After watching this weekend’s lineup of NFL games it is clear each and every team has one glaring weakness. Some larger than others. Some will keep teams out of the playoff race, while other teams will be able to overcome the obstacles. Here is a list of one glaring weakness for every team, in alphabetical order. Keep in mind, these are observations made after week two, there is a lot of football to be played and all teams will make adjustments.
• Bears: While quarterback Jay Cutler‘s leadership skills have been under the microscope lately, I’d argue their offensive line is the team’s biggest worry. Since Cutler’s arrival to Chicago, the Bears always have a game like the one against the Packers, where the team looks sloppy and pathetic. Cutler isn’t going to change, he holds onto the ball too long, and will try to squeeze the ball into the tightest windows. But, if they can’t keep Jay upright or give him enough time to throw the ball, all the new additions to the squad won’t translate to wins on the field.
• Bengals – Cincy owns the largest offensive line in football and one of the youngest qb/wr combo in the league with Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. The addition of BJGE (BenJarvus Green-Ellis) is paying off and surprisingly, slot receiver Andrew Hawkins leads the team in receiving yards. The secondary looks weak, but they made some moves and some guys are injured. Geno Atkins is a beast on the defensive line, but if someone else does not step up as a legitimate pass rusher, the Bengals will not make the playoffs.
• Bills – C.J. Spiller has stepped up big time in Fred Jackson‘s absence, something he was not able to do last season. The defense has not looked great, but I will give them a couple of weeks to get it together and mesh. Even though he is a Harvard guy, Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s decision making scares me, but if he can string a couple of consistent games together, then he looks good. What will hold the Bills back is their lack of offensive weapons. Stevie Johnson will continue to be doubled and tight end Scott Chandler is only a red zone threat. With no one to stretch opposing defenses, the Bills’ offense may struggle in the passing game. (more…)
BY Couchsideshow.com staff
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After a week off for Co-Host Wade McMillin’s wedding, the guys are back to wrap up their 2012 NFL Season Preview, which breaks down the AFC South and East. Wade joins fellow co-host Craig Paul to look at those eight teams and dish out some Fantasy Football advice. And if that wasn’t enough, the duo also answers a couple of questions from Couch Side fan Brent Tremelling. Click below to start streaming, downloading or subscribing to the Couch Side podcast (recorded Sept. 3, 2012).
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In this week’s episode Couch Side hosts Wade McMillin and Craig Paul begin their eight-part series that previews the 2012-2013 NFL season. In Title Talk our hosts discuss how good of a fighter Anderson Silva is. And in Quick Snippets, we break down the possible Dwight Howard trade to the Brooklyn Nets and the MLB Homerun Derby.
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