NFL RUSH
Improvements for Teams

Many teams in the NFL have not gotten off to the greatest start, but if they make a couple adjustments, they could be playoff contenders.

 

The New England Patriots are still close to winning their conference, sitting at the top with a 5-3 record, but bad decisions have cost them the three tight games that they lost and allowed a nail biter to evolve against bitter rivals the New York Jets. I think that they should pass the ball more with an elite quarterback like Tom Brady, instead of attempting to improve their running game.


The same goes for the Detroit Lions. They are sitting at the bottom of the NFC North with a 3-4 record. All of their opponents have at least five wins. Their quarterback, like Tom Brady, threw for over 5,000 passing yards last season. Their running game has been very productive, but it has not been enough. Last year they took over 70% of their snaps out of the shotgun. This year, the percentage has not been nearly that high. Last week when the Lions played their game against the Seattle Seahawks, I noticed that they were taking a lot of the snaps out of the shotgun. Stafford threw his first two touchdown passes in the first half this season, a third touchdown in the fourth quarter, ran one in for a touchdown, and threw for over 350 yards. The Lions should take more shotgun snaps.


The Baltimore Ravens have a record of 5-2, but four of their five wins have been by a touchdown or less. Plus, the recent performance against the Houston Texans proved that they are desperately missing linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Ladarius Webb, who are both out for the season with injuries.

 

The Kansas City Chiefs may be the worst team in the NFL right now. They are 1-7, and have committed around 30 turnovers. Nearly 20 of those turnovers were from Matt Cassel, who has thrown eleven interceptions and fumbled the ball eight times. If they want to start winning against teams other than the Saints, then they need to start holding onto the ball.
Speaking of the Saints, they are another team in need for some huge changes. After trading away their first two draft picks in the 2012 NFL Draft, they only selected one defensive back in the fifth round to support their weak secondary. While Drew Brees is continuing to make history in the record books, the other side of the Saints playing has not been nearly as effective. Even when the failure of their secondary has continued to hurt them week after week, they chose to do nothing at the trading deadline to improve it. The Saints need a better secondary if they want to do well this year.

 

The Carolina Panthers, who ironically have their only win against the Saints, are also doing terribly. Cam Newton, who put up records for most passing yards and touchdowns ever thrown by a rookie quarterback, is not doing that well. With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New Orleans Saints, and the Carolina Panthers all in the NFC South doing so badly this year, the undefeated Atlanta Falcons look like they have already clinched the playoffs, and it is only half way through the year!


Although a lot of these teams are doing well, there is always room for improvement.

 

Caleb

NFLRUSH Kid Reporter

 

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  • Detroit Lions

    June 19, 2013

    cb24awesome · draftee

    iions are a super bowl team. they just need to use their players correcty so they can get ther, because they have tons of talent.

  • San Francisco 49ers

    January 18, 2013

    49ersrulenfl · draftee

    chiefs stink

  • Baltimore Ravens

    November 22, 2012

    wewin5678 · draftee

    I think we all know that the Chiefs are terrible. Everybody agree

  • Seattle Seahawks

    November 17, 2012

    lhaskett · 2nd string

    falcons worse then saints

  • New England Patriots

    November 16, 2012

    bradson99 · draftee

    i agree, that the pats really need to get a running back who can catch and run, and use tom brady

  • Chicago Bears

    November 8, 2012

    o23f · draftee

    lions need a improvment, so does the, eagles, saints, chifes, browns, raiders, bills, bengals, jets, and buccaners.

  • Detroit Lions

    November 8, 2012

    notimportant160 · draftee

    lions iz dat

  • New Orleans Saints

    November 7, 2012

    beezneez43 · draftee

    saints all the way guys who dat

  • New Orleans Saints

    November 7, 2012

    beezneez43 · draftee

    falcons watch out the saints are coming Who Dat

  • Pittsburgh Steelers

    November 7, 2012

    steelcat43 · practice squad

    Watch out Kansas City! here come pittsburgh!

  • New England Patriots

    November 7, 2012

    tamika1234 · draftee

    i like the colts

  • New England Patriots

    November 7, 2012

    tamika1234 · draftee

    the sanits are the worse ever

  • Buffalo Bills

    November 7, 2012

    kidpicks05 · 2nd string

    Browns are the worst

  • Detroit Lions

    November 7, 2012

    BoyScout99 · draftee

    Because they beat you, patsgetgronked87? Lol! :P

  • New Orleans Saints

    November 6, 2012

    saintface9 · draftee

    They really not though

  • New England Patriots

    November 6, 2012

    patsgetgronked87 · draftee

    cardinals are the worst ever!!!!!!!

  • Detroit Lions

    November 6, 2012

    BoyScout99 · draftee

    Just because a team has a certain expectation and doesn't reach it it doesn't mean that they are worse then a team who has less talent then them, krusherz.

  • Detroit Lions

    November 6, 2012

    BoyScout99 · draftee

    You have a good point there, Rex. Sorry about that. I don't follow the Pats close enough. Signed: Caleb. Lol!

  • Green Bay Packers

    November 6, 2012

    packman0212 · draftee

    Chiefs are the worst? i thought jags were. sorry jag fans

  • Indianapolis Colts

    November 5, 2012

    reggiewaynetd · draftee

    Colts=playoffs on my iPad

  • New England Patriots

    November 5, 2012

    Tberry27 · starter

    what about jags they are 1-7

  • Chicago Bears

    November 5, 2012

    bearbronc23 · practice squad

    the packers (don't) need to improve. go Bears!!

  • New England Patriots

    November 5, 2012

    krusherz · draftee

    Well, considering the fact that the Chiefs usually aren't the best, while the Saints usually are; the Saints are definitely doing the worst.

  • Los Angeles Rams

    November 5, 2012

    ben10900 · draftee

    thats a good point rex, but i think nfl teams need to work on playing good protection on tom brady. everyone knows that he loves to throw.

  • Green Bay Packers

    November 5, 2012

    duggie135 · draftee

    the chiefs need to improve alot

  • Seattle Seahawks

    November 5, 2012

    Rex22222 · draftee

    I agree with you on everything except for the patriots running the ball too much. i mean, they should pass a little bit more but their rb is improving. Did you even see his last game? He will make a breakthrough and lead the patriots to the playoffs.

  • New England Patriots

    November 5, 2012

    nicknerf · draftee

    cool

  • Indianapolis Colts

    November 5, 2012

    jakecoltsman · rookie

    I believe the Chiefs have done THE worst this year because they have never lead a game yet!