NFL’S FIRST QUARTER OFFERS SURPRISES, EXCITEMENT

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Football fans from Miami to San Francisco have relished in the return of NFL football.

Robert Blaine, Reporter

With four weeks in the books, almost every team in the National Football League already has played four games.  So far, this season has been anything but normal.  The Kansas City Chiefs, who went 2-14 last season, have already doubled last season’s win total.  The New York Giants, only two years removed from being Super Bowl champions, have started off with an 0-4 record.  The Pittsburgh Steelers have likewise surprised many with their winless slate.

The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos, two teams many expected to be in the mix for the championship, both own 4-0 records.  The Seahawks are off to a good start behind a great defense that already has five picks and five fumble recoveries. Meanwhile, Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning already has posted 16 touchdowns and over 1100 yards through four weeks. Manning looks to be the early favorite for MVP.

Junior Satya Patel remarked that it is “incredible that a player who has had such an illustrious career, like [Manning] has had, just seems to keep getting better.”

The Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson, the reigning MVP, also looks to be a leader in the MVP race after scorching the Steelers for two touchdowns in London in Week 4.  Peterson opened the season with a 78-yard touchdown scamper against the Detroit Lions on the very first play.

“There was a reason that [Peterson] was the Most Valuable Player last year, and he is showing everyone why that was again this year,” responded senior Ishika Khondaker.

The Chiefs’ undefeated start has surprised many.  It is largely due to the pass-rushing skills of outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, who have already combined for 8.5 sacks.

Junior Diptodip Deb responded, “[The Chiefs] have had an amazing turnaround, which I don’t think anyone saw coming.”

The season has had plenty of wild twists and great performances.  One can only expect more as the season continues to unfold and the likes of Manning, Peterson, and others continue to meet and exceed expectations.