1. Green Bay Packers (8-0)
With a win against a potentially awkward opponent, the Packers continued to assert themselves as the driving force of the NFL. Rodgers had another Hall of Fame calibre game by throwing 4 touchdowns (taking his half season total to 24, only one off pace to match Tom Brady’s 2007 record of 50 TDs through 16 games) and no interceptions.
Although throwing for more yards, his counterpart Phillip Rivers found the packers 3 times – an unthinkable sin when playing against a team so strong in every phase of the game.
Quite simply put, the Packers seem capable of weathering any storm into which they roam. The Chargers put up one hell of a fight for a team facing an embarrassing 3-game losing streak, and should be proud of themselves and take solace in the fact that both division rivals (the Chiefs and Raiders) also failed to win in Week 9.
For the Wisconsin Wonder-kids, the dream goes on.
Number 1 by a long, long way.
2 (4). San Francisco 49ers (7-1)
What a season! 7-1 sounds good, but being on course for 14-2 at the halfway point is absolutely mesmerising. The 49ers look great: confident, effective and resilient, these boys know how to play the game, and I don’t believe they are a flash in the pan, either.
Whereas the Lions are performing at a level one might expect from them in a year or two, the 49ers have hit the form that has been predicted for this talented unit for years. With a matured and mechanical Alex Smith running the show, the San Francisco sufferers finally have something to smile about.
And long may it continue.