The Football Giants

A midseason NFC review.

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The teams outside of the playoff conversation include teams with that started the season with reasonable Super Bowl dreams like the Minnesota Vikings, the Dallas Cowboys and the Seattle Seahawks. All three have been hampered by injuries. And the Vikings suffer from bad quarterbacking.

The true doormats of the conference are the St. Louis Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. Both are 2-6 and have been spinning their wheels for a while. The Rams look like they are biding their time until a full-scale overhaul starts in the offseason. The 49ers will be an interesting test for their fiery new coach, Mike Singletary. The Detroit Lions are winless, 0-8, but last month they fired longtime and famously incompetent Team President Matt Millen. So even if the Lions fail to win a game this season, the campaign will be a success.

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Martin Johnson writes about music for the Wall Street Journal, basketball for Slate and beer for Eater, and he blogs at both the Joy of Cheese and Rotations. Follow him on Twitter.

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