Reporting Vinny Cerrato
Former NFL GM Vinny Cerrato’s Dirty Dozen
1. Green Bay (13.1 Chicago) had tough game in K.C. and injuries become a concern at RT. Can they get momentum back for playoffs?
(3) 2. New Orleans (11-3 ATL Mon Night) Drew Brees vs. Aaron Rodgers for MVP.
Saints Defense improving fight for 2nd playoff spot.
(5) 3. New England (11-3 Miami) Defense is the key issue for Pats moving deep into the playoffs. Everything will have to go thru New England to Super bowl.
(2) 4. Baltimore (10-4 Cleveland) Must rebound and finish strong to secure 2nd seed. Defense must go back and truck vs. Cleveland.
(6) 5. San Francisco (11-3 at Seattle) Defense is key to the 49ers success. Alex Smith not enough to win by himself.
(4) 6. Pittsburgh (10-4 St. Louis) Can they get healthy enough to make a run. Ben must get healthy.
(7) 7. Houston (10-4 at Indy Thus.) can T.J. Yates be good enough to win in playoffs. Need Wade Phillips back to line defense.
(12) 8. Atlanta (9-5 at New Orleans) Falcons will find out how good they are this week. Defense is going to be key on how far they go.
(11) 9. Detroit (9-5 San Diego) Inconsistent. They must find a run game. Big comeback win over Atlanta.
(8) 10. Denver (8-6 at Buffalo) Can’t win a shutout. Can they get to 10 wins. Defense must recover from New England game.
11. Cincinnati (8-6 Arizona)
12. Eagles (6-8 at Dallas) have won 2 in a row. Everyone healthy. Can win themselves into a NFC East title. Possibly too little, too late.
1. Indy (1-13) Houston Thurs.
2. St. Louis (2-12) at Pittsburgh
3. Minnesota (2-12) at Washington
4. Jacksonville (4-10) at Tennessee
5. Tampa Bay (4-10) at Carolina