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Doug Farrar

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What, Me Worry?

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Is it wise to worry about your season after only two games? Perhaps not, but here are a few teams that need to turn things around before 2009 gets away from them:

New England Patriots (1-1): They've been outscored, 34-40, and the win over Buffalo was too much of a nail-biter. Tom Brady still looks uncertain in the pocket, and the Jets look like a team of density, if not destiny.

Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1): Losing Troy Polamalu will be a hit to that great defense, but Troy will be back. We can't say the same about the old-school Pittsburgh running game.

Cleveland Browns (0-2): This is a team that may have to step up to even get into rebuilding mode.

Jacksonville Jaguars/Tennessee Titans (0-2): The Titans look stronger than the Jags, but 0-2 in this brutal division might be a death sentence. Against the Cardinals, the Jags barely resembled a professional football team.

Kansas City Chiefs (0-2): Making up for their lack of defensive consistency with an unexciting offense. They outgained the Raiders 409-166 and still lost.

Washington Redskins (1-1): The forward pass is legal, guys. And by "forward", we mean longer than five yards in the air.

Carolina Panthers/Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2): As in the AFC South, real estate at the top of the NFC South could be tough to claim. Drew Brees and Matt Ryan are playing out of their minds.

Seattle Seahawks (1-1): A questionable front office, an injury report that looks like the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, and personnel shortfalls at every position The perfect recipe for another 4-12 season.


St. Louis Rams (0-2):
Seven points in two games? Against two NFC West teams? Are you kidding me?

By Doug Farrar  |  September 21, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  | Category:  Carolina Panthers , Cleveland Browns , Doug Farrar , Jacksonville Jaguars , Kansas City Chiefs , Seattle Seahawks , St. Louis Rams , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Just a minor quibble - The Rams have only played one NFC West team so far.

Posted by: delphisans18 | September 21, 2009 1:59 PM

Uhh, delphisans18, he knew that, but if we have to explain...

Posted by: tmkelley | September 21, 2009 4:14 PM

Don't worry, the Pats will be just fine when it counts -- in November and December. If you somehow think that Tom Brady is going to be the downfall of this team, you are truly delusional....

Posted by: jerkhoff | September 21, 2009 7:46 PM

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