The NFL Today: Week Three

NC NighthawkAnalyst ISeptember 27, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints looks for an open man during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 20, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
  • Michael Vick rejoins NFL today: Eagles' QB, armed with Wildcat offense, to play for the first time since 2006.
  • Saints' QB Drew Brees is now the best QB of the NFL.
  • Tom Brady still needs to shake off a little rust after being inured last year.
  • Peyton Manning is still Peyton Manning, just nearing the end of his career.
  • Tony Romo still cannot win the big game.
  • Ben Roethlisberger can pump-fake while taking a hit.
  • The Carolina Panthers obviously made a very big mistake this offseason when they signed quarterback Jake Delhomme to a five-year, $42.5 million contract extension.
  • Despite the defeats, the Detroit Lions show small steps of improvement.
  • Are the Cincinnati Bengals better than expected?
  • Will the Atlanta Falcons “upset” the New England Patriots?
  • Sunday night’s matchup with the Colts and the Cardinals may be an instant classic with the pair of QBs—Kurt Warner and Peyton Manning.
  • Will my Carolina Panthers finally play with passion, urgency, and intensity in Dallas on Monday night?

Speaking of my Panthers, Carolina has begun the season at 0-2 and have a very difficult schedule the rest of the season. With road games at Dallas, Arizona, New Orleans, the New York Jets, the New England Patriots, and the New York Giants, this team could be on its way to a having a disastrous  season.

There are also some tough home games against Atlanta, Miami, Minnesota, and New Orleans. Too bad they traded away their 2010 first-round draft pick.

Yes, the Panthers traded their first-round pick in the 2010 draft in order to move up to select Florida State defensive end Everette Brown in 2009. Brown is a great draftee, but for a team in dire need of a play-maker QB, it was a very significant mistake. Think about the quarterbacks in the draft—Colt McCoy, Sam Bradford, Jevan Snead, Jake Locker, and Tim Tebow

Maybe they will be able to trade DE Julius Peppers to get a first-round pick back.

If Carolina has a horrible season, I would expect John Fox to be fired, paving the way for Bill Cowher.

A horrendous 2-14 or 3-13 record in 2009 for Carolina is not out of the question. The Panthers should defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two wins.

Perhaps Carolina will outlast the Buffalo Bills too. That makes three wins. Thus, to even hold a 6-10 record, the team has to find three upset victories.

From 12-4 to 2-14, or 4-12, or whatever. The Bucs should prevent the Panthers from going from first to worst.

And Monday night versus Dallas at the new Cowboys Stadium in front of 105,000 fans? Tony Romo will have a big night and Jerry Jones will smile as he lands his first victory at his grand football palace.

Cowboys 31, Panthers 23, as Carolina falls to 0-3.

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