NFL Power Rankings: 4 Teams That Could Finish 0-16
Only seven teams remain winless after Week 2 of the 2011 NFL season, but how many of those teams could really finish the year without a single tally in the win column?
St. Louis was expected to win the NFC West, but they've started the season 0-2, while the defending champs in their division, Seattle, have also started the new campaign on a sour note.
Kansas City has been ravaged by injuries early in the season, but will all of the injuries spell doom for Todd Haley and his Chiefs?
Donovan McNabb has failed to bring much to the table thus far for the Vikings, and it may be only a matter of time before we see some meaningful snaps for their first-round selection, Christian Ponder.
I expect Miami, St. Louis and Minnesota to have a win in the near future, so let's take a look at four teams that have the potential to go 0-16 this season.
4. Carolina Panthers
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I'll be the first to admit that I thought Cam Newton would be a bust in the NFL, and so far he has been far from it.
Newton has already thrown for 854 yards in the first two games of the season, but he has also thrown four interceptions which have proven costly in the Panthers first two games.
Steve Smith has been huge for Newton and the Panthers early in the year, as he has caught 14 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns thus far.
Carolina appears to be in much better shape than they were last season, and that is why it's hard to imagine them going without a win this season.
Carolina's defense has not stepped up so far as they've allowed a total of 59 points, but they are still very talented on that side of the ball and you should expect to see some improvement this weekend when they take on Jacksonville.
The Panthers could get their first win of the season at home against the Jags, but if they are unable to do so, then things could get tricky based on how teams like Washington and Minnesota are playing in a few weeks.
3. Seattle Seahawks
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People can blame quarterback Tarvaris Jackson for the Seahawks' struggles so far, but a lot of the blame should fall on the Hawks' offensive line.
Seattle has run for a total of just 95 yards in the first two games, and they are averaging 2.7 yards per carry.
Jackson could use the benefit of a run game, but he has not gotten it so far from the Seahawks, and he has also been missing receiver Sidney Rice, who is is expected to return from injury this weekend against the Cardinals.
Seattle's defense has actually shown improvement so far this season and has played much better than the offense.
The Seahawks should have a solid chance to get a win this weekend as they play their home-opener against Kevin Kolb and Co.
Seattle is one of the least talented teams in the league, but the 12th man should be able to carry them to at least a couple of wins this season.
2. Indianapolis Colts
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Quarterback Kerry Collins has been unable to give the team any kind of spark, and the Colts appear to be lost without Manning under center so far.
The fact that the Colts couldn't beat Cleveland at home is an indication of just how bad things have gotten for Indy, and they don't figure to get better as the Steelers come to town this weekend for a nationally televised whooping on Sunday night.
It appears doubtful that Manning will return this season, and if that is the case, then this team will be lucky to win more than a couple of games.
The defense needs to step up for Indy but so far they have failed to do so, as they have allowed 61 total points in their first two games.
Week 5 is going to be an epic showdown as the Colts take on the Chiefs for the potential rights to the first pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
Expect the Colts to finally get their first win over Kansas City and maybe add another one on later in the season.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
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Disappointing doesn't even begin to describe the Kansas City Chiefs start to the 2011 season as they have now lost three key players to season-ending injuries.
Promising second-year tight end Tony Moeaki was lost for the year with a torn ACL in the team's final preseason game, while Pro Bowlers Eric Berry and Jamaal Charles have suffered the same fate in the Chiefs' last two games.
Quarterback Matt Cassel has struggled to move the chains, but it's not all his fault as the offensive line play has not been great and receivers have dropped passes that have led to interceptions.
First-round pick Jon Baldwin didn't exactly help matters by breaking his thumb after the Chiefs' first preseason game by getting in a fight with veteran running back Thomas Jones.
The defense appears lost without Eric Berry. Sabby Piscitielli has stepped in to fill his shoes as the team has gone from starting one of the best safeties in the league to one of the worst players in the NFL.
Berry means that much to the Chiefs' defense, as his injury has left a gaping hole in the Kansas City defense that will likely continue to stay there until he returns next season.
The Chiefs got by last season because they had six Pro Bowlers and a healthy team with other mediocre talents around them.
This season, however, they have lost many of their key players, and the lack of depth and quality players throughout the roster has proven to be costly.
The Chiefs best chances for a win this season will be against the Vikings in Week 4, the Colts in Week 5 and their two games in Weeks 10 and 17 against the Broncos.
Expect the Chiefs to find a way to win at least one of those games and likely finish the year at 1-15, earning the option of selecting Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first pick of April's draft.