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  • 09/12/2011, 03:06PM ET

3 worst displays from Sunday's NFL games

OJ Simpson (40-9-3) vs DJRoxalot (1085-669-126)
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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:

1) Steelers

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

2) Indy

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.

3) Chiefs

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.


1-Steelers.

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.

Good luck.


Boys/Jets

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.


"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.


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.


"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.

September 12, 2011  03:09 PM ET

1. Steelers
2. Cowboys
3. Giants

September 12, 2011  03:12 PM ET

Damn you DJ, you know you aren't goin got do this justice, just drop it.

September 12, 2011  03:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Damn you DJ, you know you aren't goin got do this justice, just drop it.

Agreed.

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September 12, 2011  03:13 PM ET

1. Chiefs
2. Pitsburgh
3. Tenn.

September 12, 2011  03:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I might be inclined to include the Falcons somewheres on this list.

HEY NOW! you watch your mouth little boy!

September 12, 2011  03:15 PM ET

Yep, there were a lot of teams. I had a hard time choosing. Like I said, I looked at 7 of them and about 3 of the others were named in the comments already. lol

September 12, 2011  03:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

1. Chiefs2. Pitsburgh3. Tenn.

High expectations equals shattered dreams.

September 12, 2011  03:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

High expectations equals shattered dreams.

Regards to the Tenn. reference.

September 12, 2011  03:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

High expectations equals shattered dreams.

Very true, but I have my reasons for all of them.

September 12, 2011  03:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Very true, but I have my reasons for all of them.

But Tenn.? Did you expect them to win the Division?

September 12, 2011  03:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Regards to the Tenn. reference.

realy only a few things to point to there, but I'll wait for DJ to abort his argument out before I give my reasons.

September 12, 2011  03:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

But Tenn.? Did you expect them to win the Division?

no I did not, but there are legit reasons.

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September 12, 2011  03:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

realy only a few things to point to there, but I'll wait for DJ to abort his argument out before I give my reasons.

lol You could just give him his argument :-p
The comments have already given him 3 of the 4 teams i thought he could choose.

September 12, 2011  03:29 PM ET

About to submit, OJ. I don't need any help.

September 12, 2011  03:31 PM ET

1. Romo's interception
2. Romo's fumble
3. Romo's 4th quarter

September 12, 2011  03:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

1. Romo's interception2. Romo's fumble3. Romo's 4th quarter

Ya, I just wrote a blog about that. Not even close to all Romo's fault though

September 12, 2011  03:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

About to submit, OJ. I don't need any help.

we'll see about that. lol

 
September 12, 2011  03:40 PM ET

Good luck.

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