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What is going on with the NFL’s top-tier teams? In a league dominated by pass-heavy offenses, the teams with arguably the three best quarterbacks currently have a combined record of 2-7. That’s right: combined, Aaron Rogers, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees have just two wins. Now I know it’s early, and panicking shouldn’t realistically be considered, but that record is a far cry from the elite status bestowed onto these teams after their consistency competing at a high level. The Patriots and Packers are 1-2, below .500 and looking to be more vulnerable as the season progresses, mainly due to their defenses. The Saints likewise have struggled due to their defense, but their offense hasn’t been as potent as well. The same offensive struggles have befallen Green Bay, with New England recently coming around against a proven Baltimore defense after a poor outing against Arizona. Does this mean that fans of these teams should give up on their seasons with imminent failure coming to teams with such gaping holes? No. There is too much time left in the season, too much time to figure out the issues and work out the nooks and crannies. Now at 0-3, Saints fans have the right to be a little worried. Their team has underperformed this season, and haven’t shown many signs of improvement on a game-to-game basis. Still, I feel as if they can salvage their season and make it into the playoffs as a wild card team with 10-plus wins. I also believe that the Packers and Patriots will turn their seasons around and make it to the playoffs, likely as division winners. Victories won’t just come their way, however. They have to earn the wins they get, not simply show up like they all appeared to do for at least one game this season (Pats/Cardinals, Saints/Redskins, Packers/Seahawks). As they have all found out (along with some other top teams), there are some changes going on in the league, with younger teams starting to make some noise and upset the upper-echelon units. If they’re to stay a step ahead of this youth movement, the focus of all three of these teams must be sharper. That includes both players and coaches, since team focus starts at the top.

-Ryan Hartley

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