The Kansas City Chiefs have never been a team known for their excessive winning. This season though has become one of puzzling despair. Although the 2012 Chiefs are record breakers.
The 1929 Buffalo Bisons have had their record erased from the books. Kansas City have not led a game in regulation time in all 8 games they have played this season, the Bisons record was in fact broken last week. Last night this Chiefs team extended the record when they went down 31-10 in San Diego.
Sitting on a 1-7 record the Chiefs scouting staff can already start looking at the top 5 picks in next years Draft, and fix the holes that have caused this season to be a right off at the halfway point.
The League only started in 1920, so we have a lot of history to fall back on, and in that time some awful teams. Recently the 0-16 Detroit Lions, the expansion Tampa Bay team who lost their first 26 outings. Hard to think the New Orleans Saints (this year excluded), once had trouble picking up wins in the 70's and early part of the 80's. All these teams had high moments of actually leading in games.
The general feeling around the NFL is that the Miami Dolphins have already exceeded all expectations, except their own. This was still meant to be a work in progress.
With rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill placed as the starter, it was very much a case of damage limitation. The first round pick out of Texas A&M has not had to be spectacular in helping his team to a 4-3 record.
Perhaps not being under the intense media spotlight of other rookie starters in his position has helped. After all not everyone can be Robert Griffin III.
So when he went down this past Sunday, under a 1st quarter sack by New York Jets linebacker Calvin Pace, with what first appeared as a serious injury to his left thigh and knee, it was a set-back in the Dolphins solid start to the year.
Last seasons team Most Valuable Player, backup Matt Moore came in and steadied the ship impressively to humiliate the Jets, in a one-sided 30-9 win. The victory lifted Miami into clear second place in the AFC East and if the playoffs started now they would actually be 5th seed.
The National Football League is seriously heading towards an expansion in London. The amazing success of the International Series established firmly on their calendar, and on the British sporting one as well, since 2007 has confirmed their initial thoughts that a franchise here would flourish.
Will it really be in the best interests of the NFL to award the British support with a team of it's own? Would they be reacting in a strike-it-while-then-iron-is-hot attitude?
The boom of the sport is no doubt bigger than what it was when the game was first exported back in the 1980's. This has been helped by the media boom, television, radio and the internet carry the game around the world like never before.
The United Kingdom fan base is a well educated one, and anyone new to the game is soon swept up in the tidal wave of excitement that the game generates,. The simple matter of knowing the rules comes later.
Last night, after 17 minutes of game time, that's just over one full quarter of play, the Dallas Cowboys had put themselves in a big deep hole. An abyss. It was once again their ability to locate and press the self destruct button, that had put them there.
23-0 down, to the team that always come up big in Cowboys Stadium. Last year in the same fixture the New York Giants, stole a victory from under the Cowboys noses. Seemingly in control, 12 points up with around 4 minutes left, Dallas let the game slip away.The Giants went 3-0 in Jerry's World.
So after Tony Romo threw his 3rd interception which was run back 28 yards by premiere Defensive End Jason Pierre-Paul for a touchdown, the Merchants of all Doomsville were out in full force. The booing started, more so when Head Coach Jason Garrett, or Owner Jerry Jones appeared on the gigantic no-place-to-hide jumbotrons. Post game Romo said that at that point he would of booed the team too.
All the talk going into this season was the amount of talented rookie quarterbacks coming into, and starting in the league.
None more so than the number one and two picks, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Sure they deserved the high placing in the draft, and have to a large extent backed the experts claims that they were for real and ready.
Drafted by the Indianapolis Colts, Luck has shown poise and strength in guiding his team to a 3-3 start, they may not be playoff bound but he's given them back some credibility. Griffin has exploded onto the scene and has put the WAshington Redskins back into the spotlight, with flambouyant displays of rushing the fototball as well as throwing it.
When Head Coach Pete Carroll drafted Russell Wilson out of Wisconsin in the 3rd round of this years draft, it would seem he would have to settle for a place warming the bench, as high priced free agent Matt Flynn loked to be the man handling the Seattle Seahawks offense.
Carroll though put the new guys up against each other in camp and in pre-season. Eventually after impressing during this time, Wilson was name the starter.