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The Schein Nine: Portis the early MVP

The Schein Nine: Portis the early MVP
1. Through five weeks of the season, the Giants are clearly the best and most dominant team in the NFL.

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Here's the thing you have to keep reminding yourself of over and over again after the Giants destroyed the Seahawks 44-6: Seattle is a good football team. The Seahawks have a Hall of Fame coach, a Hall of Fame left tackle, a pro bowl quarterback, and the best trio of linebackers in the NFL. New York didn't have the suspended Plaxico Burress. And the Giants outclassed them in every way.

Pick your nugget of joy for the Giants.

Eli Manning is oozing confidence and playing like a star. He hasn't made a counterproductive play all season. Manning's 19-of-25, 267-yard, two-touchdown performance was effortless. He did an excellent job establishing Dominik Hixon, who had a great game with an early touchdown and going over the 100-yard receiving mark. He beat the Seattle corners like a drum.

Even Sinorice Moss joined the party for the first time as a Giant.

The Giants' offensive line was sensational as always. This is a top five offensive line, bar none.

Brandon Jacobs pounded the talented Seattle defenders to the tune of 136 yards and two touchdowns. He looked like a man amongst boys.

The play selection was incredible.

The Giants defense suffocated Seattle.

Tom Coughlin has his team focused. And Burress better learn his lesson. The club can succeed without him. And if he violates team rules again, the fines and suspension will double. Burress likes his money and his publicity, so be needs to be humbled and on his best behavior.

Can you imagine how good the Giants are going to be when Burress gets it?

5. Ben Roethlisberger is a top-five quarterback in the NFL.

What he did against Jacksonville with his health, a third-string running back, and a patchwork offensive line was remarkable. That final drive, where he was breaking tackles and threading the needle to Hines Ward, was something special.

6. No excuses. That was a brutal loss at home for the Packers against the Falcons. The defense was bad. An Aaron Rodgers pick was back-breaking.

How about 3-2 Atlanta! I loved Mike Smith going for in on a fourth-and-1 in the first quarter, with rookie Matt Ryan throwing a touchdown on play action. Ryan made big throws in this game. He is wise beyond his years. Michael Turner humbled the Packers run defense in Green Bay. Mike Smith has done an excellent job with this team.

7. The Texans cannot recover from that meltdown against the Colts.

It was 27-10 after Steve Slaton darted into the end zone with 8:18 to go. I was amazed how Houston had truly controlled the game. I was getting set to write about how sub-par the Colts looked in every single phase. I focused on other games. Indy looked awful and could be 0-4.

But after the Slaton score, Peyton Manning throws a touchdown. Then quarterback Sage Rosenfels foolishly tries to do too much, loses the ball, and Gary Brackett runs it in for 68 yards. Rosenfels then gets stripped again. When Manning gets the ball back, he hits Reggie Wayne for a sensational grab for the score.

The Indy stars came to play when it mattered. Pardon me for curbing the enthusiasm, but the Colts need to start playing better football for four quarters.

8. Kyle Orton has played superb football the last two weeks.

Ron Turner let Orton go for the clueless Lions' jugular, and the quarterback was incredibly accurate with his fastball, throwing for 334 yards, two TDs and, most especially, no picks.

Did you see Marty Booker's one-handed catch with a Detroit defensive back draped all over him? It's the play of the year thus far.

9. The Arizona Cardinals are in first place in the NFC West.

The division stinks. Seattle had a clunker and is 1-3. San Fran (2-3) will be in the mix. The Rams couldn't beat USC. Arizona is clearly the favorite right now after handling the Bills their first loss of the season.

Larry Fitzgerald is playing like the best receiver in the NFL. Running back Tim Hightower is a touchdown scoring stud. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley told me that he reminds him of Marion Barber. That says something as Haley coached Barber in Dallas.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 8, 2008

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