Even the losers
The normally respectable NFC East is a race to the bottom, with Philadelphia and Dallas tied atop the division at 2-3. With the shaky uncertainty of the New York Giants and Washington, the NFC East looks to be where the NFC West was three years ago, when it became the first division to send a team with a losing record to the playoffs.
And what about Pittsburgh? This looked like it might be a rebound year for the Steelers, who missed the playoffs last season. They are already 2 1/2 games behind the other three teams in the division, although safety Ryan Clark told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he still expects the 0-4 Steelers to win the division.
"Looking at our schedule," Clark told the newspaper, "we're not playing world beaters, we're not playing gods. We're playing men."
Maybe the most startling collapse is Atlanta's. The Falcons, who lost to San Francisco in the NFC championship game last season, have dropped three in a row to fall to 1-4, and now have lost star receiver Julio Jones for the season with a foot injury.
Six, the other way
This was supposed to be the season the Houston Texans would take the next step in their development and become true Super Bowl contenders. Instead, they have lost three in a row and look to be falling apart.
In each of those losses, quarterback Matt Schaub has seen one of his passes intercepted and returned for a touchdown. His confidence has to be circling the drain. If that weren't bad enough, Houston police were called to his house this week after a couple of angry Texans fans dropped by to berate him.
A restaurant in Houston is even offering the "Pick Six Burger" in his honor, allowing customers to garnish it with six different toppings. Kind of turns the stomach.