by JJ CooperEvery NFL team has now played eight games, meaning the season has reached the halfway point. So this week we're presenting our NFL FanHouse Midseason Midtacular.
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No matter what Roger Goodell wants you to believe, the NFL isn't all about parity. Sure, there are a lot of teams still battling for a playoff spot, but the Lions, Chiefs, Bengals and Raiders have shown that there also is a group of pathetic teams that can be counted on to make any other team feel good.
So who has been the worst? Which team put forward the worst performance of the 2008 season? There are several games that brought up memories of the 1976 Bucs. So here are the nominees:
Week One--Falcons 34, Lions 21: Sure, the final score may have the Lions falling by less than two touchdowns, but on Opening Day the Lions squashed whatever hopes their fans had in the first 15 minutes of the game. Rookie quarterback Matt Ryan, making his first NFL start, connected with Mike Jenkins on a 62-yard touchdown on the fourth play of the game. On the Falcons next drive, Michael Turner ripped off a 66-yard touchdown run, ensuring that the Fire Matt Millen chants began before the end of the first quarter. Turner added a 29-yard run on the Falcons next drive to set up a third touchdown. By the end of the first quarter it was 21-0, and Millen could start slowly edging for the exit--as he was chased by an angry mob.