--19. Sorry, Cowboys' fans, but it's hard to imagine Dallas stopping Nick Foles twice in one season, especially the way Foles and the Eagles are rolling now.
--20. Make it a good weekend for the NFL. Shortly after the NFL concedes it has contingency plans in place for the Super Bowl, the temperature at kickoff at MetLife Stadium is a record 70 degrees. Maybe, just maybe, the NFL lucks out in February.
FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED
--1. Joe Flacco's sprained left knee is more of an issue than he admits. Sorry, but the Baltimore Ravens' quarterback just didn't look right vs. New England. He not only didn't make big throws; he made big mistakes, throwing two interceptions en route to Baltimore's worst loss under John Harbaugh.
--2. Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly should get Defensive Player of the Year consideration. In the year's biggest game for the Panthers, nobody played bigger or better than Kuechly, who had 24 tackles and an interception. According to the NFL, Kuechly is the first player since Tampa Bay's Derrick Brooks in 2001 to have at least 20 tackles and an interception in a game.
--3. It's the Detroit Lions, not baseball's Tigers, that need recently signed veteran closer Joe Nathan. The Lions just don't know how to finish off opponents, blowing fourth-quarter leads in six of their eight defeats.
--4. Miami is not playoff worthy. I don't care if the Dolphins make it or not. They're not going anywhere, stinking it up in a crucial game vs. a Buffalo team that played without its top receiver and with a backup quarterback. The Dolphins should've played as if the game meant something ... which it did. Unfortunately, they did not. Check, please.
--5. Nobody matters in the NFC North. It's the next-to-last week of the season when there should be a sense of urgency. So what happens? The division gets blanked, going 0-4, with Chicago completing the sweep with Sunday night's 54-11 torching.
JUST ASKING BUT ...
--Do we finally get a look at Aaron Rodgers now?
--Does it matter who the AFC's sixth seed is?
--Is it too soon to start rooting for Manning-Brady XV now?
--Does that mean Seattle is vulnerable?
--How did Nick Foles get to be this good this fast?
FIVE GUYS WHO HAVE SOME EXPLAINING TO DO
--1. Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford. With five minutes to go, he's up by seven and facing third-and-7 at his own 22. The Giants have done squat in the half -- in fact, they have one first down in the third and fourth quarters -- so all Detroit has to do is not commit a fatal mistake. Guess what?
Stafford commits a fatal mistake, throwing a pass that Will Hill intercepts and returns for a touchdown. Football isn't tough to figure out. Run out the clock, and Detroit wins. Get stupid, and you suffer the consequences.
--2. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. It's not that he and his teammates flopped vs. Philadelphia. It's what's next, and that's not just Green Bay; it's a mountain of a challenge for Cutler. Since taking over as quarterback in Chicago he's 1-7 vs. the Packers, with eight touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Guess that means Tony Romo is not the only one with something to prove next weekend.
--3. Green Bay offensive tackle Don Barclay. When he moved, so did the Packers -- down to another loss.
Barclay moved too soon on a second-and-goal at the Pittsburgh 1, a mistake that not only cost the Packers five yards but, more importantly, 10 valuable seconds. With only one play left, Green Bay threw to the end zone and lost to the Steelers.
--4. Referee Ron Winter. Scratch another ref from Super Bowl consideration. Winter's crew was as bad as his mike, which sometimes worked, with officials making phantom calls and suffering from indecision --- three times changing their minds. Now you know why the NFL wants to take control of a situation that keeps getting worse.
--5. Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods. With Stevie Johnson out and Marquise Goodwin sidelined in the first half, he was the only reliable receiver for third-string quarterback Thad Lewis. So what does he do? Catch 70 yards in passes before getting tossed in the third quarter for sucker punching Miami's Reshad Jones at the bottom of the pile. You have to be kidding. Someone give this guy smart pills.
NUMBERS THAT MAY MEAN SOMETHING
--1 -- Cleveland Browns rushing TDs on the road
--2 -- Points by which Washington lost the last two games