Hoge's Tape Room: Graham rebounds, big trouble in Big D

Updated: October 17, 2008, 3:58 PM ET
By Merril Hoge | ESPN

I don't care what anyone says about last season and all the hype over the undefeated Patriots. This year is shaping up to be a memorable one, as well. Think about what's happened so far: rookies having an immediate impact like seasoned vets, the NFC East boasting four possible playoff teams, the Titans coming out of nowhere — it's making my job that much more fun. That said, here are this week's observations from countless hours watching film.

Former NFL fullback Merril Hoge is an analyst for a wide variety of NFL programs on television and ESPN Radio. An eight-year NFL veteran, Hoge spent 1987-93 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and joined ESPN in 1996.