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Final Week 7 notes

Time to shut the door on Dallas, plus Favre, the Bears' issues and more. Matt Bowen

Print This October 26, 2010, 05:30 AM EST

Some final notes from the Week 7 NFL action. Five things that stood out...

1. Dallas is in serious trouble: At 1-5, can we finally shut the door on the Cowboys? Add in the broken collarbone for QB Tony Romo, and I don’t see how this club can realistically compete in the NFC East. The Giants looked more physical, handled the Cowboys’ pressure and ate up that Dallas secondary.  The Cowboys looked disinterested at times in the second half last night and have to run their offense through backup QB Jon Kitna moving forward. Talk about a major disappointment for Jerry Jones’ franchise.

Brett FavreICONFavre's streak of 291 consecutive games might come to an end this Sunday.

2. Favre’s streak may come to an end: Will we see Favre's streak of consecutive games stop at 291? This situation is going to dominate the NFL discussion all week long until we have an answer on Favre, his injured ankle and the decision from head coach Brad Childress. Have to play the QB who gives the Vikings the best chance to win, and that might be Tarvaris Jackson—injury or not. Sitting at 2-4, this could be a sinking ship in Minneapolis with a loss to the Patriots. Rough year for Favre on and off of the field.

3.The AFC is still playing better football: We know the top players in the AFC: Steelers, Jets, Patriots, Ravens. But, don’t forget about the Titans, Colts, Dolphins, Chiefs and Texans. Is there a team in the NFC that can match up? Have to mention the Giants because of Perry Fewell’s defense and the running game, but who else? Atlanta? Green Bay? New Orleans? Seattle? There is an obvious better brand of football in the AFC this season—and that laves the NFC wide open.

4. Chicago’s offense is still an issue: Can point the finger at Mike Martz all we want, but the execution on the field is atrocious in Chicago. Schemes don’t win games in the NFL. Instead, it comes down to players, technique and basic fundamentals. We don’t see any of that up front on the offensive line, at the wide receiver position or with QB Jay Cutler. The running game? Forget about it when you consistently can’t control the line of scrimmage. Chicago heads into the bye week at 4-3—and the schedule isn’t easy the second half of the season. Time for the offense to start earning those paychecks.

5. Offseason drama is overrated: Take Redskins’ DT Albert Haynesworth as the prime example. The refusal to play in the 3-4 scheme, the boycott of the offseason program, the conditioning test saga, plus the back and forth with Mike Shanahan throughout training camp. Sunday? Looked like a Pro Bowl player. Once the games count, no one in the locker room cares about drama—it is all about football. Talent always sells to the head coach when it comes to Sunday.

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