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Mark Maske
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Mark Maske

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Better Chance of Infamy

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I don't think we're going to see either a winless team or an unbeaten team this season. But there's a far better chance that we'll see an 0-16 team than a 16-0 club.

Look, we've seen how good a team has to be to go 16-0. Last season's Patriots were otherworldly. They had a quarterback who had quite possibly the best season that a quarterback ever has had. They had a receiver who had one of the best seasons that a pass-catcher ever has had. They had a three-time Super Bowl-winning coach. They had championship grit and they had a very good defense. They had good luck with injuries. They had it all, at least until the Super Bowl.

This season's Titans are good. But they aren't that good. They have a shut-down defense. But they don't have an overwhelming offense. Kerry Collins manages a game at quarterback and tries to make just enough positive plays to win. That's an effective formula. It's not a 16-0 formula.

There's never been an 0-16 team in the NFL, although last season's Dolphins made a run at it. This season's Lions and Bengals are bad. The Lions have a shot at 0-16 with Dan Orlovsky playing quarterback. The Bengals also will have a chance if Carson Palmer doesn't play again this season. But there are plenty of mediocre and plenty of bad teams around the league. At some point, most likely, some opponent will go out and turn the ball over and hand a game away. The Lions and Bengals have demonstrated that they're sufficiently dreadful to be considered 0-16 threats, but you still can't quite convince me that it's actually going to happen.

By Mark Maske  |  October 27, 2008; 11:41 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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