Football season is back with much fanfare and controversy. From concussion issues to kneeling for the anthem, the NFL has had their fair share of story lines heading into the season. For some teams, the controversies and distractions don't matter; their teams are doing well and that's all that matters.
The Detroit Lions are tied for first in the NFC North at 3-1 with the Green Bay Packers. The Lions lead the league in give/take ratio at +9, are tied for first in total takeaways with Baltimore with 11, and are second in the NFL in interceptions behind Baltimore with seven. The Lions defense can create turnovers at will, giving opportunities for Matthew Stafford and crew to get one up on opponents.
If you thought the Los Angeles Rams would be in first place in the NFC West at this point, you would've been laughed at. The fifth-best total offense has amassed 1,535 total yards thanks to a change in the offensive scheme at the hands of head coach Sean McVay. McVay's love for stretching the field vertically has left opposing defenses frustrated and given franchise quarterback Jared Goff more breathing room in the passing game. In the process, the 3-1 Rams have scored the most points in the NFL so far at 142.
The team that has allowed the fewest points in the NFL is also on top of the AFC East; it's not the New England Patriots. The Buffalo Bills have only allowed 54 points this season thanks to a defense led by safety Micah Hyde (Tied for first in the NFL with three picks), defensive end Jerry Hughes (Three sacks, 15 combined tackles), and linebacker Ramon Humber (37 combined tackles). New head coach Sean McDermott has instilled a no-nonsense approach that has reached the Bills in many ways.
Can these teams sustain their success? For the Lions, the key will be winning the games they need to win. They still have to face the Packers twice, the Steelers, and the Buccaneers. Buffalo and Los Angeles both play in weak divisions. It'll be a matter of if the teams off to slumbering starts (Seattle and New England) can wake up. In the mean time, fans of these aforementioned teams should be enjoying the ride.
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