1 Will a Bill Belichick team finish last in total defense?
Yes. The Patriots are allowing a league-high 424.1 yards a game. Their high-scoring offense isn't built for ball control, giving opponents plenty of opportunities to remind us that game plans are only as good as the players who execute them.
2 Can Buffalo win the AFC East?
Yes. The Bills are tied for the league lead in takeaways, have a capable passing attack and feature one of the game's more underrated backs in Fred Jackson. Plus, they've already beaten the Pats.
3 Will things get better for Chris Johnson?
Not dramatically if the problem isn't physical—and he says it's not. The NFL's most dangerous back the past three seasons has been held under 35 yards in four games and was outrushed 60 to 34 (on the same number of carries) by his backup on Sunday. That does not bode well.
4 Who's the league's hottest back?
Frank Gore of the 49ers has run for at least 125 yards and a TD in four consecutive games, which helps explain why QB Alex Smith is playing so efficiently and why San Francisco is 6--1.
5 Who is the real Joe Flacco?
If you know, please tell the Ravens. They thought their QB would take his game to the next level, but over his last four games he's thrown one TD with four picks and is on pace to finish with the worst completion percentage and most INTs of his four-year career.