Expectations were too high for Cards, Lions

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.

In some instances, we bought into the preseason hype. In others, we saw through the fa├žade and knew it just wasn't going to happen. Every season, experts look for that Cinderella story to follow and more often than not, we find nothing but disappointment.