Shutdown Corner NFL Power Rankings: The Oakland Raiders' scary 0-16 question (Shutdown Corner)
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:36:07 PDT)
There are many stats that sum up how miserable the Oakland Raiders' 0-6 start has been, but we have something better than a statistic for that. Darnell Dockett. The injured Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman was at his trash-talking finest on Sunday, poking fun at the Raiders fans as the Cards sealed up their 24-13 win. Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett Trolls Raiders Fans With Sign On Whiteboard http://t.co/Kt9LTrbPWL pic.twitter.com/MRHbHQCNXT — ThePostGame.com (@Post_Game) October 21, 2014 If you can't see it well, it's a hand-written message from Dockett to the fans reminding them that the Raiders are 0-6, and the worst team in the NFL. Sadly, both are indisputable facts at this point. Even worse for the Raiders, they just got past what is the relatively easy part of their schedule. And while it's ridiculously early under most circumstances to pose the question, it needs to be asked: Is 0-16 possible for the Raiders? [ Join FanDuel.com's $2.5M Week 8 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 21,905 teams paid ] Raiders fans are thinking that Cleveland might be a possible win, but this is a Browns team that will be playing at home and refocused after losing to the Jaguars. The Browns are a seven-point favorite, so a Raiders win can't be considered likely. But if the Raiders don't win this week, then when? Here's what's coming for the Raiders, who have the toughest schedule I've ever seen: Week 9: at Seattle Week 10: vs. Denver Week 11: at San Diego Week 12: vs. Kansas City Week 13: at St. Louis Week 14: vs. San Francisco Week 15: at Kansas City Week 16: vs. Buffalo Week 17: at Denver Oh my. Where's the win in there? The Raiders will be underdogs in every game from here on out, and probably by at least a touchdown in almost every one of those games. The home game against Buffalo might be less than a touchdown. Maybe the St. Louis game will be a tick under a touchdown. But that's about it. Odds are the Raiders get a win somewhere. It's mathematically tough for an NFL team to go 16 games without winning at least once, even if they're underdogs in all 16. And this team isn't without any talent – you'd hope all these old vets general manager Reggie McKenzie signed this offseason could get at least one win – but it still will be scary until they post that first win. I discuss the possibilities here: There's only one winless team remaining in the NFL. That's a pretty lonely place to be. And based on the schedule, it's possible the Raiders will be there for a while. Here are the post-Week 7 power rankings: 32. Oakland Raiders (0-6, Last Week: 31) The performance against the Chargers two weeks ago has to give them hope that a win is on the way. 31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-5, LW: 30) Depending on what kind of draft pick the Buccaneers could get back, it would make sense to trade Vincent Jackson. Seattle should be first in in line if Tampa Bay is serious about dealing him. 30. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6, LW: 32) There's a huge difference between zero wins and one win. 29. Tennessee Titans (2-5, LW: 28) They lost to a bad team. A bad team with Colt McCoy at quarterback. 28. Washington Redskins (2-5, LW: 29) Jay Gruden didn't come out and say it, but by tabbing McCoy to start next week if Robert Griffin III isn't ready, he effectively said that the team no longer thinks Kirk Cousins can be an effective NFL starting quarterback. You wouldn't bench him for McCoy if you did. Maybe Cousins gets a chance to change that perception, but that's where we are now. 27. Atlanta Falcons (2-5, LW: 25) Julio Jones has 311 yards and no touchdowns in Atlanta's last four games. The Falcons are 0-4 in their last four games. These two sentences are closely related. 26. New York Jets (1-6, LW: 26) Here's one problem with the Percy Harvin trade: Are the Jets really going to get a good look at him before deciding if he's worth that $10.5 million base salary next season? It's really tough to learn an offense when you join a team right before Week 8 of the regular season. 25. Minnesota Vikings (2-5, LW: 24) A nice bright spot: Rookie Jerick McKinnon had 103 rushing yards against a good defense. That's not going to make them forget losing a game with one second left, but it was nice. 24. New York Giants (3-4, LW: 23) Eli Manning played well. They ran the ball well enough. The defense turned a big Tony Romo interception into a short touchdown. And they still lost by 10. That can't feel too comforting. 23. St. Louis Rams (2-4, LW: 27) I can't say this enough: Calling a fake punt on your own 18-yard line to ice a win over the defending champs is an all-time great call. It was a gamble but not reckless, because it's pretty clear the Rams knew based on Seattle's punt return scheme that they'd have that pass wide open. 22. Houston Texans (3-4, LW: 20) They really had Monday night's game under control, then it got away in such a hurry. And despite a terrible second quarter they lost by just a touchdown. They can't afford to drop games like that. 21. New Orleans Saints (2-4, LW: 19) That would have been an enormous win, getting a victory at a good Detroit team with virtually nothing from injured tight end Jimmy Graham. But now it's just a 2-4 hole they're in. 20. Chicago Bears (3-4, LW: 16) The Bears' offensive ranks: 17th in yards per game, 17th in yards per play, 18th in points scored. With all those weapons to work with, that's hard to comprehend. 19. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3, LW: 21) For about 27 minutes of the first half against Texans, it looked like their season was in an irreversible slide. Maybe that turnover and scoring flurry will spark something.
Overseas matchup with Falcons up next for Lions (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:53:27 PDT)
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Golden Tate is finally warming up to the idea of a game in London.
First-place Ravens impress on both sides of ball (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:11:47 PDT)
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- One week after ringing up 38 points in the first half at Tampa Bay, the Baltimore Ravens took a shutout deep into the fourth quarter against Atlanta.
Teams count cost of bruising weekend
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:02:56 PDT)
Los Angeles (AFP) - Jacksonville paid a price for their first win of the NFL season, announcing on Monday that linebacker Paul Posluszny will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.
Falcons lose starting center Peter Konz for season (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:54:32 PDT)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons placed center Peter Konz on injured reserve with a left knee injury on Monday, dealing their another blow to their battered offensive line.
ICYMI: Manning not only NFL player setting records (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:18:18 PDT)
If it seems as if NFL records are broken or tied every week this season, well, that's because they are.
No stopping Peyton and Broncos (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:17:13 PDT)
This was one ball Peyton Manning wanted in his grasp.
Ravens reach 1st place by dismissing Falcons (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:06:31 PDT)
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Ravens are playing defense with the kind of swagger usually associated with a first-place team.
NFL Today, Week 7 (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:57:12 PDT)
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Ravens get defensive in 29-7 win over Falcons (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:34:28 PDT)
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Ravens have a longstanding tradition of playing lockdown defense - a trait the current unit intends to uphold.
Ravens make G Osemele inactive vs Falcons (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:55:36 PDT)
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Ravens have placed guard Kelechi Osemele on their inactive list for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Silva's Week 7 Matchups (Rotoworld)
(Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:09:00 PDT)
Evan Silva discusses the matchup for every fantasy football option in every Week 7 game.
National Football League roundup
(Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:45:19 PDT)
(The Sports Xchange) - The Seattle Seahawks traded away wide receiver Percy Harvin because he was becoming too much of a destructive force in the locker room, according to multiple reports. The New York Jets, less than 24 hours removed from their sixth straight loss, acquired Harvin in exchange for a conditional draft pick in hopes of boosting their struggling offense. "Percy is a versatile, dynamic player who has been productive on offense and special teams," Jets general manager John Idzik said in a statement Saturday officially announcing the deal. ...
Dolphins-Bears Preview (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:51:02 PDT)
The Chicago Bears have shown they can win on the road.
Burfict $25,000 fine confirmed by NFL (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:18:54 PDT)
NEW YORK (AP) -- The $25,000 fine assessed to Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict was confirmed Friday by the NFL.
Pro Football Talk: NFL Week 7 Picks (NBC on Yahoo Sports)
(Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:17:13 PDT)
Mike Florio welcomes Michael David Smith to the show to make their weekly picks and discuss the one game they disagree about on the winner. Well, he swept me last week. MDS and I differed on three games. He was right (and I was wrong) on each of them. This week, we disagree on only one game. It involves a team on which we’ve disagreed four prior times this year. He’s been right each time, and I’ve been wrong. Coincidentally (or not), he now leads the season-to-date contest by four games. For the week, MDS was 12-3 and I was 9-6. For the year, he’s at 59-32 and I’m at 55-36. Jets at Patriots MDS’s take : I still don’t think the Jets are quite as bad as their record suggests, and one of these weeks I think the Jets are going to win a game when no one sees it coming. But this won’t be the week. Tom Brady has turned things around recently and is playing very well, and the Jets simply don’t have the manpower in the secondary to keep up. MDS’s pick : Patriots 27, Jets 17. Florio’s take : It’s the second annual last trip by Rex Ryan to Foxborough. And likely the final one. Bill Belichick and company send Rex packing with a butt-kicking. Maybe Rex ends up working for Bill in 2015? Florio’s pick : Patriots 34, Jets 10. Falcons at Ravens MDS’s take : The Ravens are playing good football in all three phases of the game, while the Falcons are playing well on offense and special teams but struggling mightily on defense. That will be the difference, as Joe Flacco will put up big numbers against a weak Atlanta secondary. MDS’s pick : Ravens 31, Falcons 21. Florio’s take : Winless on the road and suddenly unable to win at home, the Falcons are still looking for their next victory after that 56-14 thrashing of the Buccaneers. And the Falcons will keep looking beyond their trip to Baltimore. Florio’s pick : Ravens 31, Falcons 20. Titans at Washington MDS’s take : Kirk Cousins has been terrible the last few weeks, but this week he gets to play a bad Titans defense. Look for DeSean Jackson to make a couple of big plays in the passing game and those big plays to be the difference. MDS’s pick : Washington 20, Titans 14. Florio’s take : The one-win Washington team gets a rare chance to pick up a second. There may not be many/any more after it. Florio’s pick : Washington 20, Titans 14. Seahawks at Rams MDS’s take : The Seahawks’ schedule got off to a brutal start, as four of their first five opponents were likely playoff teams. Now the Seahawks are entering the easier stretch of their schedule, and they should make quick work of the Rams. MDS’s pick : Seahawks 28, Rams 14. Florio’s take : The suddenly shaky Seahawks look to re-establish themselves against the regularly-shaky Rams. St. Louis could put up a fight early (like they did at home against the 49ers on Monday night) and then fade late (like they did at home against the 49ers on Monday night). Either way, no one will be thinking the Seahawks are in danger after Sunday. Even if they are. Florio’s pick : Seahawks 30, Rams 17. Browns at Jaguars MDS’s take : The Browns are surprisingly good. The Jaguars are even worse than anyone could have imagined. I expect the Browns to go on a run and establish themselves as AFC playoff contenders. MDS’s pick : Browns 31, Jaguars 13. Florio’s take : It’s a trap game for a team that is used to being the trap team. But the Browns will be favored for the next three weeks. Can they win the games they’re supposed to win? Survey says, “Probably.” Florio’s pick : Browns 27, Jaguars 16. Bengals at Colts MDS’s take : This was the toughest game on the board for me to pick. The Bengals are a better team overall, but they’re without their best player in A.J. Green , they’re coming off a hard-fought overtime loss, and they’re heading to Indianapolis to play a Colts team that’s on extra rest after a Thursday night game. Add it all up and it looks to me like a close win for Indianapolis. MDS’s pick : Colts 21, Bengals 20. Florio’s take : The Colts have had a little extra rest to get ready for a Bengals team that could use a little more after playing five full quarters at home. Indy is rolling; the Bengals find themselves in the middle of an unexpected four-team scrum. Florio’s pick : Colts 30, Bengals 21. Vikings at Bills MDS’s take : Teddy Bridgewater is a talented young quarterback, but he struggled mightily when the Lions brought inside pressure on Sunday, and the Bills have the personnel to get the same kind of inside pressure against the Vikings. Bridgewater is going to have another tough game in another Vikings loss. MDS’s pick : Bills 20, Vikings 10. Florio’s take : It took a week longer than the new owners had hoped, but the Bills get the first win of the Pegula era against the Purple Paste Eaters. Florio’s pick : Bills 24, Vikings 10. Dolphins at Bears MDS’s take : The Bears’ defense is much improved from last year, with free agent addition Willie Young making a huge difference and leading the league with 7.0 sacks. I like Young to get a lot of pressure on Ryan Tannehill as the Bears win. MDS’s pick : Bears 24, Dolphins 20. Florio’s take : The Bears have not yet won at Soldier Field this year. That streak ends on Sunday against a Dolphins team that blew a prime opportunity to upend the Packers. Florio’s pick : Bears 27, Dolphins 17. Saints at Lions MDS’s take : The Saints’ offense is good and their defense is bad. The Lions’ defense is good and their offense is bad. I’ll break the tie by going with home-field advantage, and that means the Lions. MDS’s pick : Lions 23, Saints 20. Florio’s take : The Lions have a great defense, but they haven’t faced an offense quite like the one the Saints have. Sure, Reggie Bush will want some revenge. But he can only do so much to match what the Saints will muster, with two weeks to rest and to prepare for a showdown with the team New Orleans manhandled less than three years ago in the playoffs. Florio’s pick : Saints 34, Lions 27. Panthers at Packers MDS’s take : Cam Newton looks like he’s getting healthier and playing better, so the Panthers should be able to put plenty of points on the board in Green Bay. Unfortunately for the Panthers, their defense is struggling and Aaron Rodgers is at the top of his game, which means Green Bay wins a high-scoring contest. MDS’s pick : Packers 34, Panthers 27. Florio’s take : The Packers have found the gas pedal since losing in ugly fashion to the Lions. The Panthers, as up-and-down as any team this season, keep finding the pedal then losing it. But after giving up 37 points to the Bengals in Cincinnati, the Carolina defense could get shredded in the land o’ cheddar. Florio’s pick : Packers 34, Panthers 23. Chiefs at Chargers MDS’s take : Philip Rivers is playing the best football of his career right now, and the Chiefs’ defense is not playing particularly well. I expect Rivers to have a big game. MDS’s pick : Chargers 30, Chiefs 20. Florio’s take : Before getting a chance to take their best shot at the Broncos in Denver, the Chargers have to withstand the best the Chiefs have to offer, with two weeks to get ready for it. If the Chargers weren’t in the midst of a special season, that would be a real concern. Florio’s pick : Chargers 27, Chiefs 20. Cardinals at Raiders MDS’s take : Give Tony Sparano credit for this — the Raiders looked like they were playing harder for him on Sunday against the Chargers than they had played previously this season for Dennis Allen. Having said that, the Raiders simply aren’t a very talented football team, and the Cardinals should beat them decisively. MDS’s pick : Cardinals 34, Raiders 17. Florio’s take : Another trap game for a team that not long ago was a trap team. Throw in Carson Palmer ’s desire for some warped sense of revenge against the second of two teams on which he quit, and the Cardinals likely won’t be caught napping. Florio’s pick : Cardinals 27, Raiders 23. Giants at Cowboys MDS’s take : The Cowboys’ defense is far from great, but it’s much improved from last year, and it should be able to shut down the Giants, whose offense is struggling. DeMarco Murray will have another big game as the Cowboys play ball control in the second half. MDS’s pick : Cowboys 20, Giants 10. Florio’s take : The Giants are 4-1 at Jerryworld. The Cowboys are 5-1. But these aren’t the same old Cowboys who have dropped four of five at home against their rivals from New York. And these Giants aren’t the team that recently won three in a row, especially with Victor Cruz done for the year and Rashad Jennings gone for now. Florio’s pick : Cowboys 27, Giants 17. 49ers at Broncos MDS’s take : Can Peyton Manning throw for three touchdown passes against a good 49ers defense and break Brett Favre’s NFL record? I think he can, and the Broncos will win an entertaining and close game. MDS’s pick : Broncos 28, 49ers 24. Florio’s take : 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh reportedly “evaluated” Peyton Manning in 2012. Harbaugh gets a chance to evaluate Manning a lot more closely on Sunday night. And Harbaugh won’t like what he sees. Florio’s pick : Broncos 31, 49ers 20. Texans at Steelers MDS’s take : The Steelers’ defense was shredded by the Browns on Sunday, but Houston’s offense isn’t as good as Cleveland’s. I think Pittsburgh will win a low-scoring game. MDS’s pick : Steelers 13, Texans 10. Florio’s take : On the rare occasions when the Steelers are backed against the wall, they come out swinging. Facing in prime-time audience at home on Monday night after getting blown out by the Browns, the Steelers will come out swinging. Florio’s pick : Steelers 24, Texans 13.
Everything coming together for Detroit's DL (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:19:46 PDT)
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) --
Falcons' Jones, White upset with themselves (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:46:53 PDT)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Nobody expected Julio Jones and Roddy White to be a weak link in the Atlanta Falcons' offense.
Dolphins-Bears Capsule (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:38:29 PDT)
MIAMI DOLPHINS (2-3) at CHICAGO BEARS (3-3)
Falcons-Ravens Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:37:45 PDT)
The Baltimore Ravens easily dispatched one struggling NFC South team last week and will get to face another in their return home.
Week 6 Target Watch: NFC (Rotoworld)
(Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:46:00 PDT)
Chet Gresham takes you through all the targets and touches for Week 6 in the NFC.
Vikings-Bills Preview (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:08:19 PDT)
The Minnesota Vikings made a move toward the future when they handed the quarterback position to first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater.
Falcons mired in slump because of weak finishes (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:46:32 PDT)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Finishing strong is the ultimate goal for any football player.
Shutdown Corner's Playoff Projection: Could the Seattle Seahawks miss out? (Shutdown Corner)
(Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:23:24 PDT)
Brady and Patriots not who Jets need to see (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:41:14 PDT)
In the midst of their worst slide since Rex Ryan became coach, the last thing the New York Jets need is a trip to New England.
Getting Defensive: Week 7 (Rotoworld)
(Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:42:00 PDT)
Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down the matchups for all 30 fantasy defenses in action and gives his top kicker plays for Week 7.
Pacman Jones to Cincinnati Bengals kicker Mike Nugent: 'Do your job' (Shutdown Corner)
(Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:56:19 PDT)
Both the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers likely walked away from Sunday's 37-37 tie feeling like it was a loss. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera didn't try to win the game on fourth-and-1 behind their best player, Cam Newton. [ Join FanDuel's $500,000 Week 7 fantasy league: $10 to enter; top 10,102 teams paid ] That allowed the Bengals a chance to win at the end of overtime with a 36-yard field goal, but kicker Mike Nugent pushed it right. Bengals corner and returner Adam Jones called out Nugent for the shocking miss. "We were in a perfect position to win the game, two seconds left on the clock, we've got to win the game," Jones said after the game, per NFL.com . "Everybody in here gets paid to do a job and that's what everybody needs to do." Asked if Nugent — who also missed three field goals in a Week 2 win over the Atlanta Falcons — should be replaced, Jones didn't mince words. "I didn't say that, but I said everybody gets paid to do a job," he said. "So perform and do your job, that's all I'm saying." Nugent is 11-for-17 on field-goal attempts on the season. The most misses Nugent had in a season were seven back in 2007 with the New York Jets. He had made more than 80 percent of his attempts in each of his past three seasons with the Bengals and missed a combined eight kicks on 45 combined tries in 2012 and 2013. The Bengals have failed to win the past two games after starting 3-0 prior to the bye week, but Jones and the defense also are to blame with 936 yards and 80 points allowed in this 0-1-1 stretch. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Shutdown Corner NFL Power Rankings: Dallas over Seattle ... right? (Shutdown Corner)
(Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:57:36 PDT)
I'm going to ask a question, and be honest with your answer. All Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys fans can abstain because you're emotionally involved. If you had to bet your 401(k) on the Seahawks or Cowboys winning the Super Bowl, who is your money going on? If you picked Dallas, that's fine, but you can move on to the rankings because you have no conflict in this issue. I also think you're in the minority. I think if forced to make a pick, most impartial fans would pick the Seahawks, even though the Cowboys are 5-1, compared to 3-2 for the Seahawks, and just had a dominant 30-23 win at Seattle. Dallas beat Seattle despite some crucial special-teams mistakes. The win was not a fluke. [ Join FanDuel's $500,000 Week 7 fantasy league: $10 to enter; top 10,102 teams paid ] Yet, do you believe? The Cowboys' defense was tied for second-most yards per play allowed this season heading into Monday night's game (Dallas was first in that category before Week 6). The Cowboys have won by sustaining drives with DeMarco Murray and limiting the defense's exposure, but Murray's 424-carry pace will not last. Or Murray won't last. And will the defense be exposed at some point? There's no reason to believe the Cowboys will fall apart, yet it's still hard to totally buy in. What about the Seahawks? The defending champs are showing a few flaws, so can they overcome them? I discuss it here: The Seahawks-Cowboys conundrum from above is key to doing these rankings. Not all head-to-head matchups provide a definitive answer on which team is better (or there would never be season splits among division rivals). Teams' records don't provide proof either because schedules are different (the Seahawks' schedule has been absolutely brutal so far). When the question comes down to, would you pick Team A or Team B on a neutral field, that's when it's tough. It definitely is when ranking the Cowboys and Seahawks this week. So let's see where they land in the post-Week 6 power rankings: 32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6, LW: 31) They've been outscored by 104 points in six games. That's hard to do in the parity-driven NFL. 31. Oakland Raiders (0-5, Last Week: 32) Two things to credit them for: They are playing hard, unlike Tampa Bay most weeks. And rookie Derek Carr looks like the right quarterback. After playing a very good team that well, I couldn't keep them in last place. 30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-5, LW: 26) The two worst efforts in the NFL this season have come from the Buccaneers in the first six weeks: the debacle at Atlanta, and Sunday's blowout at home to Baltimore. You should never, ever be behind by 35 points in the first half of an NFL game, and the Buccaneers have done it twice before mid-October. Serious changes need to be made. And I know it's too early, but I wonder about Lovie Smith's future when his team has rolled over twice like that. 29. Washington Redskins (1-5, LW: 29) Kirk Cousins has 18 interceptions after 13 career games (eight starts). Robert Griffin III has 17 interceptions in 30 career starts. Here's the nightmare for the Redskins: We've been discussing "RG3 or Cousins?" for a while (and the "Colt McCoy should start!" stuff is hilarious in a thousand ways), but what if the answer is "none of the above"? What if, after investing all they have into the quarterback position, the Redskins don't have one? 28. Tennessee Titans (2-4, LW: 30) Any doubts that they weren't quite as bad as their last few games indicated were erased when they flailed around with the Jaguars at home most of the game. They were lucky not to lose at the end. 27. St. Louis Rams (1-4, LW: 28) Don't know what to tell you. This isn't a well-coached team. 26. New York Jets (1-5, LW: 27) The defense didn't play badly. They got good pressure on Peyton Manning and held that offense to 24 points. Hey, we're trying to keep it positive.
Falcons in big trouble after 3rd straight loss (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:04:03 PDT)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have put themselves in quite a bind. Now, even though coach Mike Smith says nothing is off the table, don't look for a bunch of major changes.