2013 NFL Grades, Week 10: Fins steal dysfunction spotlight from Bucs
Team by team 2013 NFL Grades from Week 10, where we talk about the Dolphins stealing the spotlight (in a bad way) from the Buccaneers.
Crack open a bottle of flat Andre, 2008 Detroit Lions . You're home free for at least another year after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cracked the win column with a folly-filled win 22-19 win over Miami. And with that victory, Tampa officially surprised the Miami Dolphins in the not-actually-existent Dysfunctional Florida Football Team Power Rankings.
Just over two weeks ago, no one was under more fire than Greg Schiano and the Bucs. Then the Jonathan Martin -Richie Incognito scandal went down and all eyes turned toward the South Florida. With the Bucs getting off the schneid, finding a win at home in primetime and Miami floundering as they come off the bye, that won't change.
For the Bucs the focus turns, as Vincent Jackson said, to the following week. They're a mess but they're the less dysfunctional mess. Lesser evil and all that.
"Win it next week. That's all we can focus on," Jackson said. "One week at a time. We've got 16 one-game seasons."
There's no luxury like that for Miami, which will remain under siege with the bullying scandal simmering all around them. The actual football won't be easy either: the San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panthers await in the next two weeks before the Fins travel to play the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers and return home against the New England Patriots .
When you're down two offensive lineman and Ryan Tannehill is the most-sacked quarterback in the NFL, you're setting yourself up for a difficult time on the offensive end of things. We saw that on Monday night when the Dolphins managed to run for 2 yards.
Two yards. Let that sink in for a moment.
Man, that's ugly. Particularly when you consider the type of game that just got played. The good news for the Dolphins is they're actually the first team out of the playoffs right now.
The bad news for the Dolphins is things will only get uglier -- both on and off the field -- after Monday's loss.
|Minnesota Vikings 34, Washington Redskins 27|
|D||This would be a great grade on the strength of their first half. But there's 60 minutes in a football game and the Redskins looked lost for the final 30. The offensive line stopped protecting, the play-calling wasn't trying to put Minnesota away and the defense couldn't stop the Vikings.|
|C+||What a comeback win. Twenty unanswered points gave the Vikings a shocking victory after a 13-point deficit. Adrian Peterson was a beast, Christian Ponder looked pretty damn good until his injury and the defense stepped up big in the second half.|
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