All hail the NFC West! While it may be an overreaction to say this is the best division in football, this bunch of former doormats went 4-0, and it was a convincing 4-0. Arizona held the Patriots to 4 field goals and potentially have the best pound-for-pound player in the league in Patrick Peterson. Seattle just mollywhopped the Cowboys and that game should not have been that close. St. Louis showed a new attitude in taking down the Redskins, and San Francisco just kept on doing San Francisco things. The best team in the league lives in this division and the other 3 teams are tough outs. Can’t make fun of this division anymore, because they will punch you in the mouth and make you draw a 15-yard penalty on yourself. Yes, I am still salty about that. Here are two other thoughts from a crazy week 2.
2. Philly Feeling Lucky – The Mancave is usually the home of unabated Eagles hate, especially after the season last year. So now that they are 2-0, despite how janky both wins were, we have to begruddgingly give them props. 9 turnovers, 8 quarters, 2 wins, that is the new recipe for success in today’s NFL. The Eagles have been a resilient bunch these first two weeks. They overcame Michael Vick’s unselfishness in Cleveland, then they fought back against a really good Ravens team this week. The Eagles aren’t a fluke either; they rank #1 in offense, and Juan Castillo has learned the defense to make them 4th in the league. Of course, this is still an Andy Reid coached team so the imminent disaster will take place, but for right now, even though I don’t know how, the Eagles are flying high.
3. Alarm in the AFC – I was just thinking about this the other day. Even though it is early, can you think of 6 playoff teams in the AFC right now? There is the Patriots, Ravens, Texans, Steelers, and — a whole bunch of substitue teachers. The Broncos don’t look as good as they did against the Steelers last week. The Chargers are still coached by the Norv Turner so you can’t count on them. Let me put it this way; if the Arizona Cardinals moved to the AFC West, would they win that division? If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved to the AFC South, could they compete with the Texans for the division. If the Redskins moved to the AFC East, could they compete for a Wild Card? The AFC doesn’t have much depth at all this year and it is readily apparent early on this season.