Big issues for six NFL contenders, and why each isn't panicking
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Seven weeks into the season, teams are separating themselves in the standings. A few we thought could be Super Bowl contenders, however, have issues that need to be fixed — quickly.
We asked our NFL Nation reporters to take the temperature of those six teams and explain why the coaches and players are preaching patience … for now.
Let’s start in Jacksonville, which has a surprising problem over the past month.
Everyone knows the Jags’ issues on offense, but the defense has allowed opposing quarterbacks to post the sixth-best QBR (76.4) in the league over the past three games, all double-digit losses. Jacksonville has also allowed 157.7 rushing yards per game over that span, which ranks 28th in the league. Is there any panic in Jacksonville?
The verdict: A lot of the Jaguars’ defensive issues can be attributed to the lack of help from the offense. During the three-game losing streak, the offense has turned the ball over eight times — three inside its own territory, another returned for a touchdown, and two others in the end zone. Plus, the offense has had drives last four or fewer plays on 16 of