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9. Arizona Cardinals are 3-0

Given that it’s too early to call the Cardinals playoff contenders, they have demonstrated some great football so far. They have beat two preseason Super Bowl contenders in back-to-back games (Patriots, Eagles), and their defense made Michael Vick look like Kevin Kolb this week

8.  The New York Jets are in 1st place in the AFC East

This is surprising for two reasons; one because the Patriots aren’t in first with a 1-2 record, and secondly because we are talking about the Jets. After failing to score a touchdown in the preseason, the Jets looked like a completely different team in Week 1, putting up a league-high 48 points.  After a loss to the Steelers in Week 2, the Jets managed to pull off an ugly win on the road in Miami, propelling them to first place in the division.

7.  C.J. Spiller

No running back has been more impressive this season then C.J. Spiller, who is close to averaging 10 yards per carry, and over 100 yards per game.  While filling in for the injured Fred Jackson, Spiller has been the biggest steal of fantasy football drafts so far.  Spiller looks to be back on the field soon after his injury from last week, and he is a serious contender to lead the league in rushing this season.

6.  Danny Amendola

Prior to this season, not many people had heard of Danny Amendola.  He was hurt all of last year, but in 2010 he had a quiet 85 catches.  This year, he is averaging roughly 100 receiving yards per game, and through three games has 25 catches.  If you drafted Danny Amendola in fantasy football this year, then kudos for picking a big-time steal.

5.  Nobody is talking about Tim Tebow anymore

Surprisingly, Tim Tebow has managed to stay out of the headlines.  Maybe this is because he hasn’t done anything this season, and there are much more players that have been more worthy of attention.  Through 3 games, Tim Tebow has 33 yards rushing, and no passing attempts.  Despite what people are saying, the Jets are actually using him right.

4.  New Orleans Saints are 0-3

I mean we all thought the Saints would struggle without head coach Sean Payton this season, but we didn’t think it would be this bad. Their defense has been atrocious despite signing Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator.  Having Jonathan Vilma has been a big blow to the defense, and with the Saints facing the Packers this weekend, starting the season 0-4 looks like a strong possibility.

3.  Chris Johnson is averaging less than 2 yards a carry

Just three years ago, Chris Johnson led the league in rushing with 2000 yards.  Today, he is averaging just 1.4 yards per carry, and has been one of the league’s worst starting running backs this season.  We all know that Chris Johnson has talent, but for the second season in a row, he has been disappointing many fantasy football owners.

2.  It took Roger Goodell three weeks to get rid of the replacement referees

Nobody could have predicted that the replacement refs would have been as bad as they are.  In fact, they had the one guy in the country who thought Russell Wilson’s interception in the end zone against the Packers was a touchdown. We can thank the replacement refs for being responsible for the worst call in NFL history, and for being so bad, that Goodell had no leverage in negotiating with the NFLRA.

1.  Michael Vick hasn’t gotten hurt yet

Vick has had his struggles this season, throwing for six interceptions and just three touchdowns.  Despite the Eagles offensive line having injury issues, and Vick being sacked nine times, it’s been a miracle that the NFL’s most fragile QB hasn’t gotten injured yet.  One bright spot for the Eagles so far this year.




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