Gridiron Roundtable: What Team, Good or Bad, has been the Biggest Surprise so Far Four Weeks into the Season?

Stroud leads the Bills D-line
Eric Cook – Bad: St.Louis – I don’t know that I expected them to be a powerhouse this year, but a whipping boy relegated to the likes of the ’07 Dolphins, that I didn’t expect.

Jean-Paul Bergeaux – Bad: Minnesota
– The Vikings have to be the surprise losing team, despite beating a good Carolina team in week 3. The Vikings have not been able to win the close games that a strong defense and running game creates, but luckily for the Vikes, they are only one game out of the division lead and don’t have a team currently with a winning record on the schedule until November 16th.

Russ Loede – Good: Washington
– It has to be Jim Zorn’s Washington Redskins – they have yet to turn the ball over! The Nation’s Capital owns a squad that possesses an incredible 3-1 record despite shaky play on both the offensive (slow, old) and defensive line (lack of pass rush, Jason Taylor hurt), only one legitimate go-to-guy for Jason Campbell, and a 1st year head coach installing a brand new offense. Skins have beaten three above average teams with the tantalizing trio of Campbell-Moss-Portis, and have received great secondary help from former 1st round draftees, Shawn Springs, Carlos Rogers (’05, Auburn) and LaRon Landry (’07, LSU), along with 7th round UCLA rookie Chris “Who?” (3 picks) Horton.

Tim Hiller – Good: Buffalo – They are 4-0, they are winning on the road and Trent Edwards is playing pro-bowl caliber ball.

Stephen Rhodes – Good: Tennessee – At 4-0 and without Vince Young at quarterback, the Titans are actually an improved team. Their defense is the Titans’ calling card and they have a potential Rookie of the Year in running back Chris Johnson. The big question is whether they can hang onto the lead in the AFC South as the Indianapolis Colts should be heard from fairly soon.

Shawn McAllister – Bad: Cincinnati
– Cincinnati has to be the most schocking, Marvin Lewis another season to turn around a weak defense with no success and this year their offense has regressed even with the fire power Carson Palmer, Ocho Cinco and T.J.

Jason Etgen – Good: Washington – It hurts me to say this, but I’m going to have to say the Washington Redskins. Rookie head coach, new coordinators, and a new, complicated, west coast offense, and they are somehow 3-1. Upsetting the Cowboys on Sunday makes them the biggest surprise of the season.

Jay Arnold – Good: Tennessee – No Vince Young…. no problem. The offense manages the game responsibly and the defense really gets on top of their opponent. They remind me a lot of Green Bay last year.

Jonny Ward – Bad: Minnesota – Vikings for sure, the team that was highly toted as a SuperBowl contender is now 1-3, go figure.

Kevin Lissow – Good: Tennessee
– No coach in football does more with less every season than Jeff Fisher. In my mind he’s the best coach in the game of football without question. Other than Vince Young, who is out with an injury, there are no huge names on this team but they just keep on winning. It’s hard for me to believe they are as good as they are this season.

Jeff Sack – Good: Buffalo – Without a doubt the Buffalo Bills have been the biggest surprise so far this season. Granted, their schedule has not been the toughest, but anyone who says they knew they would be 4-0 is a liar or a psychic, and I don’t believe in psychics.

Cole Pepper – Bad: Cleveland – They had designs on knocking off the Steelers in teh AFC North, but now they’re battling to be the best team in Ohio. The biggest surprise to me is Buffalo. They had a lot of the parts in place, but Trent Edwards has really taken his game to another level in a hurry. I’m going to be interested to see if he can keep it up all year.

Jerie O’Conner – Bad: Cleveland – The biggest surprise “bad” team is the winless Cleveland Browns. Based on their 10-6 2007 record, they were supposed to challenge Pittsburgh for the AFC North Division title. Alternatively, the biggest surprise “good” team is the unbeaten Tennessee Titans. Even losing their starting QB has not caused them to miss a beat in their quest for the AFC South Division title.

Jesse Rios – Good: Buffalo – The Buffalo Bills’ dedication to solidify that defensive line, rely on inexperienced QB Trent Edwards and a set of ready-to-be-breakout-superstar WRs along with RB Marshawn Lynch, is not only impressive but very surprising. Is Buffalo really ready to come back to greatness???

Here are the Results:

Buffalo 3 Votes
Tennessee 3 Votes
Washington 2 Votes


Minnesota 2 Votes
Cleveland 2 Votes
St.Louis 1 Vote
Cincinnati 1 Vote

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