NFL Surprises Thus Far
September 28, 2010 § 3 Comments
The wacky way of the NFL through three weeks this season has gotten a lot of people talking about who is real and is not. Let’s take a look at some teams with winning and losing records.
Dallas Cowboys (1-2): As a Cowboys fan, I’d like to start off with my personal opinion about the team and try to be as unbiased as I can. I can honestly say that I was not one of those fans who was ready to jump ship after two games. The Washington Redskins loss was a result of two bad plays, one at the end of the first half and the other at the end of the game. I will say the Cowboys played horribly but Washington is not a great team. They showed just that in Week 1 as well as Week 3 (loss to St. Louis). The Bears game was a bad loss too, no excuses. That said, the Cowboys looked great against the Texans this past Sunday and temporarily shut the mouths of the their biggest critics. Yes, Houston’s pass defense isn’t great but it still takes a dynamic offensive to put up high numbers on any NFL defense.
No one on ESPN or any other sports network can say the Cowboys did not look impressive against at a Houston team who was at home and had all the momentum. Best of all, Roy Williams showed everyone just how dangerous he can be. The only people who were talking about Dallas going the Super Bowl were those who aren’t affiliated with the team. I can only hope they keep playing well and stay under the radar of being the “Super Bowl or Bust” team.
Minnesota Vikings (1-2): You wouldn’t have known it last year, but skipping training camp and preseason really does take its toll. The Vikings are having trouble at the wide receiver position and will be worshipping the ground Sidney Rice walks on when he returns. Favre always has been able to produce the best results with what he has, but I think this is the first time that the future Hall of Famer just flat out looks old.
I still believe in never trading youth for experience, but I really think this may be the end of the road for Favre if this season doesn’t work out as well as expected. Highlighting his slow start, there’s one thing we have all learned throughout his career: never count Favre out. The Vikings have a great defense and the best running back in the league with Adrian Peterson who looks to be putting the weight on his shoulders for time being. They will continue to win.
Kansas City Chiefs (3-0): After living in the Kansas City area for four years while attending the University of Kansas, I had the opportunity live and breathe Chiefs nation.
That’s because it was in the air and unavoidable no matter how hard I tried to cover my mouth and get away from the fumes. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the Chiefs. But while I had to endure Chiefs games in a Fraternity house full of KC natives I got to see NFL football at its worse. The Chiefs were bad. REALLY bad. But now the Chiefs are 3-0 and brought life back to Arrowhead. I will admit, the Chiefs are better and will continue to do so, but I am not convinced that they are a good team just yet. If you looked at who they’ve played (San Diego, Cleveland and San Francisco), those teams are a combined 1-8 this season.
To me, the Chiefs have more to prove to be considered a good NFL team, but there is no doubt in a few years they will be at the top. If Matt Cassell can improve his game and the defense continues to grow, KC will be dangerous. They have a great draft class that is already showing they’re talent with the likes of Eric Berry and Dexter McCluster. And from prior experience, you don’t want to travel to Arrowhead when the Chiefs are winning. Unless you’re a Chiefs fan.
Pittsburgh Steelers: (3-0) Ben who? This has got to be the biggest surprise of the NFL season so far. The Steelers went through months of bad publicity after Ben Roethlisberger’s wise decision and distractions outside of the locker room. I remember the talk on ESPN about how if the Steelers can make it to 2-2 without Roethlisberger that would be a steal. Not only are they missing their starting quarterback, their backup Dennis Dixon went down in Week 2.
New QB? No problem. Charlie Batch looked fantastic this past week with a 38-13 rout at Tampa Bay and will get the start again this week against Baltimore. A good defense helps, no doubt about that. But the Steelers have proved to the nation that they didn’t win two Super Bowls JUST because of Ben Roethlisberger. Will his return take this them down a notch or boost them higher? Well, we’ll just have to see about that.