- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Detroit (1-8) - Detroit hosts Cleveland this weekend in the StubHub Bowl as rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Lions try to end a six-game losing streak against easily the worst offense in the league. The Lions rank second to last in the NFL in total defense and last in passing defense, meaning Detroit likely would use its potential No. 1 pick on Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Tampa Bay (1-8) - How important was Monte Kiffin to the Bucs? The defensive guru leaves town, and Tampa Bay ranks 29th in the league in total defense (379.2 yards) and 31st in scoring defense (28.4 points). Actually, the Bucs have neither a defense nor an offense.

St. Louis (1-8) - The Rams need a quarterback and a defense, but they are the one team of this bunch that at least has one long-term piece in place in running back Steven Jackson. Sunday’s 28-23 loss to the unbeaten Saints should tell you the Rams aren’t as hapless as the rest of the have-nots on this list.

Cleveland (1-7) - The Browns rank last in the NFL in total offense (221.1 yards) and scoring offense after scoring 78 points over the first eight weeks of the season. Quarterback Derek Anderson might have been the worst starter in the league. Now Brady Quinn is going to get the chance to grab that mantle down the stretch.

Our take - This is going to be a total dumb-off between the Browns and Bucs. The Lions are terrible, but they’ll beat the Browns at Ford Field this weekend. And as dreadful as St. Louis has been in getting outscored by a league-worst 149 points, Jackson alone should allow them to grab a game or two coming down the stretch against the weakest schedule of the bunch.

Cleveland’s Anderson has been abominable at quarterback, entering Monday with a league-worst rating of 36.2 with nine interceptions and just two touchdowns. But not only do the Browns have a passable defense, Anderson and Quinn at least once resembled actual quarterbacks.

Tampa Bay has had the gall to trot out Josh & Josh (Freeman and Johnson), a quarterback show that looks almost as much like a Disney Channel sitcom as it sounds. Please end the abomination, finish last in the league and draft a real quarterback like Jimmy Clausen, Jake Locker or Colt McCoy.


“That was a yard that I was confident we could get.”

- Bill Belichick after his fourth-quarter, fourth-down call cost the Patriots a 35-34 loss to the Colts

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