|The Lions Matt Stafford has already been benched in a game this season.|
What is a disappointment? A team that didn't meet our expectations for where they should be at after Week 6 of the NFL season. There is a variety of reasons the teams who are featured here are on this list. Injuries have hit a few hard. Age has hit a couple. Tough schedules have felled others. Some, it is just perception. Some of these might snap out of it while others will realize that they are as bad as their record indicates. So let's check out the list.
10-DALLAS COWBOYS (2-3)
Sure, if before the season began I told you that the Cowboys would be 2-3, you'd put them much higher on this list. However, the fact is that Tony Romo and Dez Bryant have been out and will be out for a while.
Good news: They have already beaten Philly and the Giants, which will pay dividends down the road. They get both again plus the Redskins twice. At some point, they'll get Romo and (hopefully) Bryant back. It isn't like the NFC East is a runaway by any means. As long as Dallas can stay afloat, they can win this division.
Bad news: But when will those two get back? And how good will they be when they do? The Eagles are warming up and the Giants let two games get by them or they'd be ahead by a nice margin. And staying afloat means navigating through the next few weeks when they get the Giants (in NYC), Seahawks and Eagles. They could be at 2-6 really quick and needing an exceptional finish to make the postseason. That will be hard to do with the Panthers and Packers down the line.