Thoughts on Early Games
Thoughts on the early games:
The Carolina Panthers very much belong on the conversation about which team is the NFC's best.
They don't have Tom Brady but the New England Patriots continue to show why they've been the league's most resilient team since Bill Belichick has been their coach. They're not a dominant club minus Brady but they are tied now with the Buffalo Bills atop the AFC East. The New York Jets, who were extremely fortunate to beat the lowly Kansas City Chiefs, are a game back.
Maybe Terrell Suggs knew what he was talking about, after all. The Baltimore Ravens linebacker seemed to ignite a quarterback controversy by saying during a recent radio show that Troy Smith, not rookie Joe Flacco, should be the team's starter. He amended his statement last week to say that both should play. Well, both did play in today's triumph, and Smith even had a 43-yard completion to Flacco on a trick play on which Flacco lined up at receiver.
There is something very wrong with the San Diego Chargers. Even without Shawne Merriman and even with the win that referee Ed Hochuli's officiating blunder cost them, they shouldn't be 3-5.
The Dallas Cowboys aren't getting much production out of fill-in quarterback Brad Johnson. But they got the victory they desperately needed. Recently added wide receiver Roy Williams had a touchdown catch, and Coach Wade Phillips's decision to take a more hands-on approach with the team's defense paid dividends.
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