What a difference a week can make in the NFL court of opinion

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is sacked by 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald at Gilette Stadium...

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is sacked by 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald at Gilette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Dec. 16, 2012. (JESSICA RINALDI/Reuters)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:20 PM ET

It has become the rush to judge league.

And when it comes to that, guilty as charged. A week ago Sunday, we were at MetLife Stadium to watch the New York Giants throttle the New Orleans Saints. The quick conclusion: The Super Bowl champs were back and in the driver’s seat for the NFC East.

The next night, it was off to Foxboro where the New England Patriots laid a similar beating on the Houston Texans. The instant verdict: Tom Brady for MVP and back to the drawing board, Texans.

Fast forward just a week and it was if all four of those teams weren’t even playing the same game. The Giants were thumped 34-0 by Atlanta, a stunning reversal in form from the previous week. Big Blue coach Tom Coughlin, so enthused by the effort against the Saints, was at a loss for what happened against the Falcons. And suddenly, his team has some work to do just to get a chance to defend.

It wasn’t a stretch to expect the Texans to bounce back from the New England debacle and they


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