Last week, a commentator on the NFL Network said something to the effect of, "I can't believe all the bad teams we have this year!"
As a matter of fact, "we" have several really good teams, either unbeaten or one loss or maybe two, and, in fact, many of these are teams I picked to win divisions this year: Pats, Steelers, Colts, Saints, Cards, Packers, and Giants. If I am forgetting a team or two, I'm sure someone will let me know. Plus you have the Ravens, Vikings, and—amazingly—the Bengals and Broncos. The Bengals because last year without Palmer they were the Bungles, and the Broncos because who woulda thought Kyle Orton could be even better than Jay Cutler?
But yes, we do have many "bad" teams this year. In fact, I can't remember a year where, seven weeks into the season, there are this many winless and one or two-win teams that do not look like they will win many more games. Almost every division has at least one. Some have two. And who are these teams?
Lions: Yes, they finally won, but other than (maybe) their game with the Rams in week 8, I really don't think they will win any other games. I was really hoping they'd be this year's Miami Dolphins (instead, they appear to be this year's Bengals).
Rams: It would not surprise me if they went 0-16. Honestly, last years Lions were better!
Bucs: I expected them to have problems but this is ridiculous! Put Josh Freeman in already!
Browns: When they beat the Bills, I almost put the Bills on this list, but then the Bills beat the Jets, so the Bills are off it. But I have two words to explain why the Browns are as futile as ever: Eric Mangini.
Chiefs: Matt Cassel, I assumed, would get them off the loser list, but what do I know?
Raiders: So what if they beat the Eagles? As goes Jamarcus, goes the Raiders. If they had a consistent QB, they'd be at least decent.
Panthers: Never mind the "odd year blues." The situation in Carolina is more serious than that, but don't ask me what it is! Why aren't they running it more? They only had one of the best RB tandems in the league in 2008.
Titans: This situation really is inexplicable. I mean, losing 59-0 against the Pats?
Now, I could add a few more teams to this list, but I won't, because some of the 2-4 teams (the Fins, for instance...) really are better than that. I guess the "experts" I excoriated really were right about Miami's "brutal" schedule. But, when they lost Pennington for the year, I knew "playoffs" was pretty much out of the question (I had them as one wild card). Plus, they have been in every game they have lost, unlike, say, the Redskins, Seahawks, Jags and a few other 4-loss teams.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!