In most cases, zero-3 is just about a death sentence within the NFL. However this 12 months’s group of zero-three groups is very fascinating.
There are six 0-3 groups, and just one is totally hopeless. Of the other five, somebody is going to make a severe run again up these energy rankings. However which one?
It is nonetheless onerous to ascertain Pittsburgh bottoming out. Not with that coaching workers, that solid of veterans, a superb quarterback and a solid defense. Minnesota and Washington were within the playoffs final yr, so there’s expertise on both squads. The Vikings most likely should have received at Chicago two weeks ago. Minnesota’s loss to the Browns last week was disheartening, however perhaps there is a comeback someplace right here.
In Tampa Bay, it is laborious to listen to a heartbeat with the Buccaneers, however this is nonetheless a superb protection, quarterback Josh Freeman has been good before (I know, it’s onerous to do not forget that long ago) and included of their zero-3 record are two horrible late losses including a game they gave away to a very good Saints workforce.
But if you happen to’re choosing one zero-three team to rise from the dead, isn’t it the Giants? Yeah, I know the flaws. The pass rush isn’t what it was, the running recreation has gone stomach up, that was a horrendous outing at Carolina final week.. I get all that. However you shouldn’t be able to completely write them off but. Tom Coughlin is a good coach. Eli Manning is an efficient quarterback with good weapons. They’ve turned in stink bomb performances before, and while it’s exhausting to say why, it is just what they do. As unhealthy as it looks for the Giants, I have a sense we have not seen the final of them.
Somebody among the many zero-3 teams is going to make a cost. It will not be Jacksonville. It is arduous to utterly rule out any of the other five, nonetheless.
And now, onto the ability rankings with three weeks within the books:
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (zero-three, last week: 32)
31. Arizona Cardinals (1-2, LW: 29)
The brilliant facet is that this: They hit a home run with the Tyrann Mathieu draft pick. Even in a threat-reward scenario, this was absolutely the peak of the reward side.
30. Oakland Raiders (1-2, LW: 30)
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor suffered a concussion towards Denver, and if he misses time for the Raiders, what else have they got?
(USA Today Sports Pictures) 29. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-three, LW: 28)
Good (nearly) comeback, but this was nonetheless a must-win recreation at home on Sunday evening, and the Bears controlled most of it. There aren’t many good signs out of Pittsburgh.
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (zero-three, LW: 26)
Hey, at least there was no heartbreaking shut loss for a 3rd week in a row.
27. Minnesota Vikings (zero-3, LW: 20)
The subsequent thirteen games are Christian Ponder’s 2014 job interview. While you lose to the Brian Hoyer-led Browns at house, you’ll be able to’t exactly think about playoff eventualities.
26. Washington Redskins (zero-three, LW: 27)
This protection is an absolute debacle. Robert Griffin III is on tempo to throw for five,000 yards, and he may need to do that simply to get Washington a number of wins.
25. New York Giants (0-three, LW: 24)
The only good news is that the NFC East may be so bad, 9-7 takes it. However which means a 9-four finish for a workforce that showed no indicators of life at Carolina, so perhaps it’s not such excellent news in spite of everything.
24. Cleveland Browns (1-2, LW: 31)
Now they’re apparently debating whether or not Brandon Weeden or Brian Hoyer will begin at quarterback in Week 4, which makes little sense after how Hoyer performed.
23. Buffalo Payments (1-2, LW: 22)
There are some interesting pieces right here. Middle linebacker Kiko Alonso appears like he was a fantastic decide. There’s rather a lot to love on this draft class. That’s how you construct a winner.
22. New York Jets (2-1, LW: 25)
I’m not buying them as a contender or anything, however they seem like they may have one thing in rookie quarterback Geno Smith.
(USA Immediately Sports activities Pictures) 21. St. Louis Rams (1-2, LW: 19)
Let’s have a look: Shut dwelling win towards a bad Arizona crew. Blown out early at Atlanta. Blown out often at Dallas. Is this is a staff whose ineptitude sneaked up on us?
20. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2, LW: 18)
I’m unsure if fans realize the irony in saying things like, “The media completely overreacted about Chip Kelly’s offense after one game! It’s horrible!!!!”
19. San Diego Chargers (1-2, LW: 21)
This staff invents new methods to lose. Letting a rookie catch his first NFL move to beat you with 15 seconds left deserves some creativity points, for sure.
18. Carolina Panthers (1-2, LW: 23)
They figured out against the Giants, the easiest way to ensure they do not screw up one other shut sport is by profitable a blowout.
17. Tennessee Titans (2-1, LW: sixteen)
Just a little fortunate to beat San Diego, little question. In all probability makes up for them being a bit unlucky to lose at Houston the week before.
16. Baltimore Ravens (2-1, LW: 15)
You can’t reside off of special teams and defensive touchdowns. The offense has to do one thing finally. But, plenty of teams would love to be 2-1 right now.
(USA At present Sports activities Pictures) 15. Detroit Lions (2-1, LW: 14)
Earlier within the year, I didn’t know what to make of Tampa Bay. Now that we all can see the Buccaneers stink, the Lions are the hardest workforce in the NFL to determine.
14. Dallas Cowboys (2-1, LW: thirteen)
All of us count on that someway the Cowboys’ teaching staff will totally forget all about the running game again this week, right? Outdated habits die arduous.
thirteen. San Francisco 49ers (1-2, LW: three)
The way in which the Colts beat them in Week 3 – by taking Colin Kaepernick out of the sport, and punching the 49ers protection in the mouth within the run sport – was surprising.
12. Indianapolis Colts (2-1, LW: 17)
So what are we to believe, the workforce that nearly misplaced at house to the Raiders, or the team that just demolished the 49ers on the road? Adding Trent Richardson will help.
eleven. Kansas City Chiefs (three-0, LW: 12)
The offense must open up in some unspecified time in the future to achieve the next stage. But after last 12 months, this stage is not too unhealthy.
10. Green Bay Packers (1-2, LW: eight)
A bit of a fluky loss, gifting away two touchdowns at a very good Cincinnati group. But their offensive line is just not championship-worthy. The protection may not be either.
9. Atlanta Falcons (1-2, LW: 10)
Giving up that remaining drive wasn’t nice, however general it wasn’t a horrible performance for the Falcons at Miami. Bear in mind, each losses got here down to the final seconds on the road.
8. Houston Texans (2-1, LW: 6)
Until they put together four good quarters in a row, they’re not going to move up. They’re very fortunate to be 2-1 right now.
(USA Right now Sports activities Pictures) 7. Miami Dolphins (3-zero, LW: 11)
This team is gaining confidence, especially in its quarterback Ryan Tannehill. They have a completely fascinating Monday night time sport at New Orleans next week.
6. Chicago Bears (3-0, LW: 7)
How concerning the three third-down plays Jay Cutler made with the sport on the road at Pittsburgh? That’s what a franchise quarterback seems to be like. He is likely to be there, lastly.
5. New England Patriots (3-zero, LW: 5)
I do know, you want to inform me why New England is horrible. They’re 3-zero, and will get wholesome quickly. Simply since you want the Patriots dynasty to end doesn’t suggest it can but.
four. Cincinnati Bengals (2-1, LW: 4)
Most likely a bit of lucky to beat Green Bay, but that protection pressured Aaron Rodgers into his worst recreation in a few years. The Cincinnati defense is pretty much as good as there’s within the NFL.
three. New Orleans Saints (3-zero, LW: 9)
I still anticipate the protection to return back to earth. But till that happens, they’ve to carry a really high spot in these rankings. The offense is as good as ever.
2. Denver Broncos (3-0, LW: 2)
It is Peyton Manning vs. the Eagles defense in Week 4. The person is on pace for six,000 yards, and no reason to imagine he’ll decelerate in a excessive-paced game against Philadelphia.
1. Seattle Seahawks (three-zero, LW: 1)
Still haven’t seen one purpose to knock them out of the highest spot.