Carson Palmer at best 'this' season is shuffled somewhere in the middle of the starting QB list. Nice game today; he responded to all the criticism coming off the bye quite well today. Mounted a comeback that could have been the best of the season so far of any QB during the 3rd quarter against a superior Falcons team. The Bengals simply fell apart; what else is new for this team this season?
STL is impressive all things considered. They lost to a very beatable Cardinals team that was expected to make the playoffs again this season (with or without Warner being in the cellar-dweller NFC West). Lost to a surprisingly respectable Raiders team in Game 2 by two points. Put the hurtin' on a better-than-expected Shanahan's Redskins.
Obliterated the (currently) 4-2 Seahawks, who are consequently a single game ahead of them in their own division. Enigmatically lost to the 1-5 (should be 2-4) Lions. Beat a struggling Bolts club, who are still expected to make the playoffs. Lost a strange one today in TB where the Rams scored all their 17 points in the second quarter.
A record of 3-4 is not too shabby considering this team was expected to win two, maybe four games max. Three of those losses were by four points or less. They've played some quality teams. I'm sure I'm not alone on this, but damn, I'm impressed.
More than likely, they'll fold in the second half of the season along with the likes of the Oakland, Seattle (who's net points are only +13 compared to a team like the Chargers, who's 2-5 with 28+ net points), Bucs (4-2 with -30 net points!!!) and ARZ (3-3 with -62 net points).
Bradford looks to be the real deal. An interesting proposition: what would Detroit look like if they had Bradford instead of the other 'ford (Stafford, and yes I realize he's not even playing right now).