Which of these 0-3 teams will finish the NFL season with the worst record?
The NFL season is full steam ahead as Week 3 is almost over. The majority of the football has been completed and there are five teams with a record of 0-3. Those five teams are the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, and Detroit Lions. One of the noticeable but obvious issues is the points differential for these teams. The Jets have only scored a total of 20 points and given up 70 points which are -50 and is the worst differential of these five teams. The remaining teams are Jaguars -38, Lions -28, Colts -24, and the Giants -18. We are going to go through each one of these teams and discuss which team could receive the 1st overall pick in the 2022 draft.
Detroit is off to a rough start and their strength of schedule indicates it will not get any easier. According to CBS Sports, the Lions are tied for 6th overall in the strength of schedule. This makes sense because they play in the NFC North squaring off against teams such as the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, and the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions also drew the AFC North on their schedule and the NFC West.
One positive is the Lions were able to recoup two 1st round picks when they traded longtime quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams. One in 2022 and one in 2023 along with starting quarterback Jared Goff. They also acquired a 3rd round pick in 2021 which resulted in Ifeatu Melifonwu a cornerback from Syracuse. The Lions were handed brutal losses against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 and Week 2 against the Packers. They had the game in hand in Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens until kicker Justin Tucker set an NFL record making a 66-yard field goal. The Lions are young and have some noticeable holes and will need much improvement to compete in the NFC North. If the woes continue this team could be selecting No.1 overall in 2022.
JUSTIN TUCKERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR pic.twitter.com/vCsHRtfULo
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 26, 2021
What to say about Jacksonville who according to CBS Sports is 18th overall in strength of schedule. The Jaguars are in the AFC South which is not as fearsome as years past. They did however draw the NFC West on the schedule along with the AFC East. The Jaguars are coming off of a 1-15 season and were awarded the 1st overall pick.
They would select Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. They would also draft running back Travis Etienne out of Clemson but he would get injured and be placed on the IR for the season. They also named Urban Meyer as their head coach and this is his first NFL experience. Lawrence has struggled since entering the NFL thus far throwing seven interceptions to only five touchdowns.
The Jaguars have struggled to establish the run with James Robinson who is coming off a 1070 yard rushing season in 2020. Jacksonville who has surrendered 91 points to opposing offenses have spent some recent drafts investing on that side of the football. The Jaguars are 29th in the NFL in sacks only getting to the opposing quarterback four times. The Jaguars have a long road ahead of them and could be picking at the top again in 2022.
Trevor Lawrence is the first QB to throw 7+ INT in his first 3 career games since Deshone Kizer (2017).
Kizer was the QB on the 0-16 Browns. pic.twitter.com/y3MEoY4iye
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) September 26, 2021
New York Jets
The Jets are struggling to say the least. According to CBS Sports, New York is tied for 19th overall in strength of schedule. The Jets are already in a good division which is the AFC East but then you add the NFC South this makes for a tough stretch of games. They also square off against the struggling AFC South. Similar to the Jaguars the Jets would draft a quarterback in 2021.
With the 2nd overall pick, New York selected Zach Wilson out of BYU. After missing on former 1st round pick Sam Darnold. They would trade Darnold to the Carolina Panthers. The Jets would also hire a new head coach former defensive coordinator of the 49ers, Robert Saleh. New York has drafted multiple linemen to address the major holes on the offensive line. Some major signings in the offseason were wide receiver Corey Davis along with wide receiver Keelan Cole.
In 2020 they would also draft wide receiver Denzel Mims out of Baylor and in 2021 they would draft wide receiver Elijah Moore from Ole Miss. This team has attempted to address some major concerns but just can’t find the end zone. They are dealing with a few injuries as well. The defense is a glaring concern allowing 70 points in three games while only scoring 20 points. Unless this team finds a miracle they will be selecting at the top if not the No. 1 overall pick in 2022.
Rookie QBs having a ROUGH week.
Davis Mills: 168 Pass Yards, TD, LOSS
Mac Jones: 270 Pass Yards, TD, 3 INT, LOSS
Trevor Lawrence: 219 Pass Yards, TD, 2 INT, LOSS
Justin Fields: 68 Pass Yards, 0 TD, LOSS
Zach Wilson: 160 Pass Yards, 0 TD, 2 INT, LOSS pic.twitter.com/kP7obXrU1O
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) September 26, 2021
Indianapolis is surprisingly off to a 0-3 start to their season. According to CBS Sports, the Colts are tied 23rd overall in strength of schedule. The Colts who are in the AFC South face off against some very challenging opponents in other divisions. The NFC West which many believe could have three teams in the postseason. The AFC East is also on the schedule and presents its own challenges. The team opened Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks, and then in Week 2 matched up against the Rams. The Week 3 matchup was on the road against division opponent the Tennessee Titans.
Indianapolis was very much in each of these games and just could not overcome deficits at the end. The Colts would trade for Carson Wentz in the offseason and the 2021 season has not been kind to him health-wise. Long-time wide receiver T.Y. Hilton has been on the IR. The team has also failed to establish the run game with Jonathan Taylor or Nyheim Hines. The Colts have been known to have an above-average defense but thus far in 2021, they have allowed 80 points. The toughest part for Indianapolis moving forward is the teams they play. I would expect this team to be picking in the top 5 of the 2022 NFL draft.
Unstoppable force meets immovable object. pic.twitter.com/rcgzoPQ5Nt
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 21, 2021
New York Giants
The final team that has started 0-3 is the Giants. According to CBS Sports, New York is 25th in overall strength of schedule. Which does not bode well for a team who looked good on paper heading into the season. They play in a very weak NFC East but play against a very competitive AFC West and the NFC South.
The Giants would be getting back former 1st round pick ,2nd overall, running back Saquon Barkley from an ACL tear in 2020. They also would sign wide receiver Kenny Golladay to a 4 year $72,000,000 contract. They also would sign tight end Kyle Rudolph to a 2-year deal worth $12,000,000. They would draft wideout Kadarius Toney from Florida and Azeez Ojulari from Georgia to play linebacker. Again I want to emphasize this team looks good on paper. The holes are not as noticeable as some of the other teams listed above. They are inexperienced on the offensive line outside of veteran Nate Solder. Out of all the teams listed I believe the Giants can recover from the 0-3 start to the season.
The losses by the #Giants and #Jets mean they closed the month a combined 0-6. Over the last 10 seasons, the NY teams are 20-49 in September, with just one winning opening month for each team in that span.
The NFL’s biggest market. Two teams. Irrelevant before October. Again.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 26, 2021