The NFL Is One Tough Nut to Crack

Published on 29-Oct-2013 by Richard Huryn

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The NFL Is One Tough Nut to Crack

Back on 24 August 2013, I wrote an article strongly accusing the Raiders, Jets, and Jaguars as being the NFL's worst teams by far.

The heart of the article was spent detailing how the Jets would not even come close to surpassing the over/under win total set for them, which was 6½ wins.

I was definitely not alone in my belief that these three teams were destined to have awful 2013 campaigns, but I am perhaps alone in admitting how wrong I was.

I'll leave the Jaguars out of this one. No sense in piling on; after all, in the not too distant future, they will have to travel across the Atlantic Ocean for road games when they become the London Jaguars.

So, sticking with the Raiders and Jets, here are the teams not named Jaguars that have worse records halfway through the 2013 season:

  • Steelers
  • Texans
  • Redskins
  • Giants
  • Vikings
  • Falcons
  • Buccaneers

Four of those teams were playoff teams a year ago. Two of them were talked about being Super Bowl contenders, if not favorites. I shouldn't be surprised, though. Each year, there are a few teams that find themselves in the playoffs that were not there the previous year and vice versa.  It's one of the things we all love about the National Football League. Any given Sunday, any team can win, and each year is vastly different than the previous year.

With eight games left in the season, the Jets have five very beatable opponents left: 

  • Bills
  • Dolphins
  • Dolphins
  • Raiders
  • Browns

That 6½ win total is looking like a very real possibility.

If you took my advice and bet the under, I apologize. Please send all hate mail to:

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

They'll know to whom it should be passed along.