Itís early and all that but heading into Week 6 of the NFL season you can still dream the impossible dream.
Weíre not talking about a team such as the undefeated Detroit Lions or Green Bay Packers running the table ó the two teams will meet for the first time on Nov. 24 ó but rather the chance of a team joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Lions as the lone teams in the modern era to go a season without a win.
The Bucs went 0-14 in 1976 and the Lions upped that by going 0-16 in 2008.
As it stands now there are three teams entering the weekend without a win with the Indianapolis Colts at 0-5 and the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins at 0-4.
History has shown itís extremely hard to win them all or lose them all and this season thereís an added element to the club that pulls of the latter as they would be in line to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck who has inherited the heavy mantle of being the greatest university quarterback of all time.
Luck will be some teamís No. 1 draft choice but in the current all-hype culture, he has become Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana and Peyton Manning all rolled into one.
Time will tell how Luck will ultimately fare but over the next 12 weeks the race to the bottom will be well chronicled and the ĎSuck For Luckí sweepstakes will be centre stage.
Of the three teams that have yet to notch a win, the Dolphins would seem to have the best shot at maintaining their zero.
The Rams, who are not in need of a franchise quarterback having drafted Sam Bradford last year, have talent and once they get through the opening seven meat grinder of games, have the ability to win five-to-seven games in the second half.
The Colts, who are headless without Peyton Manning, still have residual class plus two games against a dreadful Jacksonville team on their schedule. Given how poorly the Jaguars are playing it would be almost impossible to lose both.
So that leaves the hopes and dreams to rest on the Dolphins shoulders and they quite possibly could pull off the feat.
What a bookend that would be for the franchise that holds the distinction of having the lone unbeaten season in NFL history ó the 1972 team that went 14-0 in the regular season and then won three playoff games including the Super Bowl.
The Dolphins, who travel to New York to face the Jets on Monday night, currently have everything going against them, or for them, depending on your point of view.
They have a head coach, Tony Sparano, who is expected to be fired any day and no legitimate quarterback as No. 1 Chad Henne is gone for the season with a shoulder injury.
Leading the team at that position is journeyman Matt Moore while Sage Rosenfels, who hasnít thrown a pass in the league since 2008, was recently signed as their backup.
They also canít win at home as the Dolphins have lost 11 of the past 12 games played in Miami.
A look at their schedule shows just two winnable games. Next weekend they have the Denver Broncos and the first 2011 start of Tim Tebow at home and how that one plays out is anybodyís guess.
Then on Nov. 6 they are at Kansas City to face a struggling Chiefs team.
After that itís hard to see how they could pull out a win over their final eight games as they play Washington, Buffalo, Dallas, Oakland, Philadelphia, Buffalo, New England and the Jets.
As they now say in Miami ó lots of Luck.
SHUT IT UP
Having lost three games in a row, youíd think a team that as highly touted as the New York Jets would close ranks and pull together.
With the Jets facing a must-win game on Monday against the Dolphins, some of the veterans have been forced to stamp out a couple of brush fires within their clubhouse.
Nine-year veteran Brandon Moore is not particularly pleased with the comments made by teammate Santonio Holmes who was critical of the play of quarterback Mark Sanchez and the offensive line following their losses to Baltimore and New England.
ďItís disrespectful,Ē Moore told the New York Post. ďGuys work hard. To put your teammates out to dry, guys you work with every day so on Sundays you can have a productive day, itís disappointing. Thatís not really being a leader. Thatís not being a captain.
ďBut apparently heís allowed to say whatever he wants to around here now. Apparently someone around here told him that itís OK to do that because he keeps doing it.Ē
Go get íem boys.