Monday NFL Rewind – The 4-0 & 0-4 Teams
Here are the top NFL stories & my thoughts for this week:
The Seahawks, Chiefs, Broncos and Patriots moved onto 4-0 on Sunday. And either the Dolphins or Saints will join them in the undefeated ranks at the quarter mark of the season after tonight. These teams have all put themselves in a great position to start the season. And although the Chiefs & Broncos and Patriots and possibly Dolphins will be undefeated and in the same division, this kind of start goes a long way to sealing their fate in playoffs or getting home field advantage.
2. The Defeated:
In what universe would you have thought both the Giants and Steelers would start 0-4? These are two constants to the NFL postseason, since Manning and Big Ben were drafted in 2004. And when they have not made the playoffs, they usually bounce back the next year and go all the way. So what does this meaning for these quarterbacks & coaches? At this point you when either of these teams will get their first win.
3. Josh Freeman Not on Sideline for Bucs:
Josh Freeman was not only benched, but after recent comments that he wished to be traded, Greg Schiano decided it was best for the team that he be inactive. So Freeman was not even on the sidelines during the Bucs game and was in a suite with the other inactive players. This story will be interesting to watch as its clearly in their best interest to now trade Freeman. But will they find a trade partner?
4. Bittersweet Victory for Titans:
In a big win for the Titans against the Jets, they had a big loss. QB Jake Locker, who's had a much improved season so far, went out with a hip injury. Adam Shefter reported today that Locker will miss 4-6 weeks. They are awaiting more tests and will probably know even more this afternoon. But this is a huge loss for the Titans that have been on a roll and sit at 3-1. Now Ryan Fitzpatrick, former Bills QB will step in to start. And more bad news for Titans fans, Fitzpatrick will face the Chiefs, Seahawks and 49ers in their next 3 games. A Jaguars game would have been helpful for the Titans there. Keep an eye on more news on Jake Locker's status after more tests, as that may firm up the timetable a bit more.
5. MNF Prediction:
Speaking of NFL odds, we have the battle of the unbeatens tonight on Monday Night Football. Only one team can stay unbeaten, and we think it will be the Saints. I think it will be high scoring and closer than many think, so I'll say 38-31 Saints.