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After an exciting week 4 of NFL action in which two NFC East teams blew 20 point leads, this week's Flop 10 poll features some shuffling, but not much checking in or checking out. The only team leaving is the Cincinnati Bengals, and they are being replaced by the Arizona Cardinals. So, without further ado, the unveiling of the NFL Week 4 Flop 10*
*The Flop 10 is voted on by 65 D.P. writers, two from each NFL city plus one from Los Angeles, just because it's L.A. Teams get 10 points for a first place vote down to 1 for a 10th. And the team in first is the biggest Flop (first place votes in parenthesis, just like this text).
Also receiving votes: Atlanta Falcons 1 (Rachel Montgomery of the Tacoma Mountain Press offers, "Sorry, but any team who nearly makes Tarvaris Jackson look like a hero maintains a Top 10 spot."), Carolina Panthers 11 (Scott Johnston of the Tampa Post-Dispatch chimes, "Have you ever seen a fan base more excited over a 1-3 team? It looks like the wins should start coming, just don't know if it will be this year."), Cleveland Browns 26 (Thomas Hudson of the Cincinnati Inquisitioner opines, "I tried pulling the ol' appendicitis to get more money trick with my boss. Like Peyton Hillis, all it got me was a reduced work load and tighter deadlines.")
Number 10 - Arizona Cardinals (1-3) 54 Shelly Kingston of the Glendale Republic writes, "Victor Cruz giving himself up was nothing compared to the Cardinals defense giving themselves up on the last drive of the game."
Number 9 - Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) 118 Henry Ebert of the San Jose Venus Flytrap states, "For blowing a 20 point lead against the San Francisco 49ers, the Philadelphia Eagles win the NFL first quarter most overhyped team award. The way that defense is playing, Cream Team might have been a more apropos moniker for them."
Number 8 - Seattle Seahawks (1-3) 204 Catherine McCovey of the Seattle Coffeetable proclaims, "Scored nearly half of their season point total against the Falcons, which is more of an indicator of the Falcons defense than the capabilities of this team."
Number 7 - Denver Broncos (1-3) 245 Samantha King of the Denver Mile High Snooze reports, "Last week I gave the definition of insanity and applied it to some of coach John Fox's playcalling. Now I will talk about patterns. This week, when asked about using the Tim Tebow package in short yardage, Fox responded, 'That, and we did it once and we lost yardage. That wasn’t all on him by any stretch, but it didn’t prove to be beneficial, so we went in a different direction.' Um, coach, one time does not a pattern make. However running 6 times and gaining 5 yards in a crucial drive against the Titans does a pattern make. Kyle Orton's shaky play has done nothing to quell the Broncos faithful from calling for Tebow. If Fox doesn't get things moving in the right direction, the next thing Broncos fans will call for, is the coach's head."
Number 6 - Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) 326 Larry Ewing of the Jacksonville Gator Times wonders, "Cutting David Garrard right before the season started now appears to be the last act of a desperate man. Jack Del Rio might soon find his saddle blazing, and the axe falling."
Number 5 - Indianapolis Colts (0-4) 422 Paul Robisky of the St. Petersburg Senior Ledger confesses, "Last week I claimed Curtis Painter would need to produce the Sistine Chapel for the Colts. While his performance was not museum worthy, it wasn't refrigerator worthy either. The Colts offense at least more closely resembled the Colts offense of old. Still, take away two big plays by Pierre Garcon, and Painter had a rough go of it, especially in crunch time. With the game on the line, Josh Freeman excelled and Curtis crumbled. Next week's game against the Kansas City Chiefs might be their best shot at exiting the 'Suck for Luck' sweepstakes for a while."
Number 4 - Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) 425 Rob Stone of the Kansas City Constitution notes, "Take heart, Minnesota Vikings fans. At least you didn't blow a halftime lead this time. Baby steps. Baby steps. Still, this team does not resemble anything that could win another division title."
Number 3 - Miami Dolphins (0-4) 548 (14) Paul Kennedy of the Long Island Register says, "How does that song of theirs go? 'Miami Dolphins. Miami Dolphins. Miami Dolphins really suck?' Owner Stephen Ross gave the dreaded vote of confidence to head coach Tony Sparano saying, 'He remains the right coach for this team.' Yeah, if you're planning on throwing this year away to draft Andrew Luck to replace Chad Henne."
Number 2 - Minnesota Vikings (0-4) 591 (22) Jessica Addison of the St. Paul Twin Cities Daily Journal laments, "As the old adage in professional wrestling goes, in order to be the man, you have to beat the man. Well, the Vikings are clearly the worst team in the NFL after outsucking the Kansas City Chiefs who were being outscored by an average of just over 27 points per game before getting their first 'W' of the season. Coach Leslie Frazier needs to seriously Ponder if it's not the correct time to bench Donovan McNabb, or relieve Bill Musgrave of some of his responsibilities. Even Mike Martz figured out the balance thing this week. The Vikings still haven't in 4."
Number 1 - St. Louis Rams (0-4) 601 (29) Tim Danielson of the Denver Journal points out, "At least Broncos fans can take some small solace in seeing how much Josh McDaniels is setting Sam Bradford back."
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