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Sep 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) is sacked by New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) in the first quarter of their game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Saints 31, Cardinals 7

Saints: The most underrated good team.

Cardinals: Feeling the effects of Carson Palmer.


Lions 27, Redskins 20

Lions: A classic 8-8 looking team.

Redskins: An extremely overrated team that had a lot of things fall their way in 2012.


Panthers 38, Giants 0

Panthers: A bad team that kicked the crap out of a worse team.

Giants: A team in complete disarray.


Ravens 30, Texans 9

Ravens: Good enough to get hot and make a run and bad enough to come up short of the playoffs.

Texans: A team with good pieces that just seems to be missing something.


Dolphins 27, Falcons 23

Dolphins: One of the least convincing 3-0 teams I can remember.

Falcons: A paper juggernaut that has all the makings of a stunning disappointment.


Jets 27, Bills 20

Jets: Possibly the worst 2-1 team ever.

Bills: A lost franchise that continues to turn in obscurity .


Colts 27, 49ers 7

Colts: Maybe I have underrated this team and owe an apology.

49ers: Looking like the rebuilding team we thought they were prior to the 2012 season.

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  • CincinnatiMike

    Very succinct analysis! Kudos…when looking at the playoffs it is already clear that there is only going to be one slot – the division winner – going to the playoffs this year from the AFCN. The Dolphins are playing solid (and winning) football and even if they don’t unseat the Patriots- will challenge for a playoff spot. Tennessee (as you said,good enough to make the playoffs though not win there) and Indianapolis (who are those guys?) are not waiting for anyone to develop. These two teams are already staking claims to slots behind Houston (still the favorite). And 3-0 Kansas City is clearly in the hunt for this year’s revival team of the year and has the talent to challenge behind shoe-in division favorite Denver. That’s four teams aside from either the Bengals or Ravens trying to snag 2 wild cards. Not including Pittsburgh (afraid to count them out, but can they really be anything more than a spoiler now?). Waiting in the wings for lightening to strike are the Bills, Jets and San Diego (although I just can’t take the Jets seriously). Every one of those teams along with the frontrunners in each division has an easier schedule than the Bengals, with the exception of the Dolphins. Denver, SD, KC and the Colts have 4 of the 5 EASIEST schedules in all of football. Houston, Buffalo and the Titans round out the ten EASIEST schedules with the Steelers knocking on the door at #11. So to summarize – there is no second place in the AFCN this season.