Totally agree with the above, so hard to pic a clear fav…which is great (seeing as the Packers are gonna be a non-factor).
What I found interesting about the Pats and Falcon’s win’s yesterday (and this highlights what is so good about the parity involved in the NFL) was how both teams attacked the weakness/avoided the strengths of the opposition, in what was great game planning (the importance of good coaching)…The GAA equivelent of Dublin’s game plan for the blanket (keep width and probe with deep runners)
The Pats basically avoided throwing at the Denver CB’s (possible the best group in the league - Harris, Talib, Roby). Instead found ways to get their RB’s and TE’s matched up on linebackers (speed mismatch). They do this so often. Assess the opposition D, and adapt to attack its weakness. This is why they have gotten huge games out of relative nobodies in big games (See Vareen and James White in recent SB’s)
The Falcon’s did it on the other side of the ball. They looked at the fact that Dallas were missing the best LT in the game and absolutely destroyed his back-up (to the tune of 5 sacks). It totally wrecked the Dallas’ game plan.
The chess match element of the NFL is what is the casual (only turns up for the SB party in Feb) misses. It really is a thinking man’s game (unless you play that is…then you are mostly brain damaged…)