Hope and the Hopeless in the NFL

The bottom of the barrel in the National Football League is quite ugly and it may get even uglier while the top has some promising commodities that may not be going away any time soon.

The St. Louis Rams have taken an undeniable step back after looking like a team of the future last year. The Rams lost their first 6 games and failed to get the money as well in all 6 of their sports betting matchups. Sam Bradford is struggling but the entire team has simply regressed. Coach Steve Spagnuolo is beginning to feel the heat and the Rams have shown no signs of coming out of their funk.

Miami head coach Tony Sparano went through the humiliation of his bosses openly flirting with Jim Harbaugh last January only to be allowed to stay because Harbaugh rejected the Fish out of hand. Sparano may wish he was whacked as he is also 0-6 and his team has yet to get a win.

The Indianapolis Colts have been a disgrace so far this season as they have made little effort to play hard or smart without their quarterback, Peyton Manning, who is out after neck surgery. The Colts have a record of 0-7 straight up after a 62-7 debacle on NBC Sunday Night Football that should have had advertisers demanding a refund.

San Francisco has been a great story under Harbaugh with their mark of 5-1 straight up and 5-0-1 against the odds. Playing in the horrible NFC West almost assures a playoff spot for the Niners as there is not much to like about Seattle, Arizona or St. Louis.

The Cincinnati Bengals are also an outstanding surprise as they have responded to rookie quarterback Andy Dalton to go 4-2 straight up. The Bengals were written off for dead but are now taken seriously in the very tough NFC North.

The Carolina Panthers have been one of the best values even though they are just 2-5 straight up because rookie quarterback sensation Cam Newton has kept them in every game.

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