NOT: SAM'S STRUGGLING RAMS
This is an article from the Oct. 10, 2011 issue
Wasn't St. Louis (0--4) supposed to be better? Sam Bradford has been average (49.7%), Steven Jackson a nonfactor (124 yards in three games) and the D terrible. Only one team in NFL history ('92 Chargers) has started 0--4 and made the playoffs.
HOT: CRAZY CATS
Clemson (5--0) won its third straight over a ranked opponent (an ACC record), routing No. 11 V-Tech 23--3. The Tigers' D in particular showed its claws, holding the Hokies to 258 total yards—172 below their season average coming in.
NOT: PAIN IN THE ARSE
Tottenham beat Arsenal 2--1 on Sunday, leaving the Gunners (2-4-1 in EPL games) two points above the relegation zone and 12 behind Man U and Man City. Said manager Arsene Wenger, "To say today we will win the league is not realistic."
HOT: SCOT'S ONSLAUGHT
Andy Murray breezed to his 19th career title, disposing of Donald Young 6--2, 6--0 at the Thailand Open for his third title of 2011. The fourth-ranked Murray raised his career win total to 312, making him one of only 20 active players with 300 or more.
NOT: VIKES ... YIKES
It has gotten ugly in Minnesota. The Vikings (0--4) fell 22--17 to the Chiefs in K.C. and have lost seven of their last eight, dating to December 2010. Can Donovan McNabb right the ship? "It's frustrating," the ex-Eagle admitted on Sunday.