I’ve had a request from one of my readers for a football update. I thought of just going through the ever-mounting injury report but that would take forever. Maybe it’s me, but it seems as if the injuries are stacking up rapidly this year. I wonder if it has anything to do with the lockout. No spring camps. No regimented off-season conditioning programs. Just training camp with the dopey limited full pad practice format. Safety first, ya know. Then they get thrown into games with full contact. Guys don’t know the plays. They haven’t practiced together, in a lot of cases. Seems like a recipe for injuries. Maybe it is just me.
Anywho; Let’s break it down going into week three.
AFC East: Pats are 2-0 of course. Bought a new Brady jersey to celebrate. Hope I don’t jinx them. Jets are 2-0. BOO! No big surprise, although they’re not exactly stomping on people. That’s typical of them early. Then we have the 2-0 Bills. Huh? Ok, they played some crappy teams, but that’s the schedule. We’ll see this weekend. Big test. Pats are comin. The Dolphins appear to have supplanted the Bills as the basement dwellers. That should continue.
I could stop there, cause frankly I don’t give a crap about any other teams but the Patriots & the Jets, at least until later in the season. I will go through a few others.
AFC North: It will be the Steelers & the Ravens again this year. Browns look ok but they can’t hang with the others.
AFC South: Could it be? Will the Texans finally break through? If Houston blows it this year with the Mannings, I mean the Colts reeling, just pack them up & move them to L.A.
AFC West: Chargers, but really, who cares.
NFC East: I have no idea. The dream team (Eagles) may come through late. They have a lot of new players to gel still. Cowboys, no. Giants, nah. Could it be the Skins? Anything is possible, but I don’t see it.
NFC North: Toughest division in football. The Pack, Bears, Lions, Vikes. Guess you have to pick the Packers. This is a toss up. The Vikings are the odd team out & it will probably stay that way.
NFC South: Despite the record of the Falcons last year, I’ve got to go with the Saints. Bucs may make some noise. Maybe play a spoiler roll & the Panthers are just too young. They look better than I thought they would.
NFC West: Really? 49ers, Rams, Cards, Seahags. Enough said.
The advantage this year will go to the more veteran teams with veteran coaches that have been playing together for a while. They know each other & the playbook.
There ya go.