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NFL Review From First Quarter Of 2009-10 Season

AFC East:

New York Jets (3-1) – Mark Sanchez is a man already. Made some rookie mistakes against the Saints, but he’s played well. Offense is slightly above average, not terrific, but good. Defense has been incredible though. Ryan has made this group play as a unit.

New England Patriots (3-1) – Injuries have plagued them all over the field, but they’ve still found ways to win (screw refraining, refs help!). Brady’s been tentative to throw the ball under pressure, but they’ve outscored teams anyways. Safety play has been key on defense.

Miami Dolphins (1-3) – I don’t know what to think about the Dolphins. They beat Buffalo who I’ll get to in a moment. But outside of that, they’ve struggled severely, and it’s quite sickening. This defense and offense have both been figured out, even the Wildcat.

Buffalo Bills (1-3) – After almost beating the Patriots, the Bills have fallen into obscurity. TO has already been a problem, they miss Marshawn Lynch even though Jackson hasn’t been horrible. Defensively, they’ve been weak and they lost McKelvin… long year ahead for the Bills.


AFC North:

Baltimore Ravens (3-1) – Lost to the Patriots with some questionable calls by referees, their offense has been one of the best this season… and that’s something the Ravens have never had. Defense is still as good as ever.

Cincinnati Bengals (3-1) – Should be 4-0, but a fluke catch by Stokely gave the Broncos a win over the Bengals. Outside of that, Benson has been in college form, the receivers are getting it done, and the defense is the truth.

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) – Scary that they’ve lost to the Bengals and Bears. But they’ve not had Troy Polamalu since halftime opening night. Offensively they’ve run great when they tried, pass is sketchy at times.

Cleveland Browns (0-4) – This team is all over the place at the wrong times. Edwards is a disappointment. Jamal Lewis is injured. Defensively they’ve really got nothing at all. Browns are back in the shitter >_>.


AFC South:

Indianapolis Colts (4-0) – Still doing it! Manning & Wayne is a great duo, and they’re shredding it up. Other receivers stepping up with Gonzalez out. Defense is #1 against the pass, playing solid against the run, and that’s without Bob Sanders. Still a favorite.

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) – Garrard is starting to get in a groove, MJD is solid, but could be better. Defensively they’ve got some things they need to work out, but they’re playing exceptionally well.

Houston Texans (2-2) – Inconsistent, but still managing wins (against the Raiders). Slaton hasn’t been a real presence, and Andre Johnson is getting off to a slow start in relation to what he’s done so far in his career. Defense has done okay for the most part, but could and should be better.

Tennessee Titans (0-4) – Many will call them a surprise… I already called that they’d struggle. Without Haynesworth, their DB’s have struggled immensely to perform on par. Offensively, they’ve forgotten they have a rushing attack, and they think Nate Washington is a premiere WR… they’re thinking wrong.


AFC West:

Denver Broncos (4-0) – This is a surprise, however. Should be 3-1 with lucky victory over Bengals, but a win is a win is a win. Brandon Marshall returned strong. Run game is okay. Defense has been spectacular O_O!

San Diego Chargers (2-2) – LT’s career is over, at least in San Diego. Passing game is struggling to find who they are. Defense isn’t helped by Merriman, they’re proving they had a fluke year 2 seasons ago >_>.

Oakland Raiders (1-3) – They started pretty well, week 2 seemed like they had SOMETHING. But since then, they’ve been horrible running, passing, and defending.

Kansas City Chiefs (0-4) – Matt Cassell hasn’t been the answer. Larry Johnson is playing like he doesn’t want to play. D.Bowe has been injured. No tight end. Defensively, I just don’t know how to explain ‘em.





NFC East:

New York Giants (4-0) – The Giants have been impressive. They’ve done well passing the ball. They’re still good running the ball. Defensively they’re plugging guys everywhere and making plays.

Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) – Lost to the Saints, have played well outside of that. McNabb injured, Kolb stepped in strong, Vick is getting used a bit more. Defensively they’ve performed pretty damn well considering the major losses this year.

Dallas Cowboys (2-2) – Dallas is disappointing. They’re built to be as good running the ball as New York… but they still pass higher than league average, even with a lead or tie. When they run, they’re successful. Defensively, they’ve been forced into more time on the field because of overusing the pass.

Washington Redskins (2-2) – Washington has been great on offense passing. Struggle in the redzone with receivers dropping the ball in the endzone. Defensively they’ve struggled on 3rd downs, but they’ve made some plays, they’re starting to get sacks, and look to be getting back to last years form +more.


NFC North:

Minnesota Vikings (4-0) – This team is incredible, and they displayed against the Packers. Favre is playing just as well as he ever has, maybe even better. Protecting the ball, and putting it in the endzone. AP is still incredible. Defense is just amazing. Allen has a motor, and they’re making plays and shutting people down.

Chicago Bears (3-1) – Lost to the Packers, but they’ve done great outside of that game beating the Steelers and destroying the Lions. They might be better without Urlacher on defense >_>. Cutler has proven to be the man. Forte is a beast of a RB. Olsen is an animal as well.

Green Bay Packers (2-2) – They’ve struggled on offense, giving up sacks, struggling to pass, really struggling to run. Defensively, the 3-4 isn’t what they need to be. They’re not built for this system at all, and they have two corners who belong in a 4-3 playing straight up man.

Detroit Lions (1-3) – Snapped the streak against the Redskins, but have returned to form (after losing Stafford for the game, maybe more). Run game is okay considering. Pass has been pretty good. Defensively they’re playing with a bit of an identity, but still struggling to play like a seasoned group.


NFC South:

New Orleans Saints (4-0) – Best team in football so far! Drew Brees is incredible, the run game is working, every receiver doing their job, and Jeremy Shockey is being who he was supposed to be in this league. Defensively under Gregg Williams, they’re a top defense. Great against pass and run. Sharper leading league in INT’s and he’s got 2 returned for TD’s already.

Atlanta Falcons (2-1) – They’re playing decent, but not as good as last season. Turner is playing like he’s known now… people are aware of who he is. Defensively they haven’t been who they want to be, but have performed well enough.

Carolina Panthers (0-3) – They’re struggling to run. Delhomme is throwing picks like Kurt Warner throws completions >_>. Defensively, they don’t know who the hell they are. Huge disappointment in Carolina.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4) – No offense. Josh Johnson has provided a spark, no clue where they’ll be. When they run, they’re good… but they’ve struggled to call runs. Defensively they started off good against the Redskins, but it looked like Washington fixed their problems, not TB just dominating.


NFC West:

San Francisco 49ers (3-1) – Shaun Hill has been solid. Not incredible, but solid. Vernon Davis playing up to his potential as one of the better Tight Ends. Losing Frank Gore hurt, but he’ll be back. Defensively they’re solid against run AND pass. Enough to improve on, but still solid.

Arizona Cardinals (1-2) – Drafted Beanie Wells to run and they haven’t. Kurt Warner is still as precise as a laser. Fitzgerald has been relatively quiet but still doing his thing. Defense is struggling to find an identity reverting back to dominant 4-3 with some 3-4 schemes at times.

Seattle Seahawks (1-3) – Not good. Hasselback is out with an injury, no clue when/if he comes back. No running game. Seneca Wallace struggling making plays. Defense is falling off from where they were 2 years ago. Aaron Curry showing signs of light, but still making mistakes with rest of D.

St. Louis Rams (0-4) – They may be the most embarrassing team in football >_>. Running game is struggling. Passing game is struggling (Donny Avery disappearing in sophomore slump). Defensively, they’re just horrid left and right. Not even Atogwe is playing up to his potential.

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