EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The last place most people expected to find the San Francisco 49ers through three weeks of the season was last place.
That's where the preseason favorites in the NFC West reside, behind even the Rams. Keeping company with such NFL dregs as the Browns, Bills, Lions and Panthers seems so unbecoming for a franchise supposedly on the rise.
Maybe the Niners will turn it around and surge to the top of a division where the champion just might finish with eight victories. Or maybe they will continue to underachieve, because there are some deep-seated problems in San Francisco.
Indeed, all five of the 0-3 teams have major issues, but none had the expectations placed on them that the 49ers did.
Here's how we see it - the league's most disappointing five teams.