Sorting the NFL Week 3 Pile: Steelers, Colts look like teams who could start to panic early

Three weeks into the NFL season we are beginning to get a bit of clearness on numerous groups. Sure, we have no freaking hint about specific groups — the Saints and Pats are still outright enigmas — and some groups — Jacksonville, both New York groups — are simply clearly awful. 

But for other groups who fancied themselves competitors or fringe playoff hopefuls, life is coming at them quick. There’s no time at all to relax and smell the roses when you’re panicking. Not to state that anybody who is 1-2 or having a hard time in basic needs to get a brown paper bag and begin breathing heavy.

There are groups who must be thinking of panicking though. Let’s take a look at a couple of examples and rate them out on a 1-10 scale of horror.

Should we be fretted the Chiefs are last in the AFC West?

First off, ideally whatever is OKAY with Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who was required to a healthcare facility after the video game in an ambulance when he didn’t feel well. He has actually been launched from the health center, however the method Peter King explained it on NBC Sports makes it sound possibly a little dicier than we were led to think based upon what the Chiefs stated after the video game. Reid’s health comes prior to anything else, obviously. But provided he might possibly miss out on a long time and provided the Chiefs remain in last location all alone in the AFC West and provided the Chiefs are listed below .500 for the very first time considering that Week 10 of 2015, it’s at least worth asking how huge of a concern this might be progressing.

Defensively, Kansas City simply isn’t great today. The Chiefs “only” quit 352 overall lawns to the Chargers on Sunday, however L.A. dropped 30 points on them and the Chiefs simply could not decrease or stop Justin Herbert and Co. on the last drive. 

K.C.’s schedule is a little uneasy also. The Bills, Titans and Packers — all of whom are beginning to play some great offense — are prowling over the next 6 weeks. Fortunately for the Chiefs, they likewise draw 3 quarters of the NFC East over that very same stretch, without needing to play the Cowboys. Even if the defense can’t figure things out, Patrick Mahomes and this offense warranties at worst a 3-3 run over that stretch. More likely they eject something like 5-1 and we’re not sweating this department in a couple of months. But there are defects to this lineup and the rest of the department is playing great football. 

Panic Level: 2.5/10

Should we be fretted about these novice quarterbacks?

In a word, yes. Not due to the fact that they aren’t talented, however due to the fact that all of Justin Fields, Zach Wilson and Trevor Lawrence seem in doubtful scenarios at the minute. This is what occurs when you’re prepared high in the preliminary: you’re going to a bad group. But these young signal callers are being put under heavy pressure early in the season. 

Part of the issue might be self-inflicted, as Next Gen Stats program Wilson and Fields in specific are holding the ball too long, as kept in mind by NFL Media’s Daniel Jeremiah.

Part of this relates to workers concerns and plan issues also. For the Bears, Matt Nagy presented Fields as a starter and essentially asked him to be “Dude Who Backs Up Andy Dalton” rather of “Insanely Athletic First-Round Pick Playing Behind Bad Offensive Line.” The relocation with Fields was to make life much easier for him. Move the pocket. Get him out on the edge. Cut the field in half. Run a lot of RPO’s to tilt the numbers in your favor with a doubtful offending line. 

The Browns have an excellent defense and all, however an offending coach permitted a young quarterback to go 6-for-20 as the group produced 47 net lawns on 42 plays (1.1 per pop!) and one net passing lawn. That is not a typo: the Bears had a single death lawn. In 2021. During a complete football video game. With 11 individuals on the field. Fields was sacked 9 times. Nine times? Nine times. Wake up and smell the coffee, Mr. Nagy.

The Jets may be less worrying, due to the fact that they’re at least breaking in a brand-new training personnel that’s handling a talent-bare lineup. As opposed to an older training personnel with a talent-bare lineup like the Bears. They’re still drawing the life out of the fanbase with a listless efficiency, nevertheless. 

It’s reasonable to be worried about Wilson’s very first season. He was constantly going to be the man for the whole of the complete year. Trading Sam Darnold made sure as much. Mekhi Becton’s lack continues to be noticable, with Wilson getting forced far too often. The run video game has yet to manifest itself and might not till the Jets draw a more beneficial protective match. 

Mac Jones had his roughest video game of the year in Week 3, tossing a trio of choices so bad it influenced absolutely nothing however irritated silence from his head coach after the video game.

If that seems like a guy who understands he’s going to get asked great deals of concerns today about how well Tom Brady is playing, well, that’s what it was. 

Coming off a rough house loss to the Saints and Jameis Winston, Bill Belichick needs to get his novice quarterback gotten ready for THE RETURN.

Do you believe Brady wishes to humiliate Belichick, add ball game and have the Buccaneers dispatch Mac defensively? Because I do. And I believe Belichick does too: he understands what this Tampa defense might possibly do to his young quarterback and he needs to understand if Brady looks fantastic and Mac looks dreadful and the Bucs steamroll the Pats, the streets will be talking. Maybe we oversold the Patriots offending line and rush attack — Jones was the Pats leading rush on Sunday while likewise tossing 51 times. That merely will not work for New England as far as an offending strategy goes. 

Trey Lance stays situational for the 49ers regardless of Jimmy Garoppolo having a hard time, beyond a drive or 2 on Sunday versus the Packers.

Panic Level: 7.5/10

Should we be fretted about Big Ben and the Steelers?

Tom Brady ruined all of us: the succumb to the majority of quarterbacks is still high and unexpected. For Ben Roethlisberger it appears like he went complete Thelma and Louise over a cliff. The Ringer’s Steven Ruiz cut up a lot of Ben’s tosses from Sunday versus the Bengals and put them in rough, wild west-style video footage with saloon music in the background. It was the funniest thing I saw on Monday, however likewise type of the most dismal, due to the fact that Ben looks totally cleaned.

The Steelers decreased to invest considerable resources in the offending line this offseason and it has actually led to an absence of run video game regardless of preparing Najee Harris in the preliminary. Harris did get 19 (!) targets in the pass video game on Sunday, capturing 14 passes. Lindsay Rhodes had me on her podcast Monday and she dropped this nugget: Harris had 109 lawns after the catch on 102 getting lawns. Think about that! 

And then peek at Ben’s Next Gen Stats passing chart, which validates the scenario. He’s got no defense, he does not have the arm strength to rapidly press the ball down the field any longer which mix essentially turned this offense horizontal. 

through Next Gen Stats

The Steelers were going to hang their hat on defense, however the secondary wasn’t great coming out of eviction and the protective line, the strength of this group, is now banged up, with numerous beginners missing out on. Most especially is T.J. Watt, who was stayed out of Sunday’s video game with a groin injury. The 2nd he headed out 2 weeks ago the Steelers defense cratered and it was an issue versus Joe Burrow on Sunday also. It’s very hard to see a course where these issues are amazingly repaired. 

Panic Level: 12/10

This is not an issue over Carson Wentz’s use the field, although Carson Wentz’s use the field is definitely worrying. My most significant issue for Indianapolis is playing Wentz excessive throughout the 2021 season and needing to quit a leading 10 choice as an outcome of the group not being great. 

Life for Indy does not right away improve. After a roadway loss to Tennessee in which the Colts played Wentz on 2 sprained ankles (pointer: individuals just have 2 ankles and if both of them are sprained, that’s an issue), the Colts now have Miami and Baltimore on the roadway. Getting Houston in the house in 3 weeks is good, however the Texans are running like a try-hard group this year and will not simply roll over and crave a department competitor that’s just summoned 56 points throughout the season. 

If Wentz plays 75 percent of the Colts snaps this season, the Eagles get a 2022 first-round choice from Indy, no matter what the Colts record is at completion of the season. (70 percent and a playoff berth would likewise trigger the relocation from 2nd- to first-round for the choice.) Currently the choice would be No. 3 general in next year’s draft. That’s … not fantastic. 

Giving up a high second-round choice is likewise sub-optimal, however handing out a top-5 or top-10 choice is merely inappropriate when it might be prevented. The Colts have actually run 204 plays through 3 video games and Wentz has actually been in on 199 of them. That’s 97.5 percent of the Colts snaps. At a particular point, the Colts need to decide about where they mean this season and if they wish to risk of handing out a truly option draft choice for somebody who can’t remain healthy or play quarterback at a high level. 

Panic Level: 8/10

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