Now it's starting to feel like football season.
Coaches are being fired, the Raiders are a mess and Terrell Owens has reminded us that though there is no I in team, there is an M-E.
It's October and we've already dispensed with the Lions, the Rams and the Bengals.
Brett Favre just threw six touchdown passes, KC's Larry Johnson ran for 198 yards last Sunday and Julius Peppers has rediscovered his cape.
In a week when it felt like the ground shook around Charlotte, the Panthers have been something to smile about.
But this is football season. It's a week to week world. Nothing – but perhaps John Kasay – lasts forever.
Time to see what Week5 brings:
KANSAS CITY at CAROLINA: Nice to have Grandmama back in town. Anybody seen 'Zo?
Panthers 31, Chiefs 20.
CHICAGO at DETROIT: The Lions finally decided to see if they can win without Matt Millen's help. At least they didn't rush into it.
Bears 24, Lions 20.
SAN DIEGO at MIAMI: Ray-Bans against Maui Jims. La Jolla against Coconut Grove. Fish tacos against Don Shula's steakhouse.
Chargers 33, Dolphins 22.
ATLANTA at GREEN BAY: But only if the Falcons find enough gas to get up there. Packers 31, Falcons 20.
TENNESSEE at BALTIMORE: He doesn't get as much attention as some A-listers but Titans' coach Jeff Fisher is one of the best in the business. And he keeps proving it.
Titans 24, Ravens 19.
SEATTLE at NEW YORK GIANTS: The Seahawks don't do the East Coast very well. Giants 29, Seahawks 17.
INDIANAPOLIS at HOUSTON: It's one thing to beat East Carolina, but beating…oh, sorry, that was the other Houston. Anyway…
Colts 37, Texans 27.
TAMPA BAY at DENVER: Have you heard that the great John Elway is engaged – to a former Oakland Raiders cheerleader? Dude.
Broncos 32, Bucs 17.
CINCINNATI at DALLAS: There's no argument that the NFC East is the best division in the NFL. The question is whether the Cowboys are the best team in the division. Hmmm …
Cowboys 34, Bengals 14.
WASHINGTON at PHILADELPHIA: See above.
Eagles 17, Redskins 14.
BUFFALO at ARIZONA: Phoenix has beautiful desert scenery, great restaurants, a world-class football stadium, plenty of terrific golf courses, a nice list of celebrity residents, more sunshine in a week than Buffalo sees in a winter and a spot on the cool places to live list.
What does Buffalo have? A 4-0 record. Everyone calls that beautiful. Bills 28, Cardinals 26.
NEW ENGLAND at SAN FRANCISCO: Uh-oh.
49ers 30, Patriots 20.
PITTSBURGH at JACKSONVILLE: The Steelers insist on doing things the hard way – playing without much offense. Nobody said football is easy.
Jags 27, Steelers 17.
MINNESOTA at NEW ORLEANS: Saints running back Deuce McAllister is playing on two reconstructed knees. Makes you feel kinda wimpy, doesn't it? Saints 25, Vikings 17.
Last week: 8-5