Who’s the Best and Worst in the NFL in December and Why

We are in a free-fall towards Week 14 on the COVID-laced 2020 NFL season. It’s hard to believe how fast it goes. It’s like the wind. It brushes against your face momentarily, then it’s gone.

Now that we are fully-entering the stretch known as the playoff race, which teams are the best and which are the worst. 

I’ll make it easy and answer the worst in an acronym and two words: the NFC East. 

Just kidding. Kind of … 

I mean, it is literally the worst conference in the league, and not one single team has even managed a .500 record. PATHETIC. 

The Real Worst in the NFL

The worst teams in the league are actually in the AFC. 

The Jets, the Jags, and the Bengals

The Jets were the hope of New York just a couple of seasons ago. New stud of a QB, a bad-ass secondary. But here we are with a team that’s 0-12. They are just four games away from a perfectly horrible record. They have the Seahawks, the Rams, the Browns, and the Pats left on the schedule. The only game they have a hope of winning is against the Patriots in Week 17. And that’s only because they are division rivals and tend to play close games. They are so bad they are 13.5-point underdogs against a mediocre Seattle team.

The  Jacksonville Jaguars managed to win one game. But that was the first game of the season, and since then, they’ve dropped 11 straight. I’d like to blame it on injuries or coaching, but the fact is simply that the Jags stink. They have the 5th worst offense and the 3rd worst defense. So, the problems are not isolated. 

The Bengals got a brand new QB, fresh off a National Title win. But, it hasn’t fixed their woes. Whattaya know? Dalton wasn’t the problem. 

Speaking of Dalton, over in the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys are just 3-8. But at least they are not alone at the bottom of the barrel. They get some company with the Philadelphia Eagles joining them in a tie for the worst records in the NFC. But it doesn’t stop there. The NFC East is terrible. The Eagles, Cowboys, and Redskins are all worse than every other team in the conference. The first-place NY Giants only have a better record than two teams outside of the NFC East. Wow … Just like they frequently talk about how certain NCAA conferences should be absorbed into better conferences, maybe they should just dismantle the NFC East and call it a day. 

The Best of the Best

It should be obvious. The Chiefs are excellent on both sides of the ball, and they have the second-best RZ scoring offense in the league. The only team better at scoring inside the 20 is Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.. The Saints are another team on the rise. They looked like they might struggle for a while but have won nine straight games. We’ll see how it goes with their running back (snicker, snicker) under center with Brees indefinitely out. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the only undefeated team in the league. I mentioned earlier in the year that the fact they lost their bye to COVID and the Titans may light a fire under their butts because they knew that they have to win their division to get a first-round bye to rest up. But if we look at the FPI (power ratings), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in 3rd spot. This means that even though they have a 7-5 record, they should beat an average NFL team by 6.5 points when playing on a neutral field. 

The Good:

  1. Chiefs
  2. Steelers
  3. Packers
  4. Saints

The Bad:

  1. Jets
  2. Jags
  3. Bengals
  4. Cowboys & Eagles

I hope your team falls under the good. We’ll know even more after Week 14 plays out!