It's been a strange year in the NFL. Teams like Kansas City, Carolina, Arizona and Philly have become legitimate contenders after struggling the last few years. But when teams leave the bottom of the barrel, they usually have to be replaced.
What's really crazy is that those suddenly strong former basement-dwellers have been replaced by two teams that were in the Super Bowl mix only 11 months ago. Everyone has played exactly 11 games now, and if the season ended today, the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons would share the worst record in football with Jacksonville. All three are 2-9 with five games to play, which means they're the current leaders in the race to pick in the top three in the 2014 NFL draft.
Both Houston and Atlanta were part of the NFL's elite eight last January, with the Falcons falling just one score short of a Super Bowl appearance. Atlanta led the 49ers in the fourth quarter of the NFC championship game at the Georgia Dome.
But now it looks like they'll both have a chance to either add elite rookies or compile a dangerous amount of draft picks via a trade, because it doesn't look as though either team will turn it around during these final five weeks. Atlanta has lost five straight games by a combined 70 points, while the Texans are stuck in a nine-game losing streak that was lowlighted this past week by an embarrassing 13-6 loss to the historically bad Jaguars. They have to go on the road for three of their last five games, and the only home games they have left are against New England and Denver. They could seriously finish 2-14, which would probably promise them the No. 1 overall pick.no comments