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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was horrible in a blowout loss at home against the Chicago Bears, throwing five interceptions. But he had help to play that bad. Namely from wide receiver Dez Bryant (above), who was just horrible. Photo by Jeff Lewis
Saints are 0-4, but Raiders may be the worst in the NFL
The only team keeping the Raiders from clearly being the worst team in the league is the New Orleans Saints, who dropped to 0-4 after losing a close game at the Green Bay Packers.
Well, the Cleveland Browns are also 0-4, but it is hard to count them as a NFL team because of how bad they have been for years.
Heading into last week, the thought with the Saints was that only three teams in the current playoff format have ever started the season 0-3 and made the playoffs. Now the thought is that only one team has ever started the season 0-4 and made the playoffs.
Maybe the thought should be that the Saints are done...period. They will not be making the playoffs because their season is pretty much a wrap. They have a horrible defense, and their offense is not as good without suspended head coach Sean Payton.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees is the driving force behind their offense, but Payton is the creator of it, and he is one of the best coaches in terms of adjustments. Without him they are not as good on that side of the ball, and just like last year, they are horrible on the defensive side.
The thought was that the Saints would struggle this year, but nobody thought that through four games that they would be the only winless NFC team.
As for the Raiders, a surprise Week 3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers showed that they have some fight in them, but other than that game, they have been dreadful. Their 37-6 blowout loss at Denver was just another reason to lump them in with the worst teams in the league.
Running back Daren McFadden was supposed to be their workhorse, but other than the Steelers game, he has been awful. Against Pittsburgh, he rushed for 113 yards. That is the only game where he has rushed for more than 34 yards.
The Raiders were able to get to 8-8 last year, their first non-losing season since 2002, but after the death of owner Al Davis, they fired head coach Hue Jackson (Dorsey High School), who was the only coach in years to do a serviceable job in Oakland.
Thankfully for the Raiders, they have a bye week, so they cannot embarrass themselves this Sunday. But unfortunately for the Raiders, they play the Atlanta Falcons in their next game, who are considered one of the best teams in the league. West Coast teams usually struggle traveling to the East Coast, so count on another loss for the Raiders, and this one might be worse than what the Broncos did to them.
The only thing working in the Raiders favor is that they have two weeks to prepare.
RGIII vs. Luck...vs. Newton
Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III continues to impress as he led the Redskins to another victory. Griffin led the Redskins to a field goal as time expired, giving them a 24-22 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Over the past few years the Redskins have been bottom feeders who could barely move the ball with bad quarterback play. Now the Redskins are at least relevant with an exciting offense.
Last season the Redskins averaged 18 points per game, good for 16th in the league. This year they are averaging 30.8 points per game, good for 4th in the league.
The Redskins are 2-2, but even in the two losses they were close to winning the game. If their defense, which is ranked 27th in points given up, could play a little better, than this team would be among the league's best.
Griffin is the 4th ranked quarterback in the league with a 103.2 passer rating. Comparing that to the rookie season of Cam Newton, who was the Offensive Rookie of the Year and went to the Pro Bowl, Griffin is already ahead. Newton had a respectable rating of 84.5.
In fairness to Newton, that rating was over the course of the entire season, whereas Griffin is only four games in. But through four games last year, as Newton was setting rookie records for passing yards, his team was losing. The Panthers started last season with a 1-3 record, and they averaged only 20 points per game.
As for Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, he is the 24th ranked quarterback with a passers rating of 75.4. The Colts are 1-2 and have averaged 20.3 points per game, ranking them 28th in the league.
It was a surprise when Griffin beat Luck out for the Heisman Trophy last year, but it will not be a surprise when Griffin beats him out for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Eagles finally figured out that they needed to run the ball
The Philadelphia Eagles have always had a pass happy offense under head coach Andy Reid. But sometimes a quarterback's best friend isn't a pass heavy playbook, but a running game. Against the New York Giants, that was exactly what Eagles quarterback Michael Vick needed.
Through three games Vick had thrown nine interceptions and there was talk of moving in a different direction. Vick was getting hit a lot because of the poor protection from the Eagles offensive line, and Vick looked like a quarterback on his way out instead of a $100 million quarterback.
Well finally Reid decided to run the ball, as the Eagles ran it 36 times compared to 30 passes in their 19-17 victory over the Giants.
Vick was not hit nearly as much, and he did not turn the ball over with the run heavy play calling.
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, one of the best backs in the league, rushed for 123 yards against the Giants, which was his high for the season. Featuring McCoy will take pressure off of Vick, so he will not have to make big plays to win games.
The offense looked a lot better, but the only problem they seemed to have was in the redzone. They moved up and down the field with ease, but settled for four field goals. If they could have punched the ball into the endzone more often, that game would not have been close.
Looks like it's Tebow Time
The New York Jets stink, and quarterback Mark Sanchez is not going to be able to get them out of their hole. It is not because Sanchez is a bad quarterback like some think, it is because the Jets have always had a bad passing system under head coach Rex Ryan.
Now that wide receiver Santonio Holmes is out of the lineup, Sanchez does not have any notable receivers to throw the ball too, so things just went from bad to worse for him.
This is where Tebow can pull another savior act, just like he did last year in Denver. The Jets are a team that is built to play tough defense and run the ball. That is not Sanchez's game. But that style of play has Tebow written all over it.
Tebow does not need good wide receivers, because he cannot get the ball to them. But he can lead a grind it out offense, which will allow the Jets defense to play better because they will be on the field less.
Tebow is not a better quarterback than Sanchez, just like he was not a better quarterback than Kyle Orton last year in Denver. But Tebow gave the Broncos a better chance to win, and he will do the same for the Jets. It will allow the Jets to go to a run heavy offense and it will allow the defense to go out and win the game.
This may be a blessing in disguise for Sanchez. The best way that he can salvage his career is to get away from Ryan. A new team, and one that can build a good passing offense around him, would allow him to prove that he can be a top notch NFL quarterback.
Cowboys were just horrible
Watching the Dallas Cowboys in the 4th quarter of their 34-18 blowout loss to the Chicago Bears was just brutal, especially when they kept quarterback Tony Romo in the game when he has already thrown four interceptions.
At the time the score was 34-10, and it was like watching Appollo Creed getting his butt kicked in Rocky 4 against the Russian, with Rocky holding the towel that he should have thrown in. Maybe if Rocky did, Appollo would have been in the last two Rocky movies.
That's exactly what the Cowboys should have done and taken Romo out of the game, because when he threw his fifth interceptions, Bears fans even felt embarrassed for him. It was time to pass out the brown paper bags for the Cowboys to put over their heads.
But this was not just about Romo playing bad. He was horrible, but he had a lot of help. Namely from wide receiver Dez Bryant, who has yet to live up to the hype. One of the interceptions bounced right off of Byant's chest, and he dropped at least three other passes in the game.
Byant was supposed to be a difference maker, but so far he has come up short way too often. And with his baggage, he cannot afford to make the amount of mental mistakes that he is making.