All problems are relative when you sit unbeaten on top of the Six Nations championship table with an opportunity to win a first grand slam since 2003.
The list of grand slam hopefuls who have flown too close to the sun and fallen to earth is long and distinguished but England's supporters are running short of reasons to be pessimistic.
The good old days of ritual Anglo-French pre-match insults are distant history but a sudden flurry of Old Testament tough talk is emerging from English ranks before Saturday's collision with Les Bleus.
England's players have been warned to expect a French renaissance this weekend despite the visitors' status at the foot of the Six Nations table.
In certain quarters English sportsmen will forever be perceived as innately arrogant but anyone clinging to that tired old cliche has not met Stuart Lancaster or his squad.
England's back row, rather than their midfield, will be the key point of difference when Stuart Lancaster finally confirms his starting XV to face Ireland in Dublin on Friday.