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We know about Tony Romo’s roller coaster year.We know about the struggles of the Eagles and Jets.
We know about the late-game heroics from Matthew Stafford and the Lions.
But there are some equally significant stories and surprises that no one seems to be talking about one month into the NFL season.
How about Matt Hasselbeck’s resurgent year in Tennessee? Or the solid play from the injury-riddled New York Giants?
Everyone (even us!) thought that the Giants were done after three big defensive pieces got hurt in the preseason.
But they've bounced back well from a week one loss in Washington. They're 3-1 in their first four, and three of those games were on the road.
You can't fix a franchise in a year. But it looks like Mike Shanahan has changed the culture in Washington.
What was once a flashy group of overpaid stiffs is now a solid (if boring) group of hard-nosed gamers.
Since Kerry Collins went out, Curtis Painter has made the Colts offence way more competent.
He's not going to lead Indy to the playoffs or anything, but he might do enough to lift the Colts out of the NFL cellar.
D-Jac held out for a few days of training camp, hoping to secure a big contract.
But he's been non-existent on a disappointing Eagles team this year.
To get a big contract, Jackson had to prove his worth this season. So far, he hasn't.
Bradford is 29th in the league in Total QBR.
A year after looking like a franchise QB, Bradford has sputtered to a 0-4 start.
Yeah the Rams have been banged up, but it's still not encouraging stuff.
Every week it's an uninteresting matchup or a boring game.
While the Sunday night NBC games have been awesome for the most part, MNF has been hardly worth watching.
The Falcons are 2-2.
But one of those wins was against an Eagles team that dominated them for three quarters before folding like a tent after Mike Vick got hurt.
And then this week they eeked out a win against Tavaris Jackson and Seattle -- who stink.
The 49ers would be 4-0 if it wasn't for that strange OT loss against the Cowboys in week two.
Harbaugh has somehow made Alex Smith into a decent quarterback, and San Fran is exceeding expectations for the first time in a long time.
But Cincy was thought to be one of the worst teams in the NFL before the season. And people (and bettors) still don't really treat them like the competent team that they are.
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