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With the first six weeks of the 2022 NFL season in the books, a bevy of preseason Super Bowl contenders are now looking like pretenders. Although there is ample time for these struggling teams to turn around their disappointing campaigns, the hot seat is getting warmer for some coaches.
The reigning Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams are sitting at .500 with a non-existent ground attack and an inconsistent defense. However, the Rams are tied atop an unimpressive NFC West with both the 49ers and Seahawks with identical 3-3 records.
Let’s take a look at the NFL’s most disappointing teams:
Los Angeles Rams (3-3)
The Super Bowl champs are struggling on both sides of the ball. The Rams’ running game is ranked 31st, while the defensive unit allows the 16th most points. Quarterback Matt Stafford led the NFL with 17 interceptions last year and has thrown more picks (8) than touchdowns (6) this season. Although Aaron Donald has tallied four sacks in six games, the Rams rank 19th with 12 sacks. Los Angeles will have to earn a trip to the playoffs with seven of the ll teams left on their schedule sporting a winning record.
Cincinnati Bengals (3-3)
The Bengals look like a shell of the team that advanced to last year’s Super Bowl. Quarterback Joe Burrow has been sacked 21 times, and the offense averages a woeful 89 rushing yards. Defensively, the Bengals have a leaky run defense that is ranked 21st and have posted the fifth-fewest sacks with nine in six games. Cincinnati has a tough road ahead and will finish the season against the Buccaneers, Patriots, Bills, and Ravens.
Green Bay Packers (3-3)
The Packers have allowed the fewest passing yards in the NFL but have only intercepted one pass. Green Bay has also struggled to stop the run and allows the sixth-most rushing yards (135). Aaron Rodgers has thrown only nine touchdown passes in six outings, and the Packers ranked 24th in scoring despite being among the league leaders in time of possession. Green Bay has a daunting schedule with dates against the Bills, Cowboys, Eagles, Rams, Dolphins, and Vikings.
Miami Dolphins (3-3)
The Dolphins were supposed to challenge the Bills for AFC East supremacy this season but find themselves in a dogfight with the Jets for second place. Even with the injury woes at quarterback, Miami still boasts the league’s second-ranked passing attack. However, the Dolphins have the second-fewest rushing yards and are ranked 17th in scoring with 21 points. The defense has been horrendous, but the next five games on the schedule include subpar teams with a combined record of 8-19-1.
Denver Broncos (2-4)
The addition of Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson was supposed to make the Broncos an elite team. But Wilson – who has tossed five touchdown passes in six games – is directing the NFL’s 20th-ranked offense that averages a league-worst 15 points. Denver does have a stout defense that ranks in the top 5 in scoring (4), total yards (3), passing yards (5), and sacks (4). The Broncos have a not-too-easy schedule remaining with a pair of games against the Chiefs.
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