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Today we will take our fandom evaluation around the league with a look at 10 players or situations that impressed or surprised us on the past couple of weeks. Since we're all about the positives here at Bull City, let's start with the five players who put on particularly impressive showings this past Sunday and Monday.
1. Steven Jackson might become the poster boy for this section. The man just goes hard day in and day out. Sunday he seemed to be playing a little bit harder and acted as if he had something to prove. Maybe he didn’t like where I ranked him in the 5 best running backs in the league last week and he decided that he was going to prove me wrong. Seriously outside of Matt Forte is there a more complete runner in the league?
The NFL Most Valuable player race has turned into a two horse race. Many experts have New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the club house with a slight lead over the electrifying Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. There are a few that are even screaming the name Philip Rivers. (We won't include him but I am sure he will get some consideration)
It is easy to manufacture a respectable argument in favor of either player. I think it is important to consider more than statistics. It is vital to weigh other factors such as adversity and expectations in addition to their team's overall performance.
The Case For Brady
The Patriots have an 11-2 record. They will likely be the No. 1 seed in the A.F.C. ensuring home-field throughout the playoffs. Brady’s statistics are simply Brady-like. Thus far he has passed for 3561 yards, 31 touchdowns against four interceptions. He has a passer rating of 109.9. Based on Brady’s statistics it would be easy to suggest he is the best player in football.
Week 8 of the NFL season is the week before the official midpoint in the season. Yeah I know that there are 16 games in a season but there are 17 weeks in the NFL season because of the bye week. I had more than my share of football so far this season and it has been better than I ever expected.
I know I am guilty sometimes of blogging about the top tiered teams a lot in this league, but I respect what some of the surprise teams are doing so far this season. Although my Cowboys are out of the picture, the surprise teams out there just keep gaining momentum.
You have to love what teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are doing. They aren’t winning any one particular way, they do it with defense one week, offense the next, and some weeks their special teams dominate. They aren’t filling up the statistical columns with useless statistics; they are just filling up the win column with wins. Not to mention young quarterback Josh Freeman is holding up his end of leading the offense as he continues to impress.
Who would have ever thought that the Rams and the Raiders would have .500 records at 4 – 4 this late in the season? The surprises this season keep getting better and better. The silver and black are playing well and the Rams have found a way to win more games this year than they have the past two combined. It doesn't hurt that they appeared to have struck gold with rookie quarterback Sam Bradford.
Let’s not forget about the 5 – 2 Chiefs who are just good enough to find ways to win over the teams they play regardless of the talent level. The Chiefs haven’t changed personnel much this year but they did make two big changes to their offense and defense. They got smart and hired Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weiss. They didn’t fare to well apart but they have won a ton of games when they work together. Some people are born to be together. Weiss has lifted young Matt Cassell into relevance once again.