Atlanta has come back to the pack the last few games and are on the verge of taking a really bad loss. Bye is actually coming at a good time for them. They aren't as good as their record.
I think the Giants and Packers may go on a run now and will probably both have a strong record when they play each other late in the season. Ravens and Texans still look very strong to get the top 2 seeds in the AFC. Pats can't afford to drop any more games they "should" win.
I think the Packers have the same problem as the Patriots. Everything is in the quarterback's hands, and a soft defense to boot.
In fact I'd say both their run game and their D is even worse. They didn't make the moves in the off season they needed to make in order to prevent what happened to them in the playoffs last season. Cedric Benson is on IR now and who knows how he will come back. Not that he was that big a threat, but still very much needed in order to have a chance.
Ravens are worse this year with their losses after this weekend decimating their defense. So unless the Broncos start clicking, I can see a Giants - Pats Superbowl as another very real possibility, especially since the Giants showed they can easily contain the 49ers who are the most legitimate threat to their road back.
You could say that, but I wouldn't be remotely convinced. This is a team that went 15-1 last year, was the unstoppable juggernaut du jour and then . . . got manhandled at home by the Giants. I know who my money's on if those two teams meet again in the playoffs.
Thats sillyness. In all honesty, Rodgers and company were a few inches away from winning that game, literally! Not saying the Giants played poorly or didn't deserve the win, BUT Rodgers had a few throws that were just on the fingertips of his receivers and if those were caught, the game would have been won by the Packers. You can never count out Rodgers IMO.
I dont think we can count the Steelers out. It seems the past few years that the teams that got healthy late in the year and started clicking, were the ones competing in the Superbowl. They're slated to get Harrison and Troy back eventually this season, and that division is still winnable.