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What We've Learned From The NFL (Week 4)

by Cade

We’re already a quarter of the way through the 2013 NFL season.  This is the time when good teams begin to emerge and not-so-good teams show their true colors.  After each week of action across the NFL, I'll give you three thoughts running through my head.  I'll also keep a running tab on my Super Bowl favorites.  Here are a few things I’ve learned so far.

My first thought...

They are who we thought they were.  A few teams headed into the season with sky-high expectations.  One of those teams was the Broncos.  With a 4-0 record, Denver has failed to disappoint.  Quarterback, Peyton Manning looks better than ever.  Surgically striking receivers all over the field as he shatters career and team records for scoring.  As if Manning’s talents aren’t enough in the Mile High City, the Broncos boast one of the best defenses in the league and have a good special teams unit led by the elusive, Trindon Holliday who already has returned a kickoff and punt for a touchdown.  Seattle was another club projected to be a top-tier team.  The Seahawks are also undefeated, but I don’t think they look as dominant as last year.  Although, they do have help on the way.  Wide receiver Percy Harvin hopes to be back on the field by Week 7.

Secondly...

What’s that smell?  Oh, that would be the four remaining win-less teams.  Pittsburgh and Jacksonville in the AFC and Tampa Bay and the New York Giants in the NFC.  The Steelers haven’t started 0-4 in close to 50 years.  This is uncharted territory for the Steel City.  After watching them almost come back against the Vikings in London last week, I don’t feel they are as bad as their record shows.  They still have a great quarterback in “Big Ben” Roethlisberger, a tenacious D-Cooridinator in Dick LeBeau and a good head coach in Mike Tomlin.  This certainly isn’t the Steeler’s year, but it won’t be too long before they are relevant once again.  Those other three win-less squads will suck for a while.  Tampa Bay and New York are a mess with no good foundation to build upon.  Jacksonville is a joke.  In fact, they might be a 28-point underdog when they head to Denver next week.  That would be the biggest NFL spread in Vegas betting history.

Thought number three…

This has to be one of the best times of the year for sports fans like myself.  The NFL and college football seasons are underway.  The MLB Playoffs kick-off this week.  The NHL season starts tonight and the NBA is not far behind.

Finally…

My Super Bowl XLVIII prediction.  Please understand that this feature will change week to week depending on what teams do on any given week.  I’ve already decide to mix things up.  Seattle is no longer my pick to represent the NFC.  As it stands now, I predict to see the New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos in the big game this February in the Meadowlands.

Agree or disagree?  Feel free to comment below or hit me up on Twitter.  @cade1037