The last three weeks of the season are upon us and as the playoff picture begins to come into focus, so does the rest of NFL landscape. Teams like Tampa Bay and Jacksonville got off to brutal beginnings, but things have been looking up in recent weeks. Sure, the Jags and the Bucs aren't winning a Super Bowl any time soon but when the dust settles, both teams have some hope.
Other teams have no hope. No matter the outcome of the final three games, five teams have nothing left to play for and nothing to look forward to in 2014. These aren't just bad teams, these are crippled teams. Teams with problems that can't be fixed in a single offseason, or a couple personnel moves.
These are the five most hopeless teams in the NFL ...
5. Houston Texans
It has been a slow descent for Houston this season, which makes the whole situation worse when you think about it. The Texans were a Super Bowl contender to many, and are now floating into the ether without a coach. There is no question that the Texans have players capable of righting the ship, however, a bad coaching hire and a draft misstep could send Houston spiraling further.
4. Buffalo Bills
EJ Manuel looks just awful. His coach thinks he's overwhelmed and he's yet to win on the road. The good news is the Bills have a healthy roster that is expected to carry over into next year. The bad news is that this roster is on pace to lose to the Falcons, Buccaneers, and Jaguars in consecutive weeks.
3. Oakland Raiders
You have problems when your best player is 37-years-old. That and many other problems presented themselves in spades Sunday against the Jets. The Jets, who scored a combined 20 points in their last three games before dropping 37 on the Raiders. After the game Charles Woodson said Oakland was like the Bad News Bears. He isn't wrong.
2. Minnesota Vikings
Despite an abysmal record and a revolving door of underwhelming quarterbacks, Vikings fans have always been able to take solace in the fact that Minnesota has Adrian Peterson. Now the Vikings might not have Adrian Peterson.
1. Washington Redskins
Washington is rotten to its very core. Coach Mike Shanahan had been praised for restoring order to the team, taking control of personnel decisions away from owner Dan Snyder. It appears that rumors of Shanahan's control were greatly exaggerated. The lack of leadership off the field is compounded by the lack of performance on it. Robert Griffin III is a shadow of his rookie season and every contrived press conference answer from his mouth only confirms that notion.
The good news is the Redskins are on track to get the second pick of the 2014 draft ... which they have to to give to the Rams.