NFL Winners and Losers: Browns, Giants, Seahawks


It's time for the Week 9 edition of 'NFL Winners and Losers.' Each week I will take a look at some of the bonehead plays, stupid decisions and horrible calls. I'll also give credit where credit is due and point out the good surprises each week. Here. We. Go.


Cleveland Browns: Um... what's going on? I know it was only their third win of the season, but is it fair to call the Cleveland Browns an okay team. Not a great team. Not necessarily a good team. But a team you don't necessarily want to play an okay team late in the season.

The Browns destroyed the New England Patriots on Sunday 34-14. New England never had a chance. Cleveland had 22 first downs. They ran more plays. They dominated the time of possession. They lost to Tampa Bay by three, Kansas City by two, Baltimore by seven and Cincinnati by 10. Those teams have 28 wins and 12 losses combined.

Oh, and Peyton Hills is a machine. He already has seven touchdowns this season. The Cleveland Browns are all right.

Terrell Owens: You gotta hand it to him. T.O became the third player in the history of the NFL to catch 150 touchdowns.

New York Giants: The Giants looked like the most dominant team in the NFL on Sunday as they obliterated Seattle. They scored 41 points before the Seahawks scored one. Eli Manning is on fire. He threw three touchdowns and led New York to their sixth win of the season.


Bye Bye Wade Phillips: It's about time. Jerry Jones finally did what he should have done years ago. Phillips has never been a good coach. Never. He's a pretty good defensive coordinator. But he's not discipline. He's a terrible in-game coach and he makes bad decisions.

The team clearly gave up on him and the season. By the way, Jerry, Jason Garrett isn't good either. Eventually you're going to have to clean house.

Seattle Seahawks: After their bye week, the Seahawks reeled off two straight impressive wins. Seattle has been outscored 74-10 in the last two games. They didn't score until the fourth quarter against the New York Giants. I guess that's just what happens when you're backup quarterback is Charlie Whitehurst.

Buffalo Bills: Nice effort but win a game! Ca' mon Man! Although it's not often that you can have zero wins and be ahead of a team in the NFL Power Rankings. (See Carolina Panthers - DOH!) - Michael Klopman

Michael, a Penn State Graduate writes for Xtra Point Football, Around the Horn Baseball, and works on the sports page at the Huffington Post.

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