Indianapolis Colts and 6 NFL Teams That Are Worse Than What We Thought
With two weeks in the NFL nearly complete, we can start see who is better and who is worse than everyone else.
Starting 0-2 isn't good for an NFL team and usually derails a team's season. Teams struggle to gain momentum and their confidence after a slow start.
Here are seven teams who are worse than what we thought.
1) Indianapolis Colts
The Colts look like the Cleveland Cavaliers without LeBron James. With their slow start, the Colts are in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.
The Indianapolis Colts look confused without Peyton Manning. Manning changes games with his audible and playmaking abilities.
In two games, the Colts have lost 34-7 to Houston and 27-19 to Cleveland.
The passing game isn't the same, and the run game isn't, either. Kerry Collins has thrown for 388 yards in two games. Manning throws for that in one game.
The Colts have had four field goals and one touchdown. That isn't exactly Colts football.
Finally, not only is the offense struggling, but so is the defense.
Could the players without Manning be tanking it, or are they just that bad without Manning?
2) Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks won their division, made the playoffs and beat the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs last year.
They certainly don't look like that same team anymore.
The Seahawks got shutout yesterday against Pittsburgh, and lost 33-17 to San Francisco last week.
Losing Matt Hasselbeck looks like that was stupid move, and adding Tarvaris Jackson and Sidney Rice has not helped matters. Rice hasn't played and has a torn labrum. Jackson had four turnovers in Week 1.
Their running game has been non-existent as well. Marshawn Lynch, the starting running back, has 44 yards in two games. Jackson was the leading rusher yesterday with 12 yards.
The defense is young and looks bad. Getting rid of Lofa Tatupu hurt.
3) Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs won their division last year. What happened? Was it a one-year fluke, or is this just a down year?
Getting beat 48-3 yesterday by Detroit and 41-7 by Buffalo made you wonder if it was a fluke?
Did losing Charlie Weis back to college football hurt them that bad?
Jamaal Charles is going to be out for the season. Charles rushed for 1,400 yards last season. Now it turns to the aging Thomas Jones and the young, inexperienced but fast Dexter McCluster.
The defense looks awful after giving up over 40 points in back-to-back games.
4) Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos won yesterday, but they almost blew it. They did blow it in Week 1 when they looked dead in a loss to Oakland.
The Broncos needed a long offseason, but didn't get it due to the lockout. Now, they are battling growing pains again.
In Week 1, they looked rusty. Orton threw an interception and caused a fumble, the run game was non-existent, Andre Dawkins looked like he was the only one tackling and they had a punt blocked.
Yesterday, Kyle Orton was a bit better, and so was the run game and defense.
Though yesterday gave the Broncos hope, they still have a long way to go.
5) Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville got hammered by the New York Jets 32-3 yesterday. The Jaguars won in Week 1 but looked more like a rebuilding team against the Jets.
The running game led the Jaguars over the Titans in Week 1. Having Maurice Jones-Drew would boost an offense, or would it?
Well, you need a good quarterback, too.
The Jaguars got rid of David Garrard and entrusted the quarterback reins to Luke McCown. McCown hasn't thrown any touchdowns or interceptions in either week yet.
It makes you wonder if we will see Blaine Gabbert soon?
The Jaguars are just a young team.
6) New York Giants
The New York Giants shouldn't be that bad of a football team. Injuries have made them worse than what they are.
The Giants play tonight at home against St.Louis and hope to get back to .500.
Eli Manning looked dazed, the running game didn't produce much and the defense gave up 28 points.
Not having Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora can do that. They also lost Prince Amukamara, their first-round pick, to a season-ending injury.
7) Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings should be 2-0 right now. They just cannot finish games.
The Vikings had a 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter, and then the defense fell apart. The Vikings' defensive line is aging, and their secondary is young.
It is very likely that the Vikings could be in for a last-place finish in the NFC North.