After four to five games each, we can start to get a clearer picture of teams, and the computer finally started predicting games better!
And idle Pittsburgh moves up a spot to the top of the rankings with a slight margin over the Jets and Baltimore in a virtual tie. The AFC dominance continues with four of the next five, Atlanta being the only NFC team to break things up at #6.
The big mover of the week is the Giants after easily handling what had been a good Houston team. Houston in turn is a big loser for the week but New Orleans topped them and falls to #29 despite a 3-2 record.
Why is New Orleans so low? Their performance chart is telling:
Their wins are over teams with a combined 1-13 record and they lost to the only good team they played (Atlanta) and a bad Arizona team with a rookie quarterback starting his first game. And what may be more concerning for Saints fans is that the performance seems to be in a steady decline.
The computer finally had a good week predicting games going 9-5 against the spread and 7-7 picking winners versus Vegas going 5-9 picking winners. The computer also went 3-0 on best picks and 2-0 on locks.
Stay tuned for an entry on projected regular season records.