5 Most Disappointing NFL Teams of 2019-20 Season
Just like many seasons before this one, 2019 had its fair share of teams that failed to live up to expectations. But not all underwhelming seasons are created equal.
With that in mind, here are the NFL's five most disappointing teams compared to their 2019 season-opening totals, according to over/under projections provided by FanDuel Sportsbook.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10)
FanDuel Win Total Projection: 8
After signing Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles to a four-year, $88 million contract in the offseason, the Jacksonville Jaguars had high hopes entering the year. Clearly, those didn't come to fruition. Foles broke his collarbone in the team's first game of the season, and while Gardner Minshew filled in admirably, the Jaguars only managed to win six games. With Tom Coughlin now out, this team's future is very much in flux, and the Jaguars will likely have to deal with some uncertainty at quarterback, as Jacksonville decides whether Foles or Minshew is the answer at QB.
4. Carolina Panthers (5-11)
FD Win Total Projection: 7.5
With a projected win total of 7.5 heading into the year, the Carolina Panthers had all the makings of a fringe playoff team. However, it wasn't meant to be. The Panthers lost quarterback Cam Newton to a Lisfranc fracture after Week 2, and even with All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey in the backfield, neither Kyle Allen nor Will Grier were able to quarterback the team into the playoffs. Until the QB situation gets resolved, it'll be tough to see the Panthers making a postseason run any time soon.
3. Washington Redskins (3-13)
FD Win Total Projection: 6
Not much was expected out of the Washington Redskins this season, but you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who thought they'd be as bad as they were in 2019. Washington fell three games short of its initial over/under (6), ending the year with a 3-13 record. The future does look bright in Washington, though. Ron Rivera is taking over at head coach, the Redskins are set to pick No. 2 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft and Dwayne Haskins put together some impressive performances at the end of the season.
2. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14)
FD Win Total Projection: 6
Teams often struggle in their first year under a new coach, but the Cincinnati Bengals really underwhelmed in their first season under Zac Taylor. Cincinnati entered the season with a win total set at 6, but the Bengals finished 2-14 after jumping out to an 0-11 start to the year. Even so, with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and about $51.8 million of cap space to work with, the Bengals could be positioned for a bounce-back season.
1. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11)
FD Win Total Projection: 9.5
Considering they were borderline Super Bowl contenders with a 9.5 projected win total heading into the year, the Los Angeles Chargers might be the season's most disappointing team. The Bolts notched just five wins after putting together a 12-4 campaign in 2018 that included a run to the AFC Divisional Round. Regression on offense, particularly from Philip Rivers, was arguably the main reason Los Angeles fell short, and that's created a good deal of uncertainty at QB. Whether or not Rivers returns remains to be seen, but the Chargers were undoubtedly one of the most underwhelming teams in the league this season.
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