There are two distinct possible reactions when waking up after a big party night with a stranger in your bed: you can either be surprised or disappointed.
And so it is the same with your favorite NFL teams and players.
Five weeks into the season we’ve seen enough football to distinguish between the legitimate slow starts and the honest to goodness disappointments …and here they are, our top 10 disappointments through the first 5 weeks:
10. Toby Gerhart – This was supposed to be the former Stanford star’s chance to finally shine in the spotlight, rescued from the shadow of Adrian Peterson.
It looks like Gerhart might be better off as a role-playing third down back. He’s rushed for a paltry 123 yards on 48 carries (2.6 yards per attempt) and has found the end zone just once this season.
People are still holding out hope for Toby Gerhart? I admire their perseverance.
— NFL Philosophy (@NFLosophy) October 8, 2014
9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Come to think of it, let’s not just throw Toby under the bus, this whole Jags team is a disappointment.
Gus Bradley’s squad has regressed back to their losing ways after putting the pieces together for the last half of the 2013 season.
Jacksonville has yet to win a game and they’re ranked second to last in total offense and dead last in total defense.
8. Geno Smith – I still think it’s too early to pour the baby out with the bath water on Smith as a lot of quality quarterbacks had interception issues early on in their career, but Geno has tossed 6 picks to go with just 4 touchdowns.
— FOX Sports NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 6, 2014
7. EJ Manuel – #7 in New York doesn’t own the full monopoly on disappointing signal callers in the AFC East.
Unlike Smith, Manuel has been benched in favor of the team’s veteran back-up.
Things Id rather catch than feelings: 1)the flu 2)the next episode of pretty little liars 3)a pass from EJ Manuel 4)Ebola
— Con (@connordomiano) October 2, 2014
6. New Orleans Saints – With a record of 2-3 in a division that could likely be taken by a team with just 10 wins, the season is hardly in the toilet for Drew Brees and the Saints. But they hardly look like a title contender out there and their supposedly upgraded defense is embarrassing.
Oh yeah, and Jairus Byrd is out for the season with a torn lateral meniscus.
5. LeSean McCoy – McCoy looked more like himself last week, but he’s got a lot of catching up to do if he wants to back up his pre-season assertion that he’s the top back in the league.
LeSean McCoy has 46 Rush yds early in 3rd quarter. That’s more than he had in the last 2 games COMBINED. pic.twitter.com/ecEpCVVpfj
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 5, 2014
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – New Head Coach Lovie Smith and his golden boy Josh McCown were supposed to surprise many and lead the Bucs back to the playoffs.
At this point an 8-8 season would be considered a major victory. Tampa Bay is 1-4 and has given up 156 points, second-worst to Jacksonville.
3. RGIII – Redskins fans might as well just purchase a copy of the 2012 season DVD and play it on repeat.
Robert Griffin the third is no Russell Wilson and he never will be.
2. Matt Schaub – Schaub is the bust that many predicted, but I expected the old man to at least suit up.
— Eye on Football (@EyeOnNFL) September 25, 2014
1. Detroit Lions Offense – While the Lions are currently tied for first place in the NFC North, the Stafford-led offensive charge is averaging less than 20 points per game (19.8), good for 27th in the NFL.
With Megatron, Golden Tate, Reggie Bush and Joique Bell at your skill positions it’s ridiculous that this team’s not putting the pig skin in the end zone.
Of course, the fact that Detroit kickers have missed 8 of 9 field goals from beyond 30 yards certainly has had an effect on their point total. The recently signed Matt Prater ought to be a huge improvement in the kicking department.