Three Biggest Disappointments in the NFL

In Football by Ashleigh Binder

It has been another crazy NFL season with a lot of off the field drama happening, however it has also been a crazy one on the field making NFL betting this season extremely difficult.  It is tough to decide when to give up on a team, but these three teams, have just been overall disappointments. This article might be a bit of an overreaction as we are only in Week 7 of the NFL, but that is the fun of loving sports!

1.New York Giants

This is just really sad.  A team that had so much star power on their roster, but still so many holes on their team.  It was clear from the Giants week one loss to division rival Dallas that there were still a lot of issues that the team did not address despite being a Super Bowl favorite.  Their offensive line has been horrible since week one and the team hoped that their star receivers like Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Brandon Marshall, but just half way through the season and all three are sidelined with injuries.  Bother Beckham and Marshall are out for the season, while Shepard might be able to return at some point, but really what’s the point to rush him back?  This team still has studs like Jason Pierre-Paul and Landon Collins on the opposite side of the ball, but having to play more than half the game this defense has been exhausted and given up big plays late in games.

There are so many problems with this Giants team that extend to off the field issues.  Defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie got into a verbal altercation with head coach Ben McAdoo that resulted in DRC leaving practice and being inactive for the next game.  It might be time to try again on finding Tom Coughlin’s replacement, but everyone can shoulder blame for this lost season.

2. Oakland Raiders

The Raiders are coming off a huge win against the Kansas City Chiefs so it is possible that they can turn things around.  After winning their first two games,  the Raiders went on a five game losing streak.  In that time, quarterback Derek Carr suffered a transverse process fracture in a game against the Denver Broncos.  Luckily, he only missed a week, but the offense still could not figure it out.  Amari Cooper was missing during the losing streak, only securing 11 catches for 83 yards during those five games.  On a positive once again, Cooper had an extremely productive game against the Chiefs, with 11 catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns.  If Carr and Cooper can build off this extremely productive performance then this team can be a true threat in the AFC.

3. Dallas Cowboys

This might be a bit of an overreaction, but it is only because of the ridiculously high expectations Das Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott put on themselves after last season.  After going 13-3, only losing to two teams, the Cowboys were a heavy favorite to win the Super Bowl.  No, they have not been terrible, but they got embarrassed in Denver, lost a tight game in Los Angeles,  and lost a heartbreaker to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.  Their defense has been suspect all season and with Elliot’s uncertain status for the remainder of the season, it is hard to trust the Cowboys making a deep playoff run this season.  The team’s three wins against the the 49ers, Giants, and Cardinals are not that impressive and this team still has a lot to prove that their rookie is not suffering from a sophomore slump.

Quarterback Das Prescott has played extremely well, despite already matching his interception total from all of last season. Prescott threw four interceptions all of last season, like I said, the set some extremely high expectations.  Prescott probably misses having Tony Romo to consult with on the sidelines who was exceptionally talented at reading defenses and extending plays.  Romo retired last season and has since become an excellent analyst for CBS Sports.