We can champion the NFL for its parity all day long, but someone has to go to the playoffs at the end of the day. The cream will begin to rise to the top, the minute hand will tick faster towards midnight for Cinderellas & some teams will have to relish playing the spoiler & fighting for roster spots. Yet, on a week where things should begin to sort themselves out, many questions arose as opposed to answers.
How valuable is Santonio Holmes to the Jets? After missing the first 4 games of the season and enduring a near-scoreless five quarters, the former Buckeye snagged a 37-yard reception from Mark Sanchez to neutralize the Cleveland Browns entire game in the blink of an eye. There's nothing worse than having the "W" slip through your fingers at the last second but for the Browns, it's just another day at the office.
The Patriots kept pace with the Jets behind Tom Brady's 350-yard, three touchdown performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers may have made the score respectable in the fourth quarter, but their vaunted defense had no answer as the Patriots marched up and down the field virtually at will all game.
All week long, the talking heads at Bristol pegged the Giants as a Super Bowl sleeper team and possibly the best team in the NFC. All of that was before they ran into a rejuvenated Cowboys team hellbent on making sure Jason Garrett won his NFL debut. Where this effort was the past few weeks is anyone's guess, Jon Kitna had his best outing in years tallying 327 yards with three touchdowns and a QB rating of 124. Dez Bryant didn't look too shabby either. The Giants brand new stadium had <a href="http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=media%2Fapphoto%2F0adae6bb-c8ed-4f5e-bc6f-de0e20a969f7.jpg&w=512&h=341">some technical difficulties</a> and the squad lost a valuable chance to gain some separation from the Eagles & Redskins, who face off tonight.