Which of the first week losers should we panic? Sure cowboy, but who else?


2021 Green Bay Packers They lost 38-3 in Week 1. They ended up being the number one seed in the NFC.

The Tennessee Titans lost last season 38-13, at home, in the opening game. They were ranked No. 1 in the AFC.

A bad first week loss is clearly not a death sentence in the NFL. However, a lot of teams that lost the first week tell us they are in for a miserable season.

How much of a panic do we have to feel about every lost week? While we don’t succumb to overreaction after the first game, let’s take a sober look at each team’s 0-1 panic index on a scale from “not at all anxious” to “Dallas Cowboys 2022”.

Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys had a rough 1 week. (Photo by Cooper Neal/Getty Images)

Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys had a rough 1 week. (Photo by Cooper Neal/Getty Images)

We already knew they were going to be bad: the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Jets

It’s not like we panicked when the teams we thought were competing for the top 10 bad picks in the first week. Although especially in the case of the Jets… it could happen this season truly bad.

Perhaps some misplaced hype: Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars

Each of these teams has spent some time in this non-extended season ripping it off as a potential breakthrough. Some cold water was poured over each of them. The Lions are probably the team to least worry about, because there’s not much shame in losing to the Eagles. However, giving up 38 points wasn’t ideal. Those teams should be fine, but Sunday was a reminder that vacation is long, and we’re talking to ourselves about the breakthroughs when we should know better. They should all be moderately competitive, but only lower expectations.

Don’t worry yet: Los Angeles Rams, Las Vegas Raiders

The invaders and especially the rams lost to good teams. The Rams are blown out and if you want to get nervous about how they can’t compete against the Buffalo Bills, that’s fair. I’m looking forward to the Rams-Falcons game this week. If the rams look bad at it, then, yes, the alarm sounded.

An anomaly due to labor turnover: Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos

The Bengals were minus five in the turning difference and went on to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers into overtime, missing a 29-yard field goal attempt to win it. The Broncos flopped twice at the goal line and lost by one margin to the Seattle Seahawks. No need to worry here. Though, I can’t blame you for being an anxious touch Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett made a decision.

With those teams out of the way, let’s take a closer look at these six first week losers:

Relax: Green Bay Packers

We’ve done this before with Packers. This season, there’s an extra layer of not having Davante Adams, but a first-week loss to the Minnesota Vikings isn’t that bad. It looked ugly. Let’s say Green Bay bounces back, even if its cap is lower this season without Adams.

panic meter: calmer than you

It was just rain…maybe: San Francisco 49ers

If you want to blame torrential rain for the 49ers’ 19-10 loss to the Chicago Bears, I’ll allow it. It was hard to work. But the bears played in the same monsoon and won. Worrying about 49 players is the new QB, Tre Lance, who hasn’t played well. Was it rain or a sign of his unwillingness? I still think Lance will be fine, but he should look a lot better in the sunlight this week.

panic meter: There’s no reason to worry, at least until Sunday’s first Lance is over

If you can’t beat the Giants at home…: Tennessee Titans

Nothing looks good for the titans. We have to keep in mind that nobody would have cared if he scored a field goal to end the game, but the 21-20 loss to the New York Giants is still not good. They were bad in the first week of last season too and Mike Frabel is a good coach so all is not lost, but it’s hard to get excited about what’s on the list. Sunday’s loss showed that they are just mediocre.

panic meter: Let’s not start the Malik Willis QB controversy just yet, although maybe in a few weeks

Well, it was against the presidents: the Arizona Cardinals

We can look back and put the Cardinals in the “They’ve been moved by a great team” box just like we do with the Rams. But a 44-21 loss to the Chiefs was uglier than the score suggests. The Cardinals’ defense was terrible and the attack did nothing. I’d be worried, especially for a team that has a reputation for falling apart in the second half of seasons.

panic meter: Probably less than a week into the first “Is Cliff Kingsbury in Trouble?” campaign. the address

Advance preparation may be important: New England Patriots

When every August story says that the Patriot’s crime is a mess, there may be truth to that. The pre-season finale in which the Patriots’ primary attack was shut out by the Raiders backups flowed straight into the regular season, when they scored seven points in a loss to the Dolphins. Now Mac Jones has a background issue to worry about. Bill Bellic may find out all of this, but he’s too bad now.

panic meter: I’m not making any plans for after the season

Oh, no: Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott told us Do not panic. Jerry Jones Prescott said he could back sooner than initially thought. We tried to make a case for Cowboys stay fit through injury to Prescott. But it’s not just injury. It’s how bad Dallas looked in that loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the injury. And then Prescott was injured. and other injuries. This can get fantastically ugly in a hurry.

panic meter: Stay calm! All is well! All is well!


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