Winless Concerns: Texans, Raiders, Cardinals!!
The NFL is on full force now and for as many undefeated teams they are the same amount of winless team. While is still too early to fully eliminate them from any kind of post season action is not too late for the teams to be able to turn it around. 16 Games in the season and only 12 playoff spots. Texans, Raiders and Cardinals are all winless the question is who truly should be concern?
Houston Texans 0-3, Week 4 Matchup Indianapolis Colts 1-2
Game 1 loss by 7, game 2 by 3, game 3 by 5, Bill O’Brien response was that he needs to do a better job. The Texans’ 0-3 record and O’Brien shouldn’t paint the full picture of this team. The Texans’ are a team in recovery and it could still be assumed that they are not 100% in the health department. Right now, they are playing like fragile team that seems to have wrap themselves in bubble wrap so avoid reopening any recent wounds.
Deshaun Watson is 30 yards from breaking into the top 10 for passing leaders in the league. DeAndre Hopkins is 4 yards himself from breaking into the top 10 for wide receivers. The Texans’ are capable of putting up big numbers they just haven’t turned into wins, just yet. JJ Watt after only playing 8 total games in the past 2 seasons, sits at 3 sacks for the year tied for 3rd place. The Texans have the numbers and are just missing the wins.
0-3 seems concerning but with every game that Watts, Watson, Fuller V and among other guys are healthy for is an overall team win. Getting all those guys for a full season would be great. The return off D’Onta Foreman in week 6 should give this team a boost, a slow start nonetheless but not too concerning. Next 3 games are Colts, Cowboys and Bills, 4th game vs the Jags who recent loss to the Titans could put this team in the middle of the pack with a fighting chance.
Oakland Raiders 0-3, Week 4 Matchup Cleveland Browns 1-1-1
Year 1 of Jon Gruden, based on first impression doesn’t seem like is going to well. The 0-3 record could even be consider minor, more concerning should be the personnel decision and performance. The finance excuse that was used to handle Khalil Mack, should hunt the Raiders organizations for years to come. So let’s compared some numbers going into week 4.
Raiders defense – 3 Sacks, 1 Interception, 1 Force Fumble, No Force Fumbles Recover, No Touchdowns.
Khalil Mack – 4 Sacks (14 Total team sacks), 1 Interception, 1 Touchdown, 3 Force Fumbles, 1 Recover.
Last 2 losses were a 1 point loss to the Broncos on a game winning field goal. 2nd loss to the Dolphins, in a game in which Tannerhill seem to have roam freely throwing for 3 touchdowns and only being sacked once. Am not implying that Mack would have the Raiders’ savior, am just beating a deadhorse that as of right now, the Mack trade was not right. Also probably doesn’t help when you call your QB on being “too aggressive” in reference to the pass to Martavis Bryant that led to interception. Derek Carr did respond that he would do it again.
Nobody can beat you as bad as you can beat yourself. In Gruden’s defense sometimes you have to demolish the whole building to be able to build a strong foundation. Gruden is where he is because he has proven that he has winning football mind and once he builds his ideal team, the system will start rolling and the wins will come.
Marshawn Lynch has scored a touchdown in each of the Raiders game. Lynch has been the biggest bright spot for the Raiders on what could be his last season, according to Marcus Peters. Lynch’s possible good bye tour shouldn’t take away that the Raiders level of concern could really be tipping over. And yes is only Year 1, but 100 Million over 10 years. Tilt proven otherwise, Jon Gruden is PhilJacksoning the Raiders.
Next set of games for the Raiders are against the Browns, Chargers and Seahawks. I’ll take the Baker Mayfield’s Browns over the Raiders.
Arizona Cardinals 0-3, Week 4 Matchup Seattle Seahawks 1-2
The Cardinals could be the worse team with the least upside out of the win current winless team through week 3. Sam Bradford has already being demoted for rookie Josh Rosen, which it actually makes sense and not just due to bad play. So far this year we have seen rookie QBs come out the gate and play like elite players for their 1st win before coming back down to reality. Sam Darnold shocked the world against the Lions week 1 and Mayfield led the comeback for the Browns for them to get their 1st win in really long time.
In theory, Rosen could be the answer for the Cardinals, to at least get them 1 win. Unfortunately the problem could go a little deeper for the Cardinals who seem to be slacking in many areas. Missing Larry Fitzgerald has not helped the team out either. David Johnson, was out early last season but still manage to secure a 38 Million dollar contract. Currently is unclear whether he is being held back or not complete recover from his injury.
The stage has officially being set for Josh Rosen, who on draft night said that “nine mistakes were made ahead of me (him)”. Week 4 he will get his wishes against the Seahawks, who are coming off a dominant win against the Cowboys. The Cardinals don’t seem to have a clear plan and what they are doing right does not seem to be working. There is not enough panic buttons that will save the Cardinals this season from the looks of things
Which team should be the concern?
To me, Cardinals should be the team with the most concern, recently having paid David Johnson and not receiving immediate return could be reason for panic. On the other hand, this could just be a transitioning season for the Cardinals developing their new QB, easing Johnson back into full workhorse and also looking for a replacement for Larry Fitzgerald.
Raiders wouldn’t have spent the money on Gruden, if they didn’t think he could make it work. The Raiders have weapons and potential to play better, but it does start at the top.
The Texans should only have health concerns. With more than plenty of weapons both offensively and defensively the Texans aren’t too many steps from taking Will Fuller V size leaps in to a winning future.