Statement Sunday created some separation.
Taking a snapshot of the NFL at any point of the season is dangerous, but it sure feels like seven teams have emerged as true Super Bowl contenders. The top seven teams in this week's NFL.com Power Poll was nearly unanimous: 49ers, Texans, Broncos, Patriots, Falcons, Packers, and Seahawks. And then there was a big gap.
Nothing in the NFL ever shocks me, but I'd be surprised if any team outside of that group holds the Lombardi Trophy in February. Giants fans will point out that this is when their team gets going, but the team also missed the playoffs for two straight years before last year's title. Last year's Giants team went 9-7. Do that again, and they should be watching the playoffs at home.