Saints bandwagon will fill up fast

Don’t fall into the trap of sleeping on the defending champs when it comes to conversations about the best teams in the NFC. The Saints are about to return from their bye week, and I’m expecting a resurgence.

Vick has played himself into MVP conversation

After watching Michael Vick on Monday night, if there was ever any doubt that he’s an MVP candidate, it was erased in a hurry.

Don’t let Peyton Hillis fool you

When it comes to Peyton Hillis, don’t let appearances fool you. When you look at him, what you see is a fullback. But he’s really a tailback in a fullback’s body and has the skill set of a featured runner.

Rams defense is turning corner behind Spagnuolo

The Rams defense has taken on the personality of head coach Steve Spagnuolo and has finally turned the corner. They’re not star-studded, but they’ve made the leap.

Put unheralded Laurinaitis, Ruud on your radar

James Laurinaitis and Barrett Ruud are both very effective middle linebackers who don’t get recognized a lot, and one element is missing from their respective repertoires.

Lions are close, and Stafford is the catalyst

We’re going to find out more about the Lions when QB Matthew Stafford returns. What the Lions need is some validation by getting some wins, and Stafford is the key.

Falcons’ Ryan is about more than just statistics

Matt Ryan is going to be that type of quarterback where there are games that statistics just don’t matter. I don’t care what his numbers tell me during games, because I feel like at some point he’s going to make winning plays.

Mangini has Browns on right track

I know Browns fans might not want to hear this, because they’re probably not enjoying all the losing, but I really think this team is on the right track.

Mindset of Falcons is evident from hustle

Rich McKay, Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith came together to assemble a team built in the image of hustle, and the Falcons are living up to it.

Rams have put it all on Bradford’s shoulders

There’s no question Sam Bradford is the leader of the Rams, and his demeanor has made it easier for the coaching staff to put everything on his shoulders.

Morris, Freeman making marks in Tampa

I got an up close look at the Buccaneers in Week 2, and I came away very impressed with the work of coach Raheem Morris and quarterback Josh Freeman.

Steelers took responsibility to pick up Dixon

The Pittsburgh Steelers proved in Week 1 they have Dennis Dixon’s back. Veterans Hines Ward and James Farriorcalled upon their teammates to pick up the young quarterback in his second career start.

Let’s hope we reflect on impact of Coryell

While we all mourn the passing of Don Coryell, I am hopeful that we will reflect on his career, and legacy, with new eyes.

From the outside, Haynesworth has lost support

Most of the time, NFL players tend to support fellow players. That doesn’t appear to be the case surrounding Albert Haynesworth in Washington.

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