The Carolina Panthers are scary good.... Through 3 games (Carolina beat the New Orleans Peytons last night 24-21) Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are 3-0. What gives? "Defense, defense, defense" says Head Coach Ron Rivera, adding "Oh, and a little offense sprinkled in." Carolina currently has one of the best run defenses in the NFL this season. A big reason for that is Jon Beason, James Anderson and Charles Johnson. These guys have been playing together for a while now and are finally playing as a cohesive force they have shown flashes of being the last few seasons. "PLAIN AND SIMPLE, NO ONE RUNS THE BALL ON US" said Jon Beason after the game last night. "I DON'T CARE IF YOU ARE PEYTON HILLIS OR PARIS HILTON, WE WILL HIT YOU AND MAKE YOU QUIT." The craziest part about this 3-0 run for the Panthers is Cam Newton is not even playing up to his potential yet. He has 2 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, numbers he could easily improve on. Or can he? After a disastrous year last season for Carolina in which he threw 34 interceptions and only 16 touchdowns, this is a big season for Cam Newtons career. We will see if he can limit the turnovers and let his defense and running game lead the team to the playoffs. Looking forward to Week 5's matchup of Panthers-Cardinals. CLEVELAND ROCKS! TONY ROMO is back in a big way... Last Sunday, Tony Romo was on the golf course. This week? Throwing 10 of 14 passes for 380 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Superbowl Champs on his way to winning his first game with his new team, the Cleveland Browns. No big deal. 45 to friggin 6, Cleveland. My goodness. I am shocked Cleveland finally let the Colt McCoy train derail and send in help for a real QB. Pleasantly surprised actually. I think Cleveland has a legitimate shot at winning the AFC now, I really do. That offense is full of big time players and the defense is severely underrated by most. This week 3 thrashing they gave to Baltimore should really open a lot of eyes to how good the Browns can be. If Tony can keep it going, expect them to challenge the Bengals for the AFC North crown. THE COLTS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY MOVED FORWARD WITHOUT PEYTON MANNING. I AM SHOCKED. Let's all admit it. How many of you rolled your eyes when you saw the Indianapolis Colts released Peyton Manning last season? I know I did. I figured the move was made out of frustration, desperation or even retardation. Boy, was I wrong. Indianapolis had a plan. They had a young kid sitting behind Manning, watching him. Scouting him. Imitating him. That kids name was Cary Hortsman, and he is leading the Colts to an AFC South title this season. Book it. Hortsman, along with 2nd-year running back Cardarious "Kill You" Cox, is the leader of one of the best offenses in the NFL this season. The Colts are 3-0 now, and Hortsman TD to INT ratio is outstanding at 5 to 1. Along with Hortsman and Cox (sounds like a legal firm or a porno, your call on that one) the Indianapolis Colts revamped defense has been tremendous thus far, shutting down Chris Johnson, Tom Brady, and Andre Johnson in three consecutive weeks. Vontae Davis is as shutdown as shutdown corners get and although I deeply believe they overpaid for Geno Hayes, he has been great so far this season. I expect big things out of this young, inexperienced Indy squad this season. Peyton Manning might be gone, but the sleeping giant of the AFC South is back to reclaim their throne. Watch out.