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32. Carolina Panthers (Last Week: 32)
With the last four games against the likes of the Steelers and Atlanta twice, their game against the Cardinals on Week 15 might be the last chance they have for a win.
This season's been horrible. Nine of their 11 losses have been by double digits. In reviewing the stats for them, I found they've punted 15 times more than they've forced their opponents to kick it away, the largest dichotomy I found in the league.
They have scored 46 less points than any other team in the NFL. A passing rating of 55.1 for a game is bad. but that's the passing rating the Panthers have...for the entire season.
31. Buffalo Bills (Last Week: 28)
Long known as the team that came this close to winning against the likes of Baltimore, the Steelers, Chiefs and Bears, it looked like their come-from-behind demolition of the Bengals might've shown the world that they were just a decent team that feel short week after week.
But after last week's rout by the Vikings, it came to light that the Bills are just a team with a bad defense. While the offense was able to put them on the board, the Bills are five points away from giving up the most points in the NFL. After all, they do have the league's worst run defense.
30. Arizona Cardinals (Last Week: 31)
Offensively, they've outgained the Panther's by 50 yards for the entire 2010 campaign, which makes them 31st in the league for Total Offense. The Bears, which are 30th, have outgained them by 320 yards for the same 12 weeks.
Their 3-9 record seems not-so-pathetic. But consider that seven of their nine losses are by double digits, including their last four. They are also on a seven-game losing streak.
That happens when you score the second-least points and also allow the most in the NFL at the same time.
29. Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week: 29)
Last year, there was a debate whether this team was simply overachieving or if it had finally gotten over the hump to become a solid contender. Funny. We're now debating whether this team should be blown up and sold for parts.
I think they have just underachieved this year like they overachieved last year. They are what we thought the Bills were. Of their 10 losses, only three are by 10 points or more. Ironically, all three of those are to the Patriots, Bills and Jets. Stranger still, their worst single-digit loss was to the Dolphins.
Simply put, they are the same typical 7-9/6-10 team that just got owned by the AFC East.
28. Detroit Lions (Last Week: 30)
In a word...fundamentals.
First, the Lions have been penalized the second-most times in the NFL, and for the third-most yards. Of course, that's not including some of the bad non-calls that have killed this team.
Second, it's in the trenches. When you've got the 28th-best running offense and the 25th-best running defense, something's not going right on the line of scrimmage.
27. Denver Broncos (Last Week: 27)
Hoping to mimic the same success that the Cowboys had with Jason Garrett and the Vikings had with Leslie Frazier, Denver has gone to the Interim Coach Well itself to salvage a losing season.
Josh McDaniels, who earned his stripes calling the plays for Tom Brady's almost-perfect season, was actually doing a good job replicating that success - for the passing game, which currently ranks fourth in the league. But considering that the running game ranks 29th, and the running and passing defenses rank 22nd and 31st, and that basically reveals that McDaniels will be a great coach in the Mountain West Conference.