Posted by Barrie on Sunday, 8 November 2009

NFL contenders for the #1 Draft Pick

Team

Rank

Remaining Schedule

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

0-7

0.594

St. Louis Rams

1-7

0.526

Cleveland Browns

1-7

0.439

Tennessee Titans

1-6

0.485

Kansas City Chiefs

1-6

0.530

Detroit Lions

1-6

0.523

Oakland Raiders

2-6

0.509

Washington Redskins

2-5

0.662

Seattle Seahawks

2-5

0.415


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the only remaining winless team have a tough schedule during the second half of the season. They only have 3 teams with a losing record to face, all on the road. While Miami is a short journey, I don't see them coming away with a victory there. Division rivals Carolina are still to come and the easiest opponent in terms of win-loss record is their trip to 2-5 Seattle, but the long journey won't work in their favour. Can they get a win with their remaining schedule? With the youngest coach in the league and problems at quarterback, the number 1 pick looks on course to be heading to Tampa Bay.

Shutout twice this season, the St Louis Rams have looked ugly this season, but finally recorded their first victory of the season in Detroit last weekend. They have a great running back in Stephen Jackson, but everything else about them isn't looking good. They've got a few winnable fixtures remaining for being in the NFC West, but the way they're playing I can't see them picking up more than 2 more.

Player unrest in Cleveland hasn't helped with Eric Mangini's leadership. 6 of the Cleveland Browns' defeats have been by 13 or more points which includes a 31-3 defeat by Green Bay and 30-6 defeat by Chicago over the past 2 weeks before their bye this week. Being in a tough division this season doesn't help, but trips to Detroit and Kansas City, while hosting Oakland and Jacksonville give them chances to pick up another victory or 2 this season.

The Tennessee Titans have been this season's surprise package. Superbowl contenders at the beginning it all fell apart with 6 straight defeats to open their season. They came back from their bye week with an impressive victory over Jacksonville to get their season started and they have a few more winnable wins in the next couple of weeks, starting with a trip to San Francisco this evening. They won't be amongst the number 1 draft pick contenders come the end of the season but have to play catchup on Jacksonville if they want to avoid finishing bottom of the AFC South,

The Kansas City Chiefs have struggled on offence this season, with the offensive line not protecting Matt Cassel and Larry Johnson unable to produce anything on the ground. They've already lost to the Raiders this season, but go to Oakland for revenge in week 10 and have back-to-back home games with Buffalo and Cleveland with a good chance to pick up another victory from them.

The Detroit Lions were grateful to end their losing streak in week 3 when they beat the Washington Redskins. Since then there's been nothing for the Lions fans to smile about, which includes losing at home to the St Louis Rams last weekend. There's an odd opportunity to pick up another win this season, but ultimately they will be amongst the number 1 pick contenders.

But for a great, one-off performance against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Oakland Raiders have been their usual, terrible selves this season. Fortunate to pick up a win over the Kansas City Chiefs in week 2, they host them in week 10 after the bye to record their 3rd win of the season.

With a very tough remaining the schedule, it's possible that the Washington Redskins may not get another win all season. Defeats to Detroit and Kansas City already this season sums them up as pressure grows on head coach Jim Zorn.

I expected better of the Seattle Seahawks this season, but they still have a few winnable games remaining to help them break away from this pack. Matt Hasselbeck's health has been a problem to them whilst they are one of the worst teams at running the ball in the league which gives them an unbalanced offence.

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2 Comments:

At 10 November 2009 at 10:38 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Browns got closer to there number 1 draft pick without playing on sunday ;)

 
At 13 November 2009 at 15:13 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If i had to choose i would say Detroit. 1 win and theyve not improved on last season. They look really really bad

 

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