Even though we are only eight weeks into the NFL season, some teams and fans are already in a panic.
For every surprise team in the NFL, there is another team underachieving.
The beauty of the NFL is its unpredictability, and it seems that this season has been one of the most unpredictable.
With the underachieving of so many teams and the rise of so many surprise teams, the NFL postseason is definitely going to look different.
Dallas Cowboys (4-3), Bounce Back:
Yes, I know that the Cowboys have a winning record and they are quite possibly the best team in the NFC, but the way they have lost their last two games disturbs me.
For the next 10 weeks, the Cowboys have arguably one of the toughest schedules to play; their opponents have a combined record of 34-23.
Let’s not forget that the Cowboys have to go against the Giants twice, Eagles, Redskins, Buccaneers and Steelers.
But when it is all said and done, Tony Romo will come back to play and the Dallas offense will be back to normal, especially with the addition of Roy E. Williams from the Lions.
The Cowboys need to make sure that their secondary does not get smoked every other play.
Minnesota Vikings (3-4), Bounce Back:
It is as a surprise to me that the Vikings defense has allowed so many points.
But the hardest part of their schedule is done and it gets a lot easier from here on, with games against the Texans, the Lions, and the Falcons; so the Vikings should feel good about the rest of the season.
The Vikings need to continue winning the easy games and win a few of the tougher games.
All the Vikings need to do is play tough on defense and run the ball with their dynamic duo of Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor.
New Orleans Saints (3-4), Fall Flat:
I cannot see the Saints making the playoffs with how badly their defense is playing, giving up over 23 points per game.
Their biggest problem now is their offense staying healthy, it is only week eight and three of their dynamic players are hurt with injuries (Reggie Bush, Marques Colston, and Jeremy Shockey). Things are not looking so hot for the Saints.
Cleveland Browns (2-4), Fall Flat:
The Browns could easily go 5-11 for the season, their offense has been atrocious and their defense is looking like last season’s defense, not so good.
I cannot believe how badly Derek Anderson is playing. Last season’s surprise player of the year is looking average at best.
If Anderson is not careful he will be replaced by Brady Quinn sooner than expected.
Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3), Bounce Back:
From this point on in the season, the Jaguars have an easy schedule with a couple of tough opponents.
The Jaguars still have an awesome defense and an all-star running game, and if David Garrard manages games the way he did last year, expect big things from the Jaguars.
Indianapolis Colts (3-3), Fall Flat:
I hate the idea of not having Peyton Manning in the playoffs, but it looks like it may happen.
The Colts have one of the toughest schedules in the NFL, the Titans twice, Steelers, Patriots, Chargers and Jaguars. Their defense seems to be up and down and the Colts offense is not what it used to be.
When it is all said and done, I expect the Colts to end the season with a 9-7 record.
San Diego Chargers (3-4), Bounce Back:
The Chargers did the same thing last season, starting out slow and looking like they were going flop, this season is no different.
The Chargers have an awesome offense, LaDanian Tomlinson will do what he usually does, and playing the Chargers defense is no walk in the park.
I guarantee that San Diego will make the playoffs and be considered the favorite to win the AFC and maybe the Super Bowl.