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Lucky Losers: Take Three

Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:13 am
Edited on: September 27, 2011 11:59 am
Now that Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay says Peyton Manning is probably shut down for the season, people want to know what it means for the Colts. I'll tell you what: nothing. The Colts simply do what they've been doing, which is just lose, baby. With Manning down, Kerry Collins sidelined and the Colts staring at 0-3, the next move is clear: Play Curtis Painter. Forget this season, guys, and start working on 2012. I don't know if Painter can win in this league, but I know the Colts have a chance to find out. They have nothing to lose except another game, and guess what: The team that loses more than anyone gets to draft Andrew Luck. Welcome to the party.

5. St. Louis -- The Rams are just stopping by the Lucky Hotel, here for a short visit. I don't see them staying, but there are reasons they're here: Because a difficult schedule, injuries and underwhelming play conspired to make them 0-3. Quarterback Sam Bradford was supposed to rescue them, but he's dealing with his own issues. First of all, he has an injured toe that coach Steve Spagnuolo said he's hoping is "no big deal;" second, he could use a quality wide receiver. The first seven games this season were going to be tough. We knew that. So did the Rams. But when you're in the NFC West it's never over 'til it's over, if you know what I mean.

Next loss: Washington. This is one I think they can win. Remember, it was the Redskins who stopped Detroit's 19-game losing streak. OK, OK, so it was a different coach with different players. Still, they're working on a short week and just lost their first road game. Just saying.

4. Minnesota -- I swear, I'm not sure who wins first -- the Vikings or the Boston Red Sox. Both are in the midst of second-half spin cycles, with opponents outscoring the Vikes 67-6 in the second half this season. Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier insists he hasn't lost faith in quarterback Donovan McNabb, and good for him. But what about Adrian Peterson? He's the team's best playmaker, yet the Vikings inexplicably forgot about him in the second half of the loss to Detroit -- having him carry the ball five times and calling on Toby Gerhart, not Peterson, on a critical fourth-and-1. Somebody introduce Frazier to his running back, then make them promise to stay in touch during the second half.

Next loss: at Kansas City ... or maybe not. I see a "Get Out of Jail" card in Minnesota's future. Yeah, I know, the Chiefs won their first seven at home last season. They also lost their opener this year by 33 points. I don't know that the Vikings can blow a second-half lead here unless, of course, they start John Lackey ... or Jon Lester ... or Tim Wakefield ... or Josh Beckett ... I think you get the idea. Over and out.

3. Indianapolis -- That was a courageous effort against Pittsburgh but one that failed. Good thing, too. Otherwise, the Colts might have started thinking that maybe, just maybe, they can compete for another division title ... when, of course, they can't. Better to stay in the Lucky Hotel, play Painter and see what tomorrow offers. I know, this isn't a bad team, but it is when Peyton Manning isn't in the huddle. His absence simply underscores how valuable ... or invaluable ... the guy is to Indianapolis. I feel for Irsay. He fought to end the lockout. Now the rest of the league beats up on his football team. Someone asked me Monday if the season was over for the Colts. Are you kidding? It ended with Manning's second surgery.

Next loss: at Tampa Bay. The Bucs are hot, the Colts are not. Check, please.

2. Miami -- Great. Now coach Tony Sparano has the dreaded vote of confidence from an owner who thought so much of his head coach that he flew to California in January to interview Jim Harbaugh for the job that Sparano held ... and still holds, though barely. When owner Stephen Ross flirted with Harbaugh it should have told Sparano something, and that something was hasta la vista, baby. Miami lost 11 of its last 12 home games, its last six overall and can't do much of anything right. Ross promises no immediate changes, but the guy didn't have much conviction in Sparano in January. I can only imagine what it is now. That Oct. 9 bye might take on new meaning for the head coach.

Next loss: at San Diego. The Bolts were lucky to beat Kansas City, so there's hope, Miami. OK, maybe not. Miami went to San Diego the third week of the 2009 season, too, and got drilled -- and that was with a team that won the division championship the year before. Nevertheless, at least Miami has a pulse on the road, and so does its quarterback. Chad Henne is 9-6 there.

1. Kansas City  -- Bad things happen to bad teams, which is another way of explaining Kansas City's oh-so-close loss to San Diego last weekend. The Chiefs might have made it, were it not Matt Cassel throwing a last-minute pass to ... Eric Weddle? Not sure what happened there. But I am sure that's the stuff that goes on when you stink. The Chiefs hadn't committed a turnover that afternoon until then. They have 10 for the season, or four fewer than all of last year. But that was then, when nobody but New England committed fewer. This is now, when nobody has more. People always talk about balance in their football teams, and the Chiefs have it: They rank last in scoring offense and last in scoring defense. Welcome to the canteen.

Next loss: Minnesota. If the Chiefs stay within 10 at the half, they have a chance. That's because the Vikings are balanced, too: They don't show up for the second half at home, and they don't show up for the second half on the road. Look at it this way, Chiefs' fans: Now you have a reason to sit through the fourth quarter. 

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Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:37 pm
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Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:32 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Three

Are you really that feeble? It must suck to be you.

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 4:22 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Three

Holy Gibberish

Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 3:22 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Three

This is simply the best weekly artical on the NFL (period) straight up hysterical

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:22 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Three

you're a putz - you just made all of us a little bit dumber

Since: Dec 21, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:05 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Three

Your horrible spelling and mindless ramblings gave me a headache...thank you.

Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 1:55 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Three

What is all this crap about being the next Payton Manning...First I would want to be the next Payton Mannign if I had a pussy belt buckle holding daddy's boy brother like eli (lower case no respect). Second what he's won one super bowl...

I think I'd rather be the next Tom Brady (who I can't stand either but hey he's won more than Payton ever will) or
even better how about Someone great like Elway....

As for college it doesn't matter everyone plays against 1 star and 4 stars in all leagues. That is just the way college is.

Anyways I just hope the kid does well and doesn't turn out to be a Ryan Leaf...

Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 1:36 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Three

Nothing is ever guaranteed especially in the NFL.  God forbid, but Luck or anyone else could suffer a career altering injury, you never know.  It's up to the GM to make good football decisions in the draft and in free agency.  Just because a team gets the number 1 pick only guarantees they get the first selection whatever happens after that is a crap shoot.

Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:49 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Three

You left out 2 contenders, didn't you watch the battle of the Angry Birds?  Seattle and Phoenix both did their damndest to lose and Phoenix won that battle and is now a solid contender in the quarterback lottery that looks something like Peyton Manning (the thinke,r like Kellen Moore) versus Ryan Leaf (not much of a thinker, like...)

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:18 pm
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