Halfback Nathan Fien is adamant he is up to the challenge of providing the Dragons' attacking strike this year.
Just three weeks in, the murmurs grew a little louder after St George Illawarra came up with just one try - scored by prop Michael Weyman - in their loss to Brisbane.
Fans have taken to Twitter and online forums to question Fien's partnership with Jamie Soward since the retirement of premiership captain Ben Hornby.
League analysts, including Channel Nine commentator Phil Gould and Mercury columnist Steve Roach, doubted the effectiveness of their attacking structures, especially after having several sets on the Broncos line and failing to score.
But Fien has every confidence in the Steve Price blueprint and his role in leading a Dragons' revival.
"It's something I'm looking forward to, it's not something that's been thrown upon me and I don't want to do," he said.
"I've had opportunities to play [halfback] in the past with a lot of success."
"It's a challenge for me, I had to earn my spot as well, it's a role I enjoy."
The missed opportunities stacked up against the Broncos, including a no-try video referee decision for obstruction by Fien, and Ben Creagh being called back for a forward pass.
With new fullback Gerard Beale still finding his feet, some supporters have even called for young recruit Josh Drinkwater to be blooded in Fien's place.
The Dragons were the worst scoring team in the NRL last year, but Fien said the players had faith in their ability to score.
"There's a lot of expectations on us and people are starting to ask questions, but from the playing group, we're as solid as.
"We trust the structures in our attacking sets."
The Dragons have struggled in the national capital, leaving empty handed for the past 13 years.
But the Raiders have their own problems after the sacking of Josh Dugan following last week's rooftop drinking session.
Fien expects Canberra to be fired up after their 36-0 demolition at the hands of the Gold Coast on Sunday.
"They've got a few things going on off the field, maybe affecting their performance," he said.
"But whenever they play the Dragons they get up for it. Last season, it got their season going."
With the experience of 13 years and three NRL clubs, Fien said he was ready to embrace the spotlight as the Dragons search for their first win of the year.
"If results don't go our way, the focus is going to be on the halves," he said.
"If we were 2-0, Jamie [and] I would be getting the pats on the back and Pricey would be heralded as a genius for putting a 33-year-old in the halves.
"It's a matter of firstly getting that win, because we need it.
"We're going to be desperate this weekend."