Well, the only game this past week with two teams having winning records ended up with Chicago beating the Pack, and the Packers losing Aaron Rodgers. He went down hard on his left shoulder during a first quarter sack, and has broken his collarbone. No word on how long he will be out, but this certainly doesn’t look good for Green Bay. This leaves a 3-way tie in the NFC North between Green Bay, Detroit and Chicago. Minnesota is at the bottom of the pile at 1-7. Outside the NFC North, the Buccaneers are 0-8 and in the AFC, Jacksonville is also winless.
Philadelphia won big over the Raiders, 49-20, but the real story here is Nick Foles! He threw 7 touchdowns Sunday, the second time a quarterback has done that this season, the first being Peyton Manning, but Foles ended up with a perfect passer rating. He had more touchdowns than incompletions in the game. If Michael Vick was hoping to come back, he’d better do something spectacular. He is only the second quarterback to ever have 400+ yards of passing and a perfect passer rating. The other was Ken O’Brien back in 1986 with the Jets beating up the Seahawks 38-7, when he was 26-32 with 431 yards and 4 touchdowns. That’s some pretty elite stats from My. Foles, and I would be a lot of teams should be worried if he can keep it up anywhere close to that!
On to college, Florida State drilled Miami and knocked the ‘Canes back to number 11 in the BCS standings. Florida State is number 2 right now, but I do think near the end of the season, Oregon will be jumping them. It will be interesting to see how much the strength of schedule comes into play to get Oregon above the ‘Noles to get a shot at the National Championship Game. The Ducks definitely have to get past Stanford first, though, because if they lose to them, Florida State is a shoe-in if they win out. The Stanford-Oregon game has had some pretty high implications in the last 5 years.
Another game with major implications is the Iron Bowl. Saturday, November 30th, 2013, Auburn vs Alabama. These two teams always play to each others’ levels, the way a good rivalry should. Of course, the Tide has to make it past LSU and Mississippi State first, and Auburn has to get by Tennessee and Georgia, so it is no cakewalk, but then again, the SEC never is! The ACC is shaping up to be pretty hard this year as well, and some other rivalries from around the country are always great games, like how Michigan State upset Michigan to take home the Paul Bunyan Trophy on Saturday. Let’s wait on some more rivalries coming up this month and see who wins out and what the BCS does!