NFL Week 9 – Quick Hits

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Losers

Nov 3, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano walks the sideline during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

You are beating a Top 5 team, actually shutting them out 21-0, go up 24-7 in the 3rd quarter, and blow a lead. The Bucs lost in overtime, as they were done in by a Steven Hauschka 27-yard field goal. Let’s just say, destruction mode. You had the opportunity of a lifetime. Not only could you have earned your first victory of the season, but also you could have handed the Seahawks their first home loss in over a year. Fail.

Going Streaking!

Teams are going in the wrong direction with their losing streaks, the Texans (6), Ravens (3), Rams (3), & Vikings (4) are all having a tough time. Most recently, there were two heartbreaking losses. The Texans had a 24-6 lead over their division rival Colts, and would blow that lead in the last five minutes of the game. The Vikings were up over the Cowboys after Adrian Peterson had one of the most ridiculous runs of the year, taking the Dallas defenders with him for an 11-yard touchdown. The defense yielded a last-minute Tony Romo-Dwayne Harris touchdown, and would lose 27-23, after battling back from being down 20-10. All the Rams had to do was keep giving the ball to running back Zac Stacy, but instead they opted for throwing it in with Kellen Clemens. As for the Ravens? I’m wondering if Ray Rice still plays for them.

Andy Dalton

Wow, talk about going from hero to zero. Dalton was completely destroyed at the hands of the Dolphins on Thursday Night Football. Dalton threw it 53 times on the night, and completed 32 passes for 338 yards. However, 3 interceptions, 0 touchdowns, 5 sacks, and a fumble. Ouch.

Matt Ryan

I have picked against the Falcons twice in a row now, and turns out I was right to do so. Not having Julio Jones or Roddy White cripples Matt Ryan. The Falcons put up 10 points Sunday, and the week before? 13 points. Considering Matt Ryan had another interception fest, 3  to be exact, and that Steven Jackson is a complete bust, the Falcons are on life support. So much for a ‘favored Super Bowl’ team. Meanwhile, everyone else just laughs.

Honorable Mentions: Geno Smith’s Passer Rating (or lack thereof), Arian Foster (Wasn’t He Supposed to Play?), Vincent Jackson (MIA on the stat sheet), Buffalo Bills

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