Buffalo Bills and 7 NFL Teams We've Changed Our Minds About
After two short weeks in the long NFL season, teams are showing their true colors. For some this means that they are going right along with the expectations set before the season started.
For others, they may be exceeding expectations or they may be underachieving expectations.
Here are seven teams that the general public has changed their minds about.
7. Oakland Raiders
Darren McFadden has done nothing but impress in his first two games this season. The Raiders may have lost the best corner in the league, Nnamdhi Asomugha, due to free agency, but they look like a team that may be able to compete for a potential wild card spot in the AFC.
As long as Darren McFadden can stay healthy, this team could be one of the biggest surprises down the road this season.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars
Head coach Jack Del Rio hoped that Luke McCown would justify the front office's decision to cut proven veteran David Gerrard. Looking back on it, this decision could have been one of the worst in the entire NFL offseason.
Luke McCown has already been benched in the middle of a game meaning that rookie Blane Gabbert will probably be forced to start for the Jaguars. This team has the looks of a team that may not win a game the whole season.
5. Carolina Panthers
Although the Carolina Panthers are 0-2, Cam Newton has given hope to all Carolina fans. Newton has gone off statistically for the Panthers as they have been competitive in the two games they have played so far.
If the Panthers can continue to improve, cut down on turnovers and ride Newton's athletic ability, then they will make some noise in the NFC South. I am not saying that they will be able to make the playoffs, but they may be able to spoil a team or two's playoff bids as the season goes onward.
4. Indianapolis Colts
With Manning, the Colts could easily be 2-0 and have one of the best offenses in the league. Without Manning, the Colts are 0-2 and are struggling big time on both sides of the ball. If the Colts continue to struggle to put up points, they will be far out of the AFC South race before they know it.
3. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs are dealing with one of the saddest situations in the whole NFL. First they lose their best defensive player in Eric Berry to an ACL injury. Then they lose their best offensive player to probably another ACL injury when Jamaal Charles was injured running out of bounds this past Sunday.
The Chiefs have been blown out twice and after making the playoffs last year, seem so far from sniffing another postseason.
2. Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions are 2-0 and have looked good in their first two games of the season. They have a good offense lead by Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson and they have an even better defense led by potential Defensive Player of the Year candidate Ndamukong Suh.
Dating back to last season, the Lions are on a six-game win streak and are looking to continue their good fortune and potentially make the playoffs. This team is for real.
1. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills were terrible last season.
This season, the Bills are 2-0 with convincing wins over the Chiefs and Raiders. Next week they face the Patriots in a game that will bring out the Bills' true colors. Who knows if the Bills are a legitimate contender this year, but we will find out soon enough.