ESPN Power Rankings can be found here.
- Atlanta is 4-1, but Michael Vick is not the reason. If anything, he’s the reason they aren’t 5-0:
The legend of Michael Vick appeared to be on the verge of ballooning yet again as he dropped back to pass in the game’s waning moments. Down 17-10 to the visiting Detroit Lions, Vick had done what star quarterbacks are supposed to do — march his team down to [the] opposition 26 yard line with 51 seconds remaining.
In the past, this was Michael Vick’s time to shine, game on the line, capacity crowd on edge.
Then, the unthinkable.
As Vick’s eyes darted from sideline to sideline for an open receiver, Lions defensive end Jared DeVries swatted the ball out of Vick’s hand.
As Vick lay on the Georgia Dome turf, he watched helplessly as Detroit’s James Hall scooped up the football to end Atlanta’s comeback bid.
I’ve always felt Vick was over-rated. You know, because the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. (Just kidding!)
- The Lions are 3-1, despite devastating injuries, and are 2-0 on the road. As a huge Lions fan, this is a very pleasant surprise. I expect they will win again next week against a slumping Green Bay. (When will Favre finally realize he’s past his prime and retire?)
- Seattle is 3-1, and would be 4-0 if it wasn’t for an almost-miraculous comeback by the Rams last week. Still, their defense is a serious force to be reckoned with.
- The Super Bowl Champion Pats are 4-0, with an undefeated streak (19 and counting) reaching back well into last season. And I expect it to continue. (I believe Tom Brady will one day become a successful politician. And I hear he’s a Republican…)
- The Eagles are undefeated at 4-0, but they shouldn’t get too cocky just yet. The 4-1 Giants are nipping at their heels. (And don’t count 2-2 Dallas out so soon…)
- The Jets are a surprising 4-0. A NY vs. NY Super Bowl? Nah. The Jets will choke, just give them time…
- Indy (4-1) unsurprisingly leads the NFL in points scored. But their defense hasn’t been quite as poor as in seasons past. I give them a one-in-three shot of making it to the Super Bowl this season…
- The Dolphins and Bucs just need to forget about this season. Floridians are rooting for the 3-2 Jags now.