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TALE OF THE TAPE

  1. CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 6: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots passes against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 24: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets passes against the New York Giants during their pre season game at MetLife Stadium on August 24, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
    Tale Of The Tape: New England Patriots At New York Jets

    The Patriots don’t have the kind of explosive offensive team that fans are used to seeing, but they are 5-1 and in first place in the AFC East.

  2. JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 29: Blaine Gabbert #11 hands off to Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during a game against the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field on September 29, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida. A nurse puts 3D glasses on the face of a surgeon before an operation at the Argenteuil hospital, in a Paris suburb, on July 25, 2013. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR
    Less Painful: Watching Jacksonville Or Undergoing Invasive, Unnecessary Surgery?

    With the Jacksonville Jaguars unable to do anything right, and turning in performances reminiscent of the ’62 Mets absent any of the charm, watching their games is beyond brutal.

  3. TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 29: Quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins watches play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers August 29, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 08: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys calls out while in the huddle in the first half against the New York Giants on September 8, 2013 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
    Tale Of The Tape: Washington Redskins At Dallas Cowboys

    The bye week had to be good for RGIII, as it gave him one more week to rest and recover from the ACL injury that was supposed to have been fully healed when he started the season.

  4. EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 18: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts talks on the sidelines during their preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 18, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 29: Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers plays the role of backup quarterback during a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 29, 2013 in San Diego, California.
    Tale Of The Tape: Indianapolis Colts At San Diego Chargers

    While Andrew Luck was getting a run for his money as the top rookie quarterback in the league last year from RGIII and Russell Wilson, Luck appears to have gotten even better in 2013.

  5. GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 24: Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals talks to teammates in the huddle during the preseason NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 24, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 29: Colt McCoy #2 of the San Francisco 49ers takes his first huddle of the night againt the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter of a preseason game at Qualcomm Stadium on August 29, 2013 in San Diego, California.
    Tale Of The Tape: Arizona Cardinals At San Francisco 49ers

    Carson Palmer is not an elite quarterback. However, he understands what head coach Bruce Arians wants him to do with the offense.

  6. NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 30: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 30, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 6: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots passes against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
    Tale Of The Tape: New Orleans Saints At New England Patriots

    While Drew Brees has not been winging the ball around the field like Peyton Manning, he has been dynamic in his own right and he may be the best quarterback in the NFC.