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Rk. Team LW 4 3 2 5 10 11 7 12 19 14 15 6 16 9 21 25 20 13 8 22 23 17 24 18 27 28 31 32 29 30 Com­ments by Nate Davis

Now we know they own all-weather of­fense. But they’ll hardly need it in play­offs, where they’ll be play­ing in L.A., New Or­leans and/or At­lanta.

Sony Michel has lit­tle shot of over­tak­ing Saquon Barkley in ROY race, but he does lead all first-year backs with 80 rush yards per game. Drew Brees can reach two more mile­stones this Sun­day — TD pass No. 500 and beat­ing the only team he’s never van­quished ... the Ravens.

As long as Eric Berry, Justin Hous­ton out, de­fense (it’s al­lowed 500 yards three times) will con­tinue to put Ma­homes and Co. in tough spots.

Re­mem­ber when Melvin Gor­don was barred from end zone in his 2015 rookie year? He has 33 TDs since, more than any­one but Todd Gur­ley (36).

Say hello to NFL’s new No. 1 de­fense. Bal­ti­more has al­lowed more than 14 points only once, which greatly re­duces pres­sure on Joe Flacco et al.

As Le’Veon Watch rolls on, in­ter­est­ing that next two games are against Cleve­land and Bal­ti­more. Pitts­burgh has one AFC North game in se­cond half.

Maybe they’re bet­ter off with a wild card. They’ve ba­si­cally never won a big game at sparsely at­tended Paul Brown Sta­dium.

They scored their first rush­ing TDs of sea­son in Week 6 ... and we only just learned what we’d been miss­ing with Kirk Cousins’ cel­e­bra­tions.

Doesn’t Corey Cle­ment, com­ing off 10 days to rest his heal­ing quad, de­serve chance to be lead back? Don’t forget what he did in Su­per Bowl.

Wash­ing­ton and Dal­las are only teams to al­ter­nate wins, losses all sea­son, and one of them will break form fol­low­ing this Sun­day’s show­down.

Ap­pears Aaron Rodgers is gain­ing more and more trust in those young re­ceivers he chided in train­ing camp. Of course, A-Rod never lost faith in his kicker.

If you thought re­turns of Thomas Davis and Greg Olsen would give them a boost ... OK, cards on the ta­ble, we thought the same thing. Brock Osweiler is your clas­sic Band-Aid – nicely ef­fec­tive for a very lim­ited pe­riod of time be­fore it starts to look re­ally gross. Speak­ing of Osweiler, we can only as­sume Khalil Mack was tak­ing pity on the man he once sacked five times in a sin­gle af­ter­noon. Matt Ryan’s 2016 sea­son was start­ing to look like ma­jor sta­tis­ti­cal out­lier, but this year’s numbers ap­proach­ing or ex­ceed­ing MVP lev­els.

Let’s ac­knowl­edge legacy of Paul Allen, a quiet man who saved pro­fes­sional foot­ball in Seat­tle and turned this fran­chise into a force. Win­ners of last three, they’re play­ing best ball in AFC South, a re­mark­able state­ment if you saw pu­trid show­ing in Week 6 against Bills.

Sti­fling D. Com­ple­men­tary play of Dak Prescott and Zeke El­liott bal­anc­ing of­fense. Win­ning turnover bat­tle. They looked like 2016 Cow­boys.

De­fense crack­ing. Take­aways con­tinue but count for less in last three weeks when Cleve­land has al­lowed nearly 100 points and 1,500 yards.

Jalen, how could Dal­las shred y’all? “I don’t know.” How do Jags not own AFC South? “I don’t know.” Y’all about to splin­ter? “I don’t know.” K Ja­son My­ers poured in 24 points Sun­day. Watch out Steph Curry, James Har­den and Rus­sell West­brook.

Fun fact (un­less you’re Matthew Stafford), but guess which quar­ter­back owns most ca­reer pass­ing yards (36,134) with­out a play­off win? Yup.

They’ve gone from be­ing more than the sum of their parts to less than the sum of their parts. No way Mar­cus Mar­i­ota should be sacked 11 times.

They have one game in Den­ver be­fore Nov. 25, hardly an elixir for a team that’s lost four in a row and typ­i­cally re­lies on home cook­ing. De­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Mike Smith be­came first to walk plank. Dirk Koet­ter, Jameis Win­ston could be fit­ted for blind­folds soon enough. Our col­leagues at The In­di­anapo­lis Star have al­ready be­gun as­sess­ing prospects who will be avail­able at the top of the 2019 NFL draft. Not sure whether it would be best to give Nathan Peter­man a hug, or loop Lawrence Tay­lor say­ing, “Son, y’all got to do bet­ter than this.” We wouldn’t want Larry Fitzger­ald’s dad (or Larry Fitzger­ald) an­gry at us, but at least this group has be­gun show­ing more fight week to week.

They seem to lose a key player by the week, yet Kyle Shana­han’s charges fight to the fi­nal whis­tle week af­ter week, an en­cour­ag­ing sign for the fu­ture.

Shame to see Saquon Barkley’s tran­scen­dent rookie sea­son go to waste, es­pe­cially since this is a group no longer show­ing much fight. Who’s next to go? Amari Cooper? Gareon Con­ley? Reg­gie McKen­zie? Jon Gru­den’s “team” has even lost its la­bel as the Bay Area’s best.

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