Published: September 21st, 2009 | Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Carson Palmer, Cedric Benson, Chris Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Jay Cutler, Mark Sanchez, Matt Forte, Matt Schaub, Mike Zimmer
Every year the NFL has what I like to refer to Jekyll-and-Hyde teams. As an analyst, it is particularly frustrating and for fans it has to be impossible to handle. Here’s a list of the 2009 teams:
- Cincinnati Bengals — The Bengals had finally started making all the right moves coming into this season. The improved defense got more weapons for coordinator Mike Zimmer. The defense has been good (outside of one fluke play to the Broncos) but QB Carson Palmer and the offense laid a big egg versus the Broncos in Week 1. The offense looked good in pulling off arguably the biggest upset of Week 2 by beating the Packers. (Though the Jets might claim that title with a huge win over the Patriots.)
- Houston Texans — QB Matt Schaub and the Texans were pathetic versus the Jets in Week 1 on offense, which is not a reach considering Rex Ryan is one of the premiere defensive minds in the league. There is no way that rookie QB Mark Sanchez should have carved you up with such a pedestrian receiving crew. The Texans go on the road and win a shootout over the Titans and their vaunted defense in Week 2, but the defense remains a concern allowing 31 points and some huge plays to RB Chris Johnson.
- Green Bay Packers — The Pack was the talk of preseason as they literally dismantled all comers. The offense got off to a rocky start but did enough to win versus the Bears in Week 1. Aaron Rodgers and the Pack aerial attack don’t appear to be as sharp, losing to the Bengals. The defense looked great against Bears QB Jay Cutler and RB Matt Forte but allowed but allowed Bengals RB Cedric Benson to rush for 147 yards in Week 2.
It’s early to panic, but I had high expectations for these teams.
What say you?
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