When will we learn? We all do the same every season. We are overreacting to September football only to find out in October that these overreactions are just that: overreactions. And week 6 was the place where most had to die.
When the new CBA was signed in 2011, the exercise time was changed forever. The offseason program has been cut by at least one month and time restrictions have been introduced. No more two days in the camp, with new compulsory days off and less padded exercises during the season. As a result, September sometimes feels like the preseason and looks, leading to wild reactions after the first month of the season. And we all do it, even myself.
Let's start with the positives first:
5 teams that turned out to be good, no surprise
New England Patriots : The Order is being restored in the AFC after the Patriots narrowly opposed the chiefs have fled. When the Patriots went down the Jacksonville and lost, it raised an eyebrow. But we said to ourselves, "That's the one game in September they're always losing."
Then the Patriots went to Detroit and kicked their ass again. Was that the time when the Patriots are sliding backwards? Some people have asked it aloud. But no. They hit Miami 38-7. They dominated the Colts, 38-24, and defeated the 5-0 Chiefs. The Patriots are what we thought: the leader of the AFC.
Pittsburgh Steelers : Do you still remember when Le Veon Bell decided not to appear for the first week and the NFL world lost their mind when they read the comments of the Steelers Have seen OL? Yes, it feels like ages ago. The Steelers had their problems, but they turned in two straight solid runs and are 3-2-1. Big Ben is now 13-2 on the road in Cincinnati and the team should get Bell back after their reunion week. The Steelers will fight again in the AFC.
Minnesota Vikings : Do you remember the time they lost to the Bills? At that time I wrote that the game was the stinker of the Vikings of the season. Since then, they have lost a game against the Rams on Thursday night, defeating the Super Bowl champion on the street, and then defeating an unfortunate Cardinal's team. Kirk Cousins was worth every penny he was paid for. He already leads this season 71 percent of the passes for nearly 2,000 yards. The Viking offensive is a wreck and they need Everson grips back in defense, but they are again contenders.
Philadelphia Eagles : They are 3-3 now after a domineering performance against the dreadful Giants on Thursday Night Football . Carson Wentz has now launched four games and is starting to get his sea legs back. The offensive line, which at times has scarily fought, is beginning to capture things again. Their defense is super legitimate and the Eagles are on their way back to the playoffs.
Los Angeles Chargers : They are 4-2 with losses to the Rams and Chiefs. Otherwise, the Chargers defeated the opponent. They are looking for Real but have to beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium to win the division. Philip Rivers is underrated and as a former lineman I like watching him. He stands tall in the pocket and fires the ball across the field. You have a chance, especially when Joey Bosa comes back.
And now the negative:
3 teams coming back to Earth
Chicago Bears : Huch. I did not buy the bears as hard as others (I saw someone put them in the top three this weekend). Yes, their defense is real, but for the first time we have a coach playing with a young quarterback. They have a great selection of talent, but good teams do not go to Miami and lose. Simple and easy.
Tennessee Titans : They were talking to the NFL when they were 3-1 after wins against Jaguars and Eagles. I might even have gotten used to the hype, but I'm glad I did not quite get on the bandwagon. First, the Titans go to Buffalo and lose 13-12. OK, a bad loss in Buffalo makes sense. But Sunday was a whole new level of stench for her insult.
They allowed 11 sacks while only achieving seven offensive first downs. Marcus Mariota has never been the same player since his injury at the end of the 2016 season. What looked like a promising season is right where the Titans are likely to be, right next to .500
Jacksonville Jaguars: You know, I'm not a fan of Blake Bortles. He is too hot and too cold for me to shop in Bortles and lead this team to the Promised Land. Although I was not surprised that the offensive took place at times, the defensive battles are somewhat disturbing. They allowed 30 (well, really 23) the chiefs and the cowboys smoked them, 40-7.
I say this: In defense, if you do not believe in the offensive, your game will slip after a while. It is not a conscious decision to make more mistakes and not to tackle properly, but I think it affects the defense. Even if your offensive sucks, defense on the field is too long and will be tried. A tired defense is nice for the opposing offense – no pass rush, bad tackling and miscommunication.
And somewhere in the middle:
3 teams that are good enough to make the playoffs but will not win the Super Bowl
Carolina Panthers : I have every snap of the Panthers season seen as I live in Charlotte, and no doubt they are solid. Cam Newton plays well in Norv Turner offensive and Christian McCaffrey has become an all-rounder. The Panthers have won their three home games and lost their two street games. They're going to Philadelphia next week, followed by a visit to the Ravens. Then it's home to Tampa and Pittsburgh and Detroit.
The home and away trend could continue throughout the season. The Panthers should do the playoffs and if Cam 2015 will be Cam, they have a chance.
Cincinnati Bengals : Their home game against the Steelers was a chance to show that Bengal's team is different from the rest. Nope. The same old Bengals. They are good enough to run a playoff but not good enough to win several games in January.
Kansas City Chiefs: Even after losing the Patriots, the Chiefs are still contenders for the AFC. But they just do not have the defense to go deep this season.
2 teams that still have a big question mark
Dallas Cowboys and Washington: These two NFC East teams were counted as dead, but here's the thing: they both look like this 8 -8 team, who could take a few breaks and ended at 10-6 with a playoff point. It is possible or not.
That's the problem with 8-8 teams. We just do not know which team appears week after week.
Game of the Week: Patriots Vs. Chiefs has met his bill
Wow! We expected a track meet in Foxborough, and we have that – and more. The Patriots kicked a game-winning field goal to retain for a 43-40 win after being set up 24-9 in half. None of the defenders showed much of any life tonight, but the patriots just had enough in the red zone. The Chiefs had five trips into the red zone and came in the second half with three field goals in the first half and two touchdowns.
Tom Brady played like Tom Brady, no surprise. All eyes were on Pat Mahomes in this case and it was clear early on that he was fired. He sailed passports and sometimes looked with pressure on his face. He cast a selection where – and New England here credit – the defense veiled coverage. His second choice was the classic Revolvermann sales. Down 24-9, 10 seconds in the first half, and he tries to make a game. This is the pressure on Mahomes because the Chiefs' defense can not stop anyone.
The second half was a different story. Mahomes calmed down and made some ridiculous litters. Tyreek Hill is perhaps the funniest player in the league. This defense will cost the Chiefs a chance at the Super Bowl. It's a shame because I love to watch them play.