3 Most Likely Teams to Finish With Worst Record in the 2019 NFL Season
While the 2019 NFL season feels wide open this year, there are still a number of teams that look destined for failure.
The New England Patriots are preseason favorites (+700) to win their seventh Super Bowl title, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. On the lower end of the spectrum, however, are teams that will most likely be competing for the worst record in the league and an opportunity to pick first in the 2020 NFL Draft.
With that in mind, here are the three teams currently favored to finish with the worst record in the NFL this season.
1. Cincinnati Bengals (+550)
Coming off a 6-10 season and a dead-last finish in the AFC North, expectations are even lower for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2019. The team finished bottom five in defensive DVOA last season, according to Football Outsiders, and could have serious question marks on offense this year due to the health of A.J. Green, who will be sidelined to start the season following an ankle injury. This is also the Bengals' first season without Marvin Lewis in 15 years, with new coach Zac Taylor taking over. Unless Andy Dalton posts a career year, Cincinnati could finish near the bottom of the league in 2019.
2. Arizona Cardinals (+460)
After finishing with the worst record last season (3-13), the Arizona Cardinals were rewarded with the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, which they used to select Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. While hopes are high for Murray, the Cardinals are not expected to compete in 2019, especially since they will be playing in a very competitive NFC West division. The Cards still need to make major strides on defense, but did add veteran pass-rusher Terrell Suggs to provide leadership. If Murray is as good as advertised in his rookie year, Arizona may shock some people in 2019, although a playoff berth doesn't appear likely.
3. Miami Dolphins (+340)
The Miami Dolphins have managed to stay competitive in recent years despite lacking talent, especially on the offensive side of the football. After finishing 7-9 last season, 2019 may be the year the wheels truly come off for the Fins. The team parted ways with OLB Cameron Wake and DE Robert Quinn, and did little to improve their defense in free agency. On offense, the acquisition of Josh Rosen at quarterback could cause more growing pains for Miami if he eventually takes the reins from Ryan Fitzpatrick. Miami could struggle on both sides of the ball in 2019, and could finish near the bottom of the standings.
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