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NFL's worst 5 teams in 2013

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The Christmas lights are out in this the first week of December of 2013 and some trees have been dusted off and plugged in: that artificial Christmas gets some people excited. I've smelled actual pine trees at the Home Depot and have seen live poinsettias at stores and seen and smelled scented candles.

I'd argue the best teams put up a real tree featuring real pine-scented needles and that pleasant evergreen green: whatever shade of green they might choose.

The worst teams have a smell too.

They smell like a bundle of wires that have melted together and short-circuited their plastic tree. Of course we know they started out smelling like nothing at all.

The worst teams in the NFL sure have problems: boy do they.

NFL's Worst 5

The Jacksonville Jaguars have to be the worst team in the league this year; they haven't even won (0-5) a home game through week 13 and have been outscored by 178 points (-178 power rating) which is considered their power rating. They're last in the NFL power ratings because of that. They're bad, but next season the draft will appear and they'll be hopeful again.

The Houston Texans are quite an anomaly; at the beginning of the 2013 season I wrote a story and Houston was rated seventh most likely to go to the Super Bowl. This season has gone real, real bad for the Texans. They're on a 10-game losing streak after a hopeful 2-0 start. They aren't the worst power rated team but the -93 power rating is bad.

The New York Jets are 5-7 and can still, unbelievably, make the playoffs but they've been outscored by 121 points this year which is a -121 power rating. They have rookie Geno Smith at quarterback and the five wins is really remarkable because their losses have been outrageously lopsided.

The Atlanta Falcons (now 3-9) were picked as sixth most likely to go to the Super Bowl and they've totally fallen apart this year. They're near the very bottom in team defense having given up 340 points; their -79 power rating is bad but it's only a double-digit deficit. The triple-digit deficits get everyone's attention. There are four games remaining for the Falcons to get there.

The Minnesota Vikings have won a few games (they're 3-8-1) but none on the road (0-5-1.) Their -77 power rating isn't as bad as Jacksonville or the Jets but honestly the huge number of points they've given up means their games aren't even considered to be places suitable to employ defensive tactics. The Vikings know their best chance is to try to score a bunch of points.

Take your pick of one of these five teams: one of these certainly qualifies as the worst in the NFL in 2013.

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