Instead, Dallas is sitting at 2-3 because of a host of injuries, including Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. Meanwhile, Baltimore is also banged up but is still playing well below what is expected of a John Harbaugh-coached team, currently at 1-5 and last in the AFC North. It appears the Cowboys might be able to right the ship when they get healthy (with a little help from the atrocious NFC East), while the Ravens will certainly be home for the holidays.
On the flip side, there was talk that Andy Dalton might be looking at his last year as a starting quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals. Many picked Cincinnati to miss the playoffs for the first time in five years. Instead, the Bengals are 6-0 and clearly a threat to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 1988.
The New England Patriots are also somewhat of a surprise. New England was supposed to take a step back after winning the title last year, due to the free-agency departures of Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and others. Instead, Tom Brady and the boys are once again a force, churning to a 5-0 mark.
Here’s what the NFL standings look like after six weeks:
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On Thursday night, the Seattle Seahawks travel to take on the San Francisco 49ers. The loser can all but kiss their postseason dreams goodbye, with the winner still alive and kicking in the middling NFC West. Seattle has blown fourth-quarter leads in each of their previous two games, and must get back on track under the lights.