Week 4 NFL Power Rankings: The 0-3 Teams
Power Ranking the NFL's 0-3 Teams
We’re now through three weeks of NFL action and we still have six teams who have failed to earn their first taste of victory.
The reasons for the lack of success are varied. One team has been within a play or two or winning each and every week. Another started off strong, but has since taken a nose dive towards pure mediocrity. There’s even one that has been flat out awful since the 2013 campaign kicked off and has fans wondering if they’ll ever win a game this season.
All teams have taken different routes to get here, but are currently in the same 0-3 boat. It’s not a boat you want to be in, especially since only three percent of teams to ever lose their first three games have gone on to make the playoffs. Those aren’t very promising odds.
Still, there’s a good chance that at least one of these teams will turn things around before the regular season comes to a close. There are a couple teams that have flashed glimpses of competency, but a couple of bad plays ended up costing them a notch in the win column. Either way, at least one won’t be on this list in Week 5.
Here’s a look at last week’s winless power rankings. There have been a couple major shifts, but either way all of these teams are near (or at) the bottom of the NFL barrel at this point in the season.
With that being said, let’s take a look at this week’s power rankings of the six winless teams in the NFL and what’s in store for them in Week 4.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars (8 Last Week)
At this point in the season, the Jaguars are easily the worst team in the league. No matter what they do, their offense is non-existent and the defense isn’t much better. Jacksonville got the stuffing pounded out of them last week against the Seahawks and now head for another beating in Week 4 courtesy of the Colts. There’s a serious possibility that the Jaguars could go 0-16 this season.
Week 4: vs. Colts (2-1)
5. New York Giants (1)
What is going on with Eli Manning? While his brother is setting himself up for a record-shattering season, the Giants’ signal caller is putting the team in position to not even be a factor in the NFC East. Turnovers have killed the G-Men all season long, and unless they can find a way to cut down in Week 4, it’s going to be another rough outing for Tom Coughlin and Co. against the undefeated Chiefs.
Week 4: @ Chiefs (3-0)
4. Washington Redskins (3)
The football world is having fun pointing fingers at Robert Griffin III, the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year. He hasn’t been the same quarterback he was last year, and it’s showing on the field – the Redskins are 0-3 after all. The bigger issue, though, is the D.C. defense, which has been absolutely pitiful through the first three games. If the Redskins are ever going to win this season, the D is going to have to make major improvements.
Week 4: @ Raiders (1-2)
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7)
Courtesy of Josh Freeman, the Buccaneers are 0-3 and have been one of the worst teams in the NFL up to this point. With a new quarterback now in place, Tampa Bay and head coach Greg Schiano are hoping that Mike Glennon will be the difference. If they want to win against the Cardinals in Week 4, though, they’ll need to get running back Doug Martin out of the funk he’s currently stuck in.
Week 4: vs. Cardinals (1-2)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (6)
It’s been quite some time since the Steelers got off to this bad of a start. Week 4 offers them their best chance to get back on track, though. Facing off against the Vikings in the UK, the Steelers get rookie runner Le’Veon Bell back and could field their most balanced offense of the season. If their defense can tighten up against Adrian Peterson, the Steelers might finally find a way to get their first notch in the win column.
Week 4: @ Vikings (0-3)
1. Minnesota Vikings (2)
For the last two weeks, the Vikings have been a play or two away from walking away with a win. Instead, they’re 0-3 and headed to London to face off in this week’s only battle between winless teams. The biggest difference between the Vikings and the other 0-3 teams? Their quarterback has actually played decent recently, but the putrid pass blocking is causing unnecessary problems. We’ll see if they can finally notch a win against the Steelers in Week 4.
Week 4: vs. Steelers (0-3)