Finding Wins For the NFL's Winless Teams

Finding wins for the NFL's winless teams

9/25/13 in NFL   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Sep 22, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive backs Robert Golden (left) and Ryan Clarke (center) and Troy Polamalu (43) look on as the officials review a play against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Bears won 40-23. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY SportsWinning games in the NFL isn't easy. Just ask the six teams below. If you're a fan of one of these teams and are wondering when you'll be able to celebrate a victory, you've come to the right place.

Let's take a look at each team's situation below and find a victory.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

How Bad Things Are: The Bucs are just a mess in general at this point. Players aren't happy with the coaching, Josh Freeman has completed a whopping 45.7% of his passes, and the list goes on and on.

Why There's Hope: Despite bad offense, they were still only a few plays away from beating the Jets and Saints. The better sign of hope is that they play Arizona next, who has been all that impressive either.

When They'll Finally Win: Freeman's numbers will still be poor, however, the Bucs will make plays defensively to give them the win over the Cardinals this Sunday.

New York Giants 

How Bad Things Are: The running game for the Giants has been non-existent (averaging 44 yards per game on the ground), and they just lost 38-0 to the Carolina Panthers. The panic button has been hit.

Why There's Hope: They can't play any worse than they did last week. It's simply not possible. The way I see it, you can't score negative points, so at worst the Giants will be at the same level they were a week ago. Also, this team has started slow before and battled back. 

When They'll Finally Win: After dropping to 0-4 with a loss at Kansas City this weekend, the G Men will find their way the following week against the Eagles. 

Washington Redskins

How Bad Things Are: Mike Shanahan's team has been outscored 67-21 in the first half through three games this season. Hard to accomplish anything when you spot the opposing team a three touchdown lead. Things are bad on both sides of the ball right now.

Why There's Hope: To be honest, when you look at the schedule, it's hard to find a lot of hope. If they don't beat the Raiders this weekend in Oakland, 0-7 is a strong possibility with the Cowboys, Bears, and Broncos after that. Um, this was suppose to be the hope section, right? Whoops.

When They'll Finally Win: It will happen on Sunday against the Raiders. It absolutely has to. 

Minnesota Vikings

How Bad Things Are: Brian Hoyer, who was the third quarterback on the depth chart for the Cleveland Browns, sliced up the defense for 321 yards and three touchdowns. And he also led the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter.

Why There's Hope: Two of their next three games are against the Steelers and Giants. Yes, playing the Steelers and Giants can now give you hope. 

When They'll Finally Win: It won't happen in London on Sunday against the Steelers, but Adrian Peterson and company should finally get a win when they host the Panthers following a bye week.

Pittsburgh Steelers

How Bad Things Are: They're averaging three turnovers per game, which isn't the greatest statistic in the world. The offense has just been bad, with Todd Haley catching a ton of heat from Steeler fans. Although most probably wouldn't consider Haley getting fired a bad thing.

Why There's Hope: The defense is solid and they will keep them in games. If the offense ever comes around, this team can turn things around pretty quickly. Plus, the next four games aren't all that daunting.

When They'll Finally Win: We'll see the Steelers start to steer things in the right direction by beating the Vikings in London. 

Jacksonville Jaguars

How Bad Things Are: Let's not sugarcoat it. The Jags are by far the worst team in the league. They aren't even averaging double-digit points through three games. If they score more than seven against the Colts this weekend, it'll be a miracle.

Why There's Hope: The 2014 NFL draft is getting closer by the day. That's all I got.

When They'll Finally Win: Make no mistake about it.....this team is going to give the '08 Lions a run for their money. They might pull the upset against the Rams in week five. However, the safer bet is beating Arizona after an 0-9 start.

What are your thoughts on the six remaining winless teams in the NFL?
 
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9/25/13   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21006 respect

Giants, Bucs and Steelers, will get their 1st win of the season when week 4 is over... Even the Jags will probably win their first game against the Colts...  The Jags have found ways to beat the colts and avoid the sweep against them in the divisional games in the process...

9/24/13   |   Kenne   |   15859 respect

Very doubtful that the Redskins will beat the Broncos. Also I see the Cardinals winning against the Jags in one of their few wins of this season.