The short version: Excuses line up here; explanations, there. The season has sucked for all three teams, except for Atlanta QB Matt Ryan and the Houston defense, which are keeping both my NFL.com teams in the top half of their respective league tables.
|The Fluttering Horde (4-6):|
Office of Secret Intelligence offense,
Orange County Liberation Front defense.
With just a bit of luck, the Horde would be on track for an easy division title. In fact, just one 11-yard touchdown pass between Peyton Manning and Eric Decker would be enough to give the Horde an 8-2 mark. Instead, the Horde -- losers by 1, 2, 4 and 5 points in four failures -- is stuck at 4-6. Only its season total score, third highest in the league, is keeping it in playoff contention.
|The Ghost Grey Cats (6-4):|
Fully recovered from
their trip to the pet hospital.
|Time and Again (5-5):|
winning on occasion.
That mark should be even better, but the Timers' has almost as bad as the Horde's. In three of their losses, they caught Jamaal Charles, Rob Gronkowski and Andrew Luck on their best weeks. No such problem cropped up this past week, as the Timers romped to a 70-point win.