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Submitted by Kelso Sturgeon on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 3:20 PM

This is an historic season for the National Football League-one where ugly incompetent play on the field has relegated to the back burner the traditional criticism of the perpetual fall guys-those unpredictable gentlemen in black and white stripes with the canary yellow hankies in their back pockets who more often than should happen determine the pointspread outcome of close games.

When play on the field outranks officials as a point of criticism-even disgust-that is historic. It has never happened before.

There can be no dispute the play lay on the field for several teams does not meet a minimum standard of professionalism and should embarrass the NFL. The question is-does the NFL even care?

Consider the performance profiles of four teams-the Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders.

The Indianapolis Colts are 0-7 straight up and 2-5 against the spread (ATS) and are playing at such a low level it is difficult to believe this is the same team that three seasons ago was in the Super Bowl and finished the season 16-3. Six years ago the Colts went 16-4 and won the Super Bowl.

Obviously Indianapolis misses long-time starting quarterback Payton Manning who will miss the entire season with a neck injury but, if you really are a professional football team, is there any excuse big enough to account for Sunday's 62-7 loss at New Orleans? Football never has been and never will be a one-man game but the Colts have made it so for themselves.

The decline and fall of Indianapolis has been underway for the past four years but that situation has been covered up by the presence of Manning who has the ability to will the Colts to the winner's circle. With him gone, the team now understands why it was sheer folly to pay him 50% of all the money the team had to use under the salary cap. That meant the other remaining players-52 of them-split the rest-a formula for disaster.

St. Louis On Track to Also Go 0-16

The St. Louis Rams are 0-6 SU and ATS, are averaging just 9.8 points per game and have all the requirements to go 0-16. While most NFL teams have at least five-six skill players who are capable of taking over a game and carrying it to victory, St. Louis has one-quarterback Sam Bradford. Think about it. You have a roster of 53 players, including the taxi squad and only one of them is by NFL standards a prime-time, blue-chip game-breaker.

That alone should get the entire St. Louis front office fired.

The Miami Dolphins are stunningly helpless as they showed on Sunday when they blew a 15-0 lead with 2:44 left to play and lost 18-15 in overtime to a Denver team that arrived in Florida 1-4. That loss means Miami is now 0-9 in its last nine games dating back to last season. The Dolphins are simply another league giant that is now playing outhouse football.

Last but not least, let's spend a few words on the Oakland Raiders who has 4.5-point favorites were crushed 28-0 Sunday by Kansas City. The Raiders lost quarterback Jason Campbell two weeks ago with a broken collarbone, putting the starting chores in the hands of back-up Kyle Boller. In the meantime Oakland also worked a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals to get signal-caller Carson Palmer. Against the Chiefs Boller became the first quarterback in Raider in the past 13 years to throw three interceptions in the first half and there was no rescue in order when he was benched in favor of Palmer, who had just practiced three days with the team. He also threw three interceptions.

For the record one of Boller's interceptions was returned 59 yards for a touchdown and one thrown by Palmer was returned 58 yards to pay dirt.

Play such as this defies explanation. Professional teams certainly suffer when key players are lost to injury but it is no excuse to get buried. The back-ups are supposed to step in and continue with a certain degree of success. It is not happening for some teams.

It goes without saying the Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams and the Miami Dolphins are short of talent right now but there is no excuse for their embarrassing performances. This is supposed to be professional football and with them it is not.

NFL Success Formula Of Past Is Finished

While I am at it, let me say If the NFL wants to maintain its credibility with the American public, it better wake up, realize what worked in the past is going out of style and that changes must be made in order for the league to remain successful.

First of all the NFL is stuck in a past that stereotypes the kinds of player that is needed to be successful at each position. A quarterback must be so-and-so, a linebacker 6-4 and 240, a running back 6-0 and 220 etc.

These outdated requirements leave NFL coaches speechless when they see rookie Cam Newton destroy defenses with his passing and his running. Many still say the Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick does not have what it takes to play in the NFL. Denver's Tim Tebow-no way but he was the man who brought the Broncos back from being down 15-0 with 2:44 to play to win in overtime.

The old school is having a hard time accepting the fact a successful player in the NFL can come wrapped in almost any physical package.

This leaves the NFL with most of the 32 teams playing the West Coast Offense and either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. It's cookie-cutter football-seen one, you have seen them all.

And now the Newtons, Vicks and Tebows of the football world are changing it all.

It goes without saying the Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams and the Miami Dolphins are short of talent right now but there is no excuse for their embarrassing performances. This is supposed to be professional football and with them it is not.

Two 50-Unit NFL Winners Sunday

I had an excellent Sunday in the NFL, winning two 50-unit plays and a blowout 25-unit victory.

My Personal Best Club took down the money again with another winning 50-unit NFL Game of the Week as the Dallas Cowboys (-13 ½) buried the St. Louis Rams, 34-7, and with my winning NFL Underdog Game of the Month play on the Atlanta Falcons (+4) in their 23-16 win at Detroit.

On Sunday night I put the icing on the cake with a 25-unit Chairman's Club bet on the New Orleans Saints (-13 ½) in their 62-7 victory over the Colts.

Just a reminder: I am releasing my 200-unit NFL Game of the Year this Sunday and I can assure you do not want to miss it. Circle your calendar right now.

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