1. Any win is a good win. The Atlanta Falcons almost blew a big lead against a bad Seattle team (Pete Carroll actually praised his team after the close loss), but they held on for the win, and that's a good thing. Getting back to .500 at 2-2 is fine, especially considering the Falcons have already played the Bears, Saints and Buccaneers (who have combined to go 8-4 so far) and made the trip west to Seattle.
2. Peyton Manning is the real MVP. The Colts have played hard the past couple of weeks in night games against the Steelers and Bucs, but it's obvious that Manning is the most important player in the NFL. This is a playoff team with him. Without him, Indy may end up with the worst record in the NFL.
3. The Eagles and Cowboys could be in trouble. Both teams have a lot of talent, but both have the same fundamental flaw: They're weak on the offensive line, and that will haunt them this season. We saw that Sunday when they both blew huge leads. Dallas is respectable at 2-2, but Philly has been putrid at 1-3, especially when they have been dominated in the fourth quarter of games.
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4. Detroit is for real. Former Georgia star Matthew Stafford and former Georgia Tech star Calvin Johnson (does anyone have a better nickname than Megatron?) have made sure of that. They look like the best QB-WR combo in the NFL right now. Think Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan regrets calling out Megatron before Sunday's game? Trash talk is fine, but stupid is just stupid.
5. Donovan McNabb can't catch a break. First, he leaves Philly and heads to Washington and that doesn't work. Then he heads to Minnesota, and the Vikings turn into an absolute dumpster fire.
1. N.Y. Giants
1. New Orleans
2. Tampa Bay
1. Green Bay
1. San Francisco
4. St. Louis
1. New England
3. N.Y. Jets
1. San Diego
3. Kansas City
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Arizona at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Oakland at Houston, 1 p.m.
Kansas City at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m.
Cincinnati at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Tennessee at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Seattle at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.
Tampa Bay at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.
San Diego at Denver, 4:15 p.m.
N.Y. Jets at New England, 4:15 p.m.
Green Bay at Atlanta, 8:20 p.m.
Chicago at Detroit, 8:30 p.m.
Open: Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, Miami, St. Louis, Washington