As Week 3 ends, the National Football League has 5 teams that never tasted victory this season. Who will breeak out of their slump and are these teams as bad as their record suggests? Here are the 0-3 teams:
- Minnesota Vikings (NFC North) – Lost to: @San Diego 17-24, Tampa Bay 20-24, Detroit 23-26. The Vikings were close in all of their games. In fact, they led at the half-time in all their 3 games and they outscored opponents by 54-7 in the first half. This game though is not a 30-minute game, the Vikings should learn to finish games decisively. They have arguably the most dangerous running back in the game in Adrian Peterson and their defensive front one of the best. They will probably turn around very soon and a dose of an equally slumping Kansas City will probably define their season.
- Miami Dolphins (AFC East) – Lost to: New England 24-38, Houston 13-23, @Cleveland 16-17. Tony Sparano‘s job is online as the Dolphins are the only team in the AFC East with lass than 2 wins. They lost a heartbreaker in Cleveland as Colt McCoy connected with Mohamed Massaquoi with 43 seconds left. The offense ranked well but their defense is suspect. Miami will be going to San Diego to try to check their early season skid.
- Indianapolis Colts (AFC South) – Lost to: @Houston 7-34, Cleveland 19-27, Pittsburgh 20-23. The loss of QB Peyton Manning is just too much for this AFC power. They had a good chance with the Steelers but they just cannot hold on. If Peyton comes back next year, he might be competing against a Top draft pick QB in the training camp. The Colts will be going to Tampa Bay with a fair chance for a win.
- St. Louis Rams (NFC West) – Lost to: Philadelphia 13-31, @NYG 16-28, Baltimore 7-37. The team is actually rushing well averaging 108.3 yards a game but their defense is horrendous. They give up 174.3 yards from the ground which is last in the league. All is not lost though as they play in the NFC West. The schedule though for the Rams gets harder in the next few weeks as they face Washington then Green Bay then Dallas then New Orleans in their next four games. They will be hosting the Redskins next week and if they lose they can take solace with a bye week.
- Kansas City Chiefs (AFC West) – Lost to: Buffalo 7-41, @Detroit 3-48, @San Diego 17-20. After 2 terrible losses from 2 very surprising teams, the Chiefs were finally in the game in the 4th quarter for the first time in the season. Their comeback in the Chargers game fell short though with Matt Cassel throwing an interception with less than a minute in the game. With so many injuries to key players, the other players need to step up to stop the bleeding. They will be hosting Minnesota in the battle of the winless next week.
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