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The Autumn winds are upon us once again– The Raiders victory over the Broncos was huge , for this talented young team. The Raiders defense is slowly coming together and with an already explosive offense, this by season’s end may be the biggest threat to the Patriots in the AFC.

Has tackling in the NFL ever been worse?– I get the player safety aspect but come’on man! I do not ever remember tackling being this bad in the NFL and it seems to get worse every year. Training camp is not like it used to be, and nobody tackles in practice anymore. So I guess I just have to get used to this.

 

The Detroit Lions are the favorite to win the NFC North- The Vikings are being killed by injuries, the Packers are being done in by a few injuries and some very poor coaching. The Lions, on the other hand, are a tough out with a big-time offense and a slowly improving defense.

The Giants are a real contender- Eli Manning is playing very well, and the win over the Eagles has this team back in business. Still, huge questions on the offensive line and on the defensive side of the ball, but Eli Manning and Beckham make them a threat.

The Packers are a mess- Last week it looked like the Packers offense was finally putting it together. Then yesterday they play one of the worst secondaries in the NFL and get shut down for three-quarters. There inability to go out and sign a running back is a joke. Mike McCarthy, it seems gets out-coached each week. The run defense is bad and the pass defense maybe worse. With the schedule, this team faces a losing season is all the sudden possible.

The AFC North is a mess- The Steelers were pathetic for over three quarters yesterday, the Ravens out physical ed them in a 21-14 win. That win puts the Ravens in first place with a 4-4 record. No team in this division is above .500 right now. The Browns are winless, the Bengals look lost, and the Ravens hadn’t won in a month until yesterday’s win.