NFL Power Rankings: Ranking the 2011 Season's Biggest Disappointments

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 16, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 11:   Darryl Tapp #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles lays on the field after an injury during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Even though it feels like just yesterday when the NFL lockout ended, we are nearing the conclusion of the 2011 NFL regular season.

When the season began, fans across the country were filled with anticipation. There were many fanbases that believed this would be their year to bring home the Lombardi Trophy.

However, only one team can bring home that trophy. Even though it's still unknown what team that will be, it's clear which ones it won't be.

Here are the three biggest disappointments in the 2011 season.

3. San Diego Chargers (6-7-0)

The Chargers are not out of the running yet, but the chances of them making postseason play are pretty slim.

The cards will need to fall in their favor after a devastating midseason meltdown.

After a 4-1 start, the Chargers looked in control heading into their bye week. They responded by dropping their next six games.

In what may be the weakest division in the NFL, the Chargers are sitting in third place, on the outside looking in.

They have won their last two games, but they haven't gained any ground on the Tim Tebow-led Denver Broncos.

A final record of 9-6 likely won't be enough to get the Chargers into the postseason.

The Jets need only one more win to get to that record and eliminate them in the wild-card race.

The Broncos need only one more win to get to that record and eliminate them in the division.

2. Indianapolis Colts (0-13-0)

You never know what you got until it's gone.

That's the case for the 2011 Indianapolis Colts without future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning under center.

The Colts are on pace to join the Detroit Lions as the only teams in NFL history to finish a season 0-16.

They still have a shot to get a win, though.

Things have looked slightly better in recent weeks after the team changed from Curtis Painter to Dan Orlovsky.

The team could manage 1-15 with the Jacksonville Jaguars still on the schedule.

The season has been a disaster either way. Hopefully, the addition of Andrew Luck will make the few painful months worth it.

1. Philadelphia Eagles (5-8-0)

This spot is reserved for the 2011 dream team.

Prior to the season, the city of Philadelphia was looking forward to one of the best seasons in franchise history.

There was hope that the city would get its first-ever Super Bowl championship after the offseason acquisitions that made the Eagles the team to beat.

Well, they ended up being pretty easy to beat.

This year has been a disaster in Philadelphia. The team has had fourth-quarter meltdowns, issues at linebacker, problems in the secondary, injury problems and contract disputes.

At one point this team was considered one of the best in the league. Now they are one loss away from elimination in the playoff race.

Even winning out won't be enough. They will need a lot of things to fall their way to stay alive.

It doesn't matter. Most of the fans and the team have already given up.