Ten weeks into the season, the NFL has once again proven to be full of surprises. Nearly every week, something happens that almost nobody could have predicted, setting the stage for great drama game in and game out.
But a few of these unexpected turn of events have stood out more than others; a few happenings have been more stunning than others. As cover32 breaks down the first 10 weeks of the season in this week’s series “10 at 10,” the editors continue with the 10 biggest disappointments so far in the 2014 NFL season.
10. Kirk Cousins blows his chance in Washington
When Robert Griffin III injured his ankle in Week 2, it was Cousins who came off the bench to rally the Redskins to a big victory. As a result, the talk quickly started that he would permanently replace RGIII in D.C., or at the very least land Washington a high draft pick from a quarterback-starved team. Five games and 19 interceptions later, Cousins was benched before Griffin III was ready to go, forcing the ‘Skins to go with Colt McCoy at QB.
9. St. Louis’ pass rush disappears
Heading into the year, the Rams figured to possess one of the best rushes in the entire NFL. At the center of their attack was Robert Quinn, the defensive end who was second in the NFL last season with 19 sacks. But a year after finishing with the third-most sacks as a team, chalking up 53 in 2013, St. Louis only has 17 total this season. What made matters worse is that it took Quinn and Company five games to get on track, putting them in a huge hole.