Now that we're through Week 5 of the NFL season, fans are starting to get a much clearer picture of the current landscape of the league. While most analysts projected teams like the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins to be near the bottom of the standings, there are plenty of teams that have fallen well-short of expectations thus far.
With that in mind, here are the three most disappointing teams through Week 5.
3. Los Angeles Chargers (2-3), 3rd in the AFC West
As is seemingly always the case lately, the Los Angeles Chargers were lauded as a trendy Super Bowl pick in the offseason. In typical Chargers' fashion though, a rash of injuries quickly changed their outlook. Los Angeles lost key contributors in Derwin James, Hunter Henry and Russell Okung to injuries, while star RB Melvin Gordon held out for the first chunk of the year. Just when it seemed like the Chargers had mostly weathered the storm, sitting 2-2 ahead of Week 5, they lost a key divisional game to the now 1-4 Denver Broncos. The Bolts have particularly struggled on offense, averaging 20.6 points per game (PPG), which is tied for No. 18 in the NFL. For a team that finished tied for the sixth-best scoring offense just a season ago, this has been an uninspiring start.
2. Los Angeles Rams (3-2), 3rd in NFC West
The Los Angeles Rams entered Week 4 undefeated, but they didn't look like the offensive juggernaut they had been since Sean McVay took over. In 2018, the Rams opened the season with five straight performances of more than 30 points. Through five weeks in 2019, Los Angeles has only exceeded 30 points once, and that came in a 55-40 shootout against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when Los Angeles was playing catchup after falling behind 21-0. Todd Gurley has yet to rush for 100 yards in a single game (something he did six times in 2018) and the Rams have turned the ball over on 18.6 percent of their drives, which is the fourth-worst mark in the league. Jared Goff and the offense has yet to find its footing, while the defense has given up 42.5 PPG over the past two weeks. Currently sitting third in the NFC West, the Rams are in danger of missing the postseason if they don't turn it around soon.
1. Cleveland Browns (2-3), 2nd in AFC North
If you've turned on your TV at any point in the last six months, you've likely seen quite a few commercials starring Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield. Mayfield's Browns were arguably the most talked-about team in the NFL this offseason, but Cleveland is 2-3 thus far and the offense just hasn't clicked. The former Heisman Trophy winner has a QB rating of 68.5, which is the third-lowest mark in the NFL ahead of Luke Falk (62.4) and Josh Rosen (57.7). He's also thrown a league-worst eight INTs. While it's hard to put this all on Mayfield, who has been under siege all season (sacked 16 times, T-No. 6 in the NFL), his play hasn't helped. Cleveland is by no means out of the hunt, as the Browns are only a game behind the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North, but this certainly isn't the start fans were envisioning.
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