Lions, Packers, Bills, oh my!
Two are similar, one is different. Is this the twilight zone? Lions? Bills? What is a Bill? Buffalo Williams? Obviously, the planets have aligned perfectly so that these two unlikely teams can join the reigning world champion Green Bay Packers as the only undefeated teams in the NFL through week 3. One of these Cinderella stories is going to have to come to an end at some point, but when will that be?
On Sunday each of these teams proved to all of America that they were a force to be reckoned with. First off, The Buffalo Bills. In my young age of 23, I have never recalled the Bills having a winning season in as many years as I can remember. Now, they are undefeated three weeks into the season. On Sunday, they did a few things that almost no other team has done in their entire career. 1. Pick off the immortal Tom Brady four times, 2. Comeback from 18+ point deficit in the past 3 games to win, 3. Beat the Patriots, they haven’t done this in the last 15 times they have met for battle.
Buffalo Williams, where ever you are now, you have got to have one shit eating grin on your face after Sunday’s win. This Bills team is led by literal no bodies. If I told you 3 weeks ago a team led by a Harvard quarterback, a division 3 running back, and Stevie Johnson, you would look at me like I was nuts.
Buffalo don’t get too excited yet. The Bengals are coming at you and they are hungry for a W. Pedal to the metal, Chan Gailey.
The Lions are 3-0 for the first time since 1980.
The Detroit Lions are a product of smart management. Loosing season after loosing season was a god send for them. They were able to put together the best rookies from previous drafts and rebuild the Detroit Lions. Kicker Jason Hanson is the only original Lion on the team if that says anything. Oh, and he won the game for them in overtime. Matthew Stafford is looking more and more like an elite quarterback. He threw for 378 yds, and two touchdowns, most of which was all in the second half.
Everyday Stafford is healthy, opposing teams should be shaking in their boots. He has one of the best arms plus vision in the NFL. Calvin Johnson is stepping up to the plate more than ever, if their is a wide out who can win MVP, it is Johnson. If there is any team in the NFC North that Green Bay should be scared about it, it is the Detroit Lions.
Both the Bills and the Lions came back from 18+ point deficits at the half to win their games on Sunday. Again, I’m shocked.
The Green Bay Packers are also in this equation, although, I expect nothing less from the Super Bowl champs. How can they not win? They have won 9 straight since their week 15 loss to New England last season. On top of all that, 20 of the 22 starters from their Super Bowl championship season have returned. Get use to it, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are here to stay.
Keep your eyes pealed for week 12 when the Packers take on the Lions on Thanksgiving in a key NFC North match up.
Week 4 Outlooks:
The Buffalo Bills: I think the Bills will pull this one out, but be weary. This is a trap for the Bills. The Bengals are hungry and they are going to be looking to pull the upset over the Bills.
The Green Bay Packers: The Denver Broncos are making a trip to Lambeau. This could get ugly. Lets keep the W-train rolling. The Pack is Back.
The Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford is making a homecoming trip back to Dallas to play his beloved Dallas Cowboys. Highland Park’s glory boy is going to be looking to make a lasting impression on Dallas by knocking of the already crippled America’s team. Last night, the Dallas Cowboys grew up a little bit. The Defense was top knotch and Tony Romo proved he is the unquestioned leader for Dallas. This wont be a walk in the park for the Lions but with their previous track record, I think they can handle the Dallas Cowboys.
Next week we will be saying four and oh, shit.