5 NFL Teams With the Most to Lose-Week 4
What Teams Have the Most to Lose in Week 4?
It’s hard to believe but with the conclusion of this week's NFL games, we’ll be a month into the season, and teams will have a quarter of their regular season matchups in the books.
Week 4 is no doubt a big turning point for many teams around the league. A win or loss this week can be the difference between 3-1 or 2-2, two very different places for a team to be.
For those that end up going 3-1 or better, they will likely find themselves as a favorite in their respective division, and potentially even in the driver’s seat.
For the other not so lucky bunch, questions will start to be asked, fingers will be pointed, and the whole operation could start to head down hill.
We’ve all seen the data on teams that start 0-2 or 0-3, very few of them make the playoffs. Another game in the wrong direction, and you can be almost certain that the postseason is out of the question.
With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at the top 5 teams, with the most to lose this week in the NFL.
You may be able to argue the order in which these teams are ranked, but there’s no question that they all could use a win. Some desperately need a win to save the season, while others may survive another defeat, but all of them have a lot to lose.
#5 - Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers have their work cut out for them as they head into the Georgia Dome this Sunday. The Atlanta Falcons have been rolling to start the season, and seem poised to win the NFC South and finally make some noise in the playoffs.
The Panthers were expected to compete for a playoff spot this year, but a loss against the Falcons will all but end those hopes. They’re still a fairly young team, but have yet to take the next step in year two of the Cam Newton era.
Not only is this the team’s biggest game so far in terms of standings, it’s also the most challenging. They’ll be playing one of the best teams in the NFC, in a hostile environment to boot.
#4 - Green Bay Packers
Fair or unfair, the Green Bay Packers sit at 1-2. Okay, we all know it’s unfair, but nothing is going to change that now.
The Packers clash with the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field, and the loser will find themselves in a very precarious position.
While you couldn’t rule the Packers out of the playoffs at 1-3, it would become somewhat of a long shot for them to get in. Playing in one of the toughest divisions in football, and with the overall strength of the league right now, even the mighty Packers would struggle to get in.
However, I don’t expect that to be the case, as I’m predicting a determined Packers team will prevail at home this Sunday.
#3 - Denver Broncos
The Peyton Manning era has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start. But with a very difficult schedule and an adjustment process, no one should be real surprised the Denver Broncos sit at 1-2.
With the Oakland Raiders coming to town, the Broncos have a winnable game in front of them. The winner will inch closer to control of the AFC West, but the loser certainly won’t be out of the running.
It’s a wide open division, and I fully expect the teams to beat up on each other throughout the season.
A win for Denver will do wonders in terms of their perception in the media. Going 2-2 will help fans to avoid pushing the panic button, and the media from placing unfair blame on Peyton Manning.
#2 - Detroit Lions
With Matthew Stafford’s status uncertain, the Lions could actually be at a disadvantage against an improved Vikings squad.
It's seems like a 50/50 chance that Stafford will play, and if he does, there's no way it'll be at 100%. This just adds more fuel to the fire raging against the Lions.
If the Lions do go 1-3, their playoff hopes would be in serious jeopardy. Overall the team just hasn’t been able to put it together this season, and starting in a big hole would probably spell an early end to 2012. But with a victory, they could get to their buy week which a chance to regroup and get healthy at 2-2.
#1 - New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints will go 0-4 to start the season. Nobody was saying that in August, but here we are, and there’s a real possibility the Saints go winless in September.
With their defense unable to limit opponents in scoring, the Saints have found themselves on the wrong side of a couple shoot-outs to begin the season. It started with Robert Griffin III in week one, and continued last week with an overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Now the team heads to Green Bay to face a very angry Packers team, in what should be a hostile environment.
I’m not counting the Saints out in this one, but I don’t like their chances either. I’ve got the Packers winning this game, and the Saints hitting a new low since their Super Bowl victory a few years back.
Even the great Drew Brees won’t be able to lead New Orleans out of an 0-4 hole. It just feels like this isn’t the Saints year with the Bounty Gate scandal still over their heads.