I'm Lauren Tone, and this is SportsCastr News.
There has been a ton of odd things that has happened, just like every season in the NFL.
Many of them you just didn't expect the happen, right? Ah, lot of things you did not expect the happen for one look at some of the teams and where they're at in their division, some of the division standings.
Some of the players that ain't playing because, you know, previously they didn't have no issues with injuries.
And now injury issues, all sorts of things.
Not to mention players, coaches, staff obvious with the Cobra 19 kind of changes up the schedule.
So that's what we're gonna go over today.
We're gonna go over all the changes that we've seen surprises and not so much surprises that we've seen throughout the NFL this season.
First things first.
We're gonna go into the NFL standings.
Um, but before we do that, I want to kind of go over the Broncos, right? The Broncos Massive changes with the Broncos is happening right now.
Right now, the Broncos running back coach contracts Covert 19 won't be there for the game.
Gordon won't be able to play.
They bring back Phillip Lindsay, um, off of IR so that he can play interesting.
So that's something that we want to keep an eye out for.
Ah, lot of things moving with the Denver Broncos right now and talking about the Broncos.
Let's let's go to the A F C West and see if there's any real surprises there with the A F C West.
So far this season, right now, we have the chief born one.
Most people expected the Chiefs to be four and one or five.
So at this point, even with playing, UH, some of the teams that they played, such as the Ravens such as New England with one rial big surprise I think most people didn't expect was when the Raiders, who are three and two in this division, beat the Chiefs last week.
That was a big surprise by many, and the Raiders, sitting at three and two on the division at this point, is about where I had them, but not quite there.
A little higher.
I think I had the Raiders sitting at 88 but right now Derek Carr is on fire in the NFL.
He is playing out of his mind.
Um, I don't think there's what Derek Carr is sitting third in the NFL in quarterback rating right now on Lee behind Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson, and that says a lot, considering where he's getting no kind of recognition at all.
But my goodness, he's throwing 73% completion percentage is 11 touchdowns versus one interception and over eight yards per tip.
That's actually quite impressive.
He's had five passes that have breached that 40 yard mark, 18 passes over 20 and that's in a five game span.
Very, very impressed right now with Derek Carr.
So far this season, a team that has been a lot down to many, including myself, would be the Denver Broncos, who are sitting currently at one and three Now.
A lot of that could be because, obviously, their starting quarterback goes down early in the season.
Then they're starting pass rushers.
Von Miller goes down early on, and that brings them to the one and three record that they're sitting at.
Then the Chargers, of course, sitting at one and four.
I personally didn't think the charges will do that well, many did, but it wasn't because of the starter.
They've actually been playing quite well over the last couple of games due to the rookie who is actually doing better than the projected rookie of the year, Joe Burrow.
Justin Herbert right now is actually doing incredibly well, and he's got a quarterback rating of 107 with nine touchdowns, 23 interceptions, throwing about 69% completion percentage, 8.
5 yards per a tip.
He's doing everything in his might in order to bring this Chargers team up, even with loss of often Meckler.
Now let's move out of the A F C West and let's talk about the A F C East with the bill sitting at four and one atop that division.
Frankly, I knew that this was gonna happen.
A lot of people thought that the Bills would drop this season.
I didn't think so.
I thought Josh Allen would take that third yearly because how well he jumped from SEC from his rookie year to a second year.
I thought he would make that next jump on the third year and overall this season, he has exactly done that, the third best quarterback in the NFL Onley behind our fourth best.
Behind Derrick Car.
Right behind Derek Carr is Josh Allen, near 70%.
Completion percentage, 14 touchdowns, three interceptions again, 8.
5 yards for a tip and 1 13 quarterback rating.
Josh Allen has been playing out of his mind.
Not to mention the rest of the team has been doing very, very well as well.
The only reason they have that one losses because they faced the Tennessee Titans and the Tennessee Titans also have AH, surprise on their roster.
Now the Dolphins sitting the Patriots.
Sorry, sitting right behind the Bills to and to.
That's about where I had them honestly before the season started.
I said they could be 88 as high as 10 and six, depending on where the rest of the roster sat with Cam Newton now Cam Newton being out of the game the last couple games due to contracting coronavirus that put a big issue and spot on the New England Patriots.
They very well could be three and one, or even four or zero, depending on how that first game that they played, we'll see when they played Seattle when they played was a Kansas it.
They played some very tough teams, okay, and it's came down to the wire.
So the Patriots are really about where I thought that they would be.
I still think the Patriots have a very good chance of making the playoffs.
The Dolphins sitting at two or three again, a team I figured would win about six games on the season, maybe seven.
But I didn't think they would make the playoffs.
They're sitting at two and three Ryan Fitzpatrick playing very, very well.
We have not seen Thio tongue Viola so far through five weeks and the Jets sitting at O and five.
Not really much of a surprise there, especially with the way they've been getting rid of their football players.
And they still weren't done.
Even this year, as many of you know, leave, Ian Bell is gone.
Let's move on to the A F C North, where a lot of people would say a big surprise team right now is the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are sitting on top the A F C North.
Yes, the Steelers on top, the A F C North at four.
No, as a matter of fact, who would have thought that the A F C North was the most powerful division in the NFL, with four teams with four wins at Week five.
The Steelers for no Ben Roethlisberger comes back.
Hey, guess what? They got themselves another wide receiver to go with Juju.
Smith, Schuster Chase Claypool, who many claimed could be a great big body target for any quarterback who loves that sort of thing, has become just that, especially after that game, where he had four touchdown.
The Baltimore Ravens just have not looked like the Baltimore Ravens, even though they are four and one and second in the division.
Barely offensively, they just haven't put up the numbers and look like the Baltimore Ravens that we saw last year.
Uh, you got Lamar Jackson not looking like the quarterback that we thought that he would be.
He's not doing the same things that he was doing last season, and the defense seems to forget how to tackle for long spurts throughout games.
Not to mention the receivers who are trying to catch the football from Lamar Jackson.
Oh, by the way, we're allowed to use our hands to catch the pigskin.
The Browns, the big story in the NFL right now.
In my opinion, sitting for and one was an explosive offense, still sitting with the number one rushing attack.
That's right, the number one rushing attack in the NFL.
Just over what? The New England Patriots? Yes, therefore one.
They just beat the team.
The number one defense in the NFL now granted, they did not have an outstanding offensive game.
They had very good 1st 1st half offense than the Colts Defense showed up the second half and basically shut that off its down.
But they already had too much of the lead and that Brown's defense, the Browns defense, including defensive player of the year candidate Myles Garrett, went out and performed very admirably throughout that game, allowing the Browns toe win and then the Bengal sitting at 13 and one.
Bottoms out the A F C North 13 and one who would have thought, Well, honestly, I'm surprised they they're 13 and one.
I honestly believe that the Bengals could be one in four very easily.
That tie actually came against a team that they should not even tied against.
But that team is a complete and utter disappointment as well in the NFL.
Currently, we'll get to them later.
Joe Burrow does not look like the offensive rookie of the year so far.
He doesn't Seimas, though he has any kind of really accuracy, throwing the ball beyond 10 yards, incredibly accurate and quick to decide to throw the football inside the 10 yard mark, though he is the ultimate check down quarterback in the NFL today.
Moving on to the A F C South.
Big surprise Tennessee Titans.
A lot of people thought that, you know, Tennessee would be a great team this year.
They're sitting at Fordo.
Could be 50 but, you know, covert 19.
They had a stretch where they didn't have much issues.
Then all of a sudden, bam major issues.
20 Some players slash staff members coming down with Kobe 19 effecting their season.
Their fifth game of the year is actually meant to be played later on this month against the Pittsburgh Steelers during what was normally their bye week.
But the big story is that they not just beat the Buffalo Bills that gave them their won loss on the season, but utterly dominated them offensively and defensively.
and the biggest surprise much like Derek Carr.
Ryan Tannehill is fifth in the NFL in Q b r.
He has been playing out of his mind the last 15 starts outside of the playoffs last season.
Ryan Tannehill has a 111 quarterback rating.
Nine touchdowns, one interception, 69% completion percentage.
He is playing Mawr than just as a game manager.
He is out there performing plays, making plays.
When the game could not be put on Derrick Henry, the Buffalo Bills shut Derrick Henry down.
Even though he did have 19 carries.
He barely had three yards per carry.
Ryan Tannehill put it on his back and not only was throwing but was also running, using that scrambling ability that I've been telling everybody A this kid can scramble.
He went out there and did that to move, change and make big plays happened.
Ryan Tannehill, I think, should be kind of shattering this false idea that he's not a good quarterback.
He was just in a bad place.
Was a bad team, was with gays quarterbacking him in Miami.
He goes to a good team with a good coach and Mike Vrabel, Mike Vrabel, and now he's playing absolutely stellar.
Top 10 quarterback here, second in the A F C South is the Indianapolis Colts sitting at three and two.
It's a bit of a disappointment for many of the Colts fans, however, understanding that, uh, the Indianapolis Colts.
They still have the number one defense in the NFL, but their office just isn't getting getting it going.
The big problem.
They love three of their top four offensive playmakers.
Marlon Matt goes out for the season.
Week one with an Achilles tear.
Paris Campbell goes out with the PCL injury and Michael Pittman Junior goes out with a calf injury.
Has to have two surgeries.
So now they're back to where they were three years ago, with Onley really having T y Hilton and Jack Doyle in Mohali Cox as weapons.
But three years ago, Malala Cox really wasn't a weapon.
But now he is granted.
I saw that last year happening three and two is impressive even for the injuries that the Indianapolis Colts have suffered.
The big, huge disappointment in this division of the F C South is the Houston Texans sitting at one and four.
If you talk to Houston, Texas fans.
They are only one and four because they played like crap their first four games in order to get the head coach, general manager Bill O'Brien fired.
I'm going to say they lost those four games because they played before best teams in the NFL, back toe, back, toe, back toe back and they just lost a couple of those games.
They showed a lot of poise then, but they could not finish out.
Now we're going to see how good they are.
With Romeo Cornell sitting at the head coaching position, the Jacksonville Jaguars round out the A F C South at one and four.
Not much of a surprise.
They're The biggest surprise, really is James Robinson.
The undrafted free agent rookie running back has been absolutely lighting it up for the Jacksonville Jaguars and has his name in the offensive Rookie of the year candidacy for this season.
But again, the Jaguars just don't seem to have enough talent all around to compete with some of the better teams in the NFL.
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Now let's go to the NFC East, where it is an utter, complete disappointment from top toe bottom.
The best team in the NFC East currently is two and three There.
The Giants are Oh, in five and they are still in the divisional race because the Cowboys have looked awful defensively.
Not to mention that Prescott went out with a very nasty, very nasty ankle injury, and he was playing out of his mind before that.
But Andy Dalton comes in and surprise. Surprise.
Yes, that Prescott was leading the NFL in yardage, 1856 yards passing, 68% completion percentage and just under a 100 quarterback rating.
That is right, but you expected that with the kind of receivers that he has on this team.
You expected this offense to be one of the best, if not the best in the NFL, and they certainly were showing it, at least through the air.
After he gets his injury, Andy Dalton walks in and now has ah higher quarterback rating than he did through those five games.
Andy Dalton has an actual 103 quarterback rating, even though he does not have a touchdown or interception that Prescott has nine touchdowns, toe four interceptions and adult doesn't have anybody has a 75% completion percentage, and he's getting nearly a ah yard mawr per attempt per pass attempt.
Then what? That Prescott Waas? That says quite a bit.
I think Andy Dalton is built for this kind of team.
I think he's more of a pocket quarterback and is able to read and dissect.
Defense is faster than that.
And you know what? It's funny because Jerry Jones just came out today or yesterday actually and said, Hey, with that Prescott out, we have to kind of adjust our expectations of this team, adjust the expectations.
Come on, guy, you're a sub 500 team right now.
Your expectations With that, Prescott was well below where you expected even me.
I had them winning this division, the winning at least 10 games.
And there are currently on pace to win six, maybe seven.
I think Andy Dalton being a quarterback, may actually help them out offensively, allowing them to slow down a little bit, used the run game or and take less pressure off that defense.
That is the worst defense in the NFL currently.
It would be a smart move going now to the Philadelphia Eagles.
That team that tied with the Cincinnati Bengals that I said should not have tied Yeah, they have the same record as that Cincinnati Bengals team at 13 and one huge disappointment.
Many people thought the Eagles should have won the NFC East.
It had like a 10 1 record with the talent they have on this team, but they have been absolutely awful.
Carson once has looked bad.
He's not getting the ball to anyone.
Um, it just it's terrible all the way around.
Their defense can't seem to stop.
The Washington football team, sitting at one and four actually, offensively don't look very good, but their defense is actually stepping up.
That, uh, defensive end that they picked up with their pick actually seems to have the chance to win defensive rookie of the year.
And then, of course, the huge disappointment.
The New York Giants, the New York football Giants sitting at 15 They have no offense.
So Kwan Barkley goes down, and it shows that now no one is afraid.
Off the run game.
They could sit and they could sit against the past.
Send the pass rush and, uh, they could send five people on a blitz are nearly every down because they're not afraid of the run game.
So that puts Daniel Jones in a very, very bad spot.
Let's move on to the next division, which is the NFC West.
There is a big surprise in this division as well.
Obviously, it's not the Seattle Seahawks who set the top of the NFC West at five, and, Oh, Jamal Adams came in and gave them enough of a run defense that when they know they're going, when they're opposing, opposing team is going to run the football.
He is going to come up and help stop it.
Like, for instance, when its third and one, he does a good job getting back there and doing that.
But the big surprise is Russell Wilson and his M V P candidacy.
Right now, Russell Wilson is by far the top guy with nearly a 130 quarterback rating.
19 touchdowns, toe, three interceptions, 73% completion percentage and near nine yards per pass attempt.
Russell Wilson is out there doing it all, and it's because he's not doing it all by himself anymore.
He actually has some help.
Metcalf has shown that he could take on some of the league's best cornerbacks and just manhandle him as though he was playing against Little League players.
We go down now to the four and one Rams who have been a very big surprise.
Some people thought the Rams would have a very good chance in this division.
I didn't think Iran's did, but they are proving me wrong.
I thought the loss of Todd Gurley would be a big hit, but apparently sitting at four and one, they're doing an incredible job right now.
Uh huh, the Cardinals, three and two, They're about where I thought they would be.
I thought that they could win eight or nine games this season, but quite frankly, that's because of their offense.
I didn't think that their defense is gonna be good enough to keep them in a lot of the games.
Yet they have been.
And I am surprised by that, because the offense with Kyler, Murray has not looked as explosive with the new addition of DeAndre Hopkins being there.
We all thought this Cardinals offense would be one of the best in the NFL, and it has yet to look like that so far through five weeks.
The huge disappointment in the NFC West is the San Francisco 40 Niners.
Many people want to talk about how San Francisco.
It's just the Super Bowl hangover.
I can't really put it on a Super Bowl hangover.
You gotta kinda gotta drop it on their injuries, right? I mean, over half of their team.
Three quarters of their offense has been on the injury list and many on the I R.
Uh, this first quarter of the season, this 1st 3rd of the season.
It has been devastating for the 40 Niners.
They're hoping to get a few of these guys that they got a couple back last week.
They look a lot better and won a game.
No, they lost last week.
I'm sorry, but you know what's funny? They are undefeated on the road.
They lose at home and win on the road.
Who'd have thought that? I'm hoping that the Niners might have a chance at making a push back because, quite frankly, this division looks still very, very tight, with each team winning 543 and two games, respectively.
Some surprises in this division as well.
The Green Bay Packers, I said before the season started, Aaron Rodgers is gonna like the NFL on fire.
Guess what Aaron Rodgers has lit the NFL on fire.
The only guy currently that could really push Russell Wilson for M V P this season is Aaron Rodgers, who was sitting at also his own 128 quarterback rating.
Right, 13 touchdowns, zero interceptions, 70% completion percentage and then 8.
7 yards per pass attempt.
The man has been lit, and he's basically doing it with less weapons that he had last year because Alan was art and some of the other players had went and got hurt.
Got put on IR things of that nature.
He's been outstanding.
He's just been out there just doing whatever he seems he wants to do.
Alright, It's magic, man.
What do you expect from Magic Man? The big surprise is the Chicago Bears, sitting at four and one.
They were 30 with Mitchell, Travis Key and then pulled Mitchell Travis Key and put in Nick Foles.
Bulls loses his first game against the best defense in the NFL, but then comes back in the second game and does a great job and wins.
Most people do not expect the Bears to be sitting at four and one through five weeks.
That is a big surprise.
I am surprised myself.
Congratulations to the Chicago Bears.
Their defense is still one of the best in the NFL, and they got a lot of good weapons on offense.
They just needed help on their offensive line.
I believe that offensive line has made strides so far this year.
Detroit Lions, currently sitting up near the bottom at one and three.
I would expected than, uh, to be a much better team with the offensive help that they gave Matt Stafford during the off season.
But that has yet to come to fruition, and they're sitting down there with huge disappointment by a lot of people.
Thought it was going to be a massive disappointment by the Minnesota Vikings.
I said I thought the Vikings would be sitting at the bottom of this division before the season started.
They currently are.
I thought that this team just I didn't know honestly, if their defense would be worth a darn because they got rid of so many of their starting defensive players, I don't think they'd be able to stop many people.
Guess what? That's exactly what's going on.
Their office is doing outstanding album Cook? Uh huh.
And rookie Justin Jefferson has been out there playing out of their minds.
I think if you take out the Indian at the game against the Indianapolis Colts, where they held them under 200 yards, they're averaging 420 some yards per game, putting them in the top 10 category in offense.
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Moving on from the NFC North is, lastly, the NFC South surprise surprise.
Lots of those in this division.
We have the Saints and the Buccaneers sitting on top of the division with the Carolina Panthers, all sitting at three and two.
What, what? Who would have thought we'd have a three way tie in the NFC South of three and two with the Atlanta Falcons? Mhm just bottoming out and looking like possibly the worst team in the NFL? They're giving.
The Atlanta Falcons is giving the Jets a run for their money for being the worst team them and the Giant.
It's absolutely awful.
The States look like they are completely lost without Michael Thomas, Even though album Kamara is doing great, he can't carry the team by themselves.
The Carolina Panther.
They had a player that gets lost, who was their entire offense.
And then all of a sudden, they're playing wealth.
Who would have thought that you cannot base your entire offense around one player? Uh huh.
The Saints put all their trust in one player and aren't playing up to expectations.
The Panthers lose the player that they were basic, their offense around and are playing better than expectations.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also with three and to a lot of a lot of people have them being the best team in the NFC, right, the best team in the NFC.
Hey, guess what? I don't care how much talent you have.
If your offensive line is awful and you have a very old quarterback who can't move to extend the play, you're not gonna win a lot of games.
I don't care how much talent you have.
They've got a great run defense.
Their past defense isn't the best.
The Buccaneers, the Saints, the Panthers, all three of in my opinion, very.
I think the Bucks are sitting about where I thought they would be.
The Saints are not because of the loss of Michael Thomas and possibly Drew Brees, now showing his age and the Carolina Panthers.
You won three straight, 33 Give yourselves a pat on the back.
That's an incredible accomplishment for a team that I thought wouldn't win Mawr than three games this season, and you've done it in five weeks.
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