By: Scott Brock-Wilson
There are eight 0-2 teams in the NFL now that the Giants have beaten the Redskins, so how much should each team really be worried? Scott tells you each team's panic level.
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Panic Level: 6
The Ravens have lost two games on the road to the Broncos and Raider, obviously the latter being a surprising upset. So far, Flacco has thrown for 501 yards and two touchdowns with three picks. His number one option has been Steve Smith, and since Maxx Williams has been disappointing from the tight end position, Crockett Gilmore has stepped up and become that number two option for Flacco. Meanwhile, Forsett has not been able to produce to the standard we became accustomed to last year, with 100 yards, but no touchdowns.
The Ravens now face their three division opponents - Bengals, Steelers and Browns - in the coming weeks. This will decide their season. They will need to rebound and get back to their old defensive ways by stopping the run against the high-powered running games of Cincinnati (Hill and Bernard) and Pittsburg (Bell).
Panic Level: 8
The Texans have lost two games with two different starting quarterbacks in two weeks. Their offense has been led by the play of Hopkins, who is new to his role as the number WR, with 10 catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Their running game has been mediocre with Polk and Blue carrying the load coming for just over 100 yards.
It seems as though the organization is just waiting for Foster to return. Their defense is slacking and not up to their usual standards allowing 27 points to the Chiefs and 24 to the Panthers. And although Foster will certainly help offensively, he won’t be playing any defense.
Panic Level: 8
The Saints are 0-2 with a loss to both the Cardinals and the Bucs, and now have a QB with a bruised rotator cuff. Brees is off to a rough start; he has thrown for 610 yards and only two touchdowns. His top WRs, Cooks and Colston, have disappointed so far. Considering they paid Ingram this offseason and bolstered their backfield by adding Spiller, the Saints running game has been a let down. Ingram is only averaging 3.1 yards/carry for 77 yards, which is not the production the Saints were hoping for. Their defense has been anything but good, and not their usual ball-savvy defense considering they only have three takeaways this year, all off of fumbles.
The Falcons seem to be clicking and could possibly run away with the weak NFC South. This will make the Saints ascent back to the success more difficult. What has been a disappointing season so far for New Orleans seems as though it will continue.
Panic Level: 10
The Bears are not only 0-2, but have suffered many crucial injuries offensively. Jeffrey has missed one game already and will miss week three as well. Kevin White had shin surgery for a stress fracture in his left shin before the season even started and will likely miss the entire season. And now we get notice that Cutler will miss at least week three and possibly more. The near future is not looking good for the Bears.
The Bears have lost to both the Packers and Cardinals. They are two very good teams so it is no surprise, but it is the fact that the Bear’s defense is being torched for 48 points from the Arizona offense. The Bear’s defense is not the usual feared Bears D, and their offense is weak, injured, and ineffective.
Panic Level: 9
The Lion’s team certainly looks different this year without Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley leading that D-line. The Lions have allowed nearly 60 points through the first two weeks to the Chargers and Vikings, neither considered among the top offenses in the league. On offense, Golden Tate has been a ghost and There is no reason to assume that this trend will end anytime soon as the Lions will likely continue to struggle.
All of the hype around the Lions this year has been about Ameer Abdullah and how he is the best Lion’s running back since Barry Sanders. Now considering Abdullah only rushed for nine yards on six carries, he has a while to go before he is even close to Sanders. But, on the bright side he gives the Detroit fans at least some type of excitement in yet another Lion’s-like season.