IIRC, the third week of a season was generally the week that produced wacky happenstances in the NFL. But this year, it was definitely week four.
How do you explain yesterday’s results? The unimpressive Browns rolled into the high-flying Ravens’ stadium and trashed them thoroughly all game long. The equally unimpressive Buccaneers then flew to Los Angeles and creamed the previously unbeaten Rams. The Chiefs barely snuck out of Detroit with a last second win. The Eagles hobbled into Green Bay and whipped the Packers. And the Raiders beat the Colts, which was weird mainly because any time they win, it’s weird. It’s probably even sinful.
It’s a good thing the 49ers didn’t play Sunday, or tonight. As it turned out, they took over first place in the NFC West while sitting on the sofa sipping light beer. And they had to like seeing the Rams look eminently beatable against a team the Niners had already beaten.
The Niners haven’t been in first place in October for six or seven years. In fact, they’ve mostly been at the bottom end of the division by then, where they remained planted the rest of the season.
All in all, we might finally have a season worth bitching about. Oh, how the fallen have mightied. The lone remaining unbeaten team in the NFC.