It's already week 12 in the 2011 NFL season and we look at the teams that are scoring W's.
1. Green Bay Packers (11-0)
Let's face reality, the Packers are not going to be relinquishing this top spot this season. At 11-0, it's pretty much a given that they are going to be the top seed in the NFC, if not the whole NFL. I do think, however, that the Giants this week have a strong chance to give the Packers their first loss.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3)
The Steelers are seldom a sexy team and they often play down to their competition to the point where games you would think would be blowouts are instead tightly contested wins. But to their credit, they get the job done and are about as consistent of a winner as they come. Watch out for them if they can get healthy.
3. Baltimore Ravens (8-3)
The Ravens trail the Steelers in these rankings despite holding a 2-0 record against them this season for one reason and one reason only, quarterback play. Joe Flacco has taken a major step back this season and has been anywhere from average to dreadful. If they are to advance in the playoffs, he really needs to pick up his overall play.
4. New England Patriots (8-3)
It's good to see the Pats are back to steamrolling their competition because for a while their, it seemed like reality was settling in. Do they still have a subpar defense and no running game, sure, but darn it if they can't put up a ton of points to mask those glaring weaknesses.
5. San Francisco 49ers (9-2)
The 49ers are the grittiest team in the NFC. They are so gritty that I would almost call them worthy of playing in the AFC North. Almost. I think this squad is built well for the playoffs because their strengths lie in a sturdy defense and a strong running game but I question whether they will have the mental toughness needed to get the job done.
6. New Orleans Saints (8-3)
I would put the Saints up their as the third best team in the NFC and I would add a question mark beside it because I'm really not sure San Fran could score enough to keep up with this explosive Brees led offense. At the level that they are currently playing at, the Saints are going to be a dangerous matchup for anyone.
7. Atlanta Falcons (7-4)
Mark it down now, folks, the Atlanta Falcons are going to snag one of the wild card slots in the NFL if not the NFC South crown itself. They are a really good squad that is balanced in every conceivable way. The only thing that could possibly derail them is injuries, which is the story for many teams, or themselves. They must win a playoff game this year to prove that they can do it.
8. Dallas Cowboys (7-4)
Gotta hand it to the Cowboys, they keep winning the games they should win and that's what you need to do to be a successful team in today's NFL. Do they always look pretty doing it? No. But they win and w's and l's are the defining stat in this league, just ask Tim Tebow fans.
9. Houston Texans (8-3)
Just when you were wrapping your head around Matt Leinart as your starting QB, Houston fans, bam! Even he is taken from you. Now you are left with even more unproven Tyler Yates as your QB. On the plus side, ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer really loves this guy and he was a stud QB in his day, right?
10. Oakland Raiders (7-4)
Anyone kinda get the feeling that the AFC West is like the NFC West of a year ago, just with a few more wins? It almost feels like no team really wants to step it up to secure the division. With San Diego and Kansas City free-falling, the AFC West crown will come down to Denver and Oakland. Who would have thought that!