Every NFL team begins the year with delusions of grandeur with hopes of winning the Lombardi trophy. However, hope always leaves when reality walks in. These six teams have been gassed by fans and pundits alike into thinking they are poised for a big season. Some teams had what was believed to be an excellent draft, while others are believed to have the pieces in place to make a run at this thing.
In today’s NFL parity is commended by most fans. However, the parity excuse tends to mask the bigger issue of failed expectations. Year in and year out teams fail to deliver on the lofty goals bestowed upon them mainly because the talent they so vehemently believed in proves to be unworthy of such belief. Leaving these teams with nothing more than a weekly reminder of just how short their shortcomings are.
Each year brings a new set of trials and tribulations. How a team handles this adversity will dictate how their season ends or better yet when their season ends. Who a team plays is just as important as how a team plays. All six teams have difficult schedules that feature Super Bowl contending teams who are consistently in the playoffs.
These six teams all begin the season with high expectations. Some are expecting a Super Bowl berth while others are preparing for a playoff push. Regardless, each team’s season will end short of their planned destination.