Which NFL Team Is in Better Position to Bounce Back from a 0-2 Start?

Nohome JeromeCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2008

At the top of the table these are two of the most interesting stories, nevertheless, we also have to take a look at the bottom. Ten teams are winless at this point. In many cases, it’s a predictable situation. For example, the Miami Dolphins, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Detroit Lions or the Saint Louis Rams were expected to be winless after two games. On the other hand, teams such as the San Diego Chargers, the Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars have unexpected lost their first two.

It’s too early in the season; however, it’s already a tough situation for these teams.

Can they rebound?

Which team is in best position?

1. San Diego Chargers (Lost to Panthers 26-24; lost at Broncos 39-38)

The Chargers know about slow starts under Norv Turner. They lost three out of their first four games of the 2007 season. Then, they were able to rebound, clinch the AFC West and advance to the AFC Championship game. This year, and after Tom Brady’s injury, the Chargers are unanimously considered the favourite team of the AFC. They have to take a step forward and reach to the next level.

However, they have had a disgusting start. The Chargers lost to the Carolina Panthers in the first week and at Denver Broncos in the second one. Both defeats came in the last second. In the first game, the Panthers overcome the game as the time expired, as the Broncos changed the game direction with a two-point conversion after a controversial call.

In my opinion, and despite of Shawn Merriman season ending injury, they are in the best position to bounce back. They have to play solid football during sixty minutes and improve their aggressiveness. The Chargers are playing smart ofense, nevertheless they are struggling on defense. They have the weapons and they know how to get the job done, so I’m sure that they are going to rebound from this slow start.

Upcoming schedule: Vs. New York Jets, @ Oakland Raiders and @ Miami Dolphins.

2. Minnesota Vikings (Lost at Packers 24-19; lost to Colts 18-15)

It also has been a disgusting start for these Vikings. They have lost at Green Bay Packers and to the Indianapolis Colts. In both games, the Vikings have looked pretty inconsistent. They have not established a rhythm and they have struggled offensively during many parts of the games.

I think that they can bounce back because they have an outstanding defense and the most talented tail back in the business. The Viking defense is a tremendous unit; nevertheless they need a little support from the ofense. In both games, running back Adrian Peterson has had fast stars while he has been shadowed during the second halves. 193 out of his 263 rushing yards have come in the first thirties of football.

In my opinion, they are still poised to make a good season. Tarvaris Jackson is not playing solid football, but he is neither taking poor decisions. If he steps forwards, Peterson’s job will be easier, and he will make plays in the second half too.

They also have to improve in the clutch, and being able to get the job done in the fourth quarter. They will need to bring something new to the table in order to face their tough schedule.

Upcoming schedule: Vs. Carolina Panthers, @ Tennessee Titans and @ New Orleans Saints.

3. Cleveland Browns (Lost to Cowboys 28-10; lost to Steelers 10-6)

The Browns were one of the hottest teams coming into the season. Their promising and unexpected 2007 performance made them a good pick entering 2008. Two weeks after the season opener, the future is not so bright at Cleveland.

They have lost two home games against the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns looked drowned in the first game while they showed a little improvement Sunday night against the Steelers, nevertheless it wasn’t enough to upset them.

The biggest question mark for the Browns is on the defensive line. Despite of Shaun Rodgers and Cory Williams additions, they have not been able to improve their ground defense. The Cowboys had more than 150 rushing yards, as Willie Parker had 105 yesterday.

Romeo Crenell is also looking bad. He has had many poor decisions in both games, and his play-calling has been strange. In my opinion, he has to refresh his mind and be a little more aggressive. The Browns are a young although talented team and they have to go for it.

In my opinion, the defense has to make a statement, and Derek Anderson has to be more consistent, especially in the red zone, involving his playmakers and winning football games. They have to win the next one in order to recapture the 2007 momentum; they have to prove themselves that the can get the job done.

Upcoming games: @ Baltimore Ravens, @ Cincinnati Bengals and bye.