If this past Sunday was any indication, it appears that next year’s media sleeper is already out. That team is the Detroit Lions. This past week they had huge games out of Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh who as a rookie is playing at a Pro Bowl level. With other talented building blocks such as Louis Delmas, Jahvid Best, DeAndre Levy and Brandon Pettigrew, this team could spoil a team’s playoff dreams this year, but is at least a draft class away from truly contending.
After getting shut out at home coming off the bye week, the Jets have to be reminded about a major issue that also took place last season. Mark Sanchez does not have the strongest arm and last year struggled as the weather got colder in the swirling winds of the old Meadowlands stadium. It is definitely a development worth monitoring for Jets fans.
While the Buccaneers 5-2 record is surprising, it might be upstaged by the emergence of LeGarrette Blount in their backfield. Blount as some may remember missed most of his final college season due to an altercation after a loss to Boise State. Now he is coming off a 120 yard and two touchdown game and could bring stability in the running game for a young Buccaneers offense.
Don’t look now but the Raiders are making a playoff push. The team has scored a whopping 91 points in the past two games and is also forcing lots of pressure on opposing team’s quarterbacks. This week they have a huge game at home against the Chiefs where the winner should be viewed as the front runner in a weak AFC West.
A stunning development over the past day or so is Randy Moss being waived by the Vikings less than a month after the team traded a third round pick for his services. Moss must now go through waivers where teams starting from the worst record to the best have the chance to claim him. Here are some teams where a signing is possible.
Miami Dolphins: Will Moss be taking his talents to South Beach? Davone Bess is excellent in the slot and Brandon Marshall is the number one but the team is in need of a number two receiver. Moss obviously has experience against corners within the division and also gives the team a deep threat it desperately needs.
Oakland Raiders: Arguably the funniest scenario possible, Moss would return to the Raiders in a situation much brighter than it was during the Art Shell era. Moss still fits the mold of an Al Davis type player and would also bring experience to a young receiving corps.
Washington Redskins: Donovan McNabb and Randy Moss? Throw in the injured Clinton Portis and Daniel Snyder would have an awesome Madden 2005 offense. All kidding aside, the Redskins are in the thick of things in the NFC East and while they have some playmakers nobody comes close to matching Moss’ size. Again, this is the same team that just cited McNabb’s conditioning for the reason he was benched on Sunday and then brought in JaMarcus Russell for a tryout. Anything is in play here.
Kansas City Chiefs: One of the most logical landing spots for Moss. The team is in need of a starting receiver opposite Dwayne Bowe and Moss already has some chemistry with Matt Cassel. If Moss is motivated, this move could pay huge dividends for a Chiefs team in the hunt for a division title.