Both New Orleans and San Francisco are 10-3 and, with three games to go, the Saints would be the second seed if they finish with a better overall record than the 49ers. So Saints coach Sean Payton and his players will keep an eye on what happens with San Francisco during this home stretch of the season.
Because of Rodgers, Brees has been somewhat overlooked this season, but the New Orleans quarterback is having the best year of his career. His 4,368 yards has him on pace for an NFL single-season record 5,376, which would break Dan Marino’s record set in 1984 (5,084). With 337 passing yards in the New Orleans Saints’ win over the Tennessee Titans, Brees reached the 300-yard mark for the tenth time this season, which ties the single-season record. Brees did it in 2008 and Rich Gannon in 2002. The Purdue product also threw a touchdown pass in his 40th straight game, second only to Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas (47 straight 300-yard games).
But the Packers will make history by the end of Super Bowl XLVI in February. They will complete a perfect season, boast a 19-0 record and force the ’72 Dolphins to spit out their champagne. (Save your stamps and hate mail, Vikings fans. This isn’t wishful thinking. Just calling it as I see it.) Green Bay has several things in its favor as the season winds down and the postseason looms: a quarterback who stands alone among the NFL’s elite gunslingers, an offense that operates with deadly speed and precision, a defense playing with a chip on its shoulder and one that’s sick of hearing about how many yards and points it gives up, and, maybe most importantly, a schedule that sets the Packers up nicely to continue their perfect run.
To show you how unpredictable things are in fantasy football, if I told you in Week 6 that teams would be playing for championships relying on players like Roy Helu, Marion Barber, Shonn Greene and Toby Gerhart you would have told me I was in some kind of crazy opposite-fantasy league. Yet this is exactly what’s happening now.
Edwards was supposed to team with John Abraham to give Atlanta a fearsome pair of defensive ends, one coming at the quarterback from the left, the other bearing down from the right. Instead, the Falcons (8-5) have actually dropped in the sack rankings, going into Thursday night’s game against Jacksonville tied for 24th in the NFL.