Top 10 NFL Teams that Will Lose this Weekend
Top 10 Teams Most Likely to Lose in Week 9
One of the greatest things about the NFL is that on any given Sunday, any team can win. As in all seasons, this year proves to be no different, as underdogs have upset and lock down wins have been thrown away. It is one of the biggest reasons that fans look forward to Sundays every week. It is why there is no way that the league could afford to miss a season because of a lock out, like we are seeing with the NHL. Another great thing about the NFL is that there only sixteen games and every game matters. Each week changes something within the standings.
This week also is no different. With one remaining undefeated team, the Dallas Cowboys are looking to upset the Atlanta Falcons. Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles also have something to prove, as they look to pull off a win against a hurting New Orleans Saints team. If Vick can’t lead the team to victory, it may be the nail in his coffin, and Andy Reid may go down with him. Can the Arizona Cardinals pull off an upset win against the Green Bay Packers, like Andrew Luck and in the Indianapolis Colts already have done?
Having reached mid-way through the season, every game still matters and there still is no telling who is a definite lock into the playoffs. If the season ended today, the NFC would be sending the New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, and the San Francisco 49ers to the playoffs as division leaders and the Wild Card would be left to the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers.
On the other side, the divisions in the AFC would be won by the Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, and Denver Broncos, with Wild Cards handed to the Miami Dolphins and the Indianapolis Colts. Read on to see this week’s top 10 teams that will lose. Will it change up the standings?
10- Atlanta Falcons
After a heart breaking loss, the Cowboys are going to come out strong and give the Atlanta Falcons a run for their money. The Falcons have struggled against weaker teams , but came out last week and convincingly handed the Philadelphia Eagles a loss. Other than the New York Giants, this is the game most likely to trip up the Falcons and, with it highly unlikely that the Falcons will go undefeated this season, I’m going to give the Cowboys a chance to redeem themselves after last week’s melt down to the New York Giants.
9- New Orleans Saints
Michael Vick has no choice but to win. The New Orleans Saints are just about out of the running this season. Even with Drew Brees throwing bombs at every corner, the Saints can’t pull of the wins, now especially with starting running back Darren Sproles out for an indefinite amount of time. With a 2-5 record and their only wins coming against the inconsistent San Diego Chargers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it is the Eagles who the spotlight is on and who are desperate for the win.
8- Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers are still good, just not as good. Two of the team’s losses have been to the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans, showing that there are cracks in the aging defense. Of their four wins, only one of those is to a team with a winning record. The New York Giants are coming off of an emotional win in Dallas as they almost lost a 23 point lead, but Eli Manning showed up in the fourth quarter and was able to pull out a victory. They are clearly the better team.
7- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With the loss of left guard, Carl Nicks, the front line is much weaker and Doug Martin, who is coming off one of his best games of the season with a total of 214 yards rushing and receiving, will be slowed due to the injury. The Oakland Raiders have six sacks in their last two games and should be able to create pressure and get to Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman.
6- Minnesota Vikings
The Seattle Seahawks are a very tough team to beat at home and the Minnesota Vikings are heading to Seattle this week. The Seahawks are 3-0 at home this year while the Vikings only two losses this season are when they are traveling. Expect the same outcome here.
5- Carolina Panthers
Looks like Cam Newton is in a slump in his sophomore year as a Carolina Panther. This should be a great game to watch as Newton goes up against rookie quarterback and second overall pick, Robert Griffin III. It’s nice to have a running quarterback but the Panthers seem to think that means that they don’t need to have a running backs at all. This mentality is hurting Cam and the team.
4- Indianapolis Colts
This should be a close one, but the Miami Dolphins are surprising everyone and are second in the AFC East. I’m jumping on the bandwagon for now. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been practicing on a limited basis but the Dolphins still have confidence in their back-up Matt Moore who has been filling in quite nicely since Tannehill went down. The Indianapolis Colts are very inconsistent and have yet to find their groove, while it seems the Dolphins already have.
3- Tennessee Titans
The Chicago Bears defense is strong and powerful. They are tied in first place with 16 interceptions and 6 of those have been returned for touchdowns. With the inconsistent play of the Tennessee Titans, the Chicago Bears should be able to take advantage of the Titans offensive line, which has four of its five starters nursing injuries.
2- Buffalo Bills
The league’s best rusher going up against arguably one of the worst defenses in the league against the run, not to mention the Houston Texans third ranked defense. That all adds up to another potential blow-out for the Buffalo Bills.
1- Arizona Cardinals
Arizona has hit a four game skid and it doesn’t look like it will end this week. Aaron Rodgers’ numbers were low last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars but it is unlikely that will happen two weeks in a row. The Arizona Cardinals offense is ranked 31st in the league and will be unable to match Rodgers at Lambeau Field.
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