Expectations were too high for Cards, Lions

In some cases, we should have known the teams were overhyped. Jeremy Green assesses the first-half flops.

Updated: November 15, 2005, 1:19 PM ET
By Jeremy Green | ESPN Insider
The beginning of the NFL season is a great time for teams. No matter how well or poorly a team plays in the preseason, every team comes in with high expectations. No organization comes into the season saying, "I just don't think we are going to be a playoff team this season." Yes, the Texans, Cardinals, Titans, Packers, 49ers and others all expected to be playoff teams this season. Even though a lot of fans came into the season leery, representatives of every team believe on some level that their franchise will get to the Super Bowl.

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