Falcons among NFL's biggest surprises

After four weeks, the Falcons are the biggest surprise in the NFL, and the Chiefs are the most disappointing team.

Updated: October 5, 2004, 3:37 PM ET
By Chris Mortensen | ESPN Insider
Honestly, I haven't been impressed much by the first month of the NFL season. There's been good football, but mostly it's been average or bad. There are reasons for that. There have been a myriad of impact injuries. Officiating seems shaky. Free agency and coaching changes mean transitions are usually not smooth. And, yes, perhaps we should label the preseason games as "exhibition" and the September games as "preseason."

So, I hold out hope for the balance of the season, and I shall never forget what is tried and true: Stay patient until Thanksgiving. Things will take shape and then the league will take off.

That's the best I can offer, along with this first quarter review: