Four weeks into the 2010 NFL season and there’s only one thing certain: this has to be the most bipolar start to any football season ever.
We have good teams that apparently don’t know just how good they want to be, and we have bad teams that want to be bad, sometimes.
The good news is that this is fantastic for football fans because things can change from week to week without any notice.
Fantastic if you’re not a gambler, that is.
Outside of the NFC North and possibly the AFC West, no division has a clear-cut favorite, and even those have their issues.
The Green Bay Packers should take the NFC North and run away with it, but that’s nearly impossible if a team doesn’t play much defense.
Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson can’t play all 11 positions for Green Bay’s D.
A Detroit Lions team with no Matthew Stafford and a banged up Jahvid Best almost beat Green Bay—to be fair, the Packers don’t have Ryan Grant—at Lambeau on Sunday.
The Chicago Bears have the best record in that division, 3-0, entering Week 4, but their sling-it-and-pray approach doesn’t inspire much confidence.
After losing in Week 1 to the Kansas City Chiefs, the San Diego Chargers appear to have steadied their ship and look like the AFC West favorites despite not having the best record in the division.
Kansas City has been impressive, but they have yet to play anyone of high caliber except for the Chargers, who were missing All Pro left tackle Marcus McNeill during that game.
As for the rest of the divisions?
Flip a coin.
We won’t tackle all of the divisions and teams in this space, but here are five surprises from Sunday that we may not have expected.