Thursday the Ravens beat the Browns, but it wasn’t very impressive. But, they shouldn’t feel alone. This year we’ve seen a remarkable change in the early season. The traditional stalwarts have come out of the gates stumbling. New upstarts are appearing.
The Seattle Seahawks appear ready to move from traditional also ran to competitors for dominance. The Arizona Cardinals have also seemed to emerged from permanent mediocrity to a very competitive team. The Cards will beat up on my Dolphins while the Seahawks look to beat the Rams.
The good news for the old guard is that the season is young. As the saying goes, the cream rises to the top. The Patriots are struggling, but, I think they’ll get it worked out. The Steelers are struggling, but again, I think they’ll get that fixed. The New Orleans Saints, OTOH, are in peril of entirely losing their season. The Saints will play another struggling stalwart, the Green Bay Packers. The loser of that game is in serious trouble. Saints are 0-3 and the Pack is 1-2. The Pats (1-2) are trying to right themselves against the upstart Bills (2-1)
The good news for my Cowboys is that they’ve played terrible football and are still 2-1. They’ll be playing Monday against the Bears (2-1). A win here for the ‘boys would go a long way to establishing their legitimacy as a power this year.
Two other teams worth noting. The Atlanta Falcons (3-0) appears to be the cream of the crop so far. They’re taking on the Carolina Panthers (1-2) in what should be an easy win. Should be. Last week I would have said the San Francisco 49ers were the best team in the league, right before they got beat by the Minnesota Vikings.
I still think the 49ers are a high quality team. We’ll get to see what they’re made of today. They’re playing a tough NY Jets team (2-1). If the Jets lose and they have another terrible performance from Mark Sanchez, look for the fickle NY fans to call for the re-emergence of Tebow.
My quick prediction of winners today. Pats beat the Bills. 49ers take the Jets. Seahawks win over the Rams. Falcons beat the Panthers. The Vikings take the Lions. The Chargers win over the Chiefs. Look for the Texans to crush the Titans. Bengals to edge the Jaguars. I look for the Broncos to beat the Raiders. The Cards to roll over the Dolphins. The Redskins to beat the Buccaneers. The Pack to win over the Saints. The Giants to beat the Eagles. And the Cowboys to beat the Bears.
The games I’ve embolden are what I think are pivotal games. All of them should be very competitive, and I think the Pack and Saints game will show two teams in desperation to gain some footing.
What do you think?