The Falcons are not the only team pushing the Panic Button these days. the Bears are in trouble too. With Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey, and Martellus Bennett, the Bears should be one of the best offensive teams in the league and should be able to score enough points to win games when their defense lets them down. At 3-4 they are the third-best team in their division right now. Chicago is allowing 24.4 PPG, which is the 22nd-best in the league. the offense is only averaging 22.4 PPG.
What about the the Saints the NFC South is the worst division in football. The Carolina Panthers are winning the division, and they’re only 3-3 on the season. The Saints offense is not what it used to be. Drew Brees is so limited in choosing where to throw the ball, and the Saints don’t have that top five receiver all the other top quarterbacks have. Marques Colston is a good receiver, but he’s not a top wideout in the league. Brandin Cooks has looked like a rookie and has failed to breakout like expected. Jimmy Graham doesn’t look like himself this season, and he was held without a catch against Detroit. Through six games, New Orleans has the tenth-best scoring offense in the league at 25.8 points per game, but the defense is automatically ruining any progress the offense makes. Currently, the defense is allowing 27.5 PPG, the fifth-worst in the league.
Last year the Bengals had the league’s fifth-best scoring defense and only allowed 19.1 PPG. This season, Cincinnati’s defense is allowing 23.3 PPG and is ranked 18th in the league, but the offense isn’t close to as good as it was last season either.
Last season, the Bengals were the sixth-best scoring team in the league and averaged 26.9 PPG. This season, the Bengals are averaging 22.3 PPG and got shutout against Indianapolis in Week 7. A.J. Green’s injury has caused the Bengals’ offense to go flat, but Giovani Bernard and Andy Dalton are struggling to get going this season. On the defensive side of the ball, the Bengals are getting no push from their defensive line. Cincinnati only has 6.0 sacks this season, which ranks them 30th in the league, and they are giving up 146.3 rushing yards per game, also 30th in the league. If they can’t get pressure on the quarterback or stop the run, the Bengals have no chance at recovering this season.