NFL’s Biggest Quarter Season Surprises
Besides the eight teams who’ve had byes, we’re 1/4 of the way through the season. Here’s a look at the biggest surprises at QB, RB, and WR through the first four weeks.
Jay Cutler – There are plenty to chose from (Philip Rivers, Kurt Warner, and Aaron Rodgers for example), but Cutler is blowing the field away with 1275 yards, 9 TDs, and 4 INTs. His 300 yard, 2 TD performace without Brandon Marshall set the tone for the season, and he hasn’t let up. He should keep on rolling next week at home vs. Tampa Bay. He’s averaging 307 yards and 3 TDs at home so far. Tampa has been vulnerable on the road allowing 343 yards and 3 TDs to Drew Brees in Week 1 and 268 yards and 2 TDs to Kyle Orton in Week 3.
Michael Turner - We knew he had big-play ability as a backup to LaDainian Tomlinson, but we didn’t know how he’d do as the Leading Man. Well, so far so good for Burner Turner. He has 422 yards and 5 TDs through four games. He’s like the tale of two RBs though as he exploited two bad teams (220 yards, 2 TDs vs. Detroit & 104 yards and 3 TDs vs. KC). When he faces better teams (42 yards vs. Tampa & 56 vs. Carolina) he hasn’t had as much success. He could enjoy success again next week as he faces Green Bay, who gave up a combined 174 yards to Earnest Graham and Warrick Dunn last week, 218 yards to Marion Barber III and Felix Jones the week prior, and 103 yards to Adrian Peterson in Week 1.
Santana Moss - Sure, he finished the 2007 season strong with 261 yards and 2 TD in his final three games, but who would have predicted 421 yards and 3 TDs after four games? Especially when you consider that’s more than half the yardage he produce in each of the past two seasons. If you watched Washington in Week 1, you’d be even more surprised. Unfortunately for Moss, I don’t see a repeat performance this week vs. Philly, who has held three teams below 200 yards passing already. Even if you include the game vs. Dallas, they are only allowing 196.3 passing yards per game this year.