Kansas City Chiefs or Indianapolis Colts: Which Is the NFL's Worst Team?

Justine BrownCorrespondent IISeptember 19, 2011

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 18:  Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs is driven off the field after being injured against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 18, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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Which team should be considered the worst of the worst in the NFL—the Kansas City Chiefs or the Indianapolis Colts? In order to find the answer, we must compare the two.

Let's start with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are 0-2 to begin 2011, opening their season with a whopping 41-7 loss the Buffalo Bills at home in Arrowhead Stadium, then following up that loss with perhaps an even worse disaster—a 48-3 blowout loss to the Detroit Lions in the Motor City.

On top of the two defeats, the Chiefs have two additional losses with key players Eric Berry and Jamaal Charles suffering what look to both be season-ending knee injuries in Week 1 and Week 2, respectively.  

In these two losses, the Chiefs have given up nine turnovers and scored just one touchdown, and quarterback Matt Cassel has already thrown four interceptions. On top of that, both teams the Chiefs have lost to had losing records in 2010.

Moving on to Indianapolis, the Colts are also 0-2 to start the season. Losing All-Pro quarterback Peyton Manning in the preseason following neck surgery, the Colts knew coming in that they'd be without their most important player.

However, with veteran quarterback Kerry Collins being the best replacement the team could come up with, the Colts are missing Manning terribly. In Week 1 the Colts posed no competition and were demoralized by the Houston Texans losing 34-7, and in Week 2 they were again defeated, this time by a score of 27-19 to the Cleveland Browns, who now rise to 1-1.

In Week 1 the Colts had just one touchdown to go along with two turnovers, and in Week 2 it was the same story except this time the team had four field goals to go along with their one touchdown.

So now to decide which team is the worst.

Well, for starters, both teams are pretty bad off because both teams are missing key players, both are struggling to score the ball and both are looking for answers. With that said, I would choose the Colts to be the lesser of two evils, landing the Chiefs at the bottom of the totem pole.

This decision is backed by a few reasons. For one, the Chiefs are much younger and less experienced than Indianapolis, while the Colts are more accustomed to success and winning, boast a roster full of veteran players who know what it takes to get the job done, have given up fewer turnovers and, finally, have seen a more respectable margin of defeat in their losses.  

With that said, I do not expect either team to show any drastic improvements any time in the near future. The Chiefs are just the worst of the worst.


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