The NFL: Where Things Stand After Thanksgiving

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The great Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells had many sayings that he used in describing the teams that he coached. One of the most well known was “you are what your record says you are.” Hall of Fame Coach John Madden believed that you never really knew what kind of team you had until after Thanksgiving. Well the NFL season has passed the Thanksgiving holiday so let’s take stock where some teams are.

There are a number of teams that would be considered among the elite this season. The Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints lead the pack with 10-1 records. Both have prolific offenses and defenses that are good enough to help support their high scoring. So far no team defensively has really been able to negate either of their offenses. Right behind them are the Kansas City Chiefs at 9-2. Just like the Rams and the Saints, the Chiefs rely on a high powered offense to overcome whatever shortcomings they have on defense. This was on complete display in a game that was highest scoring game in Monday Night Football history as the Rams edged the Chiefs 54-51.

Other teams who are currently leading their divisions and trying to put themselves in position for the playoffs consist of the Patriots, Steelers, Texans, Bears and Cowboys. The Patriots are leading their division by 2.5 games (what else is new), while the Steelers also enjoy a 1.5 game lead over the Bengals and Ravens. The Houston Texans also lead their division by two games and are in the midst of a seven game win streak. The only team with a longer streak is the Saints who have won ten straight. The Bears have a 2.5 game cushion over the Vikings and in the only division where no team has separated themselves, the Cowboys are tied with the Redskins after their 31-23 victory on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys have the lead by virtue of their 3-1 division record. This might change however as the Cowboys must next face the streaking Saints at home on Thursday Night. The Redskins face the Eagles  next Monday Night so they will know how important their game is by that time, especially if the Saints continue to roll over the Cowboys. The NFC East is looking like a 9-7 record might win it, if a team can reach that mark.

Whatever happens, it looks like teams will be going through either the Rams or the Saints in the NFC and in the AFC it looks like the Chiefs, along with the usual culprits of the Patriots and the Steelers. Keep an eye on the Texans however as they are on that seven game win streak. It should be exciting as the playoffs draw near. Do you think anyone can hope to match up with the Saints or the Rams in the NFC (perhaps the Bears)? Who will come out on top in the AFC? Will it be the Chiefs or will it be the status quo of the Patriots or the Steelers? Share your football prognostications with us at GVNation.

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