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Part 2, as promised. Part 1 is here. Part 2 requires no link, doofus.

We’ll get to the NFC West. But the rest of the divisions runneth over with drama already.


NFC East

Standings: PHI 3-1, DAL 2-2, WAS 2-2, NYG 0-4

It’s easy to like the Skins here for a couple of reasons. 1) Kirk Cousins is playing well with an 8.3 Y/A and a 7/1 TD/INT. 2) Their defeats aren’t that bad (PHI and @KC) while the victories are impressive. I call it the 2012-2015 Seattle model. 3) The Cowboys look vulnerable. 4) Haha Giants.

If the impression you have of Carson Wentz is his rookie-year appearance/immolation at the CLink last season, it’s probably time to update the software between your ears. He’s mobile, not awkward, can navigate the pocket, and is doing more with a lesser WR group.

Everyone outside of the Dallas-Forth Worth area spent the offseason calling for regression from the Cowboys. While it’s way too early to bury them, if they were going to fall back to earth, one way to do so would be by starting 2-2 with a home loss to the Rams, and with Ezekiel Elliott averaging under 70 yards per game and under four yards per carry.

Skins and Eagles meet again in Week 7, in Philly. Would not be one bit surprised to see them both 4-2 entering the game that could decide their division.

The Giants are bad and should feel bad.

Poll

Who wins the NFC East?

This poll is closed

  • 49%
    Eagles (3-1)
    (373 votes)
  • 17%
    Cowboys (2-2)
    (134 votes)
  • 29%
    Skins (2-2)
    (220 votes)
  • 2%
    Giants (0-4)
    (20 votes)
747 votes total Vote Now

NFC North

Standings: GB 3-1, DET 3-1, MIN 2-2, CHI 1-3

Packers and Lions duke it out Weeks 9 and 17. That there might be some good schedule-making.

Detroit just keeps winning the close games. Hey, Lions are like the anti-Chargers! But behind their surge this season is an unsustainable plus-9 turnover margin. They’re, uh, not going to finish the season +36 in takeaways. Matt Stafford threw a pick-six on the the season’s opening drive, and since then has turned into 1990 Steve DeBerg (23-4 TD/INT). Fun fact about DeBerg: in all season except 1990, he tossed 173 scores, to 200 picks. (Literally nobody in the FG gallery saw this tangent coming.)

Bears have officially transitioned from Mike Glennon, aka “already the past, that was fast,” to Mitchell Trubisky, aka “better be the future.” John Fox is still their coach, which is nice for John Fox.

Poll

Who wins the NFC North?

This poll is closed

  • 66%
    Packers (3-1)
    (480 votes)
  • 30%
    Lions (3-1)
    (220 votes)
  • 2%
    Vikings (2-2)
    (16 votes)
  • 1%
    Bears (1-3)
    (8 votes)
724 votes total Vote Now

NFC South

Standings: CAR 3-1, ATL 3-1, TB 2-1, NO 2-2

So they’re all at or above .500, just like it usually is in the loaded NFC South. Well. I tease, but the last two NFC champs came out of this division, and both of them bounced the Seahawks from the playoffs. So the teasing is more of a defense mechanism — which is still more defense than the Saints have, zing zing zing.

Hard to get a read on who’s a pretender, who’s a contender, and who’s a tender juicy burger waiting for 50 points to be dropped on them.

The Falcons would be 4-0 but for a dubious late fumble call. The Panthers would be 1-3 but for a couple bounces. The Bucs skipped class one week so they have an incomplete, and the Saints at least look better than last year.

Might be just as much fun to pick a last-place finisher here. Although you’d have to lean New Orleans because they’ve struggled since Jimmy Graham seaplaned across the country, you could also make a case that Carolina is playing above its head, what with Cam Newton still regressing to whatever his mean is.

Poll

Who wins the NFC South?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Panthers (3-1)
    (53 votes)
  • 78%
    Falcons (3-1)
    (563 votes)
  • 12%
    Buccaneers (2-1)
    (89 votes)
  • 1%
    Saints (2-2)
    (10 votes)
715 votes total Vote Now

NFC West

Standings: LAR 3-1, SEA 2-2, ARI 2-2, SF 0-4

Week 5 will sort out some things atop the division. Either the Rams will take a two-game lead over the Seahawks, or Seattle will overtake LA on the tie-breaker.

Or they will tie. That happens in the NFC West with some regularity. With shorter overtime periods, their frequency ought to increase anyway. Tell me you wouldn’t take a 5-5 tie on Sunday.

Aaron Donald isn’t fair.

Are the Cardinals for real one last time, or can we just deputize them already, and sit them at a desk in the corner, filling out our tedious paperwork and tending to the drunks in the holding cell?

The 49ers are going to get some pretty cool draft capital again for John "Draft Mode" Lynch to play with. I would watch out for the 2019 Niners. Who are still far enough away, thankfully.

Poll

Who wins the NFC West?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    Rams (3-1)
    (169 votes)
  • 79%
    Seahawks (2-2)
    (680 votes)
  • 0%
    Cardinals (2-2)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    49ers (0-4)
    (8 votes)
860 votes total Vote Now