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The 3-0 answer is easy: Pittsburgh. They’re undefeated with wins over two good teams in Atlanta and Tennessee, and they’ve done it without Ben Roethlisberger.
Their defense has allowed 33 points in three games, and both of the touchdowns they gave up came in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter.
Rashard Mendenhall is running at will, and if Charlie Batch can find a way to outfox the Baltimore defense this week, the Steelers will take a stranglehold on the AFC North—and the conference in general.
As for the 0-3 teams, the one most likely to be on the clock is Carolina.
The schedule says we still have Cleveland vs. Buffalo, Cleveland vs. Carolina, and San Fran vs. Carolina yet to come this year. Yippee!
Seriously though, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Detroit are all winless, but they’re not as bad as they seem.
Cleveland has had a lead in the fourth quarter of all three games, the Bills have played two close ones with AFC East rivals, and the Lions are two questionable play calls away from being 2-1.
That leaves San Francisco and Carolina…and since the Niners play in a weak division and call a giant wind tunnel home, chances are they’ll win four games by accident.
I’ll lay $20 that they have a QB controversy as soon as Matt Moore can remember his name, and that would actually matter if their receiving core wasn’t made up of Steve Smith and four guys you wouldn’t draft as special teamers in Madden NFL 11.
They have two great backs, but when you can’t throw the ball (seriously, a 0.0 rating at halftime for Clausen? Nice job, John Blutarski!), you usually can’t run it either. Doesn’t help that Jeff Otah is hurt, but the point stands.
The Panthers actually play the Niners, Browns and Rams still, but those might be the only three games they have a shot at winning.
On the bright side, they can draft Georgia WR AJ Green No. 1 overall!