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:

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Caloy’s 2011 NFL Power Rankings (Week 6)

21 10 2011
  1. Green Bay (6-0) – The only undefeated team left is not slowing down. They will face a 1-win Vikings this week after winning against the winless Rams. Last Week: 1
  2. San Francisco (5-1) – They gave Detroit its first loss this season with an excellent defensive line and amazing effort on the ground by Frank Gore. Last Week: 3
  3. New England (5-1) – The Pats took sole possession of first place in the AFC East after beating the luckless Dallas Cowboys. Last Week: 4
  4. Detroit (5-1) – Lost for the first time, no wonder Jim Swartz is emotional. Calvin Johnson was held without a TD for the first time this season. Last Week: 2
  5. Baltimore (4-1) – The Ravens are still perfect at home (3-0) after crushing the Texans. the defense is the most feared in the league and Ray Rice just had a 100 yard rushing week. Last Week: 8
  6. San Diego (4-1) –Had a bye week. They are still 1 of the six teams with 1 loss or less. They will visit the Jets and try to keep their lead against the surging Raiders. Last Week: 7
  7. Cincinnati (4-2) – The Bengals has won its third straight game after an early season 2 game slump. They beat the winless Colts thanks to a Carlos Dunlap fumble recovery for a TD. Last Week:10
  8. Pittsburgh (4-2) – The Steelers is the 3rd team from the AFC North  in top 10 besides the Bengals (7) and the Ravens (5). Opposing teams are only throwing 157.7 yards a game. . Last Week: 11
  9. NY Giants (4-2) – Eli Manning and the Giants won against the Bills.Ahmad Bradsaw had 3 TDs along with his 104 rushing yards. Lawrence Tynes hit a FG with 1:32 left for the go-ahead FG. Last Week: 13
  10.  Oakland (4-2) – The Raiders continue their winning ways after Al Davis passed away. Darren McFadden has a  tremendous season so far. A question mark for this team will be their QB situation. Last Week: 14
  11.  Tampa Bay (4-2) – The Buccaneers survived Drew Brees and the Saints. They intercepted 3 passes in their victory.   Josh Freeman had 303 yards along with 2 TDs. The Bucs are suddenly on top of the NFC South. Last Week: 16
  12. New Orleans (4-2) – The Saints lost for the first time in 5 games. They still have the NFL’s second best passing offense despite suffering their second road loss of the season against Tampa Bay. Last Week:6
  13. Buffalo (4-2) – The Bills lost two games in the last 3 weeks. They will have a bye this week. Last Week:5
  14. Tennessee (3-2) – The Titans came out of their bye week with the lead in the AFC South after the Texans lost to the Ravens. The top 2 AFC South teams will battle this week in a match-up to watch. A win will have an impact later in the season. Last Week: 12
  15. Washington (3-2) – The Redskins lost to the Eagles after their bye week. They fall behind the Giants in the muddled NFC East standings. Rex Grossman had an atrocious performance against the Eagles. He threw 4 INTs before being benched. Last Week: 9
  16. NY Jets (3-3) – The Jets snapped a 3-game losing slump by beating AFC East cellar dwellers Miami Dolphins. Their ineffective offense will be tested this week against the visiting Chargers. Last Week: 19
  17. Atlanta (3-3) – Their trend of losing and winning every other game has continued to even their record. Michael Turner will try to bring his explosive running game to Detroit this week. Last Week: 20
  18.  Chicago (3-3) – Jay Cutler of the Bears is continuing to improve under center after following up his gutsy performance at Detroit with 115.9 QB rating against the Vikes. He will need to have a similar against for the Bears to keep up with the Lions and Packers. Last Week: 23
  19.  Houston (3-3) – The Texans lost their second game in a row and 3rd in 4 games. They have not scored over 21 points in the last 3 week. They will face rivals Tennessee  in a crucial Week 7 tiff. Last Week: 15
  20. Seattle (2-3) – The Seahawks is coming of a bye week after winning against the Giants. They are now 2.5 games behind the 49ers in the NFC West standings. They will be visiting Colt McCoy and the Browns this week. Last Week: 21
  21. Kansas City (2-3) – The Chiefs will stake their 2-game winning streak against the Raiders who will play without their regular QB. The Chiefs can take advantage of a “rusty” Carson Palmer. Last Week: 22
  22. Cleveland (2-3) – The Browns lost 2 straight games now and they will be facing a 2-3 Seahawks. It is a make or break game and a loss could lead to a long losing spell for the Browns. Last Week: 18
  23. Dallas (2-3) – The Cowboys lost its last 2 games to the Lions and Pats, both 5-1 teams. They will host a winless Rams team this week. If they lose this game, it will be the end of their playoff dreams.  Last Week: 17
  24. Philadelphia (2-4) – The Eagles snapped a 4-game losing streak with a tough victory against rivals Washington Redskins. They will have a bye week in Week 7. They tried to trade Ronnie Brown to the Lions but the trade was rescinded when it was discovered that Jerome Harrison has a tumor. Last Week: 26
  25. Denver (1-4) – The Broncos will feature QB Tim Tebow in their game against the winless Dolphins. It will be a Florida homecoming for Tebow. He will try to lead the Broncos in breaking its 3-game losing streak. Last Week: 25
  26. Arizona (1-4) – The Cardinals who is in the midst of a 4-game losing streak will host the formidable Steelers after a bye week. Beanie Wells will be a key player in this game. Last Week: 28
  27. Minnesota (1-5) – The Vikings failed to build a winning streak after losing to division rivals Bears 39-10 last week. They will be hosting the NFC North-leading Packers this week. Christian Ponder will have his hands full against the defending Super Bowl champs. Last Week: 24
  28.  Carolina (1-5) – The Panthers lost to the Falcons in Week 6 to extend their losing streak to 3. If Cam Newton continues to excel in the passing game, the Panthers will have a good chance against the ‘skins. Last Week: 27
  29. Jacksonville (1-5) – The Jaguars have lost for their 5th straight game after winning their home opener against the Titans. The Jags ranks well in defense  and rushing but the team has the league worst passing offense with only 137.7 yards a game. They will host the streaking Ravens this week. Last Week: 29
  30. Miami (0-5) –  The Dolphins lost their Monday Night Football game against the Jets. They will be hosting the Tebow “homecoming” this week. This is their biggest chance to get out of the winless list in the recent weeks.  Last Week: 30
  31. St. Louis (0-5) – The winless Rams will face a pressured to win Cowboys this week. The Rams has not scored more than 10 points in the last 3 games. Last Week: 31
  32.  Indianapolis (0-6) – Another week, another loss for the Colts. It’s been 6 straight losses for the Peyton-less Colts. They will face the 4-2 Saints and Drew Brees this week. They will probably get their first win in November. Last Week: 32

 





Caloy’s 2011 NFL Power Rankings (Week 5)

12 10 2011
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The season so far has full of surprises and the blog would like to offer its first National Football League power rankings. If you wanna ask how did I come up with the ranks, the first thing I consider is the record. I do not care if a team is feasting on losing teams. Wins matter and with the season that is full of surprises, it is quite hard to differentiate between good teams and bad teams. So here are my rankings:

  1. Green Bay (5-0) – Unless defeated the defending champs are the No.1 team in the NFL. QB Aaron Rodgers has a league leading 122.9 QB Rating.
  2. Detroit (5-0) – The Lions has shown the viewing public that they can win on primetime.  Calvin Johnson has 9 receiving TDs in 5 games.
  3. San Francisco (4-1) – The only blemish to their record is their OT defeat to Dallas. Rookie LB Aldon Smith has 3.5 sacks in the last 2 games.
  4. New England (4-1) – The No.1 passing offense punished the Jets this week. Wes Welker has 45 receptions for 740 yards in 5 games.
  5. Buffalo (4-1) – Recovered after falling to the Bengals by a FG to win against the slumping Eagles in Week 5.  RB Fred Jackson has rushed 480 yards with 5 TDs.
  6. New Orleans (4-1) – Has won 4 straight after a loss to the Packers in the season opener. QB Drew Brees is 2nd in yards (1769) and completion percentage (69.4%).
  7. San Diego (4-1) – The Chargers won a close game against Broncos for their 3rd straight victory. The team is giving up just 179.6 passing yards a game (2nd in the league).
  8. Baltimore (3-1) – Had a bye week after routing the Rams and the Jets. The Ravens are just giving up 72.5 yards from the ground (2nd in the NFL).
  9. Washington (3-1) – The Redskins enjoyed a week 5 bye after escaping the winless Rams in Week 4. The team led by Brian Orakpo (3.5) and Adam Carriker has 15 sacks already in 4 games.
  10. Cincinnati (3-2) – The Bengals has won 2 straight games. A.J. Green-Andy Dalton rookie combo has connected for 3 TDs.

11.Pittsburgh (3-2) – The Steelers beat the Titans at home, 38-17, a week after losing to the Texans. The defense has only 1 INT but they are only giving up league-leading 174 yards a game from the air.

12. Tennessee (3-2) – The 3-game winning streak of the Titans was snapped by the Steelers. Matt Hasselbeck has thrown 9 TDs with only 4 interceptions.

13. NY Giants (3-2) – The Giant’s winning streak ended at 3 with a loss to the Seahawks. Eli Manning has 11 TDs with a 102.3 QB rating.

14. Oakland (3-2) – The Raiders have alternated wins and losses in the first 5 weeks of the season. Darren McFadden leads the league with 519 rushing yards.

15. Houston (3-2) – The Texans lost to an inspired Oakland Raiders in Week 5, 25-20. Ben Tate and Arian Forster have combined for 577 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns.

16. Tampa Bay (3-2) – The Buccaneers had a horrendous effort in San Francisco in Week 5 as they lost 3-48 snapping a 3-game winning streak.  Josh Freeman has only 3 TDs with 6 picks.

17. Dallas (2-2) – The Cowboys had a bye week after an embarrassing loss to the Lions. They still lead the league in opposing rushing yards per game as they limit opponents to 61.8 rushing ypg.

18. Cleveland (2-2) – Colt McCoy and the Browns have so far split their 4 matches before their Week 5 bye. They are very effective against the pass as they only give up 195.5 passing yards a game (4th in the NFL),

19. NY Jets (2-3) – The Jets has lost 3 straight games after falling to the Patriots 21-30 in Week 5. The team has only given up 3 passing TDs and opposing QBs have a 66.6 rating against their defense.

20. Atlanta (2-3) – The Falcons has so far alternated losses and wins in 5 games this season. Rookie Julio Jones has 25 receptions for 358 yards but has zero touchdowns so far.

21. Seattle (2-3) – The Seahawks surprised the Giants in New York for their second win of the season. DE Chris Clemons has 4 sacks in the last 4 games.

22. Kansas City (2-3) – After starting the season with 3 losses, the Chiefs feasted on 2 winless teams to go 2-3 after week 5. All the 8 touchdowns of the team came from the air.

23. Chicago (2-3) – The Bears lost a Monday Night game against the Lions and have fallen 3 games behind the Lions and Packers in the NFC North standings. Their defense is ranked 28th against the run and 27th against the pass.

24. Minnesota (1-4) – The Vikings finally nailed its first win of the season after losing halftime leads in their other games. Adrian Peterson is still the Viking’s main man with 498 rushing yards along with 6 huge touchdowns.

25. Denver (1-4) – The Broncos is on a 3-game losing slide. 2011 2nd Pick overall LB Von Miller has 5 sacks already.

26. Philadelphia (1-4) – The preseason favorite Eagles lost its 4th straight game. They are the best rushing team but they have been intercepted 9 times and lost 6 fumbles to their opponents.

27. Carolina (1-4) – Cam Newton and Panthers lost 4 close games this season. The rookie QB Newton has 1,610 yards passing and 7 TDs so far.

28. Arizona (1-4) – The Cardinals have slumped to 4 straight loses after beating the Panthers in Week 1.  RB Beanie Wells has been a workhorse with 6 rushing TDs already.

29. Jacksonville (1-4) – The Jaguars have lost for the 4th straight time after winning their home opener against the Titans. The team has the league worst passing offense with only 150 yards a game.

30. Miami (0-4) –  The Dolphins are coming off a bye week and they will be facing a sliding NY Jets team. Miami has the 2nd worst passing defense as opposing QBs average 307 yards passing against them.

31. St. Louis (0-4) – The Rams are the only team left in the NFC without a win. Opposing running backs can run all day against their defense as they give up an NFL-worst 179.8 rushing yards a game.

32. Indianapolis (0-5) – The Colts have the league’s worst record after 5 straight loses in their Peyton-less season. They rank 30th in rushing offense while their rushing defense is 2nd worst in the league.





NFL 2011: 3 winless teams left after Week 5

10 10 2011
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Week 5 has ended (save for the Monday Night Football game between undefeated Detroit and rivals Chicago). Only two winless teams actually played this week as Miami and St. Louis have a bye week. Here is what happened to Minnesota and Indiana.

Arizona (1-4) 10 – 34 Minnesota (1-4)

Adrian Peterson went wild at home by scoring 3 TDs in the first quarter alone. He started the scoring with 4 yard touchdown with 9 minutes left in the first quarter. He had two more touchdowns runs sandwiching a Donovan McNabb rushing touchdown as Minnesota get an early 28-0 lead. The Vikings took a 28-3 halftime lead but the home crowd were still on the edge of their seats as they gave up leads of 17 and 20 to Tampa Bay and Detroit in their past home games. The Vikings, however, made sure that they will get there first win of the season as they scored to field goals late in third quarter and fourth quarter to pull away from the Cardinals. The Vikings and Cardinals now have the same 1-4 record. Adrian Peterson finished with 122 yards

Kansas City (2-3) 28 – 24 Indiana (0-5)

Curtis Painter connected twice with Pierre Garcon in the first half to give the winless Colts a 17-0 lead before halftime. Matt Cassel though responded with 4 TD passes (2 each to Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston). The Chiefs took the lead for good with 5:15 left and held on for their second straight win after starting the season with a 0-3 record.

There are now 3 teams left without a win. Here is the outlook for Week 6, for each team:

1. Indianapolis Colts – They will visit Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) in Week 6. The Bengals are on a two-game winning streak as they beat Buffalo in Week 4 then Jacksonville in Week 5. They split their home games so far this season losing the opener against San Francisco then winning against the then unbeaten Buffalo Bills.

2. St. Louis Rams – The Rams will face the unbeaten and seemingly unbeatable Green Bay Packers at Lambeau field in Week 6. The Rams are the only team that has never taken a snap with the lead this season. Hopefully 2 weeks of preparation would be good enough for them to be competitive against the Packers.

3. Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins also coming off a bye week will face the struggling New York Jets. The Jets have lost three straight games after winning their first 2 matches of the season. The Jets-Dolphins game will have big implications in how the division races play out in the AFC East. Both teams trail New England and Buffalo who are both 4-1.

The winless teams have very tough matches in Week 6 and there is a big possibility that at least 2 teams will remain winless this season going to Week 7.





NFL 2011: 4 Winless Teams after Week 4

5 10 2011

Week 4 ended and only one winless team was able to remove itself from the cellar. One team by default because the two winless teams were playing. It was the Kansas City Chiefs that managed to get their first win of the 2011 Season as they beat the now 0-4 Minnesota Viking. How did the Week 3 winless team fair? Here are the short recaps of the games of the winless:

Minnesota (0-4) 17 – 22 Kansas City (1-3)

After leading the game relying on Ryan Succop‘s kicking, Matt Cassel finally connected with Dwayne Bowe early in the fourth quarter for their first touchdown of the game to play from the Minnesota Vikings. The Chiefs finally earned their first win of the season. Cassel finished with 260 yds. passing and a 102.7 rating for the game. Viking’s RB Adrian Peterson was limited to 80 yards rushing.

Washington (3-1) 17 – 10 St. Louis (0-4)

The Rams allowed the Redskins to score the first 17 points of the game. They had some chances in the 4th Quarter but their rally fell short by a touchdown. Ryan Torain accounted for 135 yards and a score for Washington. The Rams’ anemic offense was led by Sam Bradford’s 164 yards passing.

Miami (0-4) 16-26 San Diego (3-1)

The Miami Dolphins remain winless as they were not able to contain QB Philip Rivers (307 yards, 1TD). They used to QBs in the game and both Chad Henne and Matt Moore give up one interception each.

Indianapolis (0-4) 17-24 Tampa Bay (3-1)

The Indianapolis Colts played their best game of the Manning-less season but it was not enough to beat the streaking Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Curtis Painter started for the Colts. He completed just 13 of 31 passes but 2 of his completions were for touchdowns. His performance allowed the Colts to enter the 4th quarter tied with the Bucs. Tampa scored the game winner with 3:05 left in the game with a 35 yard run by LeGarrette Blount.

What’s in store for the 0-4 teams in Week 5?

  1. Indianapolis Colts – The Colts will host the now 1-3 Kansas City Chiefs. With the way the Chiefs are playing, the Colts has a good chance to get their first win of the season at home.
  2. Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins are now 2 at least 2 games behind from the teams in the AFC East. They will have a Week 5 bye. The bye comes at a good time when the team needs to heal and figure out how to compete this season.
  3. St. Louis Rams – The Rams will likewise have a bye in Week 5. They will return in Week 6 to face the defending champs Green Bay Packers. The Rams surely need those two weeks to prepare for the Aaron Rodgers show at Lambeau field.
  4. Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings will play the 1-3 Arizona Cardinals at home with high hopes of ending their season-opening losing streak. The Vikings are now 4 games behind Green Bay and the Detroit Lions.
There are 2 teams in each conference that has not tasted victory this season. After Week 5, there will be at least 2 winless teams in the NFL as the Rams and the Dolphins take the week of. The 2 teams that are playing have a good chance of ending their losing streaks as they both face 1-3 teams.

 

 





NFL 2011: 5 Winless Teams after Week 3

28 09 2011
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As Week 3 ends, the National Football League has 5 teams that never tasted victory this season. Who will breeak out of their slump and are these teams as bad as their record suggests? Here are the 0-3 teams:

  1. Minnesota Vikings (NFC North) – Lost to: @San Diego 17-24, Tampa Bay 20-24, Detroit 23-26. The Vikings were close in all of their games. In fact, they led at the half-time in all their 3 games and they outscored opponents by 54-7 in the first half. This game though is not a 30-minute game, the Vikings should learn to finish games decisively. They have arguably the most dangerous running back in the game in Adrian Peterson and their defensive front one of the best.  They will probably turn around very soon and a dose of an equally slumping Kansas City will probably define their season.
  2. Miami Dolphins (AFC East) – Lost to: New England 24-38, Houston 13-23, @Cleveland 16-17. Tony Sparano‘s job is online as the Dolphins are the only team in the AFC East with lass than 2 wins. They lost a heartbreaker in Cleveland as Colt McCoy connected with Mohamed Massaquoi with 43 seconds left. The offense ranked well but their defense is suspect. Miami will be going to San Diego to try to check their early season skid.
  3.  Indianapolis Colts (AFC South) – Lost to: @Houston 7-34, Cleveland 19-27, Pittsburgh 20-23. The loss of QB Peyton Manning is just too much for this AFC power. They had a good chance with the Steelers but they just cannot hold on. If Peyton comes back next year, he might be competing against a Top draft pick QB in the training camp. The Colts will be going to Tampa Bay with a fair chance for a win.
  4. St. Louis Rams (NFC West) – Lost to: Philadelphia 13-31, @NYG 16-28, Baltimore 7-37. The team is actually rushing well averaging 108.3 yards a game but their defense is horrendous. They give up 174.3 yards from the ground which is last in the league. All is not lost though as they play in the NFC West. The schedule though for the Rams gets harder in the next few weeks as they face Washington then Green Bay then Dallas then New Orleans in their next four games. They will be hosting the Redskins next week and if they lose they can take solace with a bye week.
  5. Kansas City Chiefs (AFC West) – Lost to: Buffalo 7-41, @Detroit  3-48, @San Diego 17-20. After 2 terrible losses from 2 very surprising teams, the Chiefs were finally in the game in the 4th quarter for the first time in the season. Their comeback in the Chargers game fell short though with Matt Cassel throwing an interception with less than a minute in the game. With so many injuries to key players, the other players need to step up to stop the bleeding. They will be hosting Minnesota in the battle of the winless next week.
For sure, there will be less than 5 winless teams next week as the Chiefs play the Vikings this coming week. The other 3 teams will be in for a big challenge to prevent a 0-4 record. All AFC divisions have a winless club while the NFC East teams have at least won a game this season. Let’s see who will remain winless next week.