Originally Posted by Todd Gack
I'm not trying to degrade the Packers. I love watching them play. I just know that the Cowboys/49ers teams of the 90's would never lose to a team like the Chiefs starting Kyle Orton for the first time in 10 weeks. As I said, the NFL is much weaker than it once was.
It's OK to admit that the quality of teams in the NFL sucks these days compared to pre-salary cap days.
The 1992 (eventual champion) Cowboys lost at home to a 3-6 Rams team that was led by Jim Everett
and would go on to finish 6-10
The next year they lost to a 3-6 Falcons team
. (In fairness - and I did a double take when I saw this - Aikman must have been hurt because it looks like that Cowboys team was QBed by Bernie Kosar. I have no memory of that.)
Don't forget the next year (in what was - sadly - one of the highlights for Bengals fans in the mid-'90s) when they ALMOST lost
to a horrible, winless Bengals teams with third-string quarterback Jeff Blake.
In fact, the Packers are guaranteed to finish with as good a record as any of those Cowboys teams, as only one of them won more than 12 games (in 1992, when they finished 13-3).
And I bet if I had 5 more minutes I could find similar losses for those 49ers teams. If I recall, the 1988 team that beat the Bengals only barely slipped into the playoffs.
I agree those teams were very dominant, but we have a tendency to think things were so much better years ago. All teams have bad games, even the legendary Cowboys and 49ers teams. For my money, the most dominant team I've ever seen is the 2007 Patriots, who just happened to have their bad game at the worst possible time.
The NFL is awesome right now, is the bottom line.