By Danny Cox
The 2012 NFL season is only three weeks old, with the Monday Night game still to go, but there are some incredibly strange things going on. No way could anyone predict what has gone on so far, and it just doesn’t look like it is going to get normal any time soon.
One of the things that needs to be looked at most of all through the first three weeks is the records. So many teams already have winning records that weren’t expected to, and these teams are shocking football fans.
Minnesota Vikings: 2-1
Arizona Cardinals: 3-0
Cincinnati Bengals: 2-1
Buffalo Bills: 2-1
Looking at the opposite end of things, there are a few teams with losing records that are shockers in every stretch of the imagination.
New Orleans Saints: 0-3
Pittsburgh Steelers: 1-2
Denver Broncos: 1-2
Detroit Lions: 1-2
Those eight teams alone should essentially be in reversed positions by this point in the season. One of the biggest stunners is that the Saints are sitting at 0-3 and way down in the bottom of the NFC South. Atlanta already has a three game lead on them and the Saints are 1.5 games behind both Carolina and Tampa Bay.
Pittsburgh may be suffering from multiple injuries on both sides of the ball, but losing to Denver in the opening game wasn’t a huge surprise. Losing to Oakland right before their bye week is what opened up the eyes of many in the AFC and NFL as a whole.
The Cardinals are really surprising everyone, and they’re doing it with a passing offense ranked 30th in the league and a rushing offense sitting not much better at 28th. Some may say it is still early in the season, but victories over the Seahawks, Patriots, and Eagles are nothing that can just be swept to the side as flukes.
Buffalo looked abysmal in their opening day loss to the Jets, and it appeared as if it may be a long season for Bills’ fans. Now with the top-ranked rushing offense in the league, the Bills have won two straight and sit tied atop the AFC East.
Adrian Peterson and the Vikings may have stumbled a little in the second week with a loss to the Colts, but they rebounded in a big way in Week Three. San Francisco had established themselves as the best team in the NFL through two weeks, but came out flat and dominated in a 24-13 loss to the Vikings.
There really is no way to predict any of what has happened so far this season, and that is what makes the NFL so incredibly fun and enjoyable. If the league was nothing but predictable and monotonous, than it wouldn’t be anything that fans look forward to every single year.
Perhaps things will change for these eight teams as the season progresses, and maybe they won’t. That “not knowing” is just what every football fan around the country was hoping for and it is what keeps them coming back for more.
While it may not be as fun for fans of the teams with losing records, true football fans can appreciate what is happening on the field and around the entire NFL.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.