Tuesday NFL preview: How the Cowboys will replace Dez Bryant

— -- NFL Nation reporters look ahead to what Tuesday has in store for each team.


Miami Dolphins: Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and quarterback Ryan Tannehill weren't pleased with the offense putting up just 10 points in the opener against Washington. There is plenty of blame to go around, but the team must fix their red-zone offense first and foremost (one touchdown on three trips). -- James Walker

New England PatriotsWith Dominique Easley (left hip) possibly unavailable for Sunday's game at Buffalo, the Patriots might have to tweak their DT rotation. This places a brighter spotlight on first-round pick Malcom Brown, along with  Sealver Siliga, Alan Branch and possibly Khyri Thornton, who was claimed on waivers from the Packers last week. -- Mike Reiss

New York JetsThe Jets haven't ruled out Antonio Cromartie (knee) for Monday night's game at Indianapolis, but they have to formulate a contingency at cornerback. The most obvious plan: Switch nickel/slot corner Buster Skrine to right corner in their base defense, sliding him back inside in nickel situations and using Marcus Williams on the right side. -- Rich Cimini


Cincinnati BengalsOn the heels of a physical game at Oakland, the Bengals will have Tuesday off to rest up ahead of this Sunday's showdown with the Chargers. After coach Marvin Lewis firmly addressed his players regarding the high number of conduct penalties from their 33-13 win over the Raiders -- such as George Iloka's and Dre Kirkpatrick's taunting infractions and Adam Jones' unsportsmanlike conduct foul -- it will be interesting to see this week just how much that message hits home. As Iloka said, the players still want to play aggressively. -- Coley Harvey

Cleveland Browns: The Browns continue on two tracks as they prepare quarterbacks for Sunday's game against Tennessee. Johnny Manziel prepares to start while Josh McCown goes through tests and exams to see if he is free of concussion symptoms. -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers were keeping a close eye on their Week 2 opponent, the 49ers, whose defense flustered Minnesota on Monday Night Football. Pittsburgh's offense isn't happy about its 21-point performance against New England, but that was really a story of failing to capitalize on scoring chances. The Steelers will look to get Markus Wheaton more involved early against San Francisco after a three-catch performance last week. -- Jeremy Fowler


Indianapolis Colts:  Frank Gore said he's fine after he missed some snaps in Sunday's game against Buffalo with a calf injury. The running back said he took too much "energy stuff" before the game, which caused him to suffer cramps in his calf. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars: Coach Gus Bradley's statement that his offense played too cautiously against Carolina is concerning because that's the opposite of what the team has grown to expect out of QB Blake Bortles. One of his strong points is his aggressiveness and willingness to take chances. The team will address that topic this week. -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans: A year ago in Nashville, the Titans blew the biggest home lead in team history (25 points) as they lost to the Browns. Ken Whisenhunt said he won't spend much time on that as the Titans prepare for a trip to Cleveland for a rematch Sunday. -- Paul Kuharsky


Kansas City Chiefs: The running game got off to a slow start in Houston but that's to be expected, and it might be another week or two before it's working the way the Chiefs hope. Kansas City started five new offensive linemen from last year against the Texans and second-year tight end Demetrius Harris only recently returned to practice. The running game was similarly sluggish early last season. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders were hoping their defense would be improved in 2015, but if Week 1 is any indication, that's not the case. The Raiders allowed the Bengals to have five plays of 20 yards or more (four passes and one run) in a 33-13 loss. Cutting down on explosive plays has to be a point of emphasis this week as Oakland prepares to host Baltimore on Sunday. -- Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers: With right guard D.J. Fluker out potentially 4-6 weeks with a high-ankle sprain, the Chargers have a couple different options to replace him in the starting lineup, including using swing tackle Chris Hairston at right guard, or moving starting center Chris Watt to guard, and bringing in reserve center Trevor Robinson as the starter. "We have a couple options with what we can do," McCoy said. "We'll talk about that as a staff in the next couple days. We'll go through the week of practice and see what's best for the team on Sunday." -- Eric D. Williams


New York Giants: What a bizarre week so far for the Giants, who were delayed leaving Dallas in the wee hours of the morning and didn't arrive in Newark until 9 a.m. Monday. After that, they began dealing with the fallout from their brutal Sunday night loss to the Cowboys, which included a revelation that Eli Manning went rogue in the huddle and told Rashad Jennings to stop short of the goal line on two plays so the clock would run down. All in all, a bizarre and disappointing start to the season for the Giants, who will lick their wounds Tuesday and hope to come back Wednesday ready to move forward. -- Dan Graziano

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles will have meetings Tuesday, trying to figure out a way to build off their improved second-half performance against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. They have less than six days to turn around and face their toughest division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles know it's vital to avoid a slow start. -- Phil Sheridan

Washington Redskins: With DeSean Jackson sidelined, the Redskins need to find someone who can score in a hurry. It'll be tough as they lack that sort of explosiveness from other players. But Rashad Ross is a former track standout at Arizona State -- John Keim


Detroit Lions: The Lions are off Tuesday, but the thing to watch will be what position groups -- if any -- the team brings in for workouts. With Darius Slay and Brandon Pettigrew suffering injuries and Jim Caldwell not giving much indication on their severity, cornerback or tight end workouts Tuesday could signal exactly how concerned Detroit is about availability for Sunday and in the near future. -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers: Whether they like it or not -- and the guess here is they won't -- with the Seahawks coming to Lambeau on Sunday, the Packers are going to face question after question this week about their NFC Championship Game collapse in Seattle last season. Coach Mike McCarthy better spend part of Tuesday's off day coming up with a way to help his players deal with that distraction. -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings: After returning from the West coast after 6 a.m., the Vikings will get to work fixing a run defense that allowed 230 rushing yards in Monday's loss to the 49ers. That's the most the Vikings have allowed under Mike Zimmer, and defensive tackle Linval Joseph said he expects the Lions will play the Vikings the same way until they show they can stop it. -- Ben Goessling


Carolina Panthers: Backup guard Amini Silatolu's role as a backup tackle became a bit more important when the Panthers learned rookie Daryl Williams will be out 2-4 weeks with a sprained right knee. Look for the Carolina to spend time getting Silatolu and Nate Chandler, who missed Sunday's game with a knee injury, ready in case they're needed against Houston's powerful combination of J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints: The Saints are counting on Jairus Byrd to come back healthy more than ever now in the wake of backup Rafael Bush's chest injury. Byrd is expected to return from a knee injury within a matter of weeks. It will be interesting to see if he begins practicing this week. In the meantime, the Saints will have to make due with a combination of veterans Kenny Phillips and Jamarca Sanford and the recently-signed Don Jones. That's a lot of stress for a secondary that is also missing top cornerback Keenan Lewis to start the year and struggled in Week 1 at Arizona. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The strength of Tampa Bay's defense is supposed to be getting pressure on the quarterback. But the Bucs barely got to  Marcus Mariota on Sunday. They have to get better in this area immediately and defensive ends George Johnson and Jacquies Smith must have a presence. -- Pat Yasinskas


St. Louis RamsThe Rams will continue with their new-look practice schedule in which they will have a light practice Tuesday and have Thursday off. According to Jeff Fisher, this comes after the team did studies on the best methods to manage the health of players. (Some faster-tempo work on Saturdays is also included in the tweak.) After winning with the adjusted schedule last week, it's no surprise Fisher is sticking to it. Another win this week against Washington and it probably becomes permanent. -- Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers: A dominant defensive effort, as well as a stout running game led by Carlos Hyde, gives the Niners many things to feel good about as they enter a short week before heading to Pittsburgh. -- Paul Gutierrez

Seattle Seahawks: In the opener, the Seahawks used Richard Sherman inside in their nickel package, something the team had not done much of in the past. Given Randall Cobb's ability to do damage in the slot, Sherman could see snaps inside once again in Week 2 against the Packers. -- Sheil Kapadia