Five Most Disappointing NFL Teams in 2016

 

Photo Credit: Endzone Score (featured image), ESPN (team logos)

Dishonorable Mentions:
i-5 Cleveland Browns
  • 2016 Season Record: 0-13
  • 2015 Season Record: 3-13
i-17 Philadelphia Eagles
  • 2016 Season Record: 5-8
  • 2015 Season Record: 7-9

 

Top 5
5. i New York Jets
  • 2016 Season Record: 4-9
  • 2015 Season Record: 10-6
  • Analysis: Coming off of a 2015 season during which they were just one win away from being postseason bound, the Jets had high expectations for the 2016 season. Unfortunately, this season’s Jets have not looked at all like the Jets from the 2015 season, and the fact that they are eliminated from clinching a berth in the postseason this early shows why they are one of the NFL’s biggest disappointments this season.
4. i-9 Jacksonville Jaguars
  • 2016 Season Record: 2-11
  • 2015 Season Record: 5-11
  • Analysis: Coming off of a 2015 season during which they made huge strides on offense and an offseason during which they made key additions to the entire roster, the Jaguars were expected to be contenders in the AFC South division this season. Despite the above average play of their defense, their offense really took a huge step back, and that is a huge reason why they are one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL this season.
3. i-7 Cincinnati Bengals
  • 2016 Season Record: 5-7-1
  • 2015 Season Record: 12-4
  • Analysis: Coming off of a 2015 season during which they qualified for their 5th consecutive postseason appearance, the Bengals were expected to do big things this season and finally get over the hump and will a playoff game. Unfortunately, nothing has gone as planned this season, and the Bengals have next to no chance at winning the AFC North division nor earning a berth in the postseason, making them an extremely disappointing NFL team this season.
2. i-31 Arizona Cardinals
  • 2016 Season Record: 5-7-1
  • 2015 Season Record: 13-3
  • Analysis: Coming off of a 2015 season during which they made it to the NFC championship game, the Cardinals looked like they had a Super Bowl run in them. Unfortunately, this season has been nothing but a major disappointment for the Cardinals, as they are already eliminated from being this season’s NFC West division champions and likely will not earn a playoff berth, which is why they are one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL this season.
1. i-25 Carolina Panthers 
  • 2016 Season Record: 5-8
  • 2015 Season Record: 15-1
  • Analysis: Coming off of a 2015 season during which they won their record 3rd consecutive NFC South division championship and made their 2nd Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, the Panthers looked poised to make another deep run in the postseason. Unfortunately, this season has been one to forget for the Panthers, as they will likely not make it to the postseason and could possibly finish in last place in the NFC South division, making them the biggest disappointment in the NFL this season.

 

-Asher Fair

 

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