After two weeks of NFL action, there have been more than the usual number of surprises. Take, for instance, the NFC West.
The 49ers, who will play the Jets next week, have taken advantage of their scheduling and a quality draft to win as many games in the first two weeks of 1980 as they did last year. At the same time, the Rams, bothered by their quarterbacking dilemma and all those holdouts, have lost to both Detroit and Tampa Bay.
However, the Saints, a team bothered by dissension and a lack of discipline, will be hard-pressed to notch their initial triumph because they will host Chuck Knox and a vastly improved Buffalo club that has knocked over both the Dolphins and the disappointing Jets.
The Redskins were fortunate enough to get out of the Meadowlands with a victory over the Giants. With all their injuries, I have to favor Oakland by 4 at home against Washington this week.
EARLY NFL LINE (Sunday): Chicago 6 over Minnesota, N.Y. Jets 4 over San Francisco, Pittsburg 7 over Cincinnati, Cleveland 4 over Kansas City, Detriot 6 over St. Louis, Atlanta 2 over Miami, New Orleans-Buffalo even, Houston 7 over Baltimore, Oakland 4 over Washington, Los Angeles 14 over Green Bay, Seattle-New England even, Dallas 6 over Tampa Bay, Denver-San Diego even. (Monday) Philadelphia 10 over N.Y. Giants.