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To Panic or Relax: 4 NFC Teams

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As mentioned in the AFC post, nobody’s season is over after two games, but that doesn’t mean certain teams shouldn’t be concerned.  In today’s post, we’re focusing on the NFC.

These four teams had fairly high expectations before the season, but they aren’t off to the best of starts thus far.

Is it time to panic?

Chicago Bears – After finishing in the bottom half of the league in defense a season ago, on paper, the Bears made major improvements to the middle of their defense with the additions of Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman.

Unfortunately, the defense hasn’t shown much improvement, if any through the first two weeks.  Chicago ranks 23rd in the league in points allowed per game (26.0).

Nonetheless, the other side of the ball is even more concerning if you’re a Bears fans.

As an unit, Chicago ranks 31st in total yards per game (271.0), 29th in passing yards per game (202.5), 25th in rushing yards per game (68.5) and 30th in points per game (14.0).

While the much maligned Jay Cutler is receiving tons of backlash, Chicago’s offensive line deserves plenty of criticism as well.

No quarterback has been sacked more than Cutler (8 times) and there’s no reason to believe the protection will improve anytime soon.

Green Bay Packers – For the past several games, dating back to last season, Aaron Rodgers hasn’t looked like Aaron Rodgers.

In Rodgers last seven games, he has a touchdown to interception ratio of 10 to 5, which isn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, but Rodgers has set the bar so high  Now, majority of those contests were without his top receiver in Jordy Nelson, but with the deep ball threat back in the fold, Green Bay’s offense still has looked stagnant.

However, this isn’t time for Packers fans to panic.

The defense has been very solid and if Rodgers is your biggest concern, that’s a very good problem to have. This offense will figure things out sooner rather than later.

Seattle Seahawks – For the past few years, Seattle has been in the talks of competing for a championship, but all good things must come to an end.

Having said that, I’m not suggesting Seattle’s reign is over, however, things aren’t looking too favorable to put it nicely.

Despite losing linebacker Bruce Irvin in free agency, Seattle’s defense has been stellar, only allowing 9.5 points per game, which is tops in the NFL.

On the flip side, Seattle’s offense has been painful to watch.

Fresh off a career year, Russell Wilson hasn’t picked up where he left off. A lot of that can be contributed to the offensive line, who is without their best lineman from a year ago in Russell Okung.

If not for some late-game heroics in week one against the Miami Dolphins, the Seahawks would be (0-2) right now.

I wouldn’t say it’s time to panic in Seattle, but it’s time for great concern.

Washington Redskins – Even though Washington won the NFC East with a record of (9-7) a year ago, many were expecting this ball club to take the next stop.

Thus far, it looks like they’re going backwards.

When Washington stole All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman, expectations skyrocketed, but there’s only one problem and that’s stopping the run game.

After two games, Washington has allowed 249 yards on the ground (27th) and five rushing touchdowns, which is the most allowed of any team.

Not to mention, the Redskins are allowing 32.5 points per game.

To make matters worse, Kirk Cousins is off to a rough start as well.

The former Michigan State product has a touchdown to interception ratio of 1 to 3 to go along with a quarterback rating of 78.5.

Luckily for Washington, it’s unlikely any team in the NFC East will run away with the division, but things must change quickly.


About Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels is an NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has several years of experience covering the NFL and NCAA football. He's the radio color commentator for Lincoln University football. Mark's work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and Yard Barker.