The Bottom Ten/NFL Week 5
By Gaylon Kent
The Writer's Shack
October 1, 2015
The cream is starting to rise.
Sure, the Lions on the Week 3 medal stand at 0-3 is hardly a bulletin. They're the Lions; it's what they do, start 0-3. Heck, once they even started 0-16.
The Ravens and the Bears, however, have served notice that the race for The Dan Henning Trophy - symbolic of NFL Bottom Ten supremacy, will be nothing less than a knockout, drag out affair until the final fumbles and false starts in Week 17. And everyone ignores New Orleans at their peril, Miami is coming on strong and does any Bottom Ten fan ever count out the Cleveland Browns?
This week's mess, as the nags approach the clubhouse turn:
1. Baltimore Ravens (0-3; lost to Cincinnati 28-24) - Ravens again showing mettle of B-10 champion, overcoming yet another pesky deficit to score 17 points in final period, but defense still good enough to overcome, giving up go-ahead touchdown in final minute…Next Loss: at Pittsburgh (10/1)
2. Chicago Bears (0-3; lost to Seattle 26-0) - Bears all in in quest for first B-10 title, with first shutout loss since 2002…Bears sashay into NFL record book with mark that can never be broken: a perfect 1-to-1 Drives-To-Punts ratio (ten drives/ten punts)…Next Loss: Oakland
3. Detroit Lions (0-3; lost to Denver 24-12) - Lions use time-tested equation in latest loss: no rushing game (28 yards) + turnovers (3) = B-10 medal stand…After opening second half with touchdown, Lions offense settles down and either punts or turns it over the rest of the way…0-3 for fifth time this century, and for first time since 2010 quad started 0-4…Next Loss: at Seattle
4. New Orleans Saints (0-3; lost to Carolina 27-22) - Unable to crack B-10 survey at 0-2, Saints make big pitch for B-10 glory blowing two leads with final, exciting rallies coming up short…Rushing game impresses, with leading rusher gaining 50 yards and three (3) others gaining at least four (4) yards. …Next Loss: Dallas
5. San Diego Chargers (1-2; lost to Minnesota 31-14) - Charger offense holds on, punting or fumbling on first five (5) possessions until defense breaks through and produces 10-0 deficit…After beating up on dreaded Detroit in opener, Chargers have lost two (2) straight…Next Loss: Cleveland
6. Cleveland Browns (1-2; lost to Oakland 27-20) - Browns show who's boss in matchup of B-10 perennials, with offense producing four (4) drives of six (6) or fewer yards…With three (3) of next four (4) games on road, Browns poised for strong medal stand run if they muster decent losing streak…Next Loss: at San Diego
7. AFC South (4-8) - Takes weekly Pete Rozelle Award, issued to NFL's worst division…Everyone tied for first at 1-2, everyone tied for last at 1-2…Division so bad that if NFL playoffs began today, tiebreaker would go to LSU.
8. Miami Dolphins (1-2; lost to Buffalo 41-14) - Another team sinking like stone after winning opener, breaking out to 27-0 deficit and never looking back…Score would have been worse had Bills been able to convert three Dolphin interceptions into more than three (3) points…Next Loss: vs. New York Jets, at London, England
9. Tennessee Titans (1-2; lost to Indianapolis 35-33 ) - Selected because while every AFC South team is 1-2, they are the only one to have lost consecutive games and with Buffalo next up, they stand a good chance of making it three (3) consecutive losses…Next Loss: Buffalo
10. Chicago Cubs (92-65) - Cubs, usually eliminated by the Week 2 B-10 survery, hanging tough…Not only have they not been eliminated yet, they have actually qualified for the National League playoffs as they seek their first pennant since 1945 and first World Series titles since - all together now - 1908…Next Loss: National League Wild Card Game
This Week's Clash of the Titans: Cleveland at San Diego
This Is Don Criqui Reporting:Oakland at Chicago
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