NFL Week Two Comments
Paul asked for this in the comments, so I'm going to give some comments on the first two weeks of the season. Obviously, it's way to early to tell how the season's going to play out, but then again, what's the fun of waiting?
Biggest positive surprises: Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, New Orleans and San Diego. All are playing quite well despite major question marks coming into the season.
Biggest Negative Surprises: Miami, Washington, Carolina, Tampa Bay. All were expected to be contenders this year, and Carolina was supposed to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
The best QBs so far are Rex Grossman, David Carr, Chad Pennington, Donovan McNabb and Peyton Manning. Carr's completing 75% of his passes, which is getting the job done; the problem for Houston is on the other side of the ball. Pennington is throwing for an average of almost nine yards per attempt, which is definite Pro Bowl material, but it looks positively weak compared to Grossman's ten yards per toss. Both McNabb & Peyton are having the kinds of years that we expect from them.
The Worst QBs? Kerry Collins easily; he's barely completed 40% of his passes so far. Chris Simms, who seemed to be poised to move up into the top ranks has had the second worst season so far, and Jake Plummer has to be looking over his shoulder with his performance. Charlie Frye has not had much success, nor has Jake Delhomme.
Guys who are not doing all that well despite the success of their teams? Steve McNair, whom I've always thought was a fine player is just okay in Baltimore. Tom Brady's been mediocre so far.