Still early in the NFL 2009 season. The early surprises are the Denver Broncos at 5-0, Cincinnati Bengals 4-1. I did expect Cincinnati to be vastly improved, but not this much by the victories they have acheived. Denver, well...beating Cincy was on a fluke play and the Cowboys (Cowboys are not all that this year), but N.E.....good win!
Question---Which of these two teams will continue in their winning ways?
I will take Cincinnati Bengals. They are real! Denver...I see them slipping some as the season goes by. Will learn alot about them next week when they play San Diego. I see the winner of this game winning the AFC West and the loser missing the playoffs. Bold prediction? Maybe...but I will go with it.
Biggest Disappointment of the NFL season?
Has to be Tennessee Titans!
I had predicted them to slip behind Indy in the division, but not in this way. They are winless and their schedule is not getting easier. A total collaspe as a team. This far of a fall off was not seen. I doubt they can salvage a winning season now.
Carolina is a definite let down too. Will the original Steve Smith ( ) please stand up?
The Steelers, Patriots, and also the Ravens are all on shaky ground if you ask me...The first two are uncharacteristic of what they could and should be...
Denver and New Orleans are surprises thus far. Realistically, I really do believe the Giants will beat the Saints in the Superdome. We have the league's number one defense and also have the number one Pass Defense, allowing the fewest yards through the air (and this without Kenny Phillips by the way).
By what I have seen...count Ny Giants another SB!
Geez, I hope so. A Denver/Giants Superbowl would be like Superbowl XXI repeat (and of course hopefully with the same result) and a Manning Bowl would be ridiculous! Brother versus Brother??? I know for a fact that Ron Montgomery called this before the 2009 season even began!
Would love to see a Manning vs Manning SB! Think of all the hype, advertisements!!! It would probably break all TV records for viewers.
And it is very, very possible this year!
Undoubtedly possible. Both the Giants and Colts are arguably two of the league's best teams.
My surprise teams thus far has to be the Broncos and Bengals. I was pretty sure Drew Brees and the Saints would be chasing missed opportunities from last year, more noticeably Dan Marino's single season passing record, yea, Brees has his eyes on that thing. The only surprising thing coming out of New Orleans was Brees going consecutive weeks without throwing a TD. However I think that streak will HAVE to end against the Giants, maybe even possibly one of the highest or highest scoring game this year!?!
I'm also pretty surprised that Cutler and the Bears look so damn good! After their week one loss to the Packers I wasn't sure, but I'm a Cutler fan and I'm glad to see he's coming into his own in Chicago.
Biggest Upset? Definately the Tennessee Titans, I mean who could argue that? The Steelers I think will drop the ball as the season progresses and become a late season surprise when they fail to make the playoffs or if they do edge in, offer no real competition. That light is fizzling in Pittsburgh and Boston if you ask me.
I think the Cowbills (as much as I'd hate to see) could pull off a game or two and re position themselves among the NFL's powerhouses again. Miles Austin could have Texas saying, "T.O. who???"
I wouldn't be so sure about Brees "Breezing by" the Giants for a plethora of TDs. Not only is their defense the best in the NFL (210.6 per game) but their Pass Defense is ranked number one by far (104.8 yards per game). Mind you, they're doing this without cornerback Aaron Ross OR safety Kenny Phillips who's on the IR! Sure we did play the Raiders, Chiefs, and Bucs, but so did 15 other teams and they can't match us in the rankings.
Actually the Raiders offense is ranked no. 32, the Chiefs are no. 31, and the Bucs are no. 28. So those 14 teams did pretty good against the Raiders, Bucs, and Chiefs. In the one game they played against a decent offense, the Giants gave up 31 points to the Cowboys. It'll be interesting to see what happens against the Saints.
Well, not saying Brees will 'Breeze' by the Giant's defense, but you gotta expect Brees to put up numbers. This is NOT a game in which the Saints will have the option to rely on Pierre Thomas running the ball and letting the defense hold out till the end. Eli will be slinging it all day and so will Brees, it's just gotta happen, otherwise the Saints will lose big.
I understand you are a big Giant's fan, but look forward to a high scoring game. The same went for Philly when the Saints faced them in week 2, against good teams you have to go above and beyond, especially when the opposing offense is a viable scoring threat.
Brees will throw at least 38 passing attempts in this game as I don't see the Saints' running game being much of a factor.
and to the Bills fan...mroricle1973, sorry man....maybe next year! lol.
The Cowboys are going nowhere but down. The Panthers are worse than I expected, but I expected them to be middle of the pack anyway. Pittsburgh is shaping up to be one of those teams that isn't very good but can spoil the party for some of those teams that are. Green Bay is going to be pretty crappy again, so they are in there. Tennessee is by far the biggest disappointment.
I gotta give credit to Denver. I picked them to be fighting for last place with Oakland and I've been waiting four weeks now for them to be exposed as a bad team. I don't see it happening at this point. The only team in their division that can even compete with them is San Diego and I think they can beat them, so they are a playoff team. The Bengals are a close second and Chicago is a little better than I thought they would be. We'll find out about the Giants this week when they finally stop eating cupcakes.
I agree with Cincy going farther than Denver, but I think a couple of other big suprises are Minnesota and New Orleans. Minnesota has a pretty good team... not Great.. but the way Brett is playing has the whole team's morale boosted and with A.P. They have a complete package... Watch out for them in January if Brett can keep his stamina.. And N.O. they have had a offense with Drew Breez putting up mad points.. but now they have a defense that play well enough to win when Drew is not putting up a million points. Even though I am a diehard bills fan (don't even start) I think Miami is the best team i the AFC East.. The record doesn't show it.. but I think their morale was crushed with that loss to Indy... I think they got that morale back after last nights win.
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