Originally Posted by burro
This is the bit of cold water that is keeping all of the blood from rushing to my shorts just yet. There's no doubting that we are a force to be reckoned with and I don't have any doubt that we'll beat Jacksonville after the bye. However, in weeks 13 and 14 we'll have a key chance to prove that we are a legit football team. Beating up on bottom feeders is all well and good, but does not indicate how we we will hold up in the playoffs. That being said, my best guess is that we'll be meeting Baltimore in the AFC Championship. Call me, cautiously optimistic.
You have to look at those losses to the Raiders, Saints, and Ravens on their own. We held the Saints to SEVENTEEN through three, and that was with no Foster or Ward, and Slaton had 4 carries for 8 yards as the second part of our rushing attack. We were up 9 in the 4th, and Drew Brees picked on Kareem Jackson who has seemingly matured since then while our offense sputtered.
We shut McFadden down against Oakland. We shut their whole team down pretty much. Janikowski had four FGs, THREE from 50 yards+. Again, D was doing their job, and we didn't have Andre this game. Schaub also had a really bad game and all his passes were underthrown, overthrown, or picked. If I'm not mistaken, this was the game Jacoby had 11 targets and only caught 1. Could be wrong on that one. Either way. Vickers missed a gimme TD and the game STILL came down to the last second.
And the Ravens? We shut Rice down for three quarters until, for the same reasons as before, our offense didn't click and the D started to get worn down. And we still pretty much kept them out of the end zone. Cundiff had 4 or 5 FGs that game too.