Through three weeks of the NFL season, six teams remain winless. There are some not so shocking teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But there are also some unexpected teams like the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins who both made the playoffs a year ago. At 0-3 the chances of making the playoffs are slim, but at 0-4 they are downright impossible.
Let’s take a look at three teams who are ready to turn it around and will pick up their first win of the 2013 season in Week 4.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In the biggest storyline so far this week, head coach Greg Schiano announced that rookie QB Mike Glennon will start against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Glennon will take over for veteran QB Josh Freeman, who has not lived up to his potential after being drafted in the first round in 2009.
Tampa Bay believes that they can compete in the high-powered NFC South. They made a huge splash in the offseason bringing in DB Darrelle Revis and S Dashon Goldston. They also have one of the most exciting running backs in the league with Doug Martin, and a big time receiver in Vincent Jackson.
Glennon is known for his huge arm, but will be asked to manage the game Sunday, relying on their defense and running game to pick up win number one.
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise to see the Steelers struggle so far in 2013. The first team offense failed to score a touchdown during the entire preseason, and they have gotten hit with the injury bug as bad as any team in NFL. Losing Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncy to a torn ACL in Week 1 was a huge blow to an already young offensive line.
However this is the week the Steelers get on track. Rookie RB Le’Veon Bell will make his NFL debut against the Vikings in a game that will be played at Wembley Stadium in London. Heath Miller made his season debut last week and proved why he is one of QB Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite targets.
If the Steelers can cut back on the turnovers and give Big Ben time in the pocket to find his playmaking wide receivers, look for Pittsburgh to get win number one across the pond.
New York Giants
This may be the most surprising team that has yet to register a win this year. The Giants have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL with Eli Manning, and elite wide receivers with Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. The problem is that the Giants can’t protect Manning, can’t run the ball and can’t stop anyone on defense.
The Giants held a players only meeting this week in an attempt to turn the season around. After last week’s 38-0 debacle against the Carolina Panthers, New York will need to play their best football of the year if they want to beat the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead.
Look for the Giants to come out strong and hand Kansas City their first loss of the year.
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