Green Bay will try to cling onto this positiion as much as possible without Aaron Rodgers, but it will be hard if Brett Hundley can’t play at a competent level. Good thing the Packers have a bye to try to get him there.
Who’s right behind: Packers (4-3), Panthers (4-3), Falcons (3-3), Cowboys (3-3), Lions (3-3), Redskins (3-3). Outside of Carolina, the 2015 NFC champions, this group includes four of last year’s NFC playoff teams that have faded, each for different reasons. Atlanta, Dallas and Detroit should still make everyone above them sweat.
Who’s just about out: Giants (1-6), 49ers (0-7). New York is the one NFC playoff team from last season that is already (unofficially) confirmed for not making a return trip. San Francisco has fully flipped the page to next season.
It kind of was a springboard into my career, battling back from adversity.
NOTES: QB Kellen Moore was released and is likely headed to the practice squad if he clears waivers. … TE Blake Jarwin was signed off the practice squad. … When Dallas added K Mike Nugent, who will fill in while Dan Bailey recovers from a groin injury, DE Damontre Moore was released. The Cowboys kept Moore through the summer despite a two-game suspension to start the season because of a substance-abuse violation.
Cleveland’s last season with a winning record was 2007. Incidentally, that was Thomas’ rookie season, and the Browns went 10-6. In a very Browns turn of events, they still missed the playoffs.