Here are the bottom 12 teams in the National Football League as I see them heading into Week 10 of the 2010 season:
21. Chicago Bears: The Bears might be 5-3, but I don’t think that record is an accurate reflection of this team’s performance to date. They just squeaked by the Buffalo Bills and can’t protect the quarterback or run the ball efficiently. Does that sound like a recipe for success to you?
22. Cleveland Browns: The Browns are definitely on the way up and it looks like Colt McCoy might actually be a long-term answer at the quarterback position. They’ve won back-to-back games against the Saints and Patriots.
23. Detroit Lions: The Lions just can’t catch a break. They probably beat the Jets if Ndamukong Suh doesn’t have to kick that extra point. Matthew Stafford could be lost for the season and the organization has to be worried about his propensity for getting injured.
24. Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings kept their season alive, and probably saved Brad Childress’ job for the time being, with their comeback win over the Cardinals. If they can play like they did in the last four minutes of the fourth quarter on a regular basis, they just might be able to get back into the playoff hunt.
25. Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals lost a tough one on Monday Night Football, but Terrell Owens has been a major bright spot for this team. The only problem is that he’s one a one-year deal and will probably walk if another team presents him with a hefty deal this offseason.
26. Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals need to stick with Derek Anderson, as odd as it feels to type that sentence. He gives them the best chance to win, even if it’s not a great one. He can get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald, who is basically the Obi-Wan Kenobi of this offense: their only hope.
27. San Francisco 49ers: The rest of the Niners’ season is basically a chance for Troy Smith to win the starting quarterback gig moving forward and potentially save Mike Singletary’s job.
28. Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks desperately need Matt Hasselbeck back, as this offense struggled mightily without him. That Charlie Whitehurst trade just looks weirder and weirder as time goes on.
29. Denver Broncos: The Broncos need to get their running game going and their defense needs to improve. Hopefully they addressed these two issues during their bye week.
30. Dallas Cowboys: Maybe Jason Garrett can get this team pointed in the right direction, but we could see some major roster turnover in the offseason.
31. Buffalo Bills: NFL tickets to see the Bills lately have been entertaining, as the Bills have been in three consecutive tight games. The bad thing for the Bills is that they’ve lost them all.
32. Carolina Panthers: I had to move the Panthers to last in the rankings even though the Bills still haven’t won a game because if the two teams played on a neutral field tomorrow I’d definitely pick Buffalo to win. I’d even give three points.
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