I truly am a big believer in the Bill Parcells mantra that you are what your record says you are, but there are times, as I demonstrated yesterday, that there are times that I think that theory can be challenged.
With that thought in mind, forget about the record of all of the contenders in the NFC currently and let’s take a look at everything from strength of schedule, signature wins and playoff positioning to determine who is the most likely to be representing the conference in New Orleans come February.
With Matt Ryan having a career season and the Atlanta offense performing up to a level that was expected of them last season, if ever there was a season that their MVP candidate quarterback can get that first playoff win monkey off his back, this is the year.
However, I’ve never seen a team with a 10-1 record get as little respect as Atlanta currently is. In fact, it’s more than lack of respect, but disrespect. There isn’t a pundit out there that thin...