NFL Trends: Despite recent success Seattle are on the slide

Eli Manning can lead the NY Giants to NFC East Glory
Eli Manning can lead the NY Giants to NFC East Glory

Each week Neil Monnery reviews the teams trending up and trending down in the NFL and lots of NFC East teams appear in his bulletin this time round, but who is going in the right direction?

"Eli Manning is not by favourite QB, not by a long shot but when I look down the current list of starting QB's in the NFC East (Weeden, Bradford, Cousins) then he might be the cream of the crop."

Trending Up

Denver Broncos

I said they were trending up in Week Two but after four games I still don't think they are getting the credit they deserve. People are concentrating on Peyton Manning's arm and how he can't get it done any more when they should be looking at just how great this defence is. It might be one for the ages. Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware just fly at the QB and the secondary can play man up against the very best wide receivers. While head coach Wade Phillips has his critics, he's a superb defensive mind. Denver play Oakland and Cleveland before their bye week, I fully expect them to be 6-0 going into a marquee SNF game with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

Next up: @ Oakland

New York Giants

When you go to Buffalo and win with ease then it is noteworthy. Eli Manning is not my favourite QB, not by a long shot, but when I look down the current list of starting QBs in the NFC East (Weeden, Bradford, Cousins) then he might be the cream of the crop. I had the Giants as missing out of the play-offs but with the injuries in Dallas, the woefulness of everything in Philly and the fact Washington are Washington, the Giants might now be the tip to win the NFC East.

Next up: home v San Francisco

Carolina Panthers

At 4-0 I suppose we have to start taking the Panthers more seriously. However, look at who they've beaten - the Jaguars, Texans, Saints and Buccaneers and allow me to stop short of pushing all my chips into the centre of the table just yet. They put their feet up this week and then they go to Seattle on Sunday October 18. After that we'll get a better feel for them. They are trending up, but not with much confidence.

Next up: bye, @ Seattle (week 6)

Trending Down

Philadelphia Eagles

What do I really need to say? Sam Bradford cannot run the Chip Kelly offense the way that people hoped. He just flat out isn't good enough. The o-line is porous and they paid DeMarco Murray a lot of money to be the DeMarco Murray of 2014 but he can't get anything done this year. The whole Chip Kelly experiment now looks doomed to failure and I have no trust in this team at all. Even up against the 1-3 Saints this week I just can't back Philly at a skinny 1.412/5 on the Exchange.

Next up: home v New Orleans

Dallas Cowboys

Injuries, injuries, injuries. It never rains but it pours. I feel for Cowboys fans, I really do. I know they get Rolando McClain and Greg Hardy back this week and Sean Lee is expected to play after his concussion last week but can this team catch a break? Tony Romo is out for at least another month and next up on the schedule is Tom Brady and the all-conquering New England Patriots. The over/under points in this game has been set at 49 points on the Exchange. New England alone could score 49.

Next up: home v New England

Seattle Seahawks

I know this is controversial. The Seahawks have won twice on the spin, giving up a grand total of ten points in eight quarters, so how can this team be trending downwards? Well, they came into the season as the best team in the NFC. Back-to-back NFC Titles, a dominant win in the 2014 Super Bowl and were within a yard of retaining their title earlier this year. Yet watching this team and the lack of protection Russell Wilson is getting is flat out scary. Last night he was under constant duress from free runners and had it not been for yet another horrific call by an official on MNF in Seattle then in all likelihood they'd have lost that game against the abject Detroit Lions. Seattle can win 10-11 games this season but in terms of winning it all, both Green Bay and Arizona are significantly better in the NFC. Atlanta, too, are a step ahead. Next up they travel to Ohio for what is one of the best games of Week Five, a real gem and I'm very disappointed Sky have not chosen to show it.

Next up: @ Cincinnati

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