- 09/12/2011, 03:06PM ET
OJ Simpson said 09/12, 03:06 PM
Pick 3 teams and tell me why their losses were the worst.
Please try for 2 changes, although 1 will suffice if it has to. There were 7 games I looked at and considered arguing, so the choices are bountiful. In the end, I had to go with these 3 In no order:
BAL is a great team. Many people have them going deep into the playoffs, if not winning the Superbowl. They very well could win it all.
However, PITT are also favorites. They looked like a team that would be lucky to go 8-8 if you didn't know any better.
Big Ben threw 3 INT's and the defense did nothing. Well I guess neither did the offense. I don't care how good the Ravens are, a Superbowl contender should not lose by 28
I'm actually not too worried about the offense and the lack of Manning. I'm worried about the defense. Manning doesn't play D, so why did this team give up so many points? The Titans didn't even have Foster to worry about, but the Colts still let the backup RB run all over them.
The Bills are pretty bad. They have a mediocre offense and a pretty bad defense. Yet the Chiefs gave up a billion points and only scored 7. Terrible.
DJRoxalot said 09/12, 03:40 PM
Agreed. This was bad.
The Pitt OL is a definite problem and may end up getting Big Ben killed.
2-Falcons vs Bears.
The Falcons were the trendy pick to win the NFC South before the season.
Jay Cutler (22 completions in 32 passes for 312 yards, 9.8ypa, 2 TD's, 1 INT, 107.8 Passer Rating) picked apart the Falcons defense.
3-Cowboys vs the Jets.
The Cowboys were up, 24-10 before the Jets scored 17 unanswered points to pull out a win.
The blocked punt was huge, but Tony Romo had another game when he choked when it mattered. He threw a god awful interception and he fumbled the ball with the Cowboys driving in the Red Zone.
This was the first time that Dallas had lost a game when leading by 14 points (or more) in the 4th quarter.
This is not a huge shock by any means. I think most expected the Texans to win because Kerry did not have an understanding of the offense.
KC-Buffalo wasn't as big a deal as the 3 I have listed. Cassel really isn't that good. He will miss Charlie Weis. The Chiefs will take a step back this season.
OJ Simpson said 09/12, 03:54 PM
The Cowboys played a strong 3 quarters. I don't know if you can call their performance one the 3 worst. They had 1 bad quarter. Not even really... they had a bad 8 minutes.
There were a lot of crucial mistakes in those 9 minutes, but Romo is getting a lot of the blame. If Romo doesn't fumble, we aren't talking about this. If Romo doesn't throw an interception, we aren't talking about this.
The team played well for the most part and their QB made 2 bad mistakes in crunch time. I don't know if you can say the Cowboys as a hole unit were one of the 3 worst teams.
KC vs BUF
The game isn't a big deal, you are right. But the TD is about worst team performances, not performances for meaningful games.
Last year Buffalo ranked in the bottom 5 in both Offense and Defense. They were downright terrible.
Yet they posted 41 points and only allowed 7 against. Those numbers tie their output from last year pretty much.
Only once did they score 41+ points. And only once did they allow 7 or fewer against.
I'll discuss the other 2 games after this.
DJRoxalot said 09/12, 05:14 PM
"The Cowboys played a strong 3 quarters. I don't know if you can call their performance one the 3 worst. They had 1 bad quarter. Not even really... they had a bad 8 minutes."
It is the way they lost. They choked. This was a huge game to open the season at the Jets home field. It was Tony Romo's first regular season game since recovering from the injury.
They played very well for 3 quarters when the wheels came off. A win would have shown they are indeed contenders in the NFC.
Buffalo vs KC
Last year doesn't have a lot to do with this game. And if you want to go there, the Chiefs beat 1 team that had a winning record last year. So lets not make KC out to be some good team. They were destroyed in the playoffs.
The Bills showed they are a vastly improved team while KC shot themselves in the foot with 3 TO's.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is no scrub. The guy can flat out play. He completed 17 of 25 passes for 208 yards (8.3ypa), 4 TD's with a 133.0 Passer Rating. He was efficient and did what he had to do to help his team win.
Matt Cassel completed 22 of 36 passes for 119 yards (3.3ypa), 1 TD, 1 INT with a 64.5 Passer Rating.
OJ Simpson said 09/13, 02:38 PM
ATL vs CHI
ATL is a better team than what they showed on Sunday. Not only that, but the Bears are no slouch of an opponent. The biggest problem for ATL was turnovers. The Bears got 14 points of Ryan's two turnovers and Turner had a fumble during a major momentum swinging drive.
A playoff team losing to another playoff team isn't that big of a disgrace. Especially when it boils down to the 14 points given up by Ryan's turnovers. Minus those from the Bears and add them to the Falcons and it's a week 1 win for ATL.
Indy vs Texans
No a lot of people don't have high hopes for IND without Manning. But the Texans didn't have their biggest offensive weapon and they still trounced Indy. The biggest question before game 1 was if their "new" QB could hold the fort. Now the biggest question is "Can the D stop anyone?"
If they can't hold a backup RB to under 100 rushing yards, what are they goin to do against a real workhorse in the backfield? Everyone thought the offense would suffer, but nobody thought the defense would crumble. You can't blame Manning or Collins for that.
DJRoxalot said 09/14, 11:04 AM
"ATL is a better team than what they showed on Sunday."
Really? How do you know? Last season's 13-3 record could very well have been a fluke.
Atlanta was very average last year on defense, 16th in total ypg allowed
22nd against the pass
They went out and picked up Ray Edwards to pair with John Abraham.
They traded bunch of draft picks to move up and take Julio Jones.
"A playoff team losing to another playoff team isn't that big of a disgrace."
Most are calling them the South champs, and a lot are saying they are a potential Super Bowl contender.
Jay looked like Dan Marino on Sunday. The secondary is very suspect.
It's the way they lost. It was never that close after the opening kickoff.
"Everyone thought the offense would suffer, but nobody thought the defense would crumble."
The Colts defense isn't that good.
They were 20th in total ypg allowed
13th against the pass
25th against the run
23rd in ppg allowed
That is not good. They were idle in free agency, and are a team that needs help on defense.
Kerry's debut was not that bad for a guy making his first start in a new offense.
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