With every season, there are shocking starts and endings, surprise impact players, and moves that we never saw coming. So while I'm sure that the Titans won't go 16-0, the Jags won't go 0-16, and Matt Cassel WILL eventually struggle, let's focus on those players that are surprising me right now and making a great first impression during the 2008 season.
5) Michael Turner
I know he had one monster game against the Lions and wasn't that hot against Tampa Bay, but I never expected him to average 131 yards/game. What Turner proved in Week One is that he is a legitimate starter in this league. That is one thing that I truly was not sure of before the season started. So he's gotta make the list.
4) Jay Cutler
Whoa! I certainly did not expect Cutler, who was diagnosed with diabetes in the offseason, to have a strong season this year. But he's been better then strong. He's been an absolute monster. Cutler is averaging three TDs a game and has a QB rating of 118.6, with a Bronco's offense that I never imagined would be deadly through the air; so that's certainly surprising.
I thought Green Bay's A-Rod would play well, but not well enough to make Packers fans forget Brett Favre. Well, after two weeks, Rodgers is making the GB management look like a group of geniuses. As I've always said, his final judgment will come when the season is over, but a 117.8 QB rating can't hurt.
2) Matt Forte
I laughed when Forte was drafted by the Bears, thinking they totally wasted a draft pick. But Forte has been everything that Cedric Benson wasn't in the Windy City, averaging almost 108 yards/game in a offense where people know that they're going to run the ball. He's making Kyle Orton's job a lot easier, and we all know he needs it.
1) DeSean Jackson
I totally wanted the Rams to avoid Jackson in the draft this summer, and now he is totally making me regret it. Although he is a complete idiot (see his end zone celebration against the Cowboys), he appears to have the talent that can translate to the NFL, when most people doubted his size and strength.