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Emil Steiner
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Emil Steiner

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None of the Above


Not to be a hater, but neither the Bills, Titans nor Broncos have what it takes.
Of them the most impressive team is Denver. In three games they've racked up 114 points, but they've also allowed 84. More telling though is the fact that they've allowed an average of 6.8 yards per offensive play and given up more total yards than they've gained in their three wins. Against the Saints yesterday, they surrendered 502 yards, were beaten on time of possession and on turnovers, and were a Martin Gramatica field goal away from losing. Defense wins championships, not blown calls and razzle-dazzle.

Down in Tennessee there ain't no place I'd rather be, but of course I'm not Vince Young, the Titans maligned QB, who feels more comfortable in Austin regressing back to his Longhorn glory days than getting booed under center. Kerry Collins has stepped in with the competency of Don Brewers' drum work, but a championship team they ain't. Their undefeated record is more a reflection of their competition than their ability. The three teams they've overcome so far, Jacksonville, Cincinnati and Houston have a combined win total of one, and that victory came last night when the Jags eeked out a last-second, 51-yard field goal after getting a generous pass interference call on fourth down. To be the best you have to beat the best, not the worst.

Which brings me to the Buffalo Bills. Since when does stealing a victory from the NFL equivalent of a Jerry Springer family make you a contender? Just when Lane Kiffin thought he had earned another week of job security, in saunters Rian Lindell to kick him where it hurts most, the loss column. That's just wrong. All right, I do dig the Bills throwback helmets, and Lynch is a stud, but unless he can start putting up OJ type yards, they don't stand a chance. As much as defense wins championships, rushing matters too, and the Bills are currently 24th in that category.

So while, no one would have expected this trio of 2007 also-rans to go undefeated after three, don't expect them to be there at the finish line in '08. When it comes to which has game, think Monty Brewster's campaign slogan: "None of the above!"

By Emil Steiner  |  September 22, 2008; 2:38 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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