I think Dallas, Minnesota, Arizona and Green Bay will all fade away at the end. Green Bay's o-line is atrocious, and their D is letting teams hang around. They'll lose several more games this year.
Minne are starting to get figured out, I think. Ponder is just not an elite QB, he makes incredibly poor decisions every game and has been getting away with it, but I think it's catching up to him now.
Dallas are the very definition of mediocre and inconsistent. I don't rate Garrett as a head coach at all, and they just seem to have problems all over the field this season.
'Zona are just too banged up. It's actually a bit of a shame, because they have a great D down there and some playmakers on offense, but no QB and a patchwork o-line. 3 losses on the bounce and I think they'll keep losing.
Hasselbeck is right though, this week's game is massive. Can we win? Absolutely, and we SHOULD win, more importantly. The Lions have disappointed this season and we match up well against them on both sides of the ball. But it's a 10am start away from home, and we all know how those games usually look. This is a monkey that needs to be gotten off our backs this season if the team is to stake it's postseason claim. Win, and we carry momentum into our two relatively winnable home games heading into the bye, with a damn good chance of being 7-3 at that point. Lose, and we're behind the eight-ball, praying for other teams to lose for us to have a chance.
There was this monkey, right?