Couple of surprises among NFL’s unbeatens

Just three weeks into the NFL season, and only three undefeated teams remain.

Charlie Batch

Looks who's back. It's Charlie Batch, leading the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. Associated Press photo

All three could be considered surprises, but for different reasons. Figured I’d examine the 3-0 NFL teams.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers: Initially, it’s hard to say the Steelers are a surprise, considering this is one of the NFL’s elite franchises. But with Ben Roethlisberger suspended for the first four games of the season, the Steelers have been winning with Dennis Dixon and now Charlie Batch behind center. Only seven NFL teams have outscored the Steelers this season. Their defense has been stellar as always, yielding a league-low 33 points so far.
  • Kansas City Chiefs: Explosive athletes, a strong running game and a steady defense have helped make for a good recipe for a lot of NFL teams, no matter how bad the passing game looks. That’s what the Chiefs have going for them this year. I thought they would be a pretty good team this year, but there’s no doubt they’ve been better than I expected. I really enjoy watching this team play. Jamaal Charles (7 yards per carry), Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas can break off a big run or kick return at any time. And the 38 points the Chiefs have allowed is second-fewest (tied with your Minnesota Vikings) in the NFL, behind only the aforementioned Steelers.
  • Chicago Bears: Having grown up as a Bears fan, I watch this team quite a bit. It’s stunning to see a team that’s biggest deficiency last season was the offensive line do nothing this past offseason to improve the unit, then jump out to a 3-0 start. The line has struggled again this season at times, but did well in pass protection in the second half Monday night against Green Bay. Matt Forte (2.8 yards per carry) has struggled running the ball, and my guess is that continues. But if Jay Cutler plays as well as he has so far – notably in the Dallas game – it might not matter too much. And Julius Peppers dominated the Detroit and Green Bay wins. The Bears did, however, get pretty lucky in Week 1 against Detroit with the Calvin Johnson “in the process” call.

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