Through two weeks, nothing is certain and nobody is sure what is causing numbers to land where they are. And through two weeks there has been a perpetual argument over why the TV results are up and down.
The Panthers are 2-0, but Cam Newton still looks a long ways from regaining his MVP form.
The league isn't just trying to play a game in China – it's trying to figure out how to plant American football in the culture permanently.
Given what's at stake for the relationship of players and the NFL franchises that employ them, this could be a significant moment that helps determine if there will be NFL football in September 2021.
From Ryan Fitzpatrick to Brian Hoyer to Ryan Mallett to Brock Osweiler, O'Brien's faith and patience has never lasted. And now it has claimed Tom Savage. Or maybe Savage never had it in the first place.
That's part of the difficulty here for Elliott, knowing that after months of nasty legal wrangling between the union and NFL attorneys, Brady's case cratered in a federal appeals court.
With Elliott's suspension upheld, his legal team and the NFLPA are expected to continue to pursue a lawsuit against the NFL.
Whether Friel's past as head of a New York sex crimes unit speaks at all to the Elliott case is debatable. But the NFLPA went directly at Friel with a damning allegation that the league denies.
If the union advances into litigation seeking to prove conspiracy claims, Goodell could be subject to a deposition, be compelled to turn over pertinent communications and testify under oath in federal court.
Kia Wright Roberts raised concerns about interviews in a memo titled "Tiffany Thompson Inconsistency Transcripts". Following the production of that internal memo, she recommended no suspension for Elliott.