Thank goodness last week is behind us, after suffering thru a dismal week with a 6-8 record, even if the four teams that had a bye week had played I couldn’t have finished any better than .500. So with the pitiful week it brings the overall record for the season to 46-30 and before last week the overall record was beginning to look pretty good. OH well.
Hopefully this week my losers will be just that ha ha. There were In MY Sports Mind a couple upsets last weekend that could have changed my fortunes like the Pittsburgh Steelers losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars at home 30-9 or the Oakland Raiders losing to the Baltimore Ravens at home 30-17. To make it even worse MY Dallas Cowboys fell to 2-3 after losing at home to the Green Bay Packers 35-31. Even though the game was MUCH closer the sting was just as bad, especially when the proper clock management could have yielded a win vs a loss. But enough dwelling on the past, lets go to this weeks (HOPEFULLY) losers.
Thursday, October 12th
Thursday night has an excellent matchup between two 4-1 teams. The Philadelphia Eagles
have looked great thus far this season, they manhandled the Cardinals
last Sunday 34-7 while the Carolina Panthers
started out the season 2-0 before losing their first game, since then they have won their last two games over the Patriots
and last Sunday against the Lions
27-24, which were both impressive wins. The question here is after winning two straight before losing their first, then winning two straight again will the they have yet another let down this Sunday?
Larry’s Loser: Philadelphia.
Sunday, October 15th
Last Sunday the Miami Dolphins
pulled off a nice win over the Titans
16-10 to bring their record to 2-2, even though it wasn’t a blow out a win is after all, a win. They will have their hands full this Sunday as they take on the Atlanta Falcons
who had a bye last week but are still feeling the sting from their loss two weeks ago to the Bills
23-17. Before that loss they had one their first 3 games of the season and they look to get back on the winning track against the Dolphins
maybe being home will help.
Larry’s Loser: Miami.
GOOD matchup between these two division rivals. The Green Bay Packers
offense was clicking on all cylinders against a vulnerable Cowboys
defense pulling out the last minute win 35-31, BUT their defense looked just as vulnerable as did the Cowboys.
The Minnesota Vikings
bounced back last Monday night to beat the Bears
in a close one 20-17, even though they have a BIG question mark at QB with Sam Bradford
nursing an injured knee and 3rd string QB, Case Keenum
now at the helm. The matchup at that position will be a complete MISmatch to say the least. Who knows perhaps Keenum
will be able to take advantage of that
Larry’s Loser: Minnesota.
This game is very interesting, the Detroit Lions
have looked very good this season, even though they lost a heart breaker to the Panthers
Sunday 27-24, they look to return to the W column this weekend against a New Orleans Saints
team, who after starting the season 0-2 have managed to win their last two. They defeated the Dolphins
20-0 two weeks ago and had their bye last week. Two Great QB’s dueling it out should make for a must see game, BUT which QB will come out on top?
Larry’s Loser: New Orleans.
The 3-2 New England Patriots
who have looked beatable in all 5 of their games thus far mainly because of their dismal play on defense managed to squeak by the Buccaneers
last weekend 19-14. They play a 3-2 NY Jets
team on the road that has won their last 3 straight mainly from great defensive play. They beat the Browns
last Sunday 17-14. Can the Pats.
offense score enough pts. to offset their defense while the Jets
haven’t scored more then 23 pts. in any game this season?
Larry’s Loser: New York.
The 0-5 San Francisco 49ers
are beginning to wonder IF they will ever get that first win after losing last Sunday to the Colts
26-23. Since week one, however, the 49ers
four losses have all been by 3 pts. or less, so perhaps they are getting close to that 1st win. They play a 2-2 Washington Redskins
team that has looked pretty good thus far this season. The skins
had their bye week last weekend after suffering a gut wrenching loss to the Chiefs
two weeks ago 29-20. Will this be the week that the 49ers
finally get that 1st win OR will the Redskins
be able to get back on the winning track?
Larry’s Loser: San Francisco.
rookie QB, Mitchell Trubisky
got his first start last Monday night in a loss to the Vikings
20-17, Trubisky looked very good in his first start and if not for some bad calls from the refs. the Bears
could have won that game. The Baltimore Ravens
pulled out the mild upset over the Raiders
last Sunday 30-17 to bring their record to a respectful 3-2, they hope to continue winning this weekend at home. The question here is do the Bears
have enough offense to keep up with the Ravens?
Larry’s Loser: Chicago.
Another winless team, the Cleveland Browns
travel to Houston to take on the Houston Texans. Three
of the Browns
five losses were by just 3 pts. including last weeks loss to the Jets
17-14. The Texans
have been on a roller coaster ride thus far this season, looking at times like they were ready to take that next step but after last weeks loss to the Chiefs
42-34 and suffering even a MUCH bigger loss, by losing DE, JJ Watt
for the season with a tibial fracture to his left leg their playoff hopes have been severely dampened. Will the Browns
be able to take advantage and FINALLY get that first win?
Larry’s Loser: Cleveland.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers
have also been on a roller coaster ride this season. They placed a nice game defensively against the Patriots
before losing 19-14 last Sunday, but bottom line, when your defense only gives up 19 pts. in My Sports Mind
you should win. Another team thats struggled more than it has been successful is the Arizona Cardinals
. In each of their 3-losses they have surrendered a minimum of 28 pts. In their games period the most they have scored in any game is 23 pts. Now they have acquired RB, Adrian Peterson
from the Saints
to try and boost their running game. Will he arrive in time to save their season?
Larry’s Loser: Arizona
In a battle between to up and coming teams both at 3-2, the LA Rams
head to Florida to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars
in what should be a great game. Last Sunday the Rams
had a set back after losing to the Seahawks
16-10. The Jaguars
have been up and down as well after winning every other game this season. They have had some nice wins as well as surprising losses. They completely manhandled the Steelers
on the road last Sunday 30-9 but have lost to the Jets
earlier this season. So which team will earn the reward Most Up And Coming by showing up?
Larry’s Loser: Los Angeles.
Just how much more punishment can the Pittsburgh Steelers
take? They were embarrassed in front of their home crowd last Sunday by the Jaguars
30-9. Of the 3-teams they have beaten this year, they have a combined record of 6-9 and now they must hit the road to play the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.
have looked great so far this season and could be headed for their 6th straight win after hanging on to beat the Texans
last Sunday night 42-34. But don’t let the 34 pts. fool you as far as the Chiefs
defense is concerned. But will they be able to shut down the Steelers
Larry’s Loser: Pittsburgh.
These two teams were figured to head in opposite directions this year, but both appear to be heading down the same road for now. The 1-4 LA Chargers
who are accomplishing what most experts expected (Losing), head up the coast to play the 2-3 Oakland Raiders.
ONLY win came last Sunday against the 0-5 Giants
who were thought to be SB contenders at the beginning of the season are a mere AFTER thought now after dropping their 3rd straight game, losing to the Ravens last Sunday 30-17, but hold that thought. QB, Derek Carr
said he expects to return against the Chargers
this week so they could get that much needed shot in the arm. Will it be enough, however to get them back on the wining track? HUM Could BE.
Larry’s Loser: Los Angeles.
Just how long will it be before the 0-5 NY Giants
get their first win? After giving the Chargers
their first win of the season last week 27-22, it don’t look good for a team thought to compete for the division title this year, now they are competing in the draft derby. The 3-1 Denver Broncos
who’s only loss came at the hands of the Bills
3-weeks ago hope to pick back up where they left of before last weekends bye (Winning) when they beat the Raiders
16-10 two weeks ago. One huge advantage in their favor that could be near impossible for the Giants
to overcome, the LOUD confines of Mile High Stadium.
Larry’s Loser: New York.
Monday, October 16th
Don’t expect too much from this game. As far as Monday night games go this has to rate about a D-. In a game between two 2-3 teams the winner is guaranteed a new start at .500 while the loser will be all but out of the playoff race. The Indianapolis Colts
ONLY two wins this season have came against two of the three winless teams (Browns & 49ers)
NOTHING to brag about right? RIGHT. Last week they beat the hapless 49ers
26-23. The Tennessee Titans
have had a couple of nice wins this season before QB, Marcus Mariota
was injured. Last week they suffered their 2nd straight loss, losing to the Dolphins
hopes to return Monday night and that could be the difference maker.
Larry’s Loser: Indianapolis.