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Lucky Losers: Take One

Posted on: September 13, 2011 10:16 am
It's never too soon to handicap the field for Stanford's Andrew Luck, a slam-dunk as the first pick in next year's draft, so let's get started. Essentially, this season goes this: You lose, and you win. That's right, the lucky loser gets a parting gift, and that gift is Luck, the most promising collegiate quarterback in years. The question, of course, is: Who is the Lucky Loser? Ah, that's why I'm here. Each week I'll rank the field, dissecting the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to be last, and let the roll call begin.

5. Cleveland-- That's five straight losses dating back to last season, including two to Cincinnati. The Browns aren't all that bad. In fact, I'll be surprised if they hang around our Bottom Five long. But that season-opening defeat does make you realize how intoxicating Atlanta's offer of five draft choices for Julio Jones was. Cleveland needs playmakers like McDonald's needs hamburger buns ... yet it passed on Jones. Oh, well, it could be another long year, Cleveland, and you know the drill. But look at this way: At least you have a quarterback. Now he needs help.

Next loss: Good news, Browns fans, your team just drew Indianapolis. You may pick up a "Get out of jail" card next Sunday.
4. Seattle -- OK, so the Seahawks lost their fifth straight road game, including the playoffs. Big deal. They lost to San Francisco last season, too, yet won the division ... then beat the defending Super Bowl champions. But there is something wrong in Emerald City, and that something is defense. There isn't one. In fact, there hasn't been for some time. Sunday's loss marked the eighth time in the last 10 starts that Seattle hemorrhaged 30 or more points, with opponents averaging 31.4 points in that span. That puts your quarterback at a disadvantage, and Seattle's quarterback is Tarvaris Jackson. Check, please.

Next loss: at Pittsburgh
3. Tennessee -- When the Titans made Vince Young the third pick of the 2006 draft they waited until the fourth game to swtich quarterbacks, sitting down Kerry Collins and sending Young on to the field. The same scenario could play out here, with Jake Locker getting the call, and maybe it should. There is talent, but without Chris Johnson doing much of anything -- and he had 24 yards rushing the other day -- the Titans are toast. I like Matt Hasselbeck, and he's a solid veteran who can win you games. But he keeps the position warm until Locker is ready. Locker is the future, and at some point, maybe soon, fans won't tolerate another lost season. They'll want a glimpse of the future.

Next loss: Baltimore

2. Kansas City -- This one's a little tough to digest. Eight months ago the Chiefs were a playoff team, coming off a sensational 10-6 season that earned them a division championship. But that was then, and this is now, and now they're in disarray. They just lost safety Eric Berry for the season. They lost tight end Tony Moeaki for the season. They lost to Buffalo ... at home, no less, where they were 7-1 a year ago. And it wasn't just a defeat; it was a blowout. Worse, it was to ...Buffalo. Obviously, they can right themselves quickly because they did a year ago. But there are disturbing signs that make me wonder if that's possible. I already pegged them as a team that would slide. I didn't think it would be this far.

Next loss:: at Detroit

1. INDIANAPOLIS -- Someone asked me if team vice chairman Bill Polian was so brilliant that he chose this year to tank the season. Preposterious. Unthikable. Ridiculous. I mean, they're not down here with Peyton Manning, right? Except they don't have Manning and may not for the season. So where does that put them? At the back of the class, that's where. The Colts aren't just hapless without Manning; they look pretty hopeless, too. Sad, huh? Not if you're interested in the long-term future of the franchise. I see where coach Jim Caldwell said the mistakes they committed vs. Houston are "all correctable". For the long-term health of the franchise, I hope not. If you're going to stink, this is the year to bottom out. Don't just be 5-11 bad or 4-12. Go for the gold. Make it 2-14 or 1-15. Heck, take no chances and pull a Detroit Lions. So you sacrifice a year. You gain a franchise quarterback for the next 10. People tell me the Colts should start looking for another quarterback, and maybe they're right. Start Curtis Painter, and hope for the worst.

Next loss: Cleveland.

Category: NFL

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:28 am

Lucky Losers: Take One

Luck a Junior?  That's news to me.  You shouldn't be blasting the media when you don't even know what year of college Andrew Luck is in.

Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:47 am

Lucky Losers: Take One

So... Cleveland and Indianapolis are both going to lose next weekend?

From the article:

"Next loss:
 Good news, Browns fans, your team just drew Indianapolis. You may pick up a "Get out of jail" card next Sunday."

The point of the article was to name favorites for the overall season, not necessarily the favorite for next weekend.  Did you read it?

Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:47 am

Lucky Losers: Take One

Also, what's REALLY sad is that not only did you obviously not watch the game, you didn't even go so far as to take a quick glance at the box score as any moron with internet access could have taken 2 minutes looked at the stats and known the defense performed very well.

But you're not just ANY moron, are you? 

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:46 am

Lucky Losers: Take One

Luck is a senior.....

Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:45 am

Lucky Losers: Take One

Judge, you don't deserve to have your job. Week after week during the NFL season you post the most inane, uninformed low football IQ bs I've ever read.

The Seahawks defense allowed the second least yards last week. You call them out for giving up 30+ points, yet 14 of those points were special teams plays, two returns by Ginn in the 4th quarter, they were really only two of three game highlights, but I guess you wouldn't know that since you're miserably apathetic in your ability to prepare for the job you are inexplicably paid to do.

The 49ers had amazing field position all day long, and for the entire first half. Their four scoring drives in the first half began in Seahawks territory, and three times SF began inside the seattle 30 and was forced by the defense to settle for field goals.

The defense then forced SF to punt the ENTIRE second half minus one field goal.

Do us a huge favor and know what youre talking about before you make up nonsense.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:31 am

Lucky Losers: Take One

Your a moron! 14 points they gave up on special teams in the last 4 minutes. do your home work idiot.The reason where in the Landry Jones sweepstakes is the o-line is youngest to start in the nfl since 1995. Oh ya thats Jones not Luck.

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:39 am

Lucky Losers: Take One

So... Cleveland and Indianapolis are both going to lose next weekend?

Since: Jun 9, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:23 am

Lucky Losers: Take One

"My dream would be to trade Eli Manning for the number 1 pick and get Luck. I would be sooos super happy Sealed! "

And you guys had Rivers in your grasp! Undecided

Since: Jun 9, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:20 am

Lucky Losers: Take One

It would be crazy if Indy ended up with Luck but stranger things .... Pete Carrol has positioned the Hawks well to have a shot; Tenn and Cleveland don't need a 1st round QB and neither of those teams are that bad. My money is on Seattle, K.C. or Cinci. Of those three, the best place for Luck is probably Seattle.

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:07 am

Lucky Losers: Take One

One week and Judge is already predicting who will win the Andrew Luck sweepstake???  Too early to call, Judge.  Wait until mid-season, than evaluate your views on who will pick #1 in the 2012 NFL Draft.  

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