Watching the NFL we try to draw conclusions on what we’ve just seen. And we wake up this morning with the most unthinkable thought we could have ever thought two months ago, at the dawn of the 2016 season:
Super Bowl 51, Feb. 6, 2017, in Houston: Dallas versus Oakland.
The Cowboys, off a 25-point road rout of the woebegone Browns, have won seven in a row, and please, look at their schedule. They don’t play a team better than 5-3 the rest of the way. The two best rookies in football, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, have revolutionized their team. No offensive line can touch theirs.
The Raiders just dismantled the Super Bowl champions. Oakland 30, Denver 20, and it wasn’t that close. The hottest young quarterback in the game threw zero touchdown passes, and Derek Carr didn’t need any either. The Raiders out-rushed Denver 218-33 and held the ball for 41 minutes, like an old Bill Parcells team. The defense is coming alive, finally.
Is it still too early to tell?