New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Other Teams Under NFL Radar
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Several teams seem to be getting all the headlines.
Green Bay, New Orleans and New England for being so much better than others.
Detroit and Buffalo for their quick turnarounds.
Carolina and Cincinnati for the play of their rookie quarterbacks.
The Eagles and Cowboys for their failures, and the Colts for the missing Manning.
However, here are a few more contenders that no one seems to be talking about.
Can you name five players on the Browns roster?
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While some may not consider the Browns a contender, they're getting better.
Why are they under the radar? They're anonymous.
Their coach is Pat Shurmur, who was the Rams offensive coordinator in 2009-10. Before that he worked for Andy Reid in Philadelphia for 10 seasons.
Instead of a big name first round quarterback, they took a chance on Colt McCoy in the third round of the 2010 draft. He had eight starts in his rookie season. He just might be the franchise QB the Browns have looked for since being re-born in 1999.
They play in the same division as the Ravens and Steelers. They don't have but one nationally televised game this year.
All this keeps them unknown.
While they might not catch up with Baltimore or Pittsburgh this year, there are some winnable games on the schedule. They face the weak NFC West, plus Oakland, Jacksonville and the Bengals. An 8-8 record is a possibility.
San Diego Chargers
The Chargers have started well.
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The Chargers have been a good team for several years. Philip Rivers might be the best quarterback that hasn't played in a Super Bowl.
Why aren't they getting attention?
Maybe it's because that even though they have a 3-1 record, they haven't beaten anybody of note.
The combined records of the teams they've beaten is 1-11. Their loss was to the Patriots.
In recent years the Chargers have been famous for their bad starts, fast finishes and early playoff exits.
The schedule will get tougher, but lucky for them, they get Green Bay, Buffalo and Baltimore at home.
Chris Johnson had 101 yards vs. Cleveland.
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The Titans play in small-market Nashville. They have no nationally televised games scheduled.
When they made headlines the last few years, it was mostly negative. Most centered on the disputes between former coach Jeff Fisher and ex-QB Vince Young.
Both are now gone. The quarterback is former Seahawk Matt Hasselbeck, who is calling signals until first rounder Jake Locker is ready. Their running game is good, and Chris Johnson gained more yards in Week 4, than the first three games combined.
In the meantime, they are tied with the Texans for first in the AFC South. The schedule sets them up nicely this next month. After a trip to Pittsburgh, and a bye, they get three straight at home followed by a trip to Carolina.
Their playoff chances might come down to the two Houston games.
The Redskins are in first place.
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Why aren't the Redskins getting any attention?
Maybe it's because nobody takes them as a serious threat.
Maybe it's because of Rex Grossman.
Maybe because the schedule hasn't gotten tough yet.
Either way, they go into a bye week with a 3-1 record, good for first place.
If this team is any good, they will have to prove it. They have to play New England and the Jets in Washington, then are at the Giants on consecutive Sundays in December.
New York Giants
The Giants have won three in a row.
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Why aren't the Giants in the headlines?
Their three wins came against teams with a combined 2-10 record.
However, they did this with lots of injuries, and when healthy, they are a legitimate playoff contender.
They also have played three road games. Now, they won't go on the road again until November 6.
After that it's New England, New Orleans and Green Bay in a five week period.
That's when we will find out how good they really are.