For quite some time, the NFL has prospered thanks to the idea that any team can win on any given Sunday. It's hard to argue with the notion that parity has been the rule. Look at last year: The Arizona Cardinals went a mediocre 9-7 in the regular season, but they went to the Super Bowl and damn near won it.
Well, this year looks a little different. Parity? Pfftttt. After five weeks, it's become apparent there is a chasm between the haves and have-nots of the league. There are A LOT of bad teams in the NFL. I was looking at the standings today and I realized the bottom quarter of the league has never been weaker.
You have four teams that are 0-5: St. Louis, Kansas City, Tampa Bay and Tennessee. It's a bit surprising to see the Titans sucking like this because they were 13-3 a season ago, but the fact is they are terrible. In addition to those godawful teams, there are four 1-4 teams that I consider to be just dreadful.
Buffalo is 1-4 and its only victory is over winless Tampa Bay. Cleveland is also in the one-win club and its lone win came against the aforementioned brutal Bills. Oakland, for my money, is the worst-run franchise in the NFL year in and year out. How is it possible that the Raiders have one win? Well, they beat winless Kansas City. Then, there's Detroit, 0-16 a year ago. The Lions have already improved on last season's putrid record by winning a game against the Redskins. Still, they are 1-4 and they suck.
There you have it, the not-so-elite eight of the NFL. How would you like to be a pro football fan living in Missouri right now? St. Louis and Kansas City are a combined 0-10. The Chiefs have lost 28 out of their last 30 games dating back to the 2007 season. That's worse than Detroit, which has lost 21 out of 23. The Lions crappiness just gets more press because they managed to go a whole season without winning a game.
Without a doubt, though, the worst team in the league right now is the Rams (pictured). They've been outscored 146-34 in their five losses so far this season. In other words, their average result of game is a 30-7 loss. Only 34 points in five games. Wow! Through the first five weeks of the season there have been 20 games where the winning team posted 34 points or more in one afternoon. It took the Rams five games to come up with that many points. Pathetic.