Each week Darren looks back at the weekend that was in the National Football League. These are the three things that most significantly stuck out during Week 4.
The Jets Downfall?
The Jets are a complete mess but I am going to sit here and tell you that Tim Tebow is not the answer at this point. Bringing in Tim Tebow at any point other than training camp does nothing but turn the entire offense into complete upheaval. Tebow and Sanchez are very different QB’s, so the adjustments that the Jets would have to make offensively aren’t something you would want to do mid season. Should Sanchez go down with an injury, then yes, you have to make those adjustments but for god sake you don’t do that voluntarily.
The problems that the New York Jets are facing at the moment don’t rest solely on Mark Sanchez. Yes, the offense looks like pure crap but their best player, Darrelle Revis, whom the entire defense is centered around, is missing and will be here on out. Is it a surprise that the first week he’s missing, the Jets get smacked around by the opposition? It didn’t help that the opposition yesterday looks to be one of the NFL’s elite this season but I believe even the lowly Cleveland Browns might give the Jets a tough time. Look at Pittsburgh in Week 2 versus a Revis-less Jets defense.
The truth is, this isn’t the same team that went to two straight AFC Championship Game and the media circus that is going to be asking “Is It Tebow Time Yet?” week after week is going to bury this team. My gut tells me (and I can’t back this up as to statistically why it should happen) that Rex Ryan will be looking for work come January.
Cardinals vs Vikings = NFC Championship… OK, Maybe Not Quite…
I completely undersold both the Arizona Cardinals and the Minnesota Vikings going into this season. Arizona is just putting the right pieces together. To me, this Cardinals team mirrors the type of team that got them to the Super Bowl a few years ago. You don’t expect much out of them but when you see them play, they bring it. Isn’t this exactly what Kevin Kolb did for the Eagles a few years ago when he got a chance? Which is what got him to Arizona in the first place? It’s been quite the story for Kolb so far this season. At the start of September, he was ridiculed by a fellow player, criticized by the media, stripped of his starting job and booed by the hometown fans. Four games later, he has won over his teammates, delivered two remarkable rallies, outplayed Tom Brady in New England, ripped apart his former team and unofficially reclaimed his job.
Minnesota is a team that I thought wouldn’t put up much of a fight in the NFC North. Without question I thought the Packers and Lions would be better than the Vikings and figured the Bears would battle them for and eventually claim #3 spot in the NFC North putting the Vikings in the basement. But there they are, sitting 3-1 atop the NFC North (waiting to see in the Bears can knock of Dallas tonight). Percy Harvin is just a ridiculous player. On Special Teams he’s amazing. As a receiver he’s deadly AND he can even look good as a running back? No words!
Are The Packers Back?
There has been a lot of talk about the Packers this morning and the big question people want to answer is whether or not the Pack is Back. Here is why I say no. The Saints are not a great football team. The defense is terrible and Bree’s is certainly off his game so far. Lambeau Field is a hard place to play yet the Saints were a holding call and a few feet away from beating the Packers. That tells me that the 15-1 Packers from last season aren’t going to show their face this season. They did some good things yesterday but their defense is still going to be the issue. One thing is for sure though: The Packers are in serious trouble if Aaron Rodgers gets hurt. No, I mean SERIOUS trouble.