BY SAMIR NAWAZ – FAN FUEL BLOGGER
1. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS ROLLING ALONG
After a rocky start that included suspect losses to the Ravens and the Cardinals, the Patriots have quietly rebounded with four straight wins. At 7-3, and with three games up on their next closest division rival, the Patriots have essentially secured the division and a trip to the playoffs with six weeks to go in the season. I am not saying things are perfect in New England, especially given their atrocious secondary, but they already have a solid shot at securing a first round bye in the playoffs. They play Houston in a couple weeks, and if they can beat them they are the team to beat in the NFL.
2. RG3′s CAREER DAY
While I am still not a fan, having long given my rookie of the year vote to Andrew Luck, RG3′s four touchdown romp at home against the Eagles deserves some credit. Not only did RG3 decisively lead his team to victory against a divisional opponent, but he did so with some of the most perfectly executed plays made by anyone this season. I have come down hard on RG for his “mobile” play which often leads to immobile results, but he made everyone take notice of what fantastic in the pocket potential he has with those two 60-yard throws for touchdowns he had in this one. For RG3′s sake let’s hope he keeps it going from the pocket.
3. JAGS HANG TOUGH
At 1-8, the Jacksonville Jaguars do not have much to play for at this point in this season. In fact, at this point last year bad teams actually had something to look forward to with the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. This year however, don’t count the Jags as one of those teams looking to lay down as they went on the road and took it to the league’s best team the Houston Texans. In fact, not only did they lose their starting quarterback, but the team seemed to rally around the loss, took on a new persona, and lead by Chad Henne and his four TDs gave the Texans all they had and actually led for much of this game. While they did not win, the Jags can at least look back on one game this season with some pride.