This column will run weekly throughout the 2013 NFL season, with a general focus on how teams and players are developing as the season progresses.
After Three weeks of NFL Football:
1) Peyton Manning is clearly the NFL's Poster boy, and thus can do no wrong. During the Denver Broncos MNF win over Oakland, ESPN broadcast analyst John Gruden took the time to again blame safety Rahim Moore for Denver's playoff loss last season, while singing the praises of the Broncos' QB; meaning that somehow, Manning throwing a Pick-six in regulation time, and then another interception in OT of that playoff game, has been deemed inconsequential.
2) The Pittsburgh Steelers are in trouble this season, but the Minnesota Vikings are in trouble long term. The Vikings are proving themselves a one dimensional Adrian-Peterson-centric team. The situation is not going to change anytime soon. Losing to a Cleveland team which has no QB, and just traded away it's Star running back, seriously ? Christian Ponder is not the answer at QB, and Peterson is going to find out exactly how Barry Sanders felt during his years in Detroit.
3) It is about time for fans of the New York Giants to fire up the "Fire Tom Coughlin" campaign. This normally results in a win streak, and a playoff run.
4) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' season is in shambles. Players on both sides of the ball, are befuddled and upset. Head coach Greg Schiano is the luckiest man of all - Unlike the rest of the team, a month from now he will be gone, and won't have to suffer through the entire 2013 campaign.
5) The Kansas City Chiefs are 3-0, but have yet to play a team which made the playoffs last season. In fact, 2012 playoff teams will account for only five of the 16 regular season games they will play this season.
6) Are the 3-0 Miami Dolphins may be for real ? We will soon find out. Their next five games will be against New Orleans, Baltimore, Buffalo, New England, and Cincinnati. Win, lose or draw, the upcoming MNF contest in New Orleans will reveal much about the team's character.
7) The Trent Richardson trade was a huge deal for the Indianapolis Colts. Richardson made an immediate impact, as he scored a TD in his first game as a Colt. Though the second-year RB rushed for only 35 total yds, there seems to be a newfound confidence within the team. Trent also seems more upbeat and positive than he ever was in Cleveland.
8) The Baltimore Ravens showed the true heart of a champion, as they smoked the Houston Texans 30-9, despite the absence of both Ray Rice and Jacoby Jones. I will say it again, there is a certain intangible element missing from the Texans team. Houston is very lucky to be 2-1, when they so richly deserve to be 0-3. They should send fruit baskets to both the Chargers and Titans.
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