2013 NFL Consensus Power Rankings, Week 4 Edition
There has been only one NFL team to begin the season with an 0-4 start and make the playoffs — the 1992 San Diego Chargers.
While the Bolts are the only 0-4 team to make the postseason, it's been nearly as difficult for the 0-3 teams.
Since 1990, when the league expanded to 12 playoff teams, only three teams have begun the season with an 0-3 record and made the playoffs. The last to do so was the 1998 Buffalo Bills — a team led by quarterback Doug Flutie, who won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award that season.
Through three weeks, there are six winless teams: Giants, Redskins, Vikings, Buccaneers, Steelers and Jaguars. In addition, there are seven unbeaten teams: Bears, Saints, Seahawks, Patriots, Dolphins, Broncos and Chiefs.
This week's question: Of the teams that are 3-0 or 0-3 to start the year, which one is the biggest surprise?
Kevin Hanson (follow on Twitter):
On the heels of their pitiful Week 3 performance, I'm going with the 0-3 start by the Giants. As a Cowboys fan, I'd love to see them finish 0-16, but I did pick them to win the division and thought they were the best team in the division.
Losing 38-0 on Sunday to the Panthers, it didn't really seem the Giants were that close. The Giants managed only 150 yards of total offense and Eli Manning was sacked seven times, which was a Panthers' franchise record. It was the Panthers most lopsided win in franchise history.
No team is allowing more points per game (38.3) than the Giants and they are tied for last in sacks (three) with the Steelers. Not only does Manning have more interceptions (eight) than touchdowns (five), but the Giants rank last in the league in rushing offense (44.3 YPG).
John Trifone (follow on Twitter):
Of the undefeated and winless teams, I'd say the biggest surprise has to be the Giants at 0-3. Playing at Dallas was not an easy game, nor was hosting the Broncos in Week 2. Even Carolina in Week 3 was a tough game, so while the 0-3 is surprising, what's more surprising is how they are 0-3.
The Giants have given up 115 points, more than any other team through three weeks, and two of their games were not even competitive. Many experts had the Giants at least in the playoff discussion in the NFC, and the start to the year has been a total surprise.
Sean Beazley (follow on Twitter):
My biggest surprise on the season so far is that the Jets are 2-1, but since this question limits the choices to undefeated or winless, I am going to go with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Bucs lost Week 1 to the Jets on the road, followed that up with another offensive stinker at home vs the Saints. This past week was another stinker against the Pats. Josh Freeman is clearly not the answer at QB for the Bucs, and I expect them to be a team looking for a QB in the offseason. Three touchdowns as a team in three weeks is not going to cut it in the NFL.
Dan Yanotchko (follow on Twitter):
The biggest surprise so far this year has to be the New York Giants starting off 0-3. The Giants have been totally out of character with the amount of sacks, turnovers, and it just seems they lack the desire to compete. A Tom Coughlin-coached team typically does not lead the league in giveaways, as they have 13 through three games.
The Giants have been banged up on the offensive line, and also injuries have plagued their secondary as well, but when you have a two-time Super Bowl-winning coach leading you, there is no excuse to start 0-3.