Most football fans love a good hype train in the offseason. Yet many hyped NFL teams fail to live up to their fans’ hopes and dreams. Perhaps they have a strong preseason or make blockbuster trades for superstars. The media builds them up and claims that they could be Super Bowl contenders. But many of them fail to make it out of their division.
Today we’ll check out some of the most disappointing NFL teams ever. They carried a lot of expectations into these respective seasons but didn’t live up to them. Sometimes injuries cost them dearly or a bad coach made the wrong decisions. More often than not, they just weren’t as good as we thought they were.
Baltimore Ravens – 2021
Baltimore fans had massive hopes for their team in 2021 after Lamar Jackson’s ascendance the two years before that. However, in the end, one of the most hyped NFL teams of the year failed to show up. They suffered a bunch of injuries and lost multiple games by a single score. This failure to close out victories cost them dearly and they failed to make the playoffs.
It’s safe to say that they fell well short of expectations but the NFL is a ruthless league. There was no way they’d make the postseason after a five-game losing streak. Jackson’s form was one of the most disappointing elements of their campaign after his brilliance the previous year (via Baltimore Ravens).