What's with the NFL This Season?

Corey McSweeneyAnalyst ISeptember 23, 2008

The first three weeks of the NFL season have been unbelievable. Let's recap.


Tom Brady will finish the season with a grand total of 11 passes thrown because he had his knee blown out before the first half of his first game ended.


Al Davis has, among other things, ordered Raiders staff to distribute an ESPN.com article to fellow organization members—an article which slammed head coach Lane Kiffin—because Davis wants to turn the sentiment against him. He hopes this will force the coach to resign, meaning Davis wouldn't have to pay him. It's true, look it up.


The Bills, Ravens, Titans, and Broncos are your AFC division leaders.


Peyton Manning has thrown more picks than touchdowns, and the Colts are 1-2.


Brandon Marshall has 24 catches, 321 yards, and two touchdowns. In two games.


Randy Moss has reverted to his old Raider ways. (And, to refresh your memory, they weren't good).


Ronnie Brown has the most touchdowns in the league with five, and he got them all in one game.


Brian Griese threw 67 passes. In one game. He also threw for 407 yards in that game, and didn't have the most passing yards for that week.


LaDainian Tomlinson, Adrian Peterson, and Brian Westbrook all have significant injuries that have been and will continue to affect their play greatly.


And how about this one? Vince Young took himself out of the game in Week One, then, persuaded by his coach, entered back in and promptly got injured. He will be out for four to six weeks.


Young then went off the grid, I mean the entire thing, the following week, leading his coach to intervene again before the police got involved. We have since learned he was contemplating suicide, depending on who you believe.


He hasn't played since, and he quite possibly is done as a significant football player.


The most important story out of this whole thing is that the Titans are 3-0 and might be the class of the AFC.


If I had predicted that the preceding things would have happened in my bold predictions article from the preseason, you guys would have laughed at me more than at Jeffrey Ross dancing. (Yeah, I said it.) Yet all these things are true. Unbelievable.


You know every year there will be things you can't predict, but, seriously, are you kidding me? It's so crazy, I'm sure I missed a few good ones. I'm not above admitting that it is ridiculously interesting seeing all these crazy stories, but I still want a little normalcy. Don't you?


Still, I can't wait to see what's next. Is Brady Quinn the guy in Cleveland now? Is the Patriots' dynasty officially over? Are the Titans on their way to big things? Is Brandon Marshall the best wide receiver in the league?


You obviously can't be 100 percent sure about these, but I can tell you that we're a heck of a lot closer now than we were three weeks ago. Amazing.