With the way this year is going, it looks like 2016-17 sports season is indeed the year of the underdog. And the NFL is no exception, with the “team players” taking over the mantle of the “franchise players” – something that has greatly sent the bookies wondering on the NFL odds.
With Cam Newton struggling and the Panthers standing at 1-5 even as he was ranked number one in the league by his peers, and the New York Jets standing at 1-5 despite the presence of Darrelle Revis, the poster boy for pass defense, there are other, more successful teams whose success has nothing to do with the franchise players. Take for instance the Patriots who stand at 3-1 without Tom Brady, or the Cowboys who are 5-1 without Tony Romo. Not only them, despite star player J.J. Watt being placed on injured reserve as of last week, the Texans are marching on at 4-2. And then of course, we have the Vikings, who have been nothing short of successful despite the fact that both their franchise players Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson have been replaced.
And that begs the question, that what is it that actually differentiates franchises that have no “star player” than the ones that do but haven’t seen any success nonetheless? Now that’s one thing that the Steelers, who it seems are on the verge of disintegrating just might find out.
So there is this book. I call it it The Most Boring and Outright Ridiculous Book of Crap. Others call it the NFL Rulebook.
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