2. The NFC South’s massive step backward
For those trying to think outside the box, there was an argument to be made prior to the season that the NFC South was the best division in football. The Saints looked loaded, the Falcons figured to bounce back, the Buccaneers had rebuilt via free agency and a new head coach, and the Panthers were the defending champs. So it’s somewhat amazing that not a single team in the division is above .500 this far into the season; what a messy group this has turned out to be!
1. The Chicago Bears
Last season, the Bears finished with the second best offense in the NFL. And with Jay Cutler healthy, Matt Forte in the backfield, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery outside, a rebuilt offensive line and head coach Marc Trestman in his second year, 2014 looked like the year when Chicago would take the next step. Instead, they are the league’s biggest mess, something that has been painfully evident in their recent on-field debacles.
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