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The 5 most disappointing teams to start the 2022 NFL season

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    While the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins deservedly deserved praise for their 3-0 win, many NFL teams are grappling with disappointment.

    The term itself is relatively vague, so let’s define it. To make our selections, the primary factor was judging teams based on their actual performance versus their preseason prospects.

    For example, the Houston Texans weren’t expected to excel. Houston’s current 0-2-1 mark — while not positive right now — is relatively less frustrating than even a few winning records. Several teams expected to make the playoffs failed to impress and/or found themselves at an early disadvantage in the standings.

    Consider the list in ascending order and culminate in the most disappointing team of the season so far.

5. Los Angeles Aries

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    The promising note is that the Los Angeles Rams are still 2-1 and standing on the NFC West. The reigning Super Bowl champion’s prospects are far from bleak.

    But the crime certainly doesn’t pass the eye test.

    During the opening game, Los Angeles gained just 243 yards while dropping seven sacks in a blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills. Then the Atlanta Falcons nearly overcame a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter while the Matthew Stafford-led attack stuttered. Most recently, the Rams rushed for 339 yards in a reasonably comfortable but unsatisfying win over the Arizona Cardinals.

    Stafford has more interceptions (five) than touchdowns (four). Cam Akers was a relative no-show through Week 3. Akers and Darrell Henderson have combined for just 3.8 yards per carry. Marquee free-agent signing Allen Robinson has totaled seven catches for 88 yards.

    In all likelihood, the Rams will once again excel. Up to this point, however, there’s no question that the device has disappointed.

4. Cincinnati-Bengal

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    After losing a heartthrob to the Rams in last season’s Super Bowl, the Cincinnati Bengals entered the offseason with a clear mission: improve the offensive line.

    On paper, the Bengals did just that. They added center Ted Karras, guard Alex Cappa and tackle La’el Collins, and also drafted Cordell Volson, a North Dakota State product. All four made it straight into the starting XI.

    Not so great so far!

    The mission was to keep quarterback Joe Burrow upright, but he‘s already taken 15 sacks. Overall, the offensive also struggled. Burrow threw four crushing interceptions in the season-opening loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Bengals rushed for just 254 yards in Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys without Dak Prescott.

    Cincinnati finally found the winning column against the New York Jets in Week 3, yet the Bengals’ longest streak was just nine yards.

    The offense has a lot to prove to Cincinnati to avoid the dreaded Super Bowl hangover.

3. Arizona Cardinals

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    Arizona is just a furious comeback away from a 0-3 record.

    Without a doubt, the Cardinals deserve some credit for digging out of that 20-point hole against the Las Vegas Raiders. At the same time, it’s fair to worry that Arizona is in that position anyway.

    In short, the biggest problem is that the unlikely rally resulted in the cards’ only victory in the campaign. Otherwise, they barely put up a fight in a 44-21 drubbing against the Kansas City Chiefs and failed to score a touchdown in the 20-12 loss to the Rams – both at home.

    Arizona is said to have an offensive team, yet the unit ranks 27th in the league with 4.8 yards per game. Additionally, the Cardinals are 30th in net yards per pass attempt, accounting for sacks. And it definitely doesn’t help that the defense gave up the NFL-worst 6.7 yards per snap.

    As with the Rams and Bengals, when offense improves, panic is unnecessary. Still, it’s clear that Arizona is a flawed playoff contender.

2. Chargers from Los Angeles

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    Injuries are a complicating factor for the Los Angeles Rams. Even a 28-point home loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars is unacceptable.

    But don’t take my word for it. The players called a team meeting immediately after what linebacker Drue Tranquill rightly called an “embarrassing” result, according to Jeff Miller Los Angeles Times.

    Both sides of the ball are struggling.

    Justin Herbert (ribs) is ill, star wideout Keenan Allen (hamstring) has missed two games and all-around defenseman Austin Ekeler has stomped his way to 4.1 yards per touch with zero touchdowns after averaging a 5.6 last season and scored a total of 20 points. The offensive line didn’t create much room in the running game, resulting in an NFL-worst 2.6 yards per carry.

    Defensively, the Chargers rank 29th with 28.0 points allowed per game. Though an ankle injury sidelined cornerback JC Jackson twice, that doesn’t explain the NFL’s third-worst pressure rate. Also, run defense was no better than average.

    At full strength, Los Angeles, which also placed edge rusher Joey Bosa and offensive tackle Rashawn Slater on injured reserve this week, could be a great team.

    But the ugly reality is that health is never guaranteed in the NFL and the Chargers have to weather the setbacks.

1. Las Vegas Robbers

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    Much like Cincinnati, the Raiders had a great offseason on paper. They hired respected offensive spirit Josh McDaniels as head coach and also acquired All-Pro wideout Davante Adams and pass-rusher Chandler Jones amid a series of roster changes.

    Las Vegas should be built to compete for the playoffs, even in a stacked AFC West. That expectation quickly became questionable.

    If you’re half a glass, the Raiders have three losses for a total of 13 points. They’re consistently close.

    Conversely, Las Vegas had three turnovers against the Chargers, lost a 20-point lead over Arizona and fell to a Tennessee Titans roster that has legitimate reasons for being included on that very list. In other words, the Raiders have lost to three of the most disappointing teams in the NFL.

    Las Vegas has time to change its season. But there’s no more surprising bad start to 2022, and it’s not close.

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