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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NFL 2011: 3 winless teams remain after Week 7

25 10 2011
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Another week has passed and there are still 3 teams that has a big fat zero in the win column. Here is how the un-magnificent 3 fumbled their way to another loss:

Indianapolis Colts (0-7) 7 – 62 New Orleans Saints (5-2)

The season for the Manning-less Colts are going from bad to worse. Some of their rivals are practically using a game against the Colts as a way to pad their stats. Drew Brees toyed with the puny defense by making 5 TD passes and only missing 4 targets. As for the Colts, QBs? Well, Curtis Painter gave up a pick 6 and lost a fumble before he got benched in favor of Dan Orlovsky. The game made it to the record books as the Saints tied the NFL mark for the highest score by a team in a game since the merger. There were 3 other teams that scored 62 and the last time was in 1985 when the Jets poured it on the Bucs. The game also tied the highest point differential between teams. It only happened 3 other times as well, the last time was when the 2009 Patriots had mega-lopsided win against the Titans. The season is becoming record-breaking for the Colts, what will they break next week?

St. Louis Rams (0-6) 7 – 34 Dallas Cowboys (3-3)

A.J. Feeley started at QB this week with the hopes of ending the long wait of a first victory. First drive: Steven Jackson 1 yard run, Jackson 2 yard run, Feeley 12 yard pass to Salas complete First Down – Jackson -3 yards, Jackson 3 yard gain, Feeley Incomplete – PUNT. So here is how Dallas did in its first drive: Choice gains 7 yrds, Tony Romo to Jason Witten for 4 yards First Down – Penalty on Poppinga, Penalty on Flammetta. It’s first and 19 at the Dallas 9 then suddenly De Marco Murray took the ball and run for 91 yards for a TD. It is the longest first career TD in the merger era. Demarco who? Another record is broken playing against the winless 3. Murray gained 253 yards in this game while the Rams only gained 265. Talking about a one-sided game. They were lucky that Dallas was not as merciless than Drew Brees and the Saints.

Denver Broncos (2-4) 18 – 15 Miami Dolphins (0-6)

Last but not the least is the unlucky Dolphins. The Miami Dolphins had the easiest match-up among the 3 and they had a golden chance to finally move out of the awful threesome. Instead, they made it an extra-special Tim Tebow homecoming in Florida. Miami scored the first 15 points of the game but they had a missed two-point conversion attempt that will bite them later in the game. Tim Tebow made 2 TDs with less than 3 minutes left in the game and made a gutsy 2-point conversion to force overtime. In OT, Matt Prater made a 52 yard FG to bring the 6th loss of the season for Miami and their 9th overall since last season. As usual, the Sun Life Stadium is a virtual home away from home for visiting teams as the Dolphins lost 12 of their last 13 games in their arena. Is it time to rebuild again? or is it time to rebuild the Stadium instead?

The three teams are 0-3 in Week 7 and 0-19 for the season. When can it possibly end? Let’s see what is in store for the three in Week 8:

  1. Miami Dolphins – The Fins will go to New York to visit the Giants who are coming off a bye week after beating the Bills last October 16. The Giants would want to preserve their lead in the NFC East Standings. They have the 6th best passing offense in the league while Miami is 21st in passing yards allowed. If they defend like the last 3 minutes in the game against Denver then Eli Manning will have numbers like Aaron Rodgers this week. Caloy Guess: 27-10 for the Giants
  2. Saint Louis Rams – The Rams will host the team that gave Indiana its 7th straight loss this season. The Saints will try to give the Rams its 7th loss of the season like what they did to the Colts. The Rams are actually 13th in pass yards allowed. That is pretty decent if you do not check their rushing defense. They are the worst in the league in stopping the run. I am just curios how lucky are the Saints with their schedule. Having a Saints player in your fantasy team could mean victory. Caloy Guess: 38-10 Saints
  3. Indianapolis Colts – The Colts will visit LP field in Tennessee to battle the Titans. The game is between 2 teams that were sorely embarrassed in Week 7. The Titans were beaten by Arian Foster and the Texans, 41-7, in front of their home crowd. For sure, the Titans will really want to beat up someone right now and on cue the Colts is on their way. Will the Colts end their slump and beat another slumping team? Highly unlikely but they have the least dangerous opponent among the three. Caloy  Guess: 28-14 Titans
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NFL 2011: Still 3 winless teams left after Week 6

19 10 2011
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Week 6 is over and the misery of the winless continues. All 3 winless teams played and suffered defeats this week. Here are the results:

St. Louis Rams (0-5) 3 – 24 Green Bay Packers (6-0)

The battle between the best and one of the worst was NFL teams had an expected outcome. The Packers practically toyed with the hapless Rams and limited them to just a field goal. QB Sam Bradford had a relatively good passing game finishing with 321 yards unfortunately he did not have a touchdown and was intercepted once. Steven Jackson had 96 yards in 18 carries.

Miami Dolphins (0-5) 6 – 24 New York Jets (3-3)

After a bye week, the Dolphins faced the Jets in a Monday Night Football game and got the short end of a 24-6 rout. The Dolphins actually scored first via a Dan Carpenter field goal after they failed to get a TD while advancing deep in the Jet’s zone. Matt Moore gave up 2 interceptions. One was in the red zone that was brought back to a 100 yards INT return touchdown by Darrelle Revis. The Jet’s D-Line did the rest sacking Moore 4 times and hitting him 11 other times.

Indianapolis Colts (0-6)  17 – 27 Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)

The Colts was the closest among the winless team to get the win as they rallied in the second half of their game against the Bengals. They were actually just down by 3 17-20 in the 4th Quarter. They had an opportunity to win or tie the score but Nate Clement blocked an Adam Vinatieri field goal attempt and Carlos Dunlap recovered the fumble and took it to the end zone for the decisive blow to Indianapolis Colt‘s upset bid.

So, what is next for the winless teams?

  1. Indianapolis Colts – They will visit the NFC South leading New Orleans Saints (4-2). The NFL’s second best passing attack is reeling from a loss at Tampa Bay. It is expected that the Saints will pull all stops to prevent a losing streak. It is going to be another difficult game for the Colts. Would they draft Andrew Luck if ever they go 0-16?
  2. Miami Dolpins – The Fins are hosting Tim Tebow and the Broncos (1-4) who are coming off a bye week. Tebow will have a sort of homecoming in Florida. The game is definitely winnable for Miami and they have to win this or risk going 0-16. A loss will definitely put Miami ahead in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.
  3. St. Louis Rams – The lone winless NFC team will visit the Dallas Cowboys (2-3) that is having a 2-game losing streak after being beaten by the Patriots. The game is very important for Dallas. A loss to the Rams will probably cause some riots in the Cowboys stadium. Dallas ranks well in passing and opponent rushing but it has not translated to victories on the field. The Rams are definitely big underdogs in their Week 7 match.
Miami has the “easiest” game of the bunch but nothing is guaranteed. There is a big possibility that the 3 will still be winless after Week 7. It is really going to be odd if the NFL will see 3 0-16 teams at the end of the 2011 season. So much for parity. Hopefully though these teams will somehow recover and get 2-4 wins before the end of the season.




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.