The Show Me State . . . just did.
It was misery in Missouri on Sunday for the teams in last season's
That Kansas City emerged victorious wasn't shocking. The Chiefs have won five in a row and were favored by two over the Seahawks, who have shown some vulnerabilities this season.
The Chiefs, the only
Denver's collapse against the
Then again, St. Louis exemplifies the shifting sands of the NFL, where no Goliath is safe. Even though the Rams lost four of five from late September through October, and were largely written off as typical also-rans, they have rallied recently with victories over Seattle, San Francisco and now Denver. That means St. Louis has beaten three of the four teams that played in last season's conference championship games — and the fourth, New England, isn't on the schedule.
"I think it tells us that we're on the right track," Rams Coach
Quietly making a career comeback is Rams defensive coordinator
In the 'Zona
Even without quarterback
The Super Bowl will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium, so it's only natural that there's already some chatter that the Cardinals could be the first team to play a true home game on the league's biggest stage. That might be putting the bandwagon before the horse at this point, but this too is noteworthy: only five teams have made the playoffs the same year their stadium has played host to the Super Bowl, and never as a No. 1 or 2 seed. That certainly is within reach.
Arizona plays at Seattle in a huge division showdown Sunday, with the Cardinals returning to the raucous stadium where they won last December.
The records keep piling up for the
Also, in scoring 30 points in the first half against the Eagles, the Packers became the first team in league history to score at least 28 points in the first halves of four consecutive home games.
It's all relative
What does it take to win the
Atlanta and New Orleans are tied atop the division at 4-6, after the
It's reminiscent of the NFC West in 2010, when the 7-9 Seahawks made history by becoming the first team to make the playoffs (and host a game) with a losing record.
"It's been a different year, for sure," Falcons quarterback
In losing to San Francisco, 16-10, the
New York has lost five in a row, and that comes on the heels of an 0-6 start in 2013. This is the first time the Giants have had losing streaks of at least five games in consecutive seasons since 2003-04, when they dropped eight straight in both years.
On the defensive
San Francisco's Chris Borland has some big cleats to fill, those of seven-time
Borland more than pulled his weight against the Giants with 12 tackles and two interceptions. He's the first
Do the math
No surprise here, but the winless
In Friday's Times, there was a story about the resurgent
Both Detroit and Cleveland lost Sunday, and we won't be expecting an invitation to return any time soon.
Be like Mike
The buzz around the NFL scouting combine last February was that
The rookie receiver looked awfully good Sunday in Tampa Bay's 27-7 victory at Washington. He caught seven passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns, seven yards shy of
Said Evans: "When I have a game like that — I had a couple of those in college — it feels like getting hot in basketball."
A friendly reminder: goal-post dunks are no longer allowed.