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Cindy Boren
Deputy Sports Editor

Cindy Boren

The Post's NFL/Redskins editor

Two-letter Answer: N.O.


This is one of those questions best left answered by time. But you want answers now and, last I checked, time didn't have a little photo with a blank space for comments in The League, so I'll give it a go.

The answer to the question is no. One word, two letters. N.O.

Certainly, the season is still in diapers and the injuries to Tom Brady and Shawne Merriman are huge. Their teams may not recover. But a couple of AFC teams that won Super Bowls in the just last three years are still around and sporting a pulse, thank you very much. You may remember them. Their quarterbacks, Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, might be a little worse for wear, but the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers cannot be written off -- particularly if Manning quickly shakes off the rust from his knee surgery and Roethlisberger stays off motorcycles. As long as that Favre guy doesn't get the itch to retire, the New York Jets are going to be must-see TV. And how can you discount the Patriots with Randy Moss still running pass patterns? If a quarterback can get him the ball, good stuff could still happen to New England. (San Diego I'll write off, but only because I saw the look on Norv Turner's face as Carolina marched down the field to win Sunday. Vintage Norv.)

If Carolina hadn't dazzled with the Delhomme-ian comeback and if the Dallas Cowboys weren't oiled and flexing in the spotlight, would we even be having this conversation? Eli Manning and the New York Giants appear to be the same team they were a year ago: capable of catching fire and repeating as Super Bowl champs -- or of finishing 8-8 and making your hair hurt. New Orleans, Philly and Green Bay looked good, but we don't know if that's sustainable,

It isn't time yet -- let's make like grown-ups and wait until after Week 2, shall we? -- to strip the AFC of its title as the sexy conference.

By Cindy Boren  |  September 9, 2008; 8:33 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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