*Each week, TDR ranks the 10 worst teams in the league. Hey, at least there’s that Clowney guy this year…
1. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) – When scoring a safety is the best thing your team accomplished all day against the team that had the first overall pick in the last draft, it’s really hard for anyone to be worse than you. Clowney would be tough to pass up, but the Jags need Teddy Bridgewater in the worst way.
2. Oakland Raiders (0-1) – Terrelle Pryor showed flashes, for sure, but this team is who we think they are. And we think they are very, very bad. Clowney would look great in Silver & Black, though.
3. Cleveland Browns (0-1) – So much for Norv Turner’s offense being exactly what Brandon Weeden needed to assert himself as the Browns’ rock-solid starting quarterback. This team has some good pieces to build around, but expect another high pick next year.
4. Buffalo Bills (0-1) – E.J. Manuel looks like he might be the real deal, and there is plenty of young talent around him, but the Bills still need more to truly compete in the AFC East.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) – Was there an uglier first quarter (and subsequent week of locker-room drama) than what we saw from the Bucs this week? Schiano & Co. had better right this ship quick, which will be hard to do against the Saints and Pats over the next two weeks.
6. New York Jets (1-0) – The Bucs made the Jets look surprisingly functional for the most part on Sunday, but don’t let that fool you. This team still has a slew of issues to sort out before they can get out of the bottom 10.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) – This team is OLD, and they’re finding it out fast. A season-opening loss to a seemingly inferior division opponent in the Titans, combined with multiple ACL tears (Pouncey, Stephens-Howling), has the Fighting Rooneys reeling.
8. Arizona Cardinals (0-1) – A lot to like about what Carson Palmer brings to this offense, and the defense has plenty of talent. But without a solid offensive line or a reliable threat running behind them, this team will get exposed quickly.
9. San Diego Chargers (0-1) – The Chargers were are impressive in the first half as they were unimpressive in the second in their opening loss to Houston. Rivers’ four touchdowns passes are encouraging, but the Bolts have very little depth and won’t stand for long once injuries start to creep in.
10. Carolina Panthers (0-1) – Seattle had to steal the game late from the Panthers (thanks in large part to a much-improved run defense), but Cam Newton must be more effective if the Black Cats hope to dig themselves out of the NFC South cellar.