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As the NFL’s playoff standings continue to solidify, there are already a number of teams on the outside, looking in. Unfortunately for their pride, the season doesn’t end just because their team isn’t any good. Because of that, teams like the Lions, Raiders, Chiefs, Rams and Seahawks still have to take the field for four more games.
Since these and other below-playoff-standard teams are forced to play their remaining schedules, is there anything that can be done to improve the entertainment value when bad NFL teams play? Robbie Gillies of Real Clear Sports has some ideas.
Take his advice for the Rams as an example:
The Rams offense has been horrible and it’s time for them to mix things up. The wildcat has been all the rage this season so why not put your seven-time Pro Bowler back there and see what he can do. I’m talking about Orlando Pace. Who’s going to want to pull down that 325-pounder (that was generous of the media guide) when he pancakes 300-plus pound guys all the time.
I, for one, approve of an Orlando Pace-powered Wildcat attack. It can’t be any worse, can it? For this and other ideas, check out Robbie’s post over at RCS.
I’ve let this particular subject
fallow some while the worst teams in the NFL position themselves. While the nominees have been pretty clear since the first week, a couple of the teams decided they’d like to see what winning a football game was like and so they did.
Right now, Detroit is the only winless team in the NFL, making them the clear choice for this little designation — but that doesn’t mean the other candidates are head-and-shoulders above the Lions. Who knows, maybe Daunte Culpepper is just what Detroit needs. The following teams represent the lowest rungs in the NFL:
1. Detroit Lions
2. Cincinnati Bengals
3. Kansas City Chiefs
4. St Louis Rams
5. Oakland Raiders
6. San Francisco 49ers
7. Seattle Seahawks
But which one is the worst? Detroit obviously stands out, but are they any worse than the Chiefs or Raiders? Seeing how the Lions have actually scored more points than both teams, what makes one think either the Raiders or the Chiefs could beat the Lions? And what about the Bengals? Sure, they got their first win of season yesterday, but is anyone convinced a Ryan Fitzpatrick-led Cincinnati team is somehow better than Detroit or St Louis?
The fact is, there are more not-very-good teams in the NFL than there are good ones. Besides the Titans and Giants, the rest of the NFL has had good weeks and bad weeks — except for the Lions, of course. There are 10 teams with 4-4 or worse records not counting the 7 teams listed above.
That’s 17 teams at or below the .500 mark, just over half of the NFL. Is this parity or mediocrity?
By now, it’s pretty obvious who currently has the worst team in the NFL even though there are four teams who haven’t won a game yet. While Cincinnati, Detroit and Houston aren’t very good — Houston is easily the best out of this bunch — they aren’t as bad as the St Louis Rams
Detroit and Houston have serviceable offenses, much like the Bengals used to have. Now the Bengals are relying on an almost-respectable defense to keep their games close. The Rams have neither. They are the absolute worst in the NFL in both offense and defense, and in most cases, it’s by a wide margin.
More NFL foul play after the jump >>
As we get a little further into the season, the worst teams in the NFL are clearly starting to solidify their standings. While there are a number of teams that could make their claim here, the three teams that stood out this week are the Kansas City Chiefs, the St Louis Rams and everybody’s favorite losing team, the Detroit Lions. But this week, I’m starting with the obvious choice, the Chiefs of Kansas City.
Kansas City Chiefs
Are we looking at a 0-16 team here? They certainly have the makings of one. While their fan blogs are getting mentioned on the NFL Network, the rebuilding exercise continues to perform like they’d rather be doing something else. Even when their oft-maligned running back has a good game, the team still gets beat by more than three touchdowns. By the Atlanta Falcons, another team that was supposed to be rebuilding as well.
More NFL ineptitude after the jump, including the Super Bowl of Suck >>