Halfway through the season, it looks like a three-way race for the #1 pick to get Lucky. The past 2 weeks, there were moves made that have never been seen before, whether it be the Colts giving up 62 points to the Saints, or the Rams giving up the 9th highest single game rushing total in NFL history to a rookie. Guys, take notes. Fathers, keep your daughters locked up, because we’ve got some serious play-yas here.
The “Lucky” Scale:
No shower, no shave, no problem: Don’t have to try, you’re getting Lucky.
Dressed for success: If you’re on top of your game, you should be able to get Lucky.
Faux-hawk: If she can get past the ridiculous haircut, 50/50 shot to get Lucky.
Funny guy: At first glance, no chance, but you could talk your way into getting Lucky.
Big spender: No looks & no personality? $ is your only shot to get Lucky.
Miami Dolphins (0-6) – Tony Sparano confirmed this week that his Miami home was up for sale. My question to him is, “What took you so long?” Wow, was the end of the game against the Broncos disgusting or what? It’s bad enough that the owner embarrasses the franchise by having a celebration of the 2008 Florida Gators during a game that Tim Tebow is on the opposing squad, but to lose a 15 point lead with three minutes to play? The Dolphins look like they’ve quit, which is why I have them ahead of the Colts in the race to get Lucky.
Rating: No shower, no shave, no problem Next 3 games: @ NYG, @ Kansas City, Washington
Indianapolis Colts (0-7) – No team has given up as many points as the Colts did against the Saints since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Right now that model across the bar is twirling her hair and won’t stop staring at the Colts. Even after that debacle on Sunday night giving up 62 points, I have them behind the Dolphins in this race for two reasons: Colts have more talent and the Dolphins play in a tougher division.
Rating: Dressed for Success
Next 3 games: @ Tennessee, Atlanta, Jacksonville
St. Louis Rams (0-6) – Welcome to the NFL Demarco Murray, here, have a 253 yard rushing day. My goodness, what happened to the Rams? Sam Bradford has looked ordinary after a promising rookie season. As a Giants fan, I will always love Spags, but what has happened to his defense? They have 2 first round pick defensive ends in Chris Long and Robert Quinn. James Laurinaitis is one of the best young middle linebackers in football.
As bad as the Rams have looked, they still play in a weak NFC West and should be able to win a few games. Otherwise this potential nerd will have made the most surprising jump to getting Lucky of the 2011 season.
Rating: Faux-hawk Next 3 games: New Orleans, @ Arizona, @ Cleveland
Minnesota Vikings (1-6) – I was very critical of the Vikings taking Christian Ponder with the 12th pick in last year’s draft. For one game, he has proved me wrong. Forget his numbers. He looked poised…..comfortable…..he LOOKED like a NFL quarterback. To deal with the defending champion Packers’ defense in your first start is a daunting task, and I thought he handled it extremely well. With Ponder at the helm, I don’t know how much longer the Vikings pickup lines and sense of humor will work, but considering the division they play in, they might still be good through the end of the year. Rating: Funny Guy Next 3 Games: @ Carolina, Bye, @ Green Bay
Arizona Cardinals (1-5) – The Cardinals gave up Pro Bowl corner Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2nd round pick in next year’s draft for Kevin Kolb. Not to mention, they gave Kolb a 6 year, $65 million dollar contract, with $21 million guaranteed. With Kolb halfway through his first season, so far this trade and contract looks bad for the Cardinals. Kolb is completing only 57.8% of his passes, has thrown for 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, and has a quarterback rating of 78.8. Not exactly the type of numbers the Cardinals were expecting, especially considering that he has Larry Fitzgerald to throw to.
It’s not all Kolb’s fault though. The Cardinals defense hasn’t been much help either. They currently rank 26th in total defense (388 yards per game allowed), 28th in points per game allowed (25.5), and 28th in passing yards allowed per game (274).
Considering the division they play in, I don’t expect the Cardinals to do enough to get Lucky, but if they do, do they give up on Kolb after 1 year and take Andrew Luck or trade for picks?
Rating: Big Spender Next 3 Games: @ Baltimore, St. Louis, @ Philadelphia
Teams trying to get Lucky, but have some work to do: