Today we debut our first “Gridiron Roundtable” for the 2010 season, as we go around the Sports Gab Network to ask our staff members the following question:
Though Five NFL Weeks, who is the Best team in the AFC and the best team in the NFC?
Here are just some of the answers given by our crack staff here on the Sports Gab Network:
Jeff Fisher – BearsGab.com
AFC: Gotta go with the Ravens. They have arguably the two best wins of any team in the league – at NYJ in their home opener and at Pittsburgh in week 4. Boldin’s been everything the team has hoped for and then some.
NFC: If you look at the last two weeks, the Giants appear to be playing the best football in the NFC. They followed up their pounding of Da Bears with a route of the talented Texans. I think they have the best mix of offense and defense in the conference.
Jonathon Scruggs – RavensGab.com
At week five I think it’s pretty evident that the Jets are the best football team in the AFC. Although they stumbled early on against Baltimore, they’ve managed to bump off four teams in a row, including New England, Minnesota and Miami.
As for the NFC I think that Green Bay is still the team to beat. Although they have health issues at every major position, they’re the most complete football team around. If the Packers can get their players out of the infirmary they will be very hard to beat come January.
Chris Bach – BuccaneersGab.com
The best team in the AFC is the Pittsburgh Steelers. I believe the Ravens are slightly better and, in some cases, deeper at linebacker, corner, safety, and running back (Baltimore is far superior at wide receiver). They are about equal at O-line. I think Ben Roethlisberger is quite a bit superior, coming off his first really good season, at the quarterback spot. This is such a crucial position and Baltimore may regain my top spot if they promote Marc Bulger, but I give the overall edge to Pittsburgh.
As for the NFC, Chicago benefited from a missed “block-in-the-back” and an NFL rule that is going to be changed. Atlanta has let Cleveland and San Francisco hang around and Matt Ryan has been pretty bad a lot of this year. When Aaron Rodgers gets back from his injury, Green Bay will be back to being the most dangerous offense in the NFL and no defense in the NFC scares me so I will go with them.
Russ Loede – BearsGab.com
AFC: Titans. Best pass rush, best running back, and longest-tenured coach. One of the most aggresive, fiesty teams. A quarterback that just wins.
NFC: Giants. Intimidating front line, super talented secondary, and a wide receiver that can’t be contained. This team is scary good, balanced. Eli is looking good too.
Brant Houghton – DolphinsGab.com
AFC: Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens seem to be flying high, and while their defense is still stingy as ever, their offense is picking up steam by the week it seems, and is firing on all cylinders. When they’re on their game, I don’t think any team, AFC or NFC can stop them.
NFC: Green Bay Packers
Despite their recent struggles, the Pack still are the team to beat in the NFC. They have all the talent in the world, and once they get all of their playmakers back from injury, they should be all systems go. Not only do they have a top 5 defense, but also one of the best offenses in the league. They’re a dangerous team that can kill you if you make one mistake.
Andrew Ilnicki – RedskinsGab.com
The Jets and the Giants. Both teams have shown resiliency , depth of talent, and dominance on both sides of the ball. And a hunger to win from soup to nuts.
Frank Minniti – BillsGab.com
Ok, Best team in AFC – Baltimore Ravens. They’ve won 3 straight and are 2-0 against fellow AFC heavyweights Pittsburgh and the New York Jets. The Ravens will have four of their next six games on their home turf against teams non-playoff teams last season.
Best NFC team – Atlanta Falcons. I say the Falcons are the best team AT THE MOMENT! 5 weeks in and forecasting the NFC remains difficult as ever. Atlanta is surging, winners of four in a row. New Orleans is finding out it’s tough to shake off that nasty Super Bowl hangover. Minnesota and Dallas are free falling. I’ll say the flavor of the week in the NFC is Atlanta.
Anthony Kuehn – LionsGab.com
The AFC favorite has to be the Steelers right now. They have a balanced offensive attack despite the absence of Big Ben, and he will only bolster their attack when he returns. The defense is playing as well as they have in the last several years, the big test will come as the season drags on. The Steelers don’t have the youngest defense so the only concern is they drop off later in the season.
The NFC favorite is still the Saints. They don’t look anything like themselves right now, but they are dealing with injuries to their top two running backs and the offense is still trying to find their rhythm. The defense gives up yards but makes game changing plays and the only obstacle for the Saints winning the division is the Falcons.
Sheletha Jones – SaintsGab.com
Without a doubt, the Pittsburgh Steelers are playing the best in all of football, let alone the AFC. They managed to go 3-1 (and could very well be 4-0 if they weren’t having problems at kicker) all without their starting quarterback.
I think the Atlanta Falcons are the best team in the NFC right now. Both their offense and defense are playing well and showing signs of improvement weekly.
Jeremy Fuchs – GiantsGab.com
In the AFC, the best is team is clearly the Steelers. They are probably the best team in the NFL. Their defense looks incredible, Rashad Mendenhall has been great and with Big Ben returning this week, there should be nothing stopping them.
In the NFC, while no team has run away with the best team title, the one in front is the Falcons. On a 4 game winning streak, the Falcons are playing great football. Matt Ryan has matured enough to lead this team deep into the playoffs.
Stephen Rhodes – ColtsGab.com
Best team in AFC: Tough call but I have to go with Baltimore. They have a killer RB combo in Ray Rice and Willis McGahee, and an improving Joe Flacco at quarterback. Then there is their defense, which needs no explanation. Closest to a “perfect team” as there is in the AFC right now.
Best team in the NFC: Another tough call here because one can make a case for Chicago but I have to say New York. Seems to me that Manning is improving and has a favorite target in Hakeem Nicks. Their defense has always been there and Coughlin has the team’s full attention. Will be the team that takes the NFC East this season, barring a major mishap.
Will Brodsky – CardinalsGab.com
AFC – The Jets have all aspects of their game rolling. They are enjoying a resurgence from LT, steady production from Greene, a big step forward from Sanchez, and big play threats in Edwards, Keller, Cotchery, and now Holmes. The defense is as sound as ever with or without Revis and it secured New York their latest win against Minnesota. The Jets 54 point differential is tops in the NFL.
NFC – The Falcons are starting to steam roll the competition as they’ve won four straight. They have a top ten rushing offense (5th) and rushing defense (8th). The core of Ryan, White, and Turner ensure offensive life and the defense has only allowed more than 14 points in a single game once to the Saints, a game which Atlanta won on the road.
Mike Burke – EaglesGab.com
My AFC front runners have to be the Jets and Ravens right now. The two teams remind me of one another. They’re both driven by great defenses, and have developing offenses with young quarterbacks.
In the NFC right now, I’m going to have to say the Giants. Their defense is starting to play great football and they’re starting to get some rhythm on offense. Hakeem Nicks has been amazing and now they’ve even got Brandon Jacobs helping out Ahmad Bradshaw.
Adam Warwas – VikingsGab.com
In the AFC, I can’t imagine picking anyone other than the Steelers as the top of the class right now. To get out of the quarterback carousel that was constantly spinning for them with a 3-1 record just shows how stout their defense is and how well coached this tema is.
The NFC is tougher to call, but right now I would have to go with the experience and depth of the Super Bowl Champion Saints. Until somebody steps up and truly shows dominance, I’m going to stick with the guys wearing the brand new rings.
Nirpal Sihota – RaidersGab.com
Jets. Rex Ryan + 3-0 Division Record + Great D + Living up to expectations. Best team in NFL.
Saints. Getting everyone’s best shot, but both loses have been on the road and without Reggie Bush. Healthy, they are still the best in NFC.