2010 NFL: Tampa Bay Bucs and Kansas City Chiefs Just 2 of the Season's Surprises

Thomas ClarkCorrespondent INovember 3, 2010

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 10: Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rolls out against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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If the NFL is a roller coaster, Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys fans are asking for refunds. In Minnesota, the ageless wonder Brett Favre looks like he has a severe case of arthritis. And in Dallas, fans are realizing that bigger isn’t always better when the only thing getting bigger is the number in the loss column.

While Vikings and Cowboys fans are covering their eyes in disgust, the devoted fans of the usually horrendous Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are pinching themselves, hoping not to awaken from a dream season.

Tampa is winning with a young three-headed monster consisting of the cannon-armed, second-year quarterback Josh Freeman, the explosive rookie wide receiver Mike Williams, and the bruising rookie running back LeGarrette Blount.

Kansas City owns the top ranked rushing offense in the NFL with a mix of young and old in explosive 23-year-old Jamaal Charles and hard-nosed veteran Thomas Jones. The two running backs have combined for an astounding 1,204 yards less than halfway through the season.

Can the Chiefs and Buccaneers finish this season off as well as they have started it? Only time will tell, but this has been a great start to a truly upside down NFL season for these two franchises.

At the halfway point in the season, no team has a better record than the seemingly always impressive New England Patriots. While the future Hall of Famer Tom Brady has been consistently terrific throughout the season, the true difference maker for the Patriots has been running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The hyphenated work horse has put an explanation point at the end of this offense.

Green-Ellis has been practically unstoppable at the goal line this season for New England and has found his way into the end zone an impressive six times already. The Patriots have been outstanding so far, but look to get even better and you can never know what secrets head coach Bill Belichick may have up his sleeves.

With a lockout possibly looming next season for the NFL, this upset-filled season has every fan sitting on the edge of their seat and glued to the television. If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs have taught us anything about modern sports, they have taught us that absolutely anything can happen. That you can be bottom feeders one season and champions the next.

All I know is, this Roller Coaster NFL Season is only halfway through and for the next nine Sundays, I’m going to sit down, buckle my seat belt and get ready for a bumpy ride.