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H. Gore
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H. Gore

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Chiefs, Cowboys lead early surprises


The 2010 NFL season is only two weeks old so naturally it's time for overreactions to what we've seen so far. The Bears, Buccaneers, Chiefs and Roethlisberger-less Steelers are headed to the playoffs. Fans in Dallas and Minnesota are planning for a long winter. And there's absolutely no way the San Francisco 49ers can comeback from their 0-2 start to win the NFC West.

This season is just like any other NFL season with the surprising starts. Kansas City at 2-0 and Dallas going 0-2 caught me the most off-guard. You can throw the Bucs out there but they've quietly won four of their last five going back to last season. Pittsburgh doesn't have Big Ben but they do have a healthy Troy Polamalu leading their tough defense. The Bears would be a surprise if they won without the refs handing them the game in Week 1 and the Cowboys' funk in Week 2. K.C. and Dallas have both come out of nowhere.

Rumor has it that the Super Bowl will be played at the new Cowboys Stadium and that Dallas is trying to become the first team to play in and host the game. An amateurish loss to Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins, compounded with a home-opening tank job against the Bears have those plans on hold. After all of the preseason hype, the addition of Dez Bryant, Miles Austin picking up (and dropping) Kim Kardashian and everything else in the Cowboys' circus the only thing the 'Boys proved is that they can lay eggs. Some of the blame can be placed on the media and fans for heaping huge expectations on the team but 27 points and four turnovers falls on the coaches and players.

Kansas City is in the opposite situation. San Diego is expected to win the division so there's no pressure there. Plus, after the Chiefs finished a game behind the Raiders last year, they came into the season just hoping to win more than four games. Now they're half way to last year's win total and already have a win against the division rival Chargers in the bag. Who saw that coming from the team that lost to Buffalo, Cleveland, Denver and Oakland at home last season?

There's still time for Dallas to turn things around and for K.C. to fall off (especially if the QB yards + RB yards continue to add up to less than 250). But until then I'll remain in shock with my fingers crossed that the Cowboys stay on their losing path. I'm an Eagles fan so no surprise there.

By H. Gore  |  September 21, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , Kansas City Chiefs , Minnesota Vikings , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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