Week 3 Grades: Lions, Chiefs, Rams in dead heat for NFL's worst team
• The Lions are 31-84, a .270 winning percentage under president
Do you think the 2008 Lions know how to play a game without spotting their opponent a 21-point lead? They were behind 21-3 at the half again on Sunday. The fact they are not even close in these games sends no hope to the fan base.
• The Chiefs are bad TV right now; you might want to parental block them on your system. Their first seven possessions resulted in six three-and-outs and one four-and-out, twice by interceptions.
• The Rams, after hearing their owner issue the ultimatum of improve or changes are coming, promptly went out and fumbled on the third play of the game and got behind 17-0 by the end of the first quarter. Have the 2008 Rams ever looked interested in playing at any time this year?
There are many times that teams in the NFL will play poorly, but these three have taken horrible play to another level for the last three weeks.
But this year has been a major disappointment. After losing their first two home games, the Browns went on the road Sunday and laid another huge egg. The Browns have struggled to run, catch and convert third downs. Their supposedly high-powered attack gained only 189 yards, with no sign of turning this poor play around. Since the Jets game last December, starting quarterback
Meanwhile, the Browns defense knew the Ravens had nothing more than a running game, and still couldn't stop it. Baltimore controlled the ball for over 35 minutes. The Browns have to ask themselves some very tough questions to get this turned around. I am sure Lerner is doing the same thing.
But the major malfunction for the Saints is their inability to convert on 3rd and 1 -- they are 3-7 in those situations. Many games in the NFL are close and the teams that can consistently win the third-and-short situations late in games are the ones who make the playoffs. Until the Saints address their kicking and short-yardage problems, they will be a fun team to watch on offense but won't be able to win the NFC South.
He is around the ball constantly and has a feel for making big plays and turning the game around. Yesterday he hauled in his fourth interception of the young season, returning it 99 yards for a touchdown. It was the third game in a row that Finnegan has had an interception.
The Titans are very good on defense. They are big and fast, and with playmakers like Finnegan in their secondary they can dominate games. They're especially very tough to play at home., The Titans are now a complete team -- they may not look pretty on offense, but they know how to win games. One gets the sense this team has great chemistry and believes in itself. Yesterday, they took control of the AFC South by winning their third game in a row.
The NFL can be very unkind and very unpredictable. The Dolphins, behind head coach