5 Burning NFL Questions

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Is this the end of the FitzMagic run?

No: Ryan Fitzpatrick still put up big numbers (30/50 for 411 yards and three touchdowns) despite today’s loss to Pittsburgh. He rebounded from a poor start to rally the Bucs – and it’s clear the team still believes in him.
Yes: He threw three second quarter interceptions that dug his team a massive hole. He also failed to move the team when it counted the most.
What happens next: Look for head coach Dirk Koetter to stick with Fitzpatrick for next week’s game at Chicago. But there’s no doubt Jameis Winston is in the conversation after today’s first half showing.

Are the Patriots done?

Yes: They’re 1-2, with bad losses to Jacksonville (31-20) and Detroit (26-10). Tom Brady has few real weapons at his disposal and the team looks, well ‘old.’
No: The Pats have yet to hit division play and despite the Dolphins sitting at 3-0, there’s no reason New England can’t go at least 5-1 in the AFC East and set themselves up for another run at a title.
What happens next: When Julian Edelman returns from suspension, he gives Brady another target. This may not be a Super Bowl year, but they’ll still be among the AFC’s best.

Do the Steelers need Le’Veon Bell?

Yes: While James Connor has been a capable fill-in, there’s no way you can be at your best without one of the league’s top running backs.
No: Let’s be honest, the Steelers are a tie with the Browns and a five-point loss to the powerful Chiefs away from being 3-0. They can get it done with Conner.
What happens next: The ball is totally in the court of Bell and his agent. He’s giving up more than $800,000 per game and could be doing major damage to his future.

Have the Browns turned the corner?

Yes: Last week’s huge win over the Jets proved that the Browns can actually win a football game. They have a talented roster and a potential ‘saviour’ in Baker Mayfield.
No: The Browns have improved, but they’re still in a division with three other tough teams (Bengals, Ravens, Steelers), while their non-division games are against the NFC South and the AFC West.
What happens next: Mayfield looks like a star and the team has some real talent, but the schedule is brutal. Five or six wins would be massive.

Is Jon Gruden making a mess of the Raiders?

Yes: Oakland is 0-3 and traded away their best player, Khalil Mack, to Chicago. In addition, Gruden’s right hand man, scout Dave Razzano, has been getting mocked for his bad personnel takes on Twitter.
No: If you believe Marshawn Lynch, the locker room is solid. The Raiders have played a good half of football against the explosive Rams and lost close games to undefeated (at the time) Denver and undefeated Miami.
What happens next: The AFC West is a tough division, so I can’t see a lot of wins coming out of there. It’s going to be a limp to the finish line and then a rebuild over the off-season.

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