At 6-2, the Super Bowl talk is swirling around the New York Giants -- who most 'experts' see as the class of the NFC at the moment.
Here is SI's Don Banks:
The Giants really are the class of the NFC at midseason. New York has won five in a row and its 6-2 record is more impressive than Atlanta's 6-2. This is a Giants team that's starting to look like it has clear-cut Super Bowl potential.
SI's Peter King chimed in with this:
You've got to give the Giants their due. They've been an offensive powerhouse like no other team in the league in the past month. Last four games: 144 points. That's 36 points a game, with three of the games (Houston, Dallas and Seattle) played on the road.
King, by the way, ranked the Giants No. 3 in his weekly Fine 15.
Here is the New York Daily News on that topic:
It's a team that is looking better and better each game and Sunday it looked unstoppable.
"I feel we're getting momentum each and every week, especially after we put on a performance as we did today," said Antrel Rolle. "It pulls everyone closer. It lets everyone know we're in this thing together and we're not going to stop until we get what we want."
At this point, it's impossible not to start drawing comparisons to the last Giants team that got what it wanted, as shrill as that suggestion may sound to Tom Coughlin's ears. Halfway through the season, the Giants are 6-2, having won five straight and, in many ways, they are playing better than the '07 Super Bowl team, which also started 6-2, as well as the '08 team that started 7-1.
The truly important games are yet to be played. So, let's hold off on crowning this team already.
Here are a few other notes for you.
- Playing in front of a large contingent of family and friends, Oregon native Kevin Boss was thrilled to catch a touchdown pass Sunday. He wasn't so thrilled to fumble for the first time as a professional.
- Will Wade Phillips be the coach of the 1-7 Dallas Cowboys when they come to New Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday? He doesn't sound like a guy who thinks so.
Following the 45-7 blowout loss the Packers, he said they [the Cowboys] looked like a bad team with bad coaching.
"They whipped us about every way you can whip somebody,'' Phillips said. "It looked like we were fighting hard early, but once it caved in it caved in on us. We looked like a bad team, with bad coaching. That's the way we played.''
Jerry Jones did not commit to anything, but he clearly seems ready to make some changes.
"There are a lot of people here who are certainly going to suffer and suffer consequences," Jones said. "I'm talking about within the team -- players, coaches who have got careers. This is certainly a setback. I know firsthand what it is to have high expectations. I think unquestionably that our expectations were thinking we're something we were not, possibly looking at what might be relative to a Super Bowl. All of those things have certainly contributed early.
"But we have so many things that we need to correct and address, as this game so vividly exposed and previous games have. I've got a lot of work to do, got a lot of decisions to make. And it's not just one, two, three or four. There are several decisions. I think everybody in this country would agree that there's a lot wrong with this team that we've got to address, and I'm certainly the one to address it."