Wednesday, November 10, 2010
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP
Oakland Raiders, 5-4
I thought they'd have a turnaround season heading into the year, then gave up on them quickly after losses to Arizona and San Fran left them at 2-4. But then they curbstomped the Broncos and Seahawks and pulled out an overtime victory over KC to pull to within a half-game of the Chiefs. Maybe Al Davis isn't crazy after all? ... No, Al Davis is crazy.
Cleveland Browns, 3-5
I'm not saying they're great, I'm just saying things are looking up. With their top two quarterbacks hurt, they turned to rookie Colt McCoy and he's led them to wins over the Saints and Patriots. And the games weren't even close. How crazy is that? Plus they get Jacksonville and Carolina after a match-up with the Jets.
-Jahvid Best has slowed of late, but he's been solid for the Lions and had 88 all-purpose yar
ds against a good Jets defense on Sunday.
-Ndamukong Suh has 6.5 sacks and was the October Rookie of the Month.
-Dez Bryant has a lot of competition at the receiver position on the Cowboys, but he h
as over 400 yards and four touchdowns.
-Mike Williams has done even better for the Bucs with over 500 yards and five TDs.
-As noted above, Colt McCoy has defeated the Saints and Patriots in back-to-back games.
-Sam Bradford has had a relatively incredible first eight games, at least when you consi
der that he's a rookie QB. He's on pace for over 3,200 yards and 22 TDs, the latter being more t
han Schaub, Sanchez, Favre, Henne, McNabb, Cutler ... the list goes on. Matt Ryan's rookie season is considered one of the best ever, and he threw 16 TDs that year. Bradford has also shown incredible poise for a rookie--he has a 101.1 QB rating and zero interceptions on third down.
New York Giants, 6-2
All of a sudden they can't be stopped: they've reeled off five straight wins and are tied (with five other teams) for the best record in the NFL. They've scored at least 28 points in each of their last four games.
THINGS ARE LOOKING DOWN
Houston Texans, 4-4
If you want a quick score, you're better off playing the Texans than dating Kim Kardashian. (Burned!) But seriously, only three teams give up more points than they do, and their horrendous defense suddenly has them at .500 and tied for last in the AFC South. Okay, granted, they're only a game behind the Colts and Titans, but the Texans' porous secondary has the arrow pointing down in Houston.
Minnesota Vikings, 3-5
Favre finally broke into his bag of magic tricks on Sunday, leading his team back from 14 points down to beat the Cardinals. However, they still find themselves at 3-5, 2.5 back of the Pack. Their next two weeks should go a long way toward determining the final trajectory of their season--they visit the Bears and then have their second match-up against the Packers.
Seattle Seahawks, 4-4
Like the Texans, they're still at least treading water. But they've been outscored 74-10 the last two weeks and suffered their worst home loss since 2002 on Sunday. Suffice to say, things are not looking up. In fact, they kind of look like what you'd find in a diaper.