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Nick Houllis
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Nick Houllis

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Chiefs take the cake


In the words of the immortal Jim Neighbors; Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! The Cowboys and Vikings are winless, while a handful of teams with poor 2009 seasons are still undefeated! Which one is more of a surprise?

The Bears had WR issues in 2009, but they had the elements there to do well, so while its unexpected, a 2-0 Bears team should not be shocking. Nor should a Bucs team, which is simply repeating the blueprint laid out by the Glazers in 1996 when they had just purchased the team. Tony Dungy earned the respect of the players, all of whom were young and hungry and used their exuberance to lay the foundation of a winning decade. Besides, Josh Freeman spent the entire offseason and OTAs at One Buc place to learn from his mistakes of last season, watching film of his interceptions of a year ago, which is why he played Sunday with the poise of a four-year veteran instead of someone with 10 career starts.

Pittsburgh without Big Ben is definitely a team that most felt would be lucky to go .500 without their party hardy star, or that a 1-3 would be enough to work with once the beleaguered star QB would return. But Pittsburgh has enormous defensive resources to call up with Dick Lebeau, and have always run the ball with authority. No my football friends, the onus of surprise team falls upon the Kansas City Chiefs. They have one of the youngest teams in the league, they have THE lowest payroll in the NFL, which put together smells like a three or four win season. Quarterback Matt Cassel is untested out of the Patriots organization, and Thomas Jones has been rushing for the better part of the decade and you would think there is very little 'juice' left in the cup.

But that cup is overflowing in Kansas City, where the Chiefs are the biggest surprise team of all the 2-0 starters so far this year.

By Nick Houllis  |  September 21, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  | Category:  Dallas Cowboys , Kansas City Chiefs , Minnesota Vikings , NFL , Tampa Bay Buccaneers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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