NFL Predictions Week 3: Teams That Are Bound to Disappoint

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NFL Predictions Week 3: Teams That Are Bound to Disappoint
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Week 3 doesn't have the greatest games in the world, but there are still going to be some teams that really disappoint us this coming week.

The disappointing teams don't have to be ones that are expected to win.  These can be teams that are expected to lose, but lose much more badly than everyone expected due to individual performances or entire units failing to meet expectations.

Here are the teams that we will have more questions about than answers after Week 3 is over.

 

Indianapolis Colts

It's been a wild couple of days for the Colts.

Since Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Colts have lost both Dwayne Allen to a hip injury and Donald Thomas to an in-game quad injury for the 2013 season.  Then the Colts came up with a big-time trade to grab Trent Richardson from the Cleveland Browns, and Adam Schefter reported the news.

Fans may be excited about the new running back, but they will walk away from the game against the San Francisco 49ers with a lot of concerns.

Richardson may be considered one of the better young running backs in the NFL, but who is going to be blocking for him?  Thomas was arguably the best offensive lineman for the Colts, and Allen was a terrific run-blocker that simply can't be replaced by Coby Fleener.  The interior of the O-line is not looking good and will struggle to help in the run game or protect Andrew Luck from players like Aldon Smith and company.

The pass rush for the Colts is also questionable.  It may have gotten to Ryan Tannehill for five sacks last Sunday, but the Dolphins QB had way too much time in the pocket for the majority of the game.  Robert Mathis is still a strong pass-rusher, but he's aging and Bjoern Werner still needs time to develop.

It's not going to be a pretty game for the Colts this week.  For now, they just need to focus on the team staying healthy.

 

Dallas Cowboys

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After what looked to be a strong start for the Cowboys, they may be in serious risk of going 1-2 to start the 2013 campaign.

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The Cowboys lost a close one against the Kansas City Chiefs, falling 16-17.  The ground game struggled, putting up just 37 yards on 16 carries.  That's just 2.3 yards per carry.  Tony Romo also was pressured frequently, as the Chiefs got to him three different times for sacks as the offensive line struggled.

The St. Louis Rams aren't going to make things easy for the Cowboys either.  Sam Bradford now has weapons on offense in Jared Cook and Tavon Austin, and his passer rating has improved to 93.1 up to this point on the year.  The defense looks even better, allowing just 122 rushing yards so far and forcing five fumbles.  Robert Quinn is off to a very hot start, recording four sacks.

I don't think the Cowboys are going to be prepared for the Rams defense, and Bradford is going to make some big throws to give the Rams a win and have the Cowboys once again questioning if they're taking the right path to a playoff appearance and potential deep run.

 

Miami Dolphins

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The expectations are starting to get higher for the Dolphins after starting 2-0, but the team might be getting a little bit too overhyped heading into its home opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

The defense has looked good in its first two games, but it was playing a couple of offenses with some key mismatches.  The Cleveland Browns don't have a lot of talent on offense, especially at QB, and the Colts have a weak offensive line that showed when trying to contain Cameron Wake and the rest of that defense.

The Falcons are going to be a different monster.  Matt Ryan is probably one of the best second-tier quarterbacks in the NFL, and he has some great targets to throw to in Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez.  Their defense is much better than either the Browns or Colts defense as well, with solid pieces in the secondary and up front, even with all of the injuries.  

The ground game has also been a disappointment for the Dolphins, and the Falcons are allowing just 73.5 rushing yards per game so far.  Lamar Miller is already struggling, and this certainly won't help things.

Everything looks better when you're winning, but the Dolphins' weaknesses will be highlighted and exposed against the Falcons.

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