In the little more than 20 years since major pro sports arrived in this town, Julius Peppers has little competition as the most polarizing pro sports figure.
The last place most people expected to find the San Francisco 49ers through three weeks of the season was last place.
While the winless Carolina Panthers hope rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen can spark a stagnant offense, it would help if he had more than one receiving option.
A day before his 23rd birthday, Jimmy Clausen received a job promotion he seemed destined for since before he entered high school: NFL starting quarterback.
Brett Favre had his worst day as a Viking, and a Minnesota team that thought it was set at quarterback is 0-2.
Carolina Panthers coach John Fox has no plans to turn to rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen just yet.
It might not be a wise choice for several NFL coaches to sit down this season. Their seats are going to be awfully hot.
Capsules for the 32 NFL teams as they begin the 2010 season, in predicted order of finish:
Jon Beason has played in the Pro Bowl the past two seasons. He set a Carolina franchise record last year with 169 tackles, displaying the speed, aggressiveness and hard-hitting that have made him one of the NFL's top middle linebackers.