NFL Report Cards Week 4: Grades for Every Team Who Played on Sunday

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IOctober 5, 2010

NFL Report Cards Week 4: Grades for Every Team Who Played on Sunday

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass in the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Redskins defeated the Eagles 17-12.
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    The Sunday games are over and it's grade time. It's time to review every performance and find out how each team performed.

    Did your team earn an "A?"

    Or was your team on the Boo-hoo list with an "F?"

    Bleacher Report does not grade on a curve, so be prepared for brutal honesty. You have been warned.

    Ready?

    Let's take a look at the report card.

New York Jets: A

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Mark Sanchez #6  of the New York Jets lines up behind center Nick Mangold #74 against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. The Jets won 38-14. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty I
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    The Jets destroyed the Bills on both sides of the ball and Mark Sanchez threw for two touchdowns.

    The Jets now are 3-1, that's good enough for an "A."

Cincinnati Bengals: C

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    CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 03:  Wide receiver Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals is hit by defenders Sheldon Brown #24 and Eric Barton #50 (L) of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sul
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    The Bengals lost to the winless Browns in a close game that didn't involve Carson Palmer throwing two interceptions.

    Only Terrell Owens catching passes for more than 200 yards prevented this grade from being lower.

Baltimore Ravens: A

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    PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 03:  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens hands the ball off to teammate Willis McGahee #23 during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 3, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Get
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    It wasn't the prettiest win, but when you hand one of the NFL's only undefeated team's this season their first loss, that's going to bump your grade up.

Denver Broncos: B

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    NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 03:  Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos breaks away from Vincent Fuller #22 of the Tennessee Titans  at LP Field on October 3, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. Denver won 26-20.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    The Broncos beat the Titans, but they needed help from special teams. Kyle Orton had a great day, but the running game isn't even worth mentioning.

    However, a win is a win, and that earns the Broncos a "B."

Detroit Lions: C

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    GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 03: Rahvid Best #44 of the Detroit Lions flips in the air after being tackled by Charles Woodson of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 3, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 28-26.  (Photo by
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    The Detroit Lions are 0-4, but they're starting to stay in games, and Shaun Hill has been an effective backup for the injured Matthew Stafford.

    They hung in the game with the Green Bay Packers, who should've destroyed them, so the loss isn't judged as harshly.

San Francisco 49ers: D

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 03:  Head coach Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers questions a call during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 3, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    The only thing keeping this grade from being lower is the fact the 49ers jumped out to a 14-0 lead and put a scare into the Falcons.

    But the 49ers blew the lead and lost the game. This team is a mess and it doesn't look like it's going to be fixed any time soon.

Carolina Panthers: D

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 03:  Jimmy Clausen #2 of the Carolina Panthers is tackled by Usama Young #28 of the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on October 3, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    Like the 49ers, the Panthers kept the game close when everyone thought it should've been a blowout.

    That being said, the Panthers are already starting Jimmy Clausen and this is reflected in the grade.

Seattle Seahawks: F

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    ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 3: Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to pass against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Seahawks 20-3.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    The Seahawks lost to the St. Louis Rams and rookie quarterback Sam Bradford.

    The Seahawks didn't even score a touchdown.

    What else can you say?

Indianapolis Colts: D

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 03:  Receiver Austin Collie #15 of the Indianapolis Colts cannot make the catch while taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on October 3, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars won 31-28.  (Photo by Marc Serot
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    The only thing keeping this grade from being an "F" is the fact that the Colts have a long and distinguished injury list. That aside, there's no excuse to losing to the Jaguars at this point.

    The Jags defense isn't one of the league's elite, and the fact that the Colts let the Jaguars back into the game and put them into a position to win means they get a poor grade.

Houston Texans: B

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 3: Running back Derrick Ward #32 of the Houston Texans drags safety Tyvon Branch #33 of the Oakland Raiders into the endzone for a touchdown during an NFL football game October 3, 2010 at The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oaklan
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    The Texans won, but the score versus the Raiders was too close for this to be considered any kind of great win.

    Arian Foster had an "A+" performance, but overall the team should've performed better against the Raiders.

Washington Redskins: B

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins celebrates after throwing a first quater touchdown pass against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim Mc
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    The Redskins held it together long enough to pull a victory out over the Eagles and knocked Michael Vick out of the game in the process.

    However, this wasn't any kind of dominating win and the Eagles didn't do much to help their cause after Vick went down.

Arizona Cardinals: F

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 03:  Quarterback Max Hall #6 of the Arizona Cardinals drops back to pass in the third quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Cardinals 41-10.  (
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    The Cardinals got beat 41-10, benched their starting quarterback in favor of an undrafted rookie for the second time this year, and didn't look like they belonged in the same league.

    This probably won't be the last time the Cardinals see this grade this year.

Chicago Bears: F-

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 03:  Aaron Ross #31 of the New York Giants sacks Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 3, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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    Jay Cutler ate nine sacks before being mercifully removed from the game and the debate rages whether it was all the offensive line's fault, or if Cutler was holding onto the ball too long looking for the big play.

    The line becomes even more suspect when backup Todd Collins went down as well and the Bears threw in a guy from the stands to finish out the game.

    Just kidding, Caleb Haine fans . . . all three of them.

Buffalo Bills: D

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Jonathan Stupar #88, Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 and CJ Spiller #21  of the Buffalo Bills wait to enter the field prior to playing the New York Jets   at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. The Jets w
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    This really wasn't a good performance from the Bills, but considering the state of the team, it really could've been worse.

    Bottom line is, it looks like Trent Edwards wasn't the problem, but that's not much consolation on the report card.

Cleveland Browns: B-

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    CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 03:  Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns runs away from linebacker Keith Rivers #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 3, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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    The Browns held on for a 23-20 victory over the Bengals, but the defense was too porous in the secondary and the offense didn't have much in the way of an aerial attack.

    However, Peyton Hillis literally was bouncing defenders out of the game, and that's a good way to bring the grade up.

Pittsburgh Steelers: B

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    PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 03: Antwaan Randle El #82 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a fourth quater first down catch while playing the Baltimore Ravens on October 3, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Baltimore won the game 17-14.  (Photo b
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    While the Steelers got handed their first loss of the season, they lost to a very tough Baltimore Ravens team.

    Pittsburgh couldn't get anything to break their way at the end of the fourth quarter, or this team may very well have ended up 4-0.

    Losing is never good for the report card, but mitigating circumstances can save the grade from falling too far.

Tennessee Titans: C-

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    NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 03:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs against the Denver Broncos at LP Field on October 3, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. Denver won 26-20.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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    The special teams made a critical error at the end of the fourth quarter that ended up costing the Titans the game, but quarterback Vince Young was completely unimpressive, and Chris Johnson was held to only 53 yards rushing.

Green Bay: B-

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    CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 27:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers rolls out to pass against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    The Packers are winning, but they're barely pulling out victories in games that shouldn't be close. They're making too many mistakes and they're not capitalizing on the other team's mistakes.

    They kept the Lions from winning, but that's about all you can say.

Atlanta Falcons: B-

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 03:  Head coach Mike Smith of the Atlanta Falcons looks on during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Georgia Dome on October 3, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    The Falcons took advantage of the 49ers' mistakes and earned the win, but the fact that the Falcons had to take advantage of mistakes to win the game downgrades the performance some.

    The Falcons are a better team than this, so this grade should be an aberration going forward.

New Orleans Saints: B-

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 03:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints talks with Jimmy Clausen #2 of the Carolina Panthers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 3, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Panthers 16-14.  (Photo by Chris Gray
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    Like the Falcons, the Saints let a bad team stay in the game far too long and had to win it on a field goal in the closing minutes of the game.

    The Saints are a better team than this, but if this trend of not playing up to their potential continues, the grades could continue to decline.

St. Louis Rams: A

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    ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 3: Na'il Diggs #53 of the St. Louis Rams is takes the field prior to playing against the Seattle Seahawks at the Edward Jones Dome on October 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Seahawks 20-3.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/
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    The Rams came out and destroyed the Seahawks. That's an "A." Nothing else needs to be said.

    Congratulations to St. Louis.

Jacksonville Jaguars: A

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 03:  Head coach Jack Del Rioof the Jacksonville Jaguars shouts against the Indianapolis Colts at EverBank Field on October 3, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars won 31-28.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    When you're a team with as many problems as the Jaguars and you go out and beat the defending AFC Champions, that's an "A."

Oakland Raiders: C+

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 3: Defensive Back Kareem Jackson #25 of the Houston Texans breaks up a pass in the endzone to wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey #85 of the Oakland Raiders during an NFL football game October 3, 2010 at The Oakland-Alameda County Coli
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    The Raiders had a pretty good showing, but they still lost. Their defense couldn't stop Arian Foster and Bruce Gradkowski is adequate at best.

Philadelphia Eagles: D

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03:  Kevin Kolb #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass against the Washington Redskins on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    What can you say about the Eagles? After Michael Vick went down, the wind went out of the team's sails and the loss seemed inevitable by the fourth quarter.

    Andy Reid has a lot of work to do this week.

San Diego Chargers: A

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 03:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers looks down field for an open receiver in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeat
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    The Chargers had a good showing against a Cardinals team that is reeling at the moment. They did everything they were supposed to do, and that's about all you can ask for.

New York Giants: B

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 03:  Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants runs the ball against the Chicago Bears at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 3, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    Considering the Giants had 10 sacks on the game and knocked out two quarterbacks, you'd think this grade would be an "A."

    But considering the Giants only were able to score 17 points despite the crushing performance by the defense brings the grade down.

    The Giants are improving, though, so there's hope for the future.

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