Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Thoughts after four weeks of NFL football

Four weeks are in the books and while it isn't the exact quarter point, it's a good enough time to take a look at the state of the NFL.

- The Titans have to be the most disappointing team in the league. Expectations were high and they are 0-4 to begin the season. Tennessee only improved their offense and their only defensive loss was Albert Haynesworth. Albeit a big loss, the rest of the defense was very good last year as well. Chris Johnson has not put up the monster numbers he did last season and the Titans' receivers can't catch the ball.

- The Cowboys just aren't as good as the mainstream media wants them to be. That is especially true for Tony Romo. The quarterback has not looked sharp in any of Dallas' games this season. During Sunday's loss to the Broncos, Romo was consistently missing wide open receivers and again failed to come through in the clutch.

- While I was one who certainly doubted the Broncos, they might be for real. Their defense has improved by leaps and bounds since last season and Kyle Orton has been managing the offense well. At 4-0 in the very weak AFC West, Denver could easily be a playoff team.

- The Giants' receiving corps, which was ridiculed by many in the offseason, has been one of the best in the NFL. Steve Smith leads the league in catches, yards and touchdowns. The Giants' secondary, riddled with injuries and question marks, has been the strong point of their defense. Now the only question for New York is the health of Eli Manning.

- Mark Sanchez was looking like this year's Joe Flacco or Matt Ryan. Then he had a horrible game against the Saints. It's part of the rookie learning curve but maybe, once again, the New York media jumped the gun a little bit with their remarks about the "Sanchise."

- ESPN was absolutely ridiculous in their coverage of the Vikings-Packers game last night. You would think that Jesus Christ was wearing No. 4 for Minnesota. The hyperbole was through the roof during the Monday Night Football broadcast and Jon Gruden, whom I originally liked, is really starting to get on my nerves.

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