After three weeks of the 2018 NFL season, not everything is as it formerly seemed. Much of the preseason prognostication has been turned on its head, and plenty of new storylines have emerged. We thought we knew a lot coming into this season, but we’ve learned after a crazy weekend of upended story lines that we may be relearning why we love sports.
Because — just like Tiger Woods’s demise being prematurely predicted — there is always a lot we don’t see coming.
So, here’s what we thought we knew after just three weeks of the NFL season. (Spoiler: we couldn’t have been more wrong).
9. What's Going On In New England?
The New England Patriots played in the Super Bowl last season, like they have in three of the past four seasons. Yet they are 1-2 thus far and were mauled on National TV last Sunday by the then 0-2 Detroit Lions.
We all thought they were going back to the Super Bowl in the weaker AFC conference, but now we must rethink that. Tom Brady looks old, Gronk was taken out of the game with double teams, the defense was dissected and the offensive line is leaky at best.
The Pats often start slow, but now they are starting old; the New England dynasty died on the U.S. Bank Stadium Field last February, and it’s time to prepare to see Brady limp off into the sunset.