Tuesday Morning Philosophy: The Question Each NFL Team Is Being Asked This Week
With each new week in the NFL comes a new pressing issue for each team.
Whether it is what a team needs to do to make a playoff run or simply what a team needs to do to win next week, every Tuesday morning I dive into the issues to shed some light on the direction that teams are heading as the season moves forward.
So let's take a look at the issues that effect each NFL team this week.
The Patriots will have to find a way to put points on the board without their star tight end
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New England Patriots: Can the Patriots keep up their high-scoring attack, with Gronkowski out for the next month?
Miami Dolphins: With their third loss in a row, can the Dolphins bounce back and stay in the playoff hunt?
New York Jets: Mark Sanchez had his first game in a month without an interception. Is this a sign of things to come or an anomaly?
Buffalo Bills: Is the Bills high-priced defense finally starting to come together, or was this week a gift from the Dolphins?
The Browns are struggling to stop the pass without their star cornerback
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Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco struggled again against the Steelers. Is Flacco capable of putting the offense on his back against the top teams?
Pittsburgh Steelers: Will injuries cost the Steelers a wild card spot?
Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals can smell blood with the Steelers struggling. Can they take advantage of a weak schedule and sneak into the playoffs?
Cleveland Browns: The Cleveland secondary is considerably weaker without Joe Haden. Is there any doubt that cornerback is the thinnest position on the team?
Chad Henne was able to spark some life into the Jacksonville offense this week
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Houston Texans: A win is a win, but can you really feel good about letting up 37 points to Jacksonville?
Indianapolis Colts: A stumbling block for Andrew Luck, but can he learn from the New England game and lead the Colts to the playoffs?
Tennessee Titans: Can Chris Johnson keep his hot streak going after the week off?
Jacksonville Jaguars: So wait, has Blaine Gabbert been the problem this whole time?
Palmer has played well despite the Raiders defensive struggles
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Denver Broncos: Will the loss of Willis McGahee for the next month slow down the potent Broncos offense?
San Diego Chargers: The four wins for the Chargers this season have come against OAK, TEN and KC(2). Are these the only type of teams the Chargers are capable of beating?
Oakland Raiders: The Raiders have allowed an average of 45 points per game during their three-game losing streak. Can Carson Palmer and the Raiders offense put up enough points to make up for the inept defense?
Kansas City Chiefs: How bad is Ricky Stanzi that he can't find the field, with the abysmal quarterback play the Chiefs have been getting from the Cassell/Quinn duo?
The struggling Giants need Eli to find his arm strength in a hurry
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New York Giants: Will Eli Manning find his arm strength for the final stretch of the season?
Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys have won consecutive games for the first time this season, and Tony Romo has gone three games without a pick. Can Dallas ride this "hot" streak to a win on a short week?
Philadelphia Eagles: First the offensive line, then the quarterback and now the secondary. What position will implode next for the Eagles?
Washington Redskins: A big game for RG III, but he does realize that he won't be able to play pitch and catch against every defense, right?
Monday night showed just how valuable Cutler is to the Bears
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Chicago Bears: How did the loss of Jay Cutler prevent the Bears defense from being able to tackle?
Green Bay Packers: How scary could the Packers be if they ever get healthy?
Minnesota Vikings: Five of the last six games of the season for the Vikings are against potential playoff teams. Can the Vikings ride Adrian Peterson to a playoff berth?
Detroit Lions: The Lions continue to struggle with divisional opponents. Can Detroit overcome a weak secondary to get in the playoff hunt?
Ryan struggled with the Cardinals defense this week
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Atlanta Falcons: Can Matt Ryan move past his five-interception performance and regain his MVP form?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Will Josh Freeman keep the young Buccaneers in the playoff hunt, with three of their last six games against division opponents.
New Orleans Saints: Just when everyone had ruled the Saints out of the playoff hunt, they climb their way back in. Can Drew Brees carry a Saints team with one of the league's worst defenses?
Carolina Panthers: With four out of their last six opponents having losing records, can the Panthers and Cam Newton end the season on a positive note?
Kaepernick led the Niners to a big win Monday night
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San Francisco 49ers: Is there any doubt that the Niners offense is better with Colin Kaepernick leading the way?
Seattle Seahawks: With just one road win on the season, can the Seahawks find a way to win outside of Seattle and make the playoffs?
Arizona Cardinals: With their 4-0 start a distant memory, can the Cardinals muster up some offense without Kevin Kolb?
St. Louis Rams: The Rams have not won a game since their Week 5 victory over the Cardinals. Will a trip to Arizona this week end their losing ways?