The beginning of each new NFL season is a great time for all fans. Before the games start, there are unlimited possibilities, and any team might get to the playoffs.
At the beginning of a new season, nobody wants to think that their team will ultimately disappoint them.
Three quarters of the way through the 2011 season, there have been many teams whose fans have had a reality check. We’ve reached the point where teams are starting to be eliminated from playoff contention, which is the ultimate letdown that a fan can face.
Of course, that gut-wrenching disappointment is even worse when a team was widely expected to be a force to be reckoned with this year. Those are the teams we’re going to take a look at in the next seven slides: the supposed contenders who turned out to be pretenders.
All of these teams are either on the brink of elimination from the playoffs or are already there, which is nowhere near where fans expected them to be at this point in the season.