Lions 5-0, Bills 4-1, Eagles 1-4, as we get deeper and deeper into the year, we are seeing now what teams are contenders and pretenders. Here are my thoughts are the this past week in the NFL.
The Bills improve to 4-1 and the Eagles fall to 1-4 and no one is happier than me. The Eagles are a VERY overrated team and not worthy of the "dream team" moniker. Meanwhile, nine months from know there will be a spike of babies named Ryan (or to a lesser extent Leodis) in the western New York area. Ryan Fitzpatrick's solid year is a huge part of the Bills hot start. On the flip side, Michael Vick's streaky play is a concern for the Eagles. The Bills, unfortunately, are in the AFC East with the Pats and Jets and you can't keep those teams down for long. The Eagles aren't out yet, but have an uphill climb and belong in the NFC East where no team has come out as a serious contender.
The Broncos lose again and Kyle Orton's poor play again will create a groundswell for Tim Tebow. Tebow came into the game in the fourth and, although not great numbers, almost orchestrated a comeback win. The question is now, who starts for the Broncos? Kyle Orton hasn't exactly proved to the Broncos faithful that he can be the starter, but Tebow I don't believe is the answer. Tebow is a great runner, but as far as throwing the football (a main part of being a quarterback) is less than average. At Florida, he was known as a running quarterback and almost never played from the shotgun position. Adjustments can be made to his mechanics and maybe it is time for him to start because the Broncos are 1-4 and not getting any better. Also, where is the support for Brady Quinn to start?
The Jets lose again and the world collectively cheered. The Jets drop to 2-3 but could be 1-4 (thanks, Tony Romo). Mark Sanchez is not having a great year and again proves my theory that he is the most overrated quarterback in the NFL. Sanchez ranks 19th in the NFL in passer rating with a paltry 80.4. Let me check ESPN's QBR, oh wait no one cares, but that is for another time. The Jets defense, which is supposed to be a strong point, ranks 27th in the NFL on run defense giving up 134.8 yards per game. You can't win if you continuously give up 134 rushing yards per game. The pass defense is solid, 5th in the NFL, but the run defense is a huge question mark. BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for a career high 136 yards and Darren McFadden ran over the Raiders in their win over the Jets. Good news for Jets fans, next game is against the lowly Dolphins.
If you aren't a 2012 end of the world believer here is another reason to believe, the Lions are 5-0. After years of losing, the Lions are pulling it together and playing very well. Matthew Stafford is on pace for a career year and have a pretty solid offense and defense (Both ranking 11th in the NFL). This team is for real and will make the playoffs. However, Matthew Stafford needs to stay healthy in order for them to continue at this pace. Stafford has never played a full NFL season and has injured his shoulder twice in his young career. If the Lions beat the Packers, then they could very well be the best team in the NFC and possibly the NFL.
Another surprising team in the NFL is the 49ers at 4-1. A good sign for the 49ers is that they play in the very weak NFC West where no one but the 49ers has emerged as a contender. The 49ers absolutely dismantled the Bucs in every way possible. Especially on the ground where the Niners outgained the Bucs 213-86. The Niners will make the playoffs mainly because the NFC West is so weak, but I don't think they will go very far.
Just throw the season and draft Andrew Luck.
Well those are my thoughts on the past week in the NFL. Got any other thoughts please don't hesitate to comment.