NFL Week 2: 10 Sunday Losses That Spell the End of Playoff Hopes

Bailey BrautiganFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2010

NFL Week 2: 10 Sunday Losses That Spell the End of Playoff Hope

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    Week 2 of NFL football is just about over, and several teams have proved that they will make a strong run for the playoffs.

    Others...

    Well, not so much.

    Even though the preseason brought new hope to every NFL team, losses in Week 2 have separated the men from the boys, and it's looking like it might be a very long season for some teams in the league.

    Here is a list of the ten teams whose playoff dreams were met with a shocking dose of reality in Week 2.

10. Tennessee Titans

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    Current Record: 1-1

    Playoff Potential (8): The Titans suffered a tough loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday, and I'm still not convinced that they are a playoff-caliber team.

    In Week One, they stomped the Raiders...but that's the Raiders.

    Going up against the tough Pittsburgh defense proved too much for the Titans, and the Steelers were able to put up points even with the absence of their star quarterback (and with Dennis Dixon also leaving the field).

    Next week, Tennessee will travel to New York to take on the Giants, and the rest of their schedule is no cakewalk (Philly, San Diego, Miami, Indy, Houston, etc.).

    The Titans have the best chance on our list of making a playoff run, but they will struggle against dominant defenses.

9. Dallas Cowboys

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    Current Record: 0-2

    Playoff Potential (7): It's not looking good for the Cowboys. Dallas has quite a bit of work to do if they want a shot at the playoffs.

    It's one thing to lose to a strong Redskins squad (who held their own against the Houston Texans last night), but a loss to the Bears?

    Jay Cutler seems to have found some rhythm with the Bears, but the Cowboys were a preseason favorite to make a Super Bowl run. They should have dominated Chicago.

8. Arizona Cardinals

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    Current Record: 1-1

    Playoff Potential (6): The Cardinals defeated the St. Louis Rams in Week One, but the Atlanta Falcons proved to be the better team in Week Two.

    After a 41-7 loss to the Falcons, it has become very apparent that Arizona needs work on both sides of the ball. Some think that the Falcons will make a playoff appearance, but let's not forget about their loss to a bruised Steelers squad.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Current Record: 1-1

    Playoff Potential (6): The Jags looked good against the Broncos, but the Chargers completely dominated this past Sunday's game.

    The AFC South contains two definite playoff-caliber teams in the Colts and the Texans, leaving Jacksonville at the bottom of the division. The Jags have a really tough schedule ahead of them, and based on yesterday's performance, a playoff run isn't in Jacksonville's future.

6. Carolina Panthers

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    Current Record: 0-2

    Playoff Potential (5): Who saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers going 2-0 to start this season?

    Anybody?

    We didn't expect the Panthers to stomp the Giants, but we also didn't expect them to get stomped by the Bucs.

    The Panthers need to figure out what they're doing on offense (picking a reliable quarterback would be a nice start) if they want any shot at the playoffs, but a strong NFC South with the Saints and Falcons (and apparently the Buccaneers) will make this season even longer for Carolina.

5. Minnesota Vikings

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    Current Record: 0-2

    Playoff Potential (5): The Vikings are hurting this season with the absence of Sidney Rice and a Brett Favre who lacks the magic of last season.

    We can't fault the Vikings for losing in a close game to the reigning Super Bowl champs, but Favre's three interceptions and zero touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins are a definite cause for concern.

    Sidney Rice might be out, but Favre is the one to blame for the Vikings' poor performance this season.

    Minnesota's defense will be their only saving grace until Favre starts playing like he did last season.

4. St. Louis Rams

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    Current Record: 0-2

    Playoff Potential (4): Sam Bradford will do big things in the NFL.

    But not this year.

    The Rams need to tighten up their offense in order to move up in the league. One thing St. Louis does have going for them is that they are in one of the weakest divisions in the NFL, but we can't expect the Rams to go from one of the league's worst teams to the playoffs.

3. Detroit Lions

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    Current Record: 0-2

    Playoff Potential (3): I want the Lions to be good this season. I really do, but I just can't see a playoff run happening for Detroit.

    They should have had that game over the Chicago Bears, but the Eagles ran all over them even with big question marks at quarterback.

    Even though the Lions will have a better season than they did last year, playoffs are out of the question.

2. Cleveland Browns

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    Current Record: 0-2

    Playoff Potential (2): The Browns have everything working against them this season:

    They haven't had a good quarterback in years.

    The AFC North is stacked.

    They've already lost to two of their weakest opponents.

    Their next five games are as follows: At Baltimore, Vs. Cincinnati, Vs. Atlanta, At Pittsburgh and At New Orleans.

    Playoffs are out of the picture for the Cleveland Browns.

1. Buffalo Bills

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    Current Record: 0-2

    Playoff Potential (1): The Bills are the worst team in the AFC East. Period.

    They couldn't pull it off in a home game against the Dolphins, and they certainly don't stand a chance against the Patriots or the Jets.