice, and the Redskins.
Baltimore may be banged up and short handed on defense, but Sundays 43-13 loss to the Texans was just embarrassing. The Ravens offense needs to step up and start carrying the load if this team wants to contend for a Super Bowl. They are still in the thick of things at 5-2, but the Ravens will only go as far as Joe Flacco and the offense carries them.