Today’s 2 Cent Tuesday blog recaps some early surprises in this year’s NFL season.
For a seemingly predictable league, this year’s NFL campaign has been anything but predictable.
Who’d a thunk that…
The vaunted NFL, the prestigious long time media darling of professional sports, would experience 2016 double digit television viewership drops: (-10%) for Sunday Night Football, (-19%) for Monday Night Football and (-15%) for Thursday Night Football.
Along with the Denver Broncos, the once slumping Minnesota Vikings would be the toast of the league at 4 – 0 without all-everything RB Adrian Peterson and with oft-injured, journeyman QB Sam Bradford.
Rookie QB’s Trevor Siemian, Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz would be so mature and game ready while leading their surging Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles into Week 5 of this NFL season.
The New England Patriots would be blanked in Gillette Stadium by division rival Buffalo Bills coached by always meddling, long time nemesis Rex Ryan.
Cam Newton Looking Human?
Last year’s most dominant team the Carolina Panthers would be 1 – 3 and their 2015 NFL MVP and self-proclaimed Superman Cam Newton would actually look human on the football field.
The Jack Del Rio led Oakland Raiders would look this poised, polished and professional with a division leading 3 – 1 record.
The newly relocated Los Angeles Rams would be basking in a three game winning streak after an embarrassing opening day loss.
The New York Giants’ star WR Odell Beckham, Jr. could be so easily irked whether it’s Josh Norman or Viking CB’s doing the prodding.
Atlanta Falcons tandem of QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones would simply perform that well last weekend and put up Tecmo Bowl numbers of 500+ yards passing and 300 yards receiving respectively.
JJ Watt Out Maybe Out For Season and More…
Seemingly invincible Houston Texan DE JJ Watt could be done for the season due to recurring back issues.
And finally, the iron fisted, super controlling Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t intervened over the Colin Kaepernick inspired protests, while his NFL police have fined others for inappropriate shoes and precluded others from wearing decals to honor fallen police officers.
Excited to witness how much longer unpredictable surprises continue to surface in this year’s NFL season.
And, that’s my 2 cents.
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MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!