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Top 5 teams in the NFC

After 8 weeks of watching football, and more importantly watching Eagles football, I now realize how far off the Eagles are from being a contender. The NFC looks good, really good. For the first time since the 90s the NFC looks to be the much stronger division. The last 10 years have been all about the Patriots, Colts and Steelers. Yes, the NFC has snuck in a few Super Bowl wins here and there, Packers, Bucs, Saints and Giants, but that’s about it. It has been a league dominated by Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Now the power has shifted back to the NFC. With that being said, I am going to rank my top 5 NFC teams starting with the 5th best and ending with who I believe is the top team in the NFC.

5– At number 5 I am going with the Green Bay Packers. Right now they are standing at 5-3 record. Aaron Rodgers may possibly be the best QB in the game today, and if not now, he will be in the next 3 years. He already has one ring and over the last 3 weeks he has been looking better and better. Once Greg Jennings is back fully healthy, which could be a while; it looks like he’s getting hernia surgery. But once he’s back, watch out because that offense will have tons of weapons. The only thing holding them back now is the run game. Hopefully for them, Benson will be back by week 14. Their defense has under-achieved so far this season. When you have the likes of Charles Woodson, Clay Mathews and AJ Hawk, you should not have let up 170 points up to this point. I expect a huge 2nd half of the season for the Pack.

4– Coming in at number 4 is the never quit New York Giants. Being a huge Eagles fan, I really hate to do this but they are a very solid team. With 2 Super Bowl rings in the past 5 seasons, it shows you that they know how to win the big games. They have plenty of weapons on offense and Eli Manning, as much as people love to criticize the man, is actually an elite QB and probably a top 5. As good as the offense is with Victor Cruz and Ahmad Bradshaw, what really makes this team great is their defense. The pressure that Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora put on the opposing QB is the heart that gets this defense pumping. The play of strong safety Stevie Brown has been excellent as well. He is a guy who kind of bounced around a while but has found his home inNew York. Look for the Giants to be even more dangerous as the season goes on. They seem to play their best football in the last few weeks and in the playoffs.

3Chicago Bears are coming in at number 3 on my list. What more can you say other than “Defense wins games” when talking about the Chicago Bears. It seems that it’s been that way my whole life.Chicago’s defense has only let up 100 points so far this season, by far the best in the league. Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs are still two of the best linebackers in the NFL, and the play of Tim Jennings is among the best in the NFL.Jennings is shutting down number 1 receivers week after week. The main key to this defense is Julius Peppers. The pressure he puts on quarterbacks every week is what is forcing them to throw into coverage and resulting in all the turnovers. The only down fall to this team that I see is their QB. I am not a believer that Jay Cutler can win a Super Bowl. He does look much improved with the arrival of Brandon Marshall, but when it comes down to crunch time he tends to choke and make a bad throw. My advice would be to run that ball all day long with Matt Forte and Michael Bush.

2– Coming in at number 2 is the Atlanta Falcons. I got a good look at this team last Sunday when they stomped my Philadelphia Eagles. Their offense looks unstoppable. Matt Ryan is becoming an elite quarterback in the NFL. With all the weapons around him it tends to make things easier. Having players like Roddy White, Julio Jones, Michael Turner and future Hall of fame tight end Tony Gonzalez. They also have a stingy defense who has only allowed 130 points this season. Veterans like John Abraham and Asante Samuel have been shut down defensive players so far.  On paper that offense is a dream team and so far this season it has been. They are the only undefeated team left and are ready to make their run towards the Super bowl.

1– With my number one selection as best team in the NFC up to this point, I am going with the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers really are the total package. The offense has the perfect formula to make it deep in the post-season. To start things off, let’s talk about Frank Gore. This guy is a work-horse, and it seems like he’s been doing it for 10 years. In my opinion he is the most consistent back in the league since 2006. Then you have Alex Smith. Yes, maybe they were wrong in taking Smith over Rodgers, but Smith is turning out to be a solid QB. I could see him being a Matt Hasselbeck type of QB down the road. He manages the game well, doesn’t make many turnovers and when needed, he can make a big throw. Now let’s talk about the men that he is throwing the ball to. Their WR are Michael Crabtree, Kyle Williams, Mario Manningham, Ted Gin Jr. and Randy Moss. None of them are top 10 receivers in the league, but they all are very explosive and can break off for a 60 yard TD catch at any point in the game. The 9ers main weapon is their TE Vernon Davis. He runs like a WR, has hands like one and is a big body in the red zone. On paper that offense looks just as good as the Falcons. The defense is playing as good if not better than their offense. They have allowed 103 points so far and that is 2nd best in the league, only behind the Bears. The only big name that may stick out is Patrick Willis, but just because there aren’t as many superstars as there are on the Bears, that doesn’t mean they aren’t every bit as good.

Well that is my top 5 teams in the NFC. I would be curious to hear others people’s opinion and who you think the best team is.