Welcome to Doc's Sports Service Bovada Banner
spacer  
spacer spacer
Welcome to Doc's Sports Service spacer
Welcome to Doc's Sports Service Welcome to Doc's Sports Service
Welcome to Doc's Sports Service
Click Here to Purchase Doc's Picks
Baseball Picks   |   NASCAR Picks   |   WNBA picks
Football Picks   |   NFL Picks   |   Soccer Picks
spacer



Live Lines and Odds NFL Odds
spacer
NBA Odds
spacer
College
   Basketball Odds

spacer
MLB Odds
spacer
NHL Odds
spacer
WNBA Odds
spacer
CFL Odds
spacer
Boxing Odds
spacer
Golf Odds
spacer
Soccer Odds
spacer

Free Picks by Sport Free MLB Picks
spacer
Free NASCAR Picks
spacer
Free NFL Picks
spacer
Free College Football Picks
spacer
Free NBA Picks
spacer
Free College Basketball Picks
spacer
Free NHL Picks
spacer
Free World Cup Picks
spacer
All Free Picks
spacer

Handicapping Matchup Reports NFL
spacer
NCAA Football
spacer
NBA
spacer
NCAA Basketball
spacer
MLB
spacer
NHL
spacer

Scores NFL
spacer
NCAA Football
spacer
NBA
spacer
NCAA Basketball
spacer
MLB
spacer
NHL
spacer

Schedules NFL Schedule
spacer
College Football Schedule
spacer
MLB Schedule
spacer
Monday Night Football Schedule
spacer

Upcomming Event Coverage 2014 Heisman Trophy Odds
spacer
MLB Futures Odds
spacer




Bovada Banner
spacer
spacer
Home
spacer
View Picks
spacer
Why Doc's Sports?
spacer
Our Betting System
spacer
Sports Betting Strategy
spacer
Message from the GM
spacer
Our Commitment
spacer
Customer Comments
spacer
Free Picks
spacer
Contact Doc's
spacer

The Advisory Board
Our Commitment
spacer
Doc's Sports
spacer
Robert Ferringo
spacer
Allen Eastman
spacer
Raphael Esparza (VSI)
spacer
Indian Cowboy
spacer
Jason Sharpe
spacer
Strike Point Sports
spacer
Chad Matthews
spacer
Mike Davis
spacer

Betting Systems
11th Hour Sports
spacer
The Prop Machine
spacer

Recomended Sportsbooks Bovada Sportsbook
spacer
5Dimes Sportsbook
spacer
BookMaker
spacer
Sportsbook
spacer
Carbon Sports
spacer
WagerWeb
spacer
BetOnline Sportsbook
spacer
GT Bets
spacer
SportsBettingOnline.ag
spacer
Sportsbook Bonus
spacer

Handicapping Resources
Mobile Website Directions
spacer
2014 NFL Season Win Totals Predictions
spacer
2014 College Football Season Win Totals Predictions
spacer
Weekly NFL Survivor Pool Picks
spacer
Sports Betting Money Managment
spacer
Handicapping FAQ
spacer
Sports Betting 101
spacer
Sports Betting Tips
spacer
Parlay Calculator
spacer
Sports Betting Systems
spacer
Parlay Cards
spacer
Gambling Terms
spacer
2014 Archives
spacer
2013 Archives
spacer
2012 Archives
spacer
2011 Archives
spacer
2010 Archives
spacer
Doc's Affiliate Program
spacer
Doc's Writer Bios
spacer
Doc's rss feedDoc's RSS feed



spacer
spacer

NFL Handicapping: Teams Winless through Week 2
by - 9/17/2013

Share |
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

Basic math suggests that after two weeks a quarter of the teams in the NFL should be winless. That’s exactly the situation we have. While there is a whole lot of season left and it seems far too early to panic, it has historically been a very bad thing to limp out of the gate. Since 1990 there have been 190 teams that have started out 0-2. Just 22 of those — 11.6 percent — have gone on to make the playoffs. In the last four years none of the 30 0-2 teams have extended their season. Ouch. Here’s a look at the eight teams that have struggled so far:

Instant $250 Free Bonus Bet from Bovada -
CLICK HERE

Pittsburgh Steelers

There is just one thing you need to know about this team — they have averaged 37.5 yards rushing per game. The worst part of it all is that with that kind of output they have overachieved given the farce of a running game they are fielding. When they can’t run they can’t set up the pass, and they aren’t going to be able to score. The Steelers have had a good run, but now comes the time to rebuild. This team will win some games, but they are far from a playoff threat.

Cleveland Browns

There were a lot of people who thought that the Browns could be a surprise this year. Those people were getting ahead of themselves. The team is moving in the right direction, but there is still a long way between where they are and respectability. The biggest issue is that Brandon Weeden just has not made any progress. Is he a franchise QB? I have serious doubts. They have opened 0-2 five times in the last six years, so the good news is that they are very familiar with how to deal with their current predicament.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Truly terrible team. Awful. Criminally short of talent and depth. A lousy defense. Coaching that doesn’t have enough to work with. A total lack of crowd support. A record of 0-16 is a real possibility if they want it badly enough.

New York Giants

The Giants have the best chance of any team on this list of making the postseason. They have lost tough games — at Dallas and at home against the Broncos. They need to tighten their defense significantly, but they have been far from awful. The NFC East is not dominant, so there are plenty of opportunities for them if they get on track. The schedule could be easier, but they shouldn’t be counted out yet. They lead the league in passing yards, so there is something to build on — especially if they can improve on their league-worst rushing performance.

Washington Redskins

If you just look at the second half of games, this has been a pretty good team. Their problem, though, is that they have badly limped out of the gate in both of their games and have been out of touch before RGIII and company have found their stride. That’s mental as much as anything, so it can be addressed. I would have had a lot more faith in Shanahan’s ability to fix it a decade ago than I do now, though. They will win games — just not nearly enough of them.

Minnesota Vikings

Respectable losses on the road against solid opponents. There are worse things than that. It doesn’t help that both losses have been to divisional rivals, but the team is far from dead in the water. They face Cleveland and Pittsburgh next followed by Carolina after the bye week. If they are 3-2 after Week 6 — which they are fully capable of — then things get interesting for this squad. I lean towards them falling short, but I don’t rule them out by any means — this is not the Jaguars.

Carolina Panthers

This is the team I am more disappointed by than any other so far. They showed some real spark late last season, and they had such a positive offseason. I thought they could be a pleasant surprise. Cam Newton has regressed, though, and the team can’t get out of its own way. They are tentative and lacking confidence, and they just don’t look good enough. They still have far more talent than they have displayed, but this season is quickly starting to look like last year — a season lost by a pathetic start marred by underachievement. If things don’t turn around quickly then this team needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I was skeptical about the hiring of Greg Schiano before last season. It really appears that I was right to be uneasy about it. He seems to lack control of this team. That means that the inmates have largely been running the asylum for most of the last three years. That’s not healthy, and it really makes it hard for a team to play near its best. At its best I am not convinced this is a playoff team. In the Bucs’ current state they are all but hopeless.

Read more articles by

Share |

Most Recent NFL Handicapping Articles