The sign of a great team, a Super Bowl team, is when it doesn't play anywhere near its peak performance ... and still wins. That was the Rams on Sunday. The defense got rolled early, putting Los Angeles behind the, er, 12-ball at 10-zip. As he always manages to do, Sean McVay deciphered the Rubik's Cube, leaning on Todd Gurley more on early downs to keep an uber-aggressive Packers defense honest. On that front, Gurley somehow piled up nearly 200 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown after a rough start. The focus on Gurley allowed Jared Goff to deliver perfect strikes on intermediate throws against single coverage, which is so difficult to stop (or even hope to stop).










No movement for the Patriots, although Saints fans think their team should have leapfrogged New England. Funny how 25-6 division wins -- on the road, no less -- are not enough anymore. The Patriots' defense gave up 46 yards on the ground and forced two turnovers to take the pressure off Tom Brady, a la the Dolphins game a month ago. Offensively, James White caught his usual 150 passes (10 for 79), while his touchdown plunge capped off the key drive of the game, pushing a close six-point affair to 18-6 in the fourth quarter.








From team off to a rough start to quiet Super Bowl contender. That's the arc of the Saints' 2018 campaign thus far. Three days before Halloween, New Orleans re-entered the house of its playoff horrors -- and proceeded to wallop the Vikings on defense and special teams.







Who knows how strong this Bears team really is? At 4-3, and with both the Packers and Vikings losing last week, Chicago is in the heart of the NFC North race. A two-score win certainly helps boost the perception of this team, although the opponent in said victory is far from a playoff squad. Mitch Trubisky was effective against the Jets in a sense, committing no turnovers while making plenty of hay with his legs. The air attack is still earthbound. The larger question is, when will the Jordan Howard breakout game come? Still zero 100-yard outings on the season, although he was solid against New York's front. Tarik Cohen was a handful.





Another shoddy outing for the Dolphins, who fell apart in the fourth quarter last Thursday in Houston. Adam Gase's defense has disintegrated over the last five weeks, with Miami giving up 167 points during that stretch. That's an absolute ton. The 1973 Super Bowl team didn't allow that many all season. Granted, those days were different in pro football, but take a look for yourself at the coverage the other night. Next up: Jets, at home. Miami rebounds.