The Surprise NFL Teams As We Enter NFL Week 9
The NFL season is in high gear as we enter Week 9 later today. There have been a few surprise teams so far in this 2011 campaign. One of the biggest surprise teams is the Buffalo Bills, who have a record of 5-2 and are tied atop the AFC East with the New England Patriots!
And what about the Cincinnati Bengals? They lose their quarterback Carson Palmer (Later traded to Oakland) at the beginning of the season and yet they are also sitting on a 5-2 record and only one game back of Pittsburgh
in the AFC North Division.
The Detroit Lions were thought to be an up and coming team entering the 2011 season. But they are a young team and some NFL experts thought it might be another year or two before they turn the corner. It looks like they have turned the corner earlier than expected. The Lions have a record of 6-2 entering week 9 and are sitting in second place behind Green Bay in the NFC North Division. With young stars like Matthew Stafford, Jahvid Best, Nick Fairley, Ndamukong Suh and Calvin Johnson, their future looks bright. Funny how the Lions got good once they dropped GM Matt millen, who in my opinion may have been the worst GM in the history of the NFL. I’m sure Lions’ fans will agree with me on that one.
Now to my favorite team if you don’t mind! I have been a San Francisco 49ers’ fan since I was a kid in the late 70′s. Just letting you know so you don’t think I’m a bandwagon jumper!
I didn’t know what to expect from the Niners coming into this 2011 NFL season. They had just hired a new head coach in Jim Harbaugh. But the biggest thing that I was worried about (I still am a little) was our quarterback Alex Smith. It goes without saying that Smith has been a major bust in his first six years in the NFL. But maybe, just maybe he is starting to turn things around. Alex Smith has thrown 9 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions through the first seven games of the season. I know those numbers aren’t Peyton Manning or Tom Brady type stats, but considering how bad he has been in the past, it’s pretty good. The one thing Alex Smith is doing is he seems to be staying away from mistakes. Hopefully he can keep it up as he and the san Francisco 49ers are 6-1 and sit atop the NFC West division at the moment.
Should be a fun 2011 NFL season the rest of the way unless you’re a Colts’ fan.