Falcons keep coming
If you are looking for the next 1972 Miami Dolphins, you won't find it. That type of team does not exist. Not this year, anyway. Every team will have dips, valleys, slumps and losses.
But you have to give the Falcons props. Their record says they are the best team in the NFL, and as Bill Parcells famously said, you are what your record says you are. The Falcons didn't get lucky six times. They are winning because Matt Ryan is playing as well as any quarterback in the NFL. And because they are averaging 28.5 points per game and allowing only 18.8 per game.
They have shown the ability to take an opponent's best shot, get up and keep coming. The Falcons aren't perfect. But they are the NFL's best team today.
Giants are resilient
The Giants reside on top of the NFL mountain wearing the crown until someone knocks the champions off the throne. The 49ers had their opportunity last Sunday and got blown out 26-3 by Eli Manning's road warriors.
The Giants (4-2) have nothing but playoff-caliber teams left on the schedule, but that arduous road should only make Tom Coughlin's team tougher. The Giants have the third-best offense in the NFL, and the defense (14 sacks and 11 interceptions) has the potential to play better when key contributors heal up.
The Giants are resilient, and know how to finish out a season. If the Giants can take care of business against Washington on Sunday and then Dallas, they should be in the driver's seat.
Giants finish strong
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At this point, the Giants are the best. We already know they play their best football in the second half of the season, but to come across the country and hold the 49ers to three points is really impressive.
Atlanta is undefeated and a very good team on both sides of the ball, but the Falcons nearly lost at home to a couple of one-win teams, Carolina and Oakland. In the crunch, I'd take Eli Manning over Matt Ryan. Baltimore and Houston are the two best teams in the AFC, but both have lost key defensive fixtures.
There will be lots of ups and downs between now and December, but the Giants are playing the best at the moment. Now, watch them lose to the Redskins.
Falcons built to win
The Texans took a step backward, falling to the Packers. The Ravens are vulnerable on defense, and just lost Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb to season-ending injuries.
The best team in the NFL? It's hard to say, but I'm more comfortable going with the Falcons, the pride of the NFC.
The Falcons are undefeated and have a complete team. Quarterback Matt Ryan has engineered several crisp games. Roddy White and Julio Jones are a dangerous receiving tandem. Power back Michael Turner is solid except when he's getting arrested. Sean Weatherspoon leads a stingy defense.
With sharp general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith's leadership, the Falcons are built to succeed.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun