NFL 2011: Only 2 winless teams left after Week 8; Rams finally win

31 10 2011
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The wait is over for the Saint Louis Rams. The World Series victory of the St. Louis Cardinals might have inspired the ex-winless Rams to believe that victories are made on the field and not on paper. They were surely big underdogs. Even the Rams diehards could attest that they did not expect the win this week. The  Rams won against the Saints and they leave behind the Colts and Dolphins in the winless list. Here are the game recaps of the games of the winless this week:

New Orleans Saints (5-3) 21 – 31 St. Louis Rams (1-6)

No Sam Bradford, no problem for the Rams as A.J. Feeley stepped in and veteran RB Steven Jackson carried the Rams to their first victory of the season. After scoring 62 points last week, Drew Brees and the Saints started very slow and they allowed the Rams to take a 17-0 lead. The Rams extended the lead to 24-0 after Jackson scored his second touchdown. St. Louis just held on from that point and win in front some members of the 2011 World Series Champs. Jackson finished with 159 yards rushing with 2 TDs. Brees was intercepted twice (one for a TD) and was limited to just 269  yards and a TD one week after a 5-TD performance. The Rams now ties the Arizona Cardinals at the bottom of the NFC West. They will face each other next week.

Miami Dolphins (0-7) 17-20 New York Giants (5-2)

Make it an unlucky 7 for the Dolphins. Just like last week, the Dolphins have the lead in the 4th quarter and had a chance to get away from the winless bunch but, as always, they find a reason to lose. Last week, they got victimized by Tim Tebow and his miracle drives plus the “Tebowing”; this week its Eli Manning pulling the rug under them. 1 Yard runs by Matt Moore and Steve Slaton gave Miami a 14-3 lead in the second period but 8 seconds left before the halftime break, Manning connected with Mario Manningham to cut the lead to 14-10 at the half. The Dolphins scored a FG in the third period for a 17-10 lead going to the final 15 minutes of the game. Lawrence Tynes kicked a short field goal and Manning completed the comeback by completing a pass to Victor Curz for the game winning touchdown. Miami’s Reggie Bush finished with 103 yards rushing but the Giant’s defense were just too much in the final quarter as they sacked Moore several times in the quarter. In the end, it was another heart-breaking loss for the Miami Dolphins.

Indianapolis Colts (0-8) 10 – 27 Tennessee Titans (4-3)

The Titans recovered from an embarrassing loss last week by feasting on the winless Colts. The Titans zoomed to a 20-0 half time lead largely due to the excellent play of their special teams. Rob Bironas had 2 50+ yards FGs and the special teams blocked a punt that was recovered by Jason McCourty for his first career touchdown. The Colts tried to make it a game on the second half by stringing 10 unanswered points behind an Adam Vinateiri FG and a Donald Brown rushing TD. Matt Hasselbeck squelched all the doubt by making a TD pass to Nate Washington for the final margin. The Titans broke a 2-game losing streak while the Colt’s streak is extended to 8.

The winless three went 1-2 last week making the Dolphins and Colts as the awful twosome of 2011. The Fins seems to find reasons to lose games while the Colts just misses their star QB. Here is the Week 9 preview for the two winless teams of the 2011 NFL season:

  1. Indianapolis Colts – The Colts will host the Atlanta Falcons (4-3) next week. The Colts has won their last 3 meetings against the Falcons. This is not the same Colts team though but there is a chance that they can emulate what the Rams did to the Saints. The Falcons is coming off a bye week after beating the Lions at Ford Field. Matt Ryan and company are on a 2-game roll. The game could be close as long as Indianapolis limit Ryan and his potent receivers. Caloy Guess: 28-20 for the Falcons
  2. Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins will face Matt Cassel and the Chiefs next week. The Kansas City Chiefs will have a short week as they will play San Diego tomorrow. The short rest could augur well to the chances of the Dolphins of finally nailing a victory. Miami will still have its chances but unless they learn to finish off an opponent they will surely end up in the short end of a close decision. Caloy Guess: 20-14 for the Chiefs.
All NFC teams have registered a win already while 2 AFC teams are still looking for the elusive first win deep into the season. Will there be 2 0-16 teams this year? Hopefully not but there is a big chance there will still be a winless team next week.

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