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The comebacks continue in the NFL. This week saw yet another 20+ point halftime lead evaporate, and as typical, the collapse was provided by one of our permanent residents here in the D.P. Flop 10 (although not Minnesota). Also, another odd fact about this year's NFL, NINETEEN teams are sporting winning records. With 19 teams above .500, that means only 13 are below .500. And that, the D.P. admits, makes voting easier than usual. Those were the only 13 teams that garnered any votes, and even one of those very few and will likely disappear with a victory this week. That team? Longtime resident, the dream team of the Philadelphia Eagles. It appears they may have awoken from the nightmare. So here, without further adieu, are the D.P.'s worst of the worst in the NFL through 8 weeks. Oh, and it's actually 11 teams this week as we had a tie for 10th. Also, the Eagles were the only team to say goodbye, while welcoming in both the Cowboys and Browns at that tied 10th spot. And after this week's games, the D.P. will unveil their official NFL playoff predictions.
*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: Philadelphia Eagles 8 (Bobby Duffy of the Dallas Ewing Journal opines, "Suddenly the best of the NFC East not named the New York Giants, which speaks to how bad the Cowboys and Redskins are."), Washington Redskins 37 (Terry Baldinger of the Phoenix Ashes-to-Ashes notes, "If Donovan McNabb truly feels he should still be a starter in the NFL, he should have made sure not to get himself run out of D.C.")
Number 10(tie) Dallas Cowboys (3-4) 60 Teresa Frey of the Allegheny Blue Collar points out, "How 'bout them Cowboys? When will Jerry Jones realize that a puppet at the head coaching post will not work? His only success came with the likes of Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells."
Number 10(tie) Cleveland Browns (3-4) 60 Carl Worthless of the Cleveland Rockin' Roller writes, "Everytime it seems the Browns are about to turn the corner, they make a u-turn instead. Is it possible for a Madden Curse to affect a whole team?"
Number 9 Minnesota Vikings (2-6) 142 Jerry Freidman of the Milwaukee Daily Brat surmises, "The Vikings only wins this year have come against 2 win Carolina and 1 win Arizona. This would usually earn you a spot much higher on the ballot, but the bad teams in the NFL this year are just SO horrible."
Number 8 Carolina Panthers (2-6) 156 Nicholas Formation of the Rajun Cajun Gazette states, "Cam Newton has been able to mask that this defense just isn't that good. They have to put W's together, or they'll find themselves moving up a chart they don't want to move up on. Olindo Mare didn't help matters this week, either."
Number 7 Seattle Seahawks (2-5) 218 Catherine McCovey of the Seattle Coffeetable wonders, "If Tarvaris Jackson gives himself an 'F' for his play so far this season, exactly what grade does Charlie Whitehurst earn?"
Number 6 Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) 324 Ima Jerk of the Oakland (Ca) Blackhole reports, "One thing that has been consistent for the Jaguars all year long, even in their stunning victory over the Ravens last week, is that Blaine Gabbert and the offense look lost. They average the fewest points scored per game in the league. It's hard to win that way."
Number 5 Denver Broncos (2-5) 372 Wilma Burlington of the San Diego Onion ponders, "So, when will fans start booing Tim Tebow and clamoring for Brady Quinn to take over the team. Unfortunately 'We want Brady' just isn't the same when you're not asking for Tom."
Number 4 St. Louis Rams (1-6) 456 Bull Lee of the New Orleans Times-Piconyou pushes the notion, "The pitiful Rams exposed the even more pitiful New Orleans Saints' offensive line. Chris Long looked like father Howie had thrown his jersey on."
Number 3 Arizona Cardinals (1-6) 507 Michael Harness of the New Jersey Shores News-to-me says, "For one half, the Ravens offense made the Cardinals defense look like the Ravens defense. For the other half, the Cardinals defense made the Ravens offense look like the Packers offense."
Number 2 Miami Dolphins (0-7) 592 (7) Amanda Passenkick of the Miami Beach Spotlight tells us, "Miami is the hardest playing 0-7 team, and not just because they are the only one. Still, they have to figure out how to stop snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Unfortunately it's the sign of a team that hasn't learned how to win, yet."
Number 1 Indianapolis Colts (0-8) 643 (58) Hugh Nevins of the Indianapolis Reaction laments, "After playing the Steelers and the Buccaneers tough, Curtis Painter now goes out week after week and produces a Suck For Luck masterpiece, It's obvious this defense can't play without a lead, and they won't be getting very many of those this year."
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