I'm not surprised by Houston after beating Washington and Oakland. They got to play probably the two worst teams in the NFL after Tampa and STL. **EDIT - Washington WITH RGIII is one of the worst teams in the NFL** Houston is a solid 8-8 team with that defense but the real Ryan Fitzpatrick will show up when they play some real defenses.
Buffalo is surprising, but this isn't the first time they've started hot. They've definitely got some talent but Buffalo always seems to end up at the bottom of the NFL....every time...
It's a witchunt, and I applaud the Panthers for sticking to their guns, even though it may be controversial. The state cannot punish him until his appeal is heard, therefore the Panthers and/or the NFL should not punish him either.
From an unbiased standpoint, the Lions @ Panthers matchup picks on ESPN seem the most out of place of all the picks. All but two of them picked the Lions to win on the road against a 12-4 team with the #2 defense from 2013? And it's not like Carolina looked bad in Week 1 ...by the way looked every bit as good as it did last year WITH their backup QB.
I'm not saying their is an irrational hatred of the Panthers in the sports media, but there is an irrational hatred of the Panthers in sports media.
Surprised no one has mentioned this....but if I had to guess why Richardson got so emotional has less to do with Hardy and much more to do with a different player that is currently serving an 18-24 year sentence in jail.