NFL 2014 Season: Disappointments and Surprises

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Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning exchange words after game. Photo: gannett-cdn.com

“Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it’s so incredible, it’s unbelievable,” stated Tom Landry, Dallas Cowboys’ Coach from 1960 to 1988. This 2014 NFL season has already had some surprises with  certain players and teams have exceeded their expectations, where as some are not  reaching their potential at this time.

PLAYERS

Demarco Murray, running back for the Dallas Cowboys, is on track to set records including the single season rushing record held by Eric Dickerson for 30 years, according to usatoday.com. This has brought him to the top of the fantasy football charts with 84.2 points, which is the most by a running back so far in 2014, according tonfl.com.

Running back LeSean McCoy, of the Philadelphia Eagles, has been held to only 70 rushes for 192 yards and 1 touchdown. McCoy was expected to have a great follow up to his 2013 season, where he led the league in rushing yards, according to rotoworld.com.

Tom Brady, 8 time Pro Bowl quarterback for the New England Patriots, hasn’t started the year out as good as Patriots hoped. Brady has recorded a 59.1 percent completion percentage which is 4.3 percent less than his career average of 63.4 percent. Tom Brady has had a quarterback rating (QBR) of only 46.5, Brady usually records a QBR around 60 to 80, according to espn.com. Brady has the 27thmost fantasy football points out of the 32 starting quarterbacks, and some of their backups reported nfl.com.

TEAMS

The New England Patriots who were expected to win their division have only won two games and lost two. The Patriots are currently tied with two other teams, the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills, reported nfl.com.

The Cincinnati Bengals and the Arizona Cardinals are the only two undefeated teams in the NFL right now. These teams are leading the league, but the Bengals lost in the first round of the 2013 playoffs and the Cardinals didn’t even make the playoffs, reportedprintablebrackets.net.

The San Diego Chargers are in first place in the AFC West. Last year the Chargers finished third in the AFC West and barely made the playoffs by what some might call a miracle, according to printablebrackets.net.