Worst Team in the NFL – Week 2
Because there’s no way this could be a one-time thing, here’s the second part of discussing who is the worst team in the NFL. Last week, the Rams won the award with their atrocious play against the Eagles. Did they redeem themselves in Week Two? Let’s take a look at this week’s nominees, shall we?
In two games, the Bengals, a team noted for the offensive firepower, have racked up these less-than-stunning statistics from both sides of the ball:
* 17 points
* 52 rushes for 158 yards, a paltry 3.04 a carry
* 228 pass yards, zero touchdowns, 3 interceptions from Carson Palmer
* One sack
* Allowed 406 yards rushing on 87 carries, or 4.6 yards a carry
First off, allow me to say, “211 yards passing?!?!?!?! In TWO games?!?!?!?!? From Carson Palmer?!?!?!?!” If you asked me whether or not that would be the case three weeks ago, I would’ve told you you were on something. Now, it looks like Bengals fans would like to be on something — preferably something related to winning football. Don’t hold your breath, unless, that is, asphyxiophilia is your crutch for dealing with pathetic football franchises.
Hey, at least USC team waxed the Buckeyes. That gives Carson Palmer something to feel good about, right? Yeah, because of the booing his play caused, not so much. The road gets no easier for the Bengals as they play the defending Super Bowl champs next. One would think the under/over on how many times Palmer will be sacked has to be beyond six.
Kansas City Chiefs
After looking fairly respectable against the Patriots last week (even before Brady went down), the Chiefs came out this week and laid an absolute egg against a team that got 41 points scored on them the game before their visit to Arrowhead. To some, yesterday’s game ended this “who has the worst team” discussion dead in its tracks.
The worst-team-in-football distinction is no longer debatable. Not after the three-hour comedy routine the Chiefs performed Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The NFL should consider moving the rest of the Chiefs’ games to the evening and calling their contests “Sunday Night Live.”
Those supportive words were offered by Jason Whitlock and it does a good job of capturing the mood surrounding the Chiefs. However, are they this week’s worst team? Considering just how inept their run defense looked against a team everybody in the surrounding zip codes knew was going to run, combined with the atrocious offense that’s causing Larry Johnson to talk, they certainly have a shot at the label.
Especially when you consider their ineptitude came against a team on the verge of firing their head coach and one that absolutely struggled when asked to throw the football. This is who the Chiefs lost to — a team that, I repeat, gave up 41 points to the suddenly dangerous Denver Broncos. Meanwhile, it took the Chiefs the better part of four quarters before they could find the end zone yesterday. When asked about their terrible rush defense, Chiefs defensive end Tamba Hali offered these words of wisdom, “We’ve got to look at the tape. There aren’t a lot of teams going to be rushing for 300 yards, I can guarantee that.”
Too bad that guarantee wasn’t in place before McFadden and the Michael Bush gang came to town.
St. Louis Rams
Well, at least the Rams scored more than three points yesterday. The problem is, they couldn’t have stopped a Division II team from scoring, let alone Eli Manning. Adding insult to bad defense is the fact Marc Bulger was sacked six times. He also threw an interception Justin Tuck returned for a touchdown. With little to no offense or defense, poor blocking on the offensive line and a noticeable lack of skill players — save Torry Holt and perhaps Steven Jackson — it’s going to be a long season for the Rams, one that will probably see them in this weekly update more often than not.
Worst of the Week
With no offense to Lane Kiffin or Scott Linehan, both of whom might be out of a job by the time Sunday’s kick-off rolls around, the non-hot-seat Marvin Lewis coached Cincinnati Bengals take the award. It’s one thing if the defense still needs to be improved after one draft spent directly addressing it, but it’s something altogether different when the offense doesn’t produce.
While the offensive line does need some more talent, the tools are most certainly there to put more than 17 points up in two games. It’s becoming awfully apparent that owner Mike Brown doesn’t mind wasting the Carson Palmer years. As long as the Bengals turn a profit, all is well.
This is your team, Bengal fans. I hope you enjoy it.
Other teams receiving consideration — Detroit, Miami, Atlanta. While those three were indeed bad, they did not stink the joint up any worse than the three discussed above. Well, except for maybe Miami, but after going 1-15 last year, you shouldn’t be expecting very much to begin with.