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Lucky Losers: Take Five

Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:39 am
Edited on: October 11, 2011 12:33 pm
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the poorest of them all? St. Louis. Nope, Miami. Correction: Indianapolis. All are winless, which means all are contenders for Andrew Luck. Except my guess is that St. Louis makes a run at respectability the second half of the season.That would leave, yep, Miami and Indianapolis in a stretch run that, for the time being, is too close to call. All I can say is that now I know why the Dolphins keep Tony Sparano. The more he loses the more Miami has a chance to win Luck. Who says Stephen Ross doesn't know what he's doing?

5. Jacksonville. The Jags can't beat Carolina. They can't beat Cincinnati. And now they can't beat the schedule. Look at their next three games: At Pittsburgh, Baltimore and at Houston. That's three more losses. Then there's a Nov. 6 bye that could have special meaning for beleagured coach Jack Del Rio. I don't know that he makes it, but I do know that I give the guy credit: He went for the future when he started quarterback Blaine Gabbert, knowing he could be sacrificing this season ... and maybe, just maybe, himself. The club will be better in 2012 for rushing Gabbert on the field. But Del Rio? Maybe not.

Next loss:  at Pittsburgh. Ben Roethlisberger is gimping, the defense is slow and the offensive line can't block. Steelers win by 20.

4. Arizona.
I can't believe I have them here, but then I can't believe they just got smoked by Minnesota, either. These guys were supposed to challenge for a division that, suddenly, looks like it's all San Francisco again. Of course, Kevin Kolb was supposed to solidify the quarterback position, too, but he's caught in a spin cycle that won't quit. People tell me the offensive line is getting the poor guy killed. I just know that he's not making the plays he's supposed to make, with one TD pass and five interceptions the last three games. You saw what happened when quarterbacks struggled here last season. Let's not make this an encore, fellas.

Next loss: Pittsburgh. The Cards earn the week off with the loss to Minnesota and don't play until Oct. 23 ... when they follow Jacksonville into the Valley of Death. Life is not fair.

3. Indianapolis.
So the Colts nearly beat Pittsburgh.They nearly beat Tampa Bay, too. And they nearly beat Kansas City, shifting in reverse to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Now they play three straight road games -- at Cincinnati, at New Orleans and at Tennessee -- to keep their record clean. Owner Jim Irsay insists Peyton Manning could still play this year, but why? I mean, it makes no sense. Give the ball to Curtis Painter, and hope for ... well, hope for the worst. Three consecutive road games is a start. Just lose, baby.  

Next loss: at Cincinnati. These two split their last six, but look closely: Cincinnati always wins the odd-numbered year. It's 2011. Say good night, Curtis.

2. Miami.
People ask where's the best home for Luck, and it doesn't take a genius to figure out it's here. The Dolphins need a quarterback like Texas needs water. Chad Henne's not the answer. Besides, he just took a pass on the season, which means Matt Moore steps in at quarterback. That makes it a Matt Moore-Curtis Painter race to a photo finish, and you have to like Miami's chances. Indianapolis keeps playing it close with opponents, which means sooner or later it breaks through. But these guys have been down this road before, going 1-15 in 2007, so they're ... well, they're experienced at stinking. Looking for an edge? These guys have it.

Next loss: at New York JetsThree Jets' receivers now happy with the schedule.

1. St. Louis. People ask what happens if the Rams wind up with the first pick, and I tell them to relax. They won't. Yeah, their first seven games are brutal, and they probably go 0-7. But they'll recover. They're too good not to. And if they don't? Well, then they make the easy decision and trade away the first pick for a zillion choices, all of which they turn into wide receivers. When you have Sam Bradford, you give him franchise wide receivers. The Rams haven't. Instead, he's surrounded by the Santa Clara volleyball team. St. Louis has a franchise quarterback. It doesn't need another. So the choice is simple: Make someone else the Lucky Loser, and trade the pick.

Next loss: at Green Bay. Someone in the league office must hate these guys.

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Category: NFL

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 5:50 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Five

Clark Judge-Explain how St.Louis having the number 1 pick is a "problem"?? You must be as stupid as prisco to say that. The NFL is ga ga over Luck, STL can build a whole team of trading that draft pick alone. "Problem"?? More like BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO THEM.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 4:22 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Five

Honestly, I can't believe all you analysts thought Kolb would instantly fix the Cardinals.  That team was more than a quarterback away; they were awful in damn near every aspect of the game last year, and they made their abysmal pass defense even worse to get Kevin Kolb.  Actually, since Beanie Wells has had a few decent games, honestly the Cardinals might be better than I thought they'd be.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:54 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Five

I'm a HUGE Rams fan...dont think I can ever get over Blackmon taking that crap in the end zone a few weeks ago...

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:33 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Five

The Rams have some options this year.  Justin Blackmon is a stud but when is it time to think about replacing Steven Jackson?  Trent Richardson could be a good pick as well then hope Michael Floyd is still avaible on the second round or trade up to get him too.  I knew looking at the schedule the Rams would be bad, I thought they had a chance at beating the Redskins but who knew they would be playing this well.  The Rams may be lucky to go 4-12.

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2011 2:26 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Five

Umm.. St. Louis should take luck & trade Bradford... Bradford is NOT a franchise quarterback.  He's a system quarterback & has a nack for injury.  He was NOT worth 55$ million guarenteed & they need to dump him as soon as possible.. if not sooner (pun intended).  

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:44 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Five

Andrew Luck may not be the best QB in college football, but he will be a better pro type QB than Russell Wilson.  Pro scouts are in love with Andrew.  The Rams should get the number 1 pick and make a trade with Dallas, much like the Lions did when they traded Dallas Roy Williams.

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:39 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Five

Luck isn't even the best QB is college football. I don't know why everyone is all over Luck? Russell Wilson is a better QB than Luck. I would go as far as saying Kellen Moore from Boise State is better than Luck!

Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:21 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Five

I don't care who gets Luck as long as it's not Indianapolis (and Jacksonville doesn't suck THAT bad to get a shot at him, plus they have Gabbert). I'm tired of my Titans having to play one of the best QBs in league history twice a year, it'll be murder to have had to play Manning for the last 13 years then play Luck for another 12-odd years after Manning hangs it up. God, spare me...

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:12 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Five

If the rams are in this race its for justin blackmon not luck

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