NFL: 5 Teams That Can Expect Longer Losing Streaks
Predicting longer losing streaks for teams that have been disappointing in just two games is a depressing task, but the schedule does all the predicting.
Week 2 gave discouraging losses to organizations that desperately need hope. However, nine teams have bounced back from opening losses. However, there are still five teams that have a bleak outlook when the schedules are gazed upon.
5. Carolina Panthers
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Cam Newton has been great, throwing for over 400 yards in his first two games. Unfortunately, both performances have come with losses.
In Week 3, the Panthers play the Jaguars at home. Coach Jack Del Rio hasn't decided his starting quarterback yet and it shouldn't matter. Carolina needs to come out with a win, or else there could possibly be an ugly losing streak.
Weeks 4 through 6 have Newton facing teams that made the playoffs last year. The Redskins are on the slate for Week 7 and Mike Shanahan's crew looks much improved as of now.
4. Miami Dolphins
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Chad Henne has outperformed low expectations coming into the season, but it hasn't been good enough for a Week 1 or Week 2 win.
If the Week 3 win doesn't materialize, going to San Diego and New York will be extremely difficult. Then Miami will play Denver in Week 7 and Kyle Orton is who the Miami fans wanted all along. MetLife stadium is on the schedule again as the Giants is the teams' week 8 opponent.
Next week is very important to Miami because they'll have a 0 in the wins column until their November 6 match up with Kansas City.
3. Indianapolis Colts
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Peyton Manning won't be able to play this season, but he wouldn't even want to by the time October rolls around.
Next week sees Indianapolis take on mighty Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football and while the Steelers may be old, they aren't old enough to lose to Kerry Collins. The following week has Indianapolis traveling down to Tampa. The Bucs are bad at stopping the run, but the Colts don't have a running game that will take advantage of that fact.
If the Colts lose at home Week 5 against the Chiefs, they shouldn't plan on beating a much more physical Cincinnati Bengals squad on the road Week 6. The Bengals beat the Browns, who the Colts just lost to at home.
After that, Tennessee, Atlanta and New Orleans are on the schedule. Two of those games are on the road. The Colts will have to break this streak in Week 5 or they'll be without a win until they take on the Jaguars in Week 10.
2. Kansas City Chiefs
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Losing the best playmaker the team has in Jamaal Charles to a torn ACL on a fluky play when he landed on a first down marker isn't a good sign for what is left to come. The team has been outscored 89-10 in two games.
Kansas City won't be expected to beat San Diego or Minnesota in the next two weeks, but the Chiefs are fortunate enough to be playing the Colts in Week 5. The issue is that they'll be on the road without Charles to slow down Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis on the carpet that is Lucas Oil Stadium.
Todd Haley and company should get that win against Indianapolis because it gets ugly after their Week 6 bye. A win could be expected out of Oakland, Miami and Denver in Weeks 7 through 10, but waiting that long would mean Haley losing his job.
After the Chiefs do pick up a win or two, don't expect much outside of that. The Patriots, Steelers, Bears, Jets and Packers come in Weeks 11 through 15. By the looks of it, Kansas City will be competing with the next team listed for Andrew Luck.
1. Seattle Seahawks
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Tarvaris Jackson looks like he can't beat any opposing defense on any given play.
Seattle lost their chance to steal an early game on the road from a division opponent Week 1 against San Francisco. Arizona is the upcoming game and that organization has found their quarterback of the future. There appears no worse team in the NFC West than the Seahawks, and the division had Seattle winning it last season at 7-9.
Atlanta comes to town Week 4 with their physical style and mistake limited Matt Ryan, then the Seahawks travel to MetLife stadium to square off with the Giants for the dreaded 1 p.m. starting time.
After the Week 5 bye, it's off to Cleveland for another 1 p.m. start. The best chance for a possible losing streak being broken is week 8 at home against Cincinnati because Dallas, Baltimore, St. Louis, Washington and Philadelphia are lurking in the distance.
With this schedule and the current state of the Seahawks, the team can expect ex-Trojan coach Pete Carroll to pair up with Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck by the time 2012 starts.