This year more than ever the NFL can be characterized as the “No Favorites League”. With there being no clear favorite or undefeated team that has been dominating the rest of the league. The top teams in both the NFC and AFC each have at least two losses. One of those teams is the New York “Football” Giants. Here in NY the talk of the town was about the loudmouth Jets whose coach speaks for its fans in a very blue-collar like manner. Don’t get me wrong the Jets are still a good team but they are not yet a GREAT team. The Jets are hyped similar to the New York Mets. Most Jets fans are Mets fans which is why they look forward to football so much cause they hate baseball season. My point in this comparison is year after year the Mets like the Jets are projected to be great and make a run and overtake the Yankees or in this case the Giants. This seasons Jets team reminds me a little bit of the Mets back in ’06. The Mets had a young nucleus with players like Jose Reyes, David Wright and big time players like Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado. But what happened to the Mets in that season was they had a let down when Carlos Beltran watched strike 3 go by. I haven’t figured out who these players are on Gang Green but one thing’s for sure, they will be let down again!!
Now back to the main point of this post – the NFL being a” no favorites” league. The Giants this year were supposed to be the last place team in the NFC East with a young “Inexperienced” Defense and a “Highly Overrated” QB, Eli Manning. But boy oh’ boy were those predictions off. The Giants this year are ranked 7th in Passing with the deadly combination of Eli Manning and 2nd year wide-out Hakeem Nicks and they are ranked 2nd in both rushing and passing defense. Not to shabby if I do say so myself. Big Blue has also been helped by the progress of RB Ahmad Bradshaw who has taken over the starting role for Brandon Jacobs who has also fit in nicely to his new spot as a back up.
On the flip side of things the Dallas Cowboys were given the title of “Team to Beat” in the NFC before they even started practicing. The Cowboys have been in my book the worst team in the league or the unluckiest team in the league. I say unluckiest because they have lost their starting QB Tony Romo, who like his team, is highly overrated and the recent firing of head coach Wade Phillips adds to the mess. The thing that surprises me is that even when you look at the Cowboys on paper they really don’t look good at all. In fact they look terrible… With Tony Romo who I think is a true back up QB, an aging line that couldn’t block an old woman and an aging defense who has one or 2 good players (Keith Brooking and DeMarcus Ware). Hopefully the Cowboys received a wake up call and will use their top 5 draft pick wisely and grab one of the many outstanding QB’s in the upcoming draft.
As you have seen there are two major factors or groupings that help classify the teams in the greatest professional sport. You have the overrated like the Chargers , Cowboys and Vikings. And you have the underrated teams like the Chiefs, Giants and Falcons. There will always be a debate especially with teams who are from big market teams but the true beauty of this whole thing is that we never truly know who will win. Anything can happen so I guess we’ll all just have to keep on watching…..