A lot has happened since September. The New York Giants and the Washington Redskins opened the season at the Meadowlands, and the home team won 16-7 by holding Washington to 209 yards in Jim Zorn’s debut.
Now, the Giants (10-1) are close to clinching the division title, while the Redskins (7-4) are hanging onto wild-card aspirations.
The NFC East has the best winning percentage at .670.
1. NY Giants, 10-1 — The Giants have won 14 of their past 15 on the road, including the postseason.
2. NY Jets, 8-3 — The Jets are averaging 34 points per game during their current five-game winning streak.
3. Pittsburgh, 8-3 — Since the start of the 2007 season, kicker Jeff Reed has made 41 of 44 field goals to lead the NFL with a 93.2 percent conversion.
4. Tennessee, 10-1 — The Titans suffered their first regular-season loss in 14 games dating to last year.
5. Indianapolis, 7-4 — The Colts broke a three-game losing streak in San Diego.
6. Tampa Bay, 8-3 — Jon Gruden is 7-7 all time vs. the Saints.
7. New England, 7-4 — Matt Cassel has passed for more than 400 yards and has thrown three touchdown passes in each of the past two games.
8. Carolina, 8-3 — DeAngelo Williams has 469 yards and five touchdowns in his past four games.
9. Baltimore, 7-4 — Joe Flacco has completed 58.9 percent of his passes for 1,152 yards, nine touchdowns, two interceptions and a 95.2 passer rating in his past six.
10. Dallas, 7-4 — The Cowboys have lost four of the past five vs. Seattle.
11. Atlanta, 7-4 — When Michael Turner has at least eight carries, his teams are 18-4.
12. Washington, 7-4 — Jason Campbell has four touchdowns, one interception in his career vs. the Giants.
13. Arizona, 7-4 — The Cardinals are averaging 28.9 points per game.
14. Miami, 6-5 — The Dolphins are aiming for their 10th consecutive game with at least 300 yards.
15. New Orleans, 6-5 — Drew Brees threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over Tampa Bay earlier this season.
16. Buffalo, 6-5 — Trent Edwards leads the AFC with 108.6 passer rating in the fourth quarter.
17. Chicago, 6-5 — The Bears have lost two of the past three to the Vikings.
18. Minnesota, 6-5 — Gus Frerotte is 6-3 as a starter this season.
19. Denver, 6-5 — Brandon Marshall is averaging 88.7 yards per game.
20. Green Bay, 5-6 — Aaron Rodgers has completed 69.9 percent of his passes for 1,194 yards, seven touchdowns, two interceptions and a 101.8 passer rating at home this season.
21. Philadelphia, 5-5-1 — Donovan McNabb is 22-21-1 since leading the Eagles to four consecutive NFC Championship Games from 2001-04.
22. Houston, 4-7 — The Texans are averaging 24.8 points per game in their past nine games.
23. San Diego, 4-7 — The Chargers are 18-3 at home since 2006.
24. Cleveland, 4-7 — In two career games against the Colts, Jamal Lewis has 253 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
25. Jacksonville, 4-7 — The Jags are 7-4 on Monday Night Football.
26. Oakland, 3-8 — The Raiders have lost nine of the past 11 to the Chiefs.
27. San Francisco, 3-8 — The 49ers have 52 plays of 20 yards or more, the most in the NFL.
28. Seattle, 2-9 — The Seahawks have lost four in a row and seven of eight.
29. Cincinnati, 1-9-1 — The 2002 Bengals were the worst ever at 2-14.
30. Kansas City, 1-10 — The Chiefs are 1-19 in their past 20 games.
31. St. Louis, 2-9 — The Rams gained 14 rushing yards on 19 attempts.
32. Detroit, 0-11 — The Lions are 33-33-2 on Thanksgiving Day.
Seattle (+12 1/2) at Dallas — The Cowboys are 25-14-1 in Thanksgiving Day games. They will win this one almost as easily as they did in 1980, when they beat the Seahawks 51-7. Then, the hard part begins for Dallas with Pittsburgh, the NY Giants, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
COWBOYS 30, Seahawks 13
Charean’s season record: 8-3
Arizona (+3) over PHILADELPHIA — Maybe Donovan McNabb, who was benched for the first time in his career, comes out with nothing to lose. He doesn’t have anything to lose except his job and another game, two things that happened last week. But McNabb has seven turnovers in the past six quarters, and the Eagles offense has one touchdown in the past two games. That doesn’t bode well when facing an offense averaging 28.9 points per game.
Cardinals 28, EAGLES 17
Charean’s season record: 2-9 Best bets
Tennessee (-11) over DETROIT — Thanksgiving is about tradition, and the Lions have hosted a Thanksgiving Day game since 1934. They did it before it was cool. Put yourselves in the shoes of Lions’ fans: It’s one of the few things they have to look forward to, so let them have this day even if they won’t enjoy it. The worst thing that could have happened to the Lions on Sunday happened: The Titans lost. This will not be a trap game for Tennessee. The Lions have lost five games by 13 points or more, three by more than 23. They have lost four consecutive on Thanksgiving Day by 11, 17, 20 and 32 points. This one has ugly written all over it.
Titans 28, LIONS 10
Indianapolis (-4 1/2) over CLEVELAND — Brady Quinn, who has an injured finger, is 1-2 as a starter with 518 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and a 66.6 passer rating. While the Browns are getting ready for next year, the Colts are getting hot for the playoffs.
Colts 24, BROWNS 17
Charean’s season record straight up: 10-1
Charean’s season record against spread: 7-2-2
— Home team in caps.
1. The Titans used to be able to stop the run, allowing only two 100-yard performances in the first seven games. But they have allowed opponents more than 100 yards rushing in three of their past four games. The Jets had 192 Sunday. Though the Lions rank 29th in rushing offense, there best chance to keep the game close is with Kevin Smith.
2. The Cardinals are trying to establish the run. Five of their first 14 plays Sunday were runs. But after Tim Hightower had 109 yards in his first start in Week 9, the Cardinals have only 145 rushing yards on 58 attempts. The Eagles, though, are 11th against the run and fifth against the pass, so Arizona might try establishing the run early against the Eagles.