Monday NFL preview: Cowboys, Bears move forward with QB questions

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NFL Nation reporters look ahead to what Monday has in store for each team.


Buffalo Bills: The Bills will need to regroup after their defense allowed more than 500 yards to the Patriots in a let-down loss following a week of pregame banter and anticipation. Taking a step back and toning it down -- both on and off the field -- would be a smart approach for a team that makes its first road trip of the season this weekend to Miami. -- Mike Rodak

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins' defense must go back to the drawing board and examine what it can do to get the best out of its talent, especially with new addition Ndamukong Suh. The Pro Bowl defensive tackle has just three tackles in two games. Coaching deserves a lot of the blame. -- James Walker

New England Patriots: There are a lot of positive vibes around the Patriots after Sunday's win over the Bills, but the club will still focus on corrections. The inability to convert on fourth down will surely be part of the list after failing twice on fourth-and-1 situations. Both were passing plays. -- Mike Reiss

New York Jets: Despite missing some practice time, running back Chris Ivory (groin) is expected to play Monday night against the Colts. Ivory set the tone last week with two touchdowns, and the Jets hope he can do the same against an inexperienced Indianapolis defensive line. -- Rich Cimini


Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens remain a confident team but they feel the sense of urgency after falling to 0-2 for the fourth time in franchise history. The past three teams that went winless in the first two games failed to reach the playoffs. "All three phases are out of sync," defensive end Chris Canty said. "We have to find a way to fix it. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us, and nobody is going to come and save us. We've got to improve." -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals: When the Bengals evaluate game tape from Sunday's win over the Chargers, they will have quite a bit to cheer. Linebacker Vincent Rey certainly should get his share of applause for effectively ending the game with an interception that involved him out-jumping the 6-foot-5 Malcom Floyd before landing hard on his back. Running back Jeremy Hill won't have much to celebrate after his two-fumble day, but his hope is that everything he sees will serve as valuable teaching tools ahead of Sunday's division-opening game at Baltimore. -- Coley Harvey

Cleveland Browns: The Browns won't name a starting quarterback for Sunday against Oakland until they know if Josh McCown is cleared from his concussion. Until that happens there should be lively discussion about whether he or Johnny Manziel should start. -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers: Well, this is going to be fun. The Steelers exploded with 453 offensive yards in a blowout of the 49ers, and they get Le'Veon Bell back. The suspended running back can return to practice Monday. He has been working out in the facility but couldn't touch the field while serving a two-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. -- Jeremy Fowler


Houston Texans: Texans tackle Chris Clark did an admirable job on Sunday filling in for left tackle Duane Brown, who is out with a thumb injury. Quarterback Ryan Mallett was sacked only once. He was pressured often, but many of those were due to coverage. Brown isn't sure when he'll be back, but he said after the game he is hopeful it will be soon. "As soon as possible," Brown said. "It's hard for me to sit on the sidelines and just watch my guys." -- Tania Ganguli

Indianapolis Colts: Monday will be the second time Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will face the Jets in his career. He hopes this game will be better than the first one, during his rookie season. Luck was 22-of-44 for 280 yards, two interceptions, and he was sacked four times in the Colts' 35-9 loss on Oct. 14, 2012. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars: After giving up five sacks in Week 1, the Jaguars didn't give up any against the Dolphins. That snaps a streak of eight straight games in which they've allowed at least four sacks. -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans: The Titans did well not to celebrate their Week 1 win very much. I suspect they will spend more time this Monday beating themselves up as they examine and correct mistakes from Cleveland. Penalties and sacks allowed will be a big focus. -- Paul Kuharsky


Denver Broncos: No player has done more to carve out a niche in the Broncos' offense in recent weeks than wide receiver Jordan Norwood. Because he showed the team he could function well in the slot and enable the Broncos to leave Emmanuel Sanders in an outside position when they are in the three-wide receiver set, Norwood has 10 targets in two games, or more than tight end Owen Daniels. Norwood has also snatched play time away from Cody Latimer, who again hasn't been able to take plays made on the practice field into the lineup for games. -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs have been unsuccessful in identitfying a wide receiving threat in addition to Jeremy Maclin. De'Anthony Thomas and Albert Wilson have three receptions apiece, but Chris Conley and Jason Avant have been shut out. Finding at least one more receiving threat is important for the Chiefs to take pressure off Maclin and tight end Travis Kelce. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders: Sunday's home victory was crucial for Oakland, which opened the season with back-to-back home games for the first time in 45 years. Oakland now goes on the road with back-to-back road games, at Cleveland and Chicago. Oakland has lost 19 of its past 20 games on the road. It was a major accomplishment to hit the road with a 1-1 record. -- Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers: Now 1-1 on the year with 17 new players on this year's roster, San Diego safety Eric Weddle said his team has to play steady from week to week if the Chargers want to reach the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. They turned the ball over three times, finished with eight penalties and gave up too many big plays in a road loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. "You have to be consistent," Weddle said. "You can't be up and down. You've got to be the same guy each week and prepare the same way." -- Eric D. Williams


Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys know Brandon Weeden will be their starting quarterback for the foreseeable future but should find out today how long they will be without Tony Romo. Romo broke his left collarbone Sunday and will have more tests today, including a CT scan. Already without Dez Bryant because of a broken foot, the Cowboys' offense will have to take on a different form without Romo, relying more on the running game and offensive line as Weeden becomes something of a game manager. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants: The Giants have little time to recover from their second straight heartbreaking fourth-quarter loss, as they have a Thursday night home game this week against Washington. They seem likely to be without cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who has to go through the concussion protocol, and could be without left tackle Ereck Flowers, who aggravated his ankle injury Sunday and left with a sprain. Undermanned and under pressure to stop making crushing fourth-quarter mistakes, the Giants find themselves in a virtual must-win situation this week for their own collective psyche. -- Dan Graziano

Philadelphia Eagles: The 0-2 Eagles get Monday off, but there is still business to be taken care of after their 20-10 loss to the rival Dallas Cowboys. Linebacker Kiko Alonso is scheduled to have an MRI on his left knee. That's the one Alonso tore up in 2014, so the Eagles will have their fingers crossed it is not his ACL again. The players return to the practice facility Tuesday. -- Phil Sheridan

Washington Redskins: The Redskins found something in the first two weeks that they didn't have last season: an offensive identity. They said all offseason they wanted to be physical and pound the ball and that's what they've done through the first two games with a combined 343 yards rushing. They've opened the season by rushing for at least 150 yards in their first two games for only the third time since 1950. The last time was in 2012, also the last year they won the NFC East. -- John Keim


Chicago Bears: Backup Jimmy Clausen said on Sunday he can run the Bears' offense on the same level as Jay Cutler. Clausen didn't exactly back up his words in Chicago's 48-23 loss to Arizona, but he could get a chance to redeem himself next week in Seattle. Cutler is questionable with a pulled hamstring that John Fox said requires further testing. Fox may provide an update on Cutler when he speaks to reporters Monday afternoon. Regardless of Cutler's long-term prognosis, the Bears may look to elevate second-year quarterback David Fales off the practice squad to the active roster. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford had X-rays after Sunday's loss, so once again the Lions have to be concerned about the health of their starting quarterback. Stafford has been extremely tough this season, but the offensive line -- and the offense in general -- has not been helping him stay upright. At 0-2 and facing Denver in a Sunday night matchup, the Lions need to keep an eye on Stafford throughout the week and figure out their offensive issues. Fast. -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers: The Packers should know more about the severity of Eddie Lacy's ankle injury on Monday. He dropped out of Sunday night's game against the Seahawks in the first quarter and did not return. Lacy originally got his right ankle retaped and it looked like he might return, but he never did. -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings: Kicker Blair Walsh continues to test the Vikings' patience, after missing an extra point in Sunday's win over the Lions. Walsh, who went 5-for-11 on field goals with a missed extra point in the preseason and missed his first field goal last Monday in San Francisco. The Vikings have said they don't plan to bring in competition for Walsh, who signed a four-year contract extension in July, but their faith doesn't figure to last forever. -- Ben Goessling


Atlanta Falcons: Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he'll have an update on Monday about rookie running back Tevin Coleman, who was carted off the field Sunday after injury his ribs. If Coleman is sidelined for a while, the team has full confidence in Devonta Freeman as the starter. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers: Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly remains in the concussion protocol, but for how long? Will he get final clearance from the independent physician Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday as the Panthers prepare for consecutive NFL South games against New Orleans and Tampa Bay? Will he be cleared at all this week? That was a big hit he took at Jacksonville eight days ago. The Panthers also hope this is the week -- finally -- that defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is ready to move on from his foot injury. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees' shoulder soreness didn't seem like a huge concern Sunday. He wasn't wearing ice or a wrap after the game and said it's "just gotta get a little stronger." But it will be worth monitoring throughout the week, and the offense overall is developing into a legitimate concern for the 0-2 Saints. They have scored exactly 19 points in each game, thanks to slow starts and failed fourth-quarter rallies. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston was efficient in Sunday's victory against the Saints. The challenge will be to keep it like that in coming weeks. Winston, who had some ups and downs in his college career, needs to be consistently good for this team to have success. -- Pat Yasinskas


Arizona Cardinals: Arizona showed how potent all three of their phases are by scoring 48 points without playing a flawless game, giving them plenty to work on this week. But the Cardinals get back right tackle Bobby Massie from a two-game suspension and will see how serious J.J. Nelson's shoulder injury is. -- Josh Weinfuss

St. Louis Rams: The Rams missed an opportunity to get to 2-0 for the first time since 2001 with their flat performance Sunday against the Redskins. In the process, they once again proved that they're every bit as capable of springing an upset as laying an egg. Rams defensive end Chris Long said this team is different from recent teams that have had similar ups and downs but the Rams must quickly find a way to prove it with Pittsburgh coming to town next week. -- Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers: The Niners have a lot of wounds to heal, both physically and mentally, after Sunday's 43-18 punishing loss to the Steelers. Keep an eye on the running back corps, where Carlos Hyde passed a concussion test, despite saying he took a shot to the crown of his helmet and was dizzy, and if Reggie Bush heals from a strained left calf. -- Paul Gutierrez

Seattle Seahawks: Despite being in an 0-2 hole, don't expect the Seahawks to make any dramatic changes, and that includes the team's stance with Kam Chancellor. In all likelihood, the Pro Bowl safety will continue to hold out, and the Seahawks will prepare to face the Bears in Week 3 without him. -- Sheil Kapadia