There are many tales of success this year, teams managing to turn their season's around after turmoil last year or overcoming massive injury handicaps to remain in contention for the playoffs in the NFL betting odds.
However, on the flip side, some teams have consistently underachieved, such as the Washington Redskins.
The Redskins have regressed at a rate of knots this year, and have several personnel issues that desperately need sorting out. The head coach, the owner, and the quarterback tend to be the most important figures in an organization and, in Washington, the disconnect between all three has seen the franchise at an all-time low; the team have managed to turn last year's play-off season into a 3-11 campaign.
Equally, everyone expected the Texans to be one of the teams who were heading for the post-season this year; instead, they find themselves with a 2-12 record. That tally could become soon 2-14 and the no.1 draft pick.
Their fall from grace has been dramatic; Houston have benched their quarterback, fired their coach, and dumped their special-teams coordinator. Much has changed in terms of personnel, but the results have not; with the right man at the helm, the Texans have enough talent on the roster to prove successful once again and that high draft pick could make them a dangerous side to rule out next season - even on the back of this disappointing one.
Falling from the NFC Championship Game to 15th in the NFC with a 4-10 record means the Falcons belong on this list. However, unlike many poor sides, they haven't seen much of drop in production from their QB, and they have lost a lot of tight games this year, going 3-6 in games that are decided by seven or fewer points.
The Falcons could become competitive rather quickly with reinforcements, especially on defence, and with better luck on the injury front.
Two former Super Bowl winners complete the list, in the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Many NFL betting pundits were expecting the usual rise from the depths of despair with the Giants after they opened the season 0-6 before getting it back to 4-6. However, since that renaissance, they have reverted to type and were shutout for the second time this season on Sunday - add in their issues at QB and the Giants are looking at a long climb back up the NFC rankings.
Putting the Steelers on the list might be unfair, especially with teams like the Cowboys floating around but, unlike the Texans, the Steelers can't win their division and this could be their worst season since finishing 6-10 in 2003.
Their defence is allowing more yards per game, more yards per play, more yards rushing, more yards per rush, more yards passing, and more yards per pass attempt than any Steelers team has allowed over the past decade.
By the end of the season, other teams could force their way into this conversation but, as things stand, the quintet have foisted the most disappointment on their fans.
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