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5 NFL Teams That Should Tank The Rest Of The Season & Start Preparing For 2013 Now

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For some NFL teams, the 2012-13 NFL season is already over. It’s not literally over, because they’ve got to play out the remainder of their games. But, outside of playing the spoiler role, these teams are basically dead in the water. They’ve got too many losses at this point in the season to make the playoffs. They’re not good enough to win games against anyone other than fellow bottom-dwellers. And, in some cases, they’re still a year or two (or more!) away from even being considered as anything other than a W on other teams’ schedules.

For whatever reason, Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan tried to put his team into that category the other day after they lost to the Carolina Panthers. Even though they’re only 3-6 (bad but not that bad), he essentially came out and conceded the rest of the 2012-13 season and said that he’d be using the team’s final seven games to evaluate where the ‘Skins are as a franchise. We don’t think he needs to be that extreme, though. In fact, we think that, with some luck, Washington could make a late playoff push if things go their way this year. But, even if they don’t, there’s no way the Redskins are as bad as some of the other teams out there. Just check out this list of the 5 NFL Teams That Should Tank The Rest Of The Season & Start Preparing For 2013 Now. If these squads know what’s good for them, they’ll lose the rest of their games and go after a high slot in the 2013 NFL Draft. It’s the only thing they have left at this point in the season.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

At the end of this season, the Jags biggest accomplishment is probably going to be that they somehow lost by less than ten points to the Green Bay Packers. At 1-7, that’s all they have going for them right now. You could argue that, if their leading rusher Maurice Jones-Drew wasn’t currently injured, they could win a few more games this season and make their record respectable. But, with him sidelined for the immediate future, this team isn’t going to make anymore noise this year. It’s time to start looking forward to next year—and looking at whether or not they need a new quarterback running the show thanks to the underwhelming performances Blaine Gabbert has put on this year.

2. Kansas City Chiefs

Some people out there picked the Chiefs to win the AFC West this season. But, now that they’re 1-7, those people are kicking themselves every single week. The Chiefs aren’t very good on either side of the ball, their coaching has been abysmal, and it’s becoming more and more clear that Matt Cassel isn’t going to be their long-term solution at quarterback. So, it’s time to start thinking about which QB they should draft next spring. And, that decision will be a whole lot easier if they’ve got one of the top two or three picks in the draft.

3. Carolina Panthers

The Panthers beat the Redskins on Sunday. But, they still don’t look very good. Their offense has been stagnant. They’ve struggled to score touchdowns as opposed to field goals. And, Cam Newton has suffered from a sophomore slump all season long. Really, they just need to make it to the offseason, regroup, give Newton a pat on the back to instill some confidence in him again, and start with a clean slate in 2013.

4. Oakland Raiders

How are the Raiders 3-5? Seriously, who have they beaten this year? Oh, that’s right. The Jags, the Chiefs, and (somehow) the Pittsburgh Steelers. But, make no mistake about it: It’d be a miracle if this team finished anywhere close to .500. We hate to say it, but until they can find a steady, reliable quarterback (Carson Palmer isn’t the answer) and, more importantly, an identity, this team is going to continue to hover right around .500 for many years to come.

5. Tennessee Titans

After getting embarrassed at home against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Titans owner Bud Adams put the entire team—from the front office to the field!—on notice. They will be evaluated and dealt with sometime in the near future. If that doesn’t spell doomsday, we don’t know what does. Hey, Washington: You might be 3-6, but at least you’re not the Titans right now!

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