Breaking down the early disappointments

Several preseason contenders have stumbled out the gate at 0-2. Our scouts examine who's in trouble and who's capable of bouncing back.

Originally Published: September 20, 2006
Scouts Inc.
The Buccaneers, Dolphins, Panthers and Redskins were all popular preseason picks to be playing deep into the playoffs. After two weeks of the regular season, each is reeling at 0-2. Are these teams in trouble, or is it too early to panic? Our scouts examine.

Carolina Panthers

Last year the Panthers started 1-2 and still made it to the NFC title game. However, their schedule is a lot tougher this year. QB Jake Delhomme has yet to throw a touchdown pass and has a quarterback rating of 61.5. Carolina's biggest problems on offense are third-down situations; it's converted just five of 26 attempts (19.2 percent).

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