28. Washington Redskins: 1-2 ↓
First off, why are they even still called the Redskins based on such a controversy last year? I’m not offended by the name of the Redskins personally, but I guess that story is over and done with and we all feel comfortable by calling them the Redskins again?
Cool? Okay phewf!
Well now that we addressed this pressing issue, let’s address the issues with the current state of the Washington Redskins shall we. We’ve got the wrong Gruden coaching first and foremost. It might seem silly as this being my first go-to reason here, but it’s true. John is beloved and we’ve all been awaiting for the man to come back into the league for a while now. Meanwhile, Jay simply can’t handle more than just having a Coordinator role.
We’ve also seen what people were starting to believe to be a “much improved defense.” Instead, they got devoured by Eli and the Giants in last Thursday’s game.
Speaking of the two teams, going down to FedEx field last year during a Thursday night Giants/Skins showdown also proved how much of a total IQ the fanbase has in general. I don’t mean to sound overly harsh here but when you see a die-hard fan in his mid-50s, wearing big old bifocals while constantly shouting in his raspy tone
“Come on Captain Kirk!”
As if the guy has won you something to be called Captain? I’m sorry you William Shatner groupie-lovers, but this isn’t freakin’ Star Trek! It’s the NFL and Kirk Cousins is going to be done after this season. That’s if they don’t resort back to RGIII taking over before then. Oh yes, and lastly hey DeSean Jackson I wanted to say you’re on pace to join Jay Cutler and the All-Baby Team. Redskins fans you with me here? Or maybe the IQ joke stung a bit.
27. San Francisco 49ers: 1-2 ↓
I hope Colin Kaepernick has a short memory because starting off last week’s game out in the desert by throwing for two picks 6’s may very well be the true indicator that Niners football is back to mediocrity. Maybe Kaep was thinking about his new tattoo he can add onto his body, because it’ll really standout with the 100s of other tattoos right? Imagine as a coach you said that to someone? Whatever fires them up is my philosophy and someone needs to fire up this San Fran team.
To new Head Coach Joe Tomsula’s credit, that man can scream and does a lot of it. So, we’ve figured out our problem here, Kaepernick is also another Quarterback that’s game isn’t really tailored to further flourish in this kind of league.
Also, Carlos Hyde had fantasy owners including myself questioning not drafting the 2nd round Buckeye product after his monstrous Week 1 performance. Since then, his carries in the last two games have been cut in half.
I don’t think there will be much gold to mine in this 2015 season.
26. Baltimore Ravens: 0-3 ↑
You’re probably wondering a couple of things here. Firstly, how are the Ravens ranked this high at #26 being a win-less team? And next, why is there a trending up sign next to their name?
I’ll tell you why.
It’s because the Ravens have played hard-nosed football in all three games and were cut short in all three of these games. Losing the heart and soul of the defense in the scary Terrell Suggs for the season with a torn Achillies injury took the oxygen out of their hopes for a Super Bowl run.
If there’s any head coach out there that can prime their team up for a true run, it’s John Harbaugh. However, Rookie WR Breshad Perriman has been a major bust, while making matters worse for himself to have tweaked his right knee during last Sunday’s warm-ups. It just makes things more difficult for Flacco to rely on anyone aside from the age-less Steve Smith.
But, reason why I have the Ravens trending up is because I think they’re in for an upset victory come this Thursday out in Heinz Field. I don’t think Michael Vick starting for Big Ben is such a good idea, but we’ll get into more of that when we talk about Pittsburgh.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars: 1-2 ↓
Nothing like giving up 51 points to the defending Super Bowl Champs. Does anyone on this team scream out to you as being a superstar or let alone a Pro-Bowl type player? Justin Blackmon might have been the closest thing to that except he’s a troublesome man off-the-field and may never see the playing field again.
There’s still a glimpse of hope that once TE Julius Thomas heals from a broken finger, he’ll provide Jacksonville a fairly formidable weapons grouping.