Did you really think somebody else would be No. 1? Brady remains lethal at age 40, building on his case as the greatest quarterback of all time with yet another All-Pro season. He’s the reason the Patriots are heavy favorites to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
Also worth noting: What a gritty performance we saw from LeSean McCoy on Sunday. He ran hard, toughing out an injury that, had this been the regular season, probably would’ve sent him to the sideline. You don’t cruise past 10K career rushing yards without being tough. Hard to finesse 346 touches in a season, too.
The Chargers have given L.A. two contending NFL teams and they are, at the moment, the best team in the AFC West. Which isn’t saying very much at all.
The Titans and Jaguars are stride for stride in the AFC South race as the season’s stretch run arrives. A crucial road trip comes next for the Titans, with games at Arizona and at San Francisco the next two Sundays.
While the Giants are about to move on to their second coach since Tom Coughlin’s exit — a less-than-voluntary departure, in Coughlin’s telling of it — he is enjoying great success as the front office architect of the Jaguars. If the best revenge is to live well, Coughlin is doing it.
It’s not that Eddie Lacy was bad on Friday night, but once again, when he was given an opportunity to take a firm grasp on the RB1 job, he failed to do so.
Again, Lacy was fine. He was actually better than he had been in previous preseason performances. He rushed for 21 yards on four carries, though 11 of those yards came on his first carry of the game.
Each week, national NFL writer Mark Maske will provide his ranking of the league’s 32 teams. After New England’s surprising defeat at the hands of the Chiefs on opening night in Foxborough, the top spot quickly became up for grabs.