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Seven NFL teams worse than the Ravens

OK, so the Ravens couldn't handle the Bills when Buffalo was 1-4 or the Bengals, who were 2-6 and had one of the worst defenses in the NFL going into Sunday's game in Baltimore.

So, exactly who could the Ravens beat? Or what teams have dimmer prospects than the Purple-and-Black? We tried, we really did, but we were able to come up with just seven teams who should inspire more pessimism in their fans' hearts than the Ravens.

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So, here they are. Seven pro football teams who are in worse shape than the Ravens at the moment. Make you feel better? Didn't think so.

1.  Atlanta  (3-6). I don't care if the Falcons did just upset Carolina. Holy smokes, Vinny Testaverde nearly beat 'em. The Michael Vick Effect will doom the Falcons for at least two more seasons.

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2.  Miami (0-9). Cleo Lemon and Cam Cameron -- what a one-two punch. While the '07 Patriots have a chance to match the '72 Dolphins, the winless '07 Dolphins have a terrific opportunity to catch those '76 Buccaneers.

3.  San Francisco (2-7). The Niners have lost seven in a row and Alex Smith is beginning to smell a little bit like a No. 1 overall draft pick bust. That'll set a franchise back a few seasons.

4. N.Y. Jets (1-8). Did Eric "Mangenius" have a lobotomy or something?

5. St. Louis (1-8). These guys may have marquee names on the roster but they're a little old and a lot beat up. And it's hard to imagine the coaching staff will be back unless there's an improbable turnaround.

6. Oakland (2-7).  The Raiders get points for having JaMarcus Russell on the roster. Maybe he's the answer next year.

7.  Minnesota (3-6) -- The Adrian Peterson knee injury is scary. Without him, the Vikings have zilch. The coach could get fired after the season and that'll set them back again.

And these teams will just have to try harder if they want to be worse than the Ravens.

Chicago (4-5), in the same boat as the Ravens (OK defense, no offense); Philadelphia (4-5), flat-out lucky to beat Washington; Cincinnati (3-6),  thanking heaven that the Ravens were on the schedule twice; Kansas City (4-5), making a QB switch never a good sign; Carolina (4-5), Panthers  recruited Testaverde from a long-term engagement with a Barcalounger; Denver (4-5), Jay Cutler still has time; New Orleans (4-5), has better players than the record suggests; Houston (4-5), actually has a QB in Matt Schaub.

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