NFL Busts: 5 Teams That Haven't Lived Up to the Hype
Every year the media tells us who will be great. Who will not.
Let's all give thanks that the BCS isn't involved in the NFL or based on media rankings we would not have three of our last four Super Bowl champions.
But it seems like every year there are teams that just aren't quite capable of living up to the hype that was placed on them.
Here are five teams this year that have so far failed to live up to the hype.
5. Minnesota Vikings
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This team was being looked at as a dark horse to give the Packers and Bears a good fight for the NFC North.
Donovan McNabb was brought on to give the Vikings a veteran signal caller.
He didn't pan out.
The Vikings are currently ranked 30th in overall defense and are 23rd in passing offense.
McNabb was benched in favor of Christian Ponder.
The Vikings are 2-6 and barring a miracle will not even make the playoffs.
4. San Diego Chargers
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The Chargers are 4-3 how are they on this list?
Well let's look at who they have beaten.
The 0-7 Dolphins, the 2-5 Broncos, the 4-3 Chiefs, and the 2-6 Vikings.
That's a combined record of 8-21.
The three losses? The 4-3 Jets, those same Chiefs, and the 5-2 Patriots.
So anytime they've played a good team? The Chargers have lost.
I don't know if it's head coach Norv Turner's playcalling, quarterback Phillip Rivers' interceptions, or their soft rush defense. The Chargers are currently ranked 17th falling from 4th in 2010.
Whatever it is, this team simply isn't living up to the preseason hype.
3. New York Jets
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It may not be fair to put the New York Jets on this list, they are after all 4-3.
The problem is that record is only good enough for third place in the AFC East.
The Jets have yet to lose at home. Of course they also haven't won on the road yet either. And if they make the playoffs that's where they would be playing.
This team is currently ranked No. 30 in total offense.
For a team that is constantly hyped by head coach Rex Ryan?
They haven't lived up to it.
2. Philadelphia Eagles
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The Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday to improve to 3-4 for the season.
Remember when Vince Young proclaimed this team to be a "dream team"?
With all of the offseason free-agent signings, the Eagles looked like they would be the team to beat in the NFC.
Quarterback Michael Vick may be the most exciting player in the NFL. Unfortunately, he has to stay healthy to keep the Eagles afloat and that has proved to be difficult.
The Eagles may be improving, but they still haven't lived up to that hype.
1. Dallas Cowboys
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Is there a quarterback that is more up and down than the Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo?
From one week to the next you just don't know what you'll get.
"Good" Tony vs. the 49ers throws for two touchdowns and has a 116.4 quarterback rating.
But "bad" Tony vs. Detroit has three interceptions and only an 86.4 quarterback rating.
For a team that was hoping to be a Super Bowl contender, this 3-4 team just isn't living up to that hype.