This is getting grim.
Most of the good Halloween candy has already been eaten and were only days away from the first playing of Rockin Around The Christmas Tree which means that song will be stuck in our heads until January.
And the Carolina Panthers still have just a single victory.
Theyve almost won a lot of games. But thats like having a lot of first dates.
So far, the Panthers have sacrificed their general manager, changed their practice routine, adjusted their offense, tweaked their defense, kicked some field goals and kept finding ways to lose.
They dont even have throwback uniforms to wear. All the cool teams have those. The Redskins will be the third opponent to wear throwbacks against the Panthers. That may be NFL code for being a homecoming opponent.
The closest thing to a throwback uniform the Panthers have is an old Greg Kragen No. 71 jersey someone found wadded up in a corner not long ago.
If this were Thanksgiving, theyd still be stuck at the side table with the Chiefs and the Jaguars.
CAROLINA at WASHINGTON: Im still waiting for the Great Pumpkin, too. Panthers 23, Redskins 21.
DENVER at CINCINNATI: Have you checked out the Broncos schedule the rest of the season? Can you say home-field advantage through the playoffs? Broncos 29, Bengals 17.
BALTIMORE at CLEVELAND: The Browns are coming off the rare 7-6 victory last Sunday. Rare both because of the odd score and the even odder fact the Browns won. Even stranger would be a Browns winning streak. Ravens 30, Browns 14.
ARIZONA at GREEN BAY: Song dedication time. Lets send out Free Fallin to the formerly 4-0 now 4-4 Cardinals. Welcome to the tundra. Packers 34, Cardinals 21.
BUFFALO at HOUSTON: Time to rummage through the leftover Halloween candy for something tasty. Texans 41, Bills 21.
MIAMI at INDIANAPOLIS: RG3 is spectacular but theres a strong case to be made and some are already making it that Andrew Luck is the rookie of the year. Ryan Tannehill isnt bad, either. Colts 32, Dolphins 24.
DETROIT at JACKSONVILLE: The Tim Tebow-to-Jacksonville rumors are swirling again. TMZ reported Tebow had dinner in Jacksonville this week. Of course, thats where hes from and the Jets are off this week. Coincidentally, another Jaguars season is swirling the wrong way again, too. Lions 28, Jags 14.
CHICAGO at TENNESSEE: If the Bears could win with their performance last Sunday, they can win this one, too. Bears 19, Titans 14.
TAMPA BAY at OAKLAND: It was announced this week that there will be more Star Wars movies in the future. Perhaps one of the new ones will bring back the bar scene from the original that featured all those Raiders fans. Raiders 26, Bucs 20.
MINNESOTA at SEATTLE: Not that anyone outside the Twin Cities has noticed but the Vikings are 5-3. If they win in the Great Northwest, we may have to start paying attention to them. Seahawks 20, Vikings 17.
PITTSBURGH at NEW YORK GIANTS: A bright moment for an area that needs one after the past few days. Giants 27, Steelers 17.
DALLAS at ATLANTA: Perhaps weve found the Cowboys new purpose in life. They are the moderators of mediocrity. If your favorite team is better than the Cowboys, then theyre pretty good, maybe very good. If theyre not as good as the Cowboys, well, theres always next year or the year after. As for the Cowboys, theres always .500. Falcons 33, Cowboys 20.
PHILADELPHIA at NEW ORLEANS: Andy Reid has decided to wait on starting the Nick Foles era on Monday night. Probably a good move. Saints 34, Eagles 24.
Last week: 10-3