With four weeks in the books, nobody could’ve pegged the early landscape of the 2008 NFL season, which has been one of the most unpredictable starts in recent memory.

About the only sure thing in the NFL right now is that TO will cry when the Cowboys lose.

About the only sure thing in the NFL right now is that TO will cry when the Cowboys lose.

This time last season, most were surprised at the Packers’ 4-0 record and the Rams’ and Saints’ early collapses, but nothing jumped off the page.

This season is a different story. Here are my top five surprises of the young NFL season.

5. Colts and Patriots on the ropes
It’s only Week 4 and most have written off the Colts and Patriots as serious contenders. Tom Brady shredding his knee in the season opener changed everything in the AFC. While the Patriots only have one loss (2-1), they have a lot to prove after getting pummeled at home by the Dolphins.

While nothing can compare to Brady going down, the Colts have faced their own injury problems and have looked pedestrian in their 1-2 start. Peyton Manning and the offense is rusty and the Colts are nearing “must-win” territory.

4. Buccaneers bounce back
After a Week 1 loss to New Orleans, Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden quickly benched Jeff Garica – the catalyst of the team’s turnaround last season. Then the Bucs’ best weapon in an already Garcia-less passing game – Joey Galloway -went down in Week 2. Big trouble, right? Wrong. The Bucs have reeled off three straight victories for a 3-1 start behind a dominating defense.

3. Redskins resurgence
After being held to seven points and 209 yards of offense in their nationally televised NFL season opener against the Giants, the Redskins looked hopeless. In their last three games – all wins – the 3-1 Redskins have averaged more than 26 points per game and now have a Top 10 ranked offense. Oh yeah, and they waltzed into Dallas and handed the Cowboys their first loss of the season Sunday.

2. Perfect start in Buffalo
Sure the Bills’ opponents have a combined record of 4-11, but a 4-0 start for a team that has been buried in mediocrity – one winning season in their last eight – is reason for excitement. I know what you’re thinking, the Lions started 6-2 last season only to suffer one of the biggest collapses ever. But a light schedule, good defense, and solid special teams means the Bills should stick around.

1. Without Young, Titans remain unbeaten
After an ugly Week 1 victory over Jacksonville, an injured Vince Young was tracked down by police after alleged suicide talks – garnering tons of media attention. With veteran Kerry Collins under center the Titans have responded with three straight victories by an average of 16 points. At 4-0, the Titans have a two-game lead in the AFC South, a division most everyone was giving to the Colts or Jaguars when the season began.

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