The NFL season is now six weeks old and a picture of the playoffs has taken shape. There is still enough time for some poor performing NFL teams to overcome their shortcomings and make the playoffs. However, there are a few teams that look unlikely of getting better at the moment. These franchises have been busts in the early part of 2019 after a lot was expected of them.
Cleveland Browns – Baker Mayfield
The Cleveland Browns were sportsbooks favorites to win the AFC North when the season kicked off. Now six games into the season and the Browns have taken a step back from last year.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield has been awful throwing at least one interception per game this year. Mayfield has tossed 11 picks and just five touchdowns.
Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks saw him throw three picks for the second time in one game this season. Last year, he threw just 14 picks in total.
Dallas Cowboys – Jason Garrett
The Dallas Cowboys have lost three straight games after starting the NFL season 3-0. Dak Prescott did well enough against the New York Jets in Week 6 throwing for 277 yards but no touchdowns.
While headlines on Monday claimed Prescott is struggling, the fact is head coach Jason Garrett is the one to blame for the Cowboys losing streak. Prescott threw for 277 yards, completed 70% of his passes and Ezekiel Elliot ran for 105 yards.
So, the issue must be the head coach and his overseeing of the team? The Jets won their first game putting 24 points on Dallas. Garrett is the problem and not his two offensive stars.
Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff
I have written previously about the Los Angeles Rams having a Super Bowl hangover this season which is preventing them from reaching the heights of last year. Despite my claims of a hangover, I was shocked to see the San Francisco 49ers a hang 20-7 scoreline on the Rams on Sunday in LA.
I expected the Rams to play well after returning home but that wasn’t the case. Jared Goff was bad against San Francisco throwing for a mere 78 yards. It was the first time he had failed to crack the 200-yard mark since Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers.
Goff has tossed seven touchdowns and seven picks in six games this season. The Rams have lost three straight games and are dangerously close to falling out of NFC playoff contention as 49ers and Seahawks sit above them in the West.
Todd Gurley’s injury and omission from the Rams’ line-up on Sunday can be blamed, but Goff has the weapons to be better than completing 54% of his passes.
Atlanta Falcons – Defense
If Matt Ryan can throw for over 350 yards and four touchdowns, then why can’t the Atlanta Falcons win against the Arizona Cardinals?
The Falcons are bottom of the AFC South and are –51 points against their six opponents this season. Atlanta have lost four straight games and the playoffs look unlikely.
Arizona scored 34 points and tallied 340 passing yards courtesy of Kyler Murray. Although Matt Bryant missed a possible game-tying field goal in the fourth quarter, the defense shouldn’t have put him in that situation against the Cardinals.