Throwing in the Towel

Three weeks into the NFL season, some fans may already have a bleak feeling about their team’s year. There are two teams without a win in the AFC, and two with only a single win that recently lost an important player. It may look bad for each of these teams, but the good thing is that Jadeveon Clowney will most likely be in the NFL Draft this year. Joking aside, each team has considerable issues that may make them start thinking about the 2014 draft very soon.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are last in points scored so far this season. In addition, they are one of the worst teams on defense statistically as well. They don’t have any wins this year, and an article in USA Today is already speculating that the Jaguars may be 0-16 this year. Their normal starting quarterback, Blaine Gabbert, has been injured to start the year. But even when he plays, he has one of the lowest QBR ratings in the NFL. The recent influx of top draft picks has built some talent in the offensive and defensive lines. However, the less-than-inspirational play so far has already had some fans cheering to get Tim Tebow on the team.

The Oakland Raiders have one victory to their name so far. They have had one bright spot in the quarterback play of Terrelle Pryor. He has a middle-of-the-pack quarterback rating, but does lead his team in rushing. The problem is that he suffered a concussion during the last Monday Night Football game and is now questionable. They also have a roster loaded with young players, however many of them aren’t first round picks. There has been a lot of turnover with a new coach and general manager in Oakland, and the product on the field has suffered.

The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t have a win this year either. They are dealing with injuries and with a struggling offensive line. They will get one of their early draft picks back this week with running back Le’Veon Bell. They could use him in order to improve their third worst ranked scoring offense. The defense remains full of linebacker talent and several former Pro-Bowl players. However, the advancing age of players like Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor have raised concerns about the Steelers’ stability at these positions in the future.

The Cleveland Browns are coming off a 31-27 victory over the Minnesota Vikings that showed they still have some talent on their team. However, the trade of starting running back and former top-5 draft pick Trent Richardson had many fans speculating that they were giving in this season. The trade gave the Browns another first round pick next year. In addition, there were more trade rumors surrounding other top players on the team. The team fought hard enough last Sunday to get a win, but with a new coach and a new system, there is always a possibility for turnover.

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2 thoughts on “Throwing in the Towel

  1. jamiehannn

    I love that we did opposite spectrums to our beats this week! You have a lot o hyperlinks and proof to back up your information which is great. I didn’t see much that needed to be fixed other than wording here and there. I also liked how you looked into the draft and how the teams could greatly benefit. Great post!

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  2. Miss__Melanie

    Solid post, Ben. There were just a few sentences that caught my attention in terms of style. You say the word “year” twice in the third sentence of the second paragraph. Also, there’s no hyphen in Pro Bowl according to the AP. I like that you included the possible contributing factors to each team’s poor record to start the season.You gave good insight into the current state of each struggling team in the AFC.

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