Originally Posted by TheMatrix31
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.
Losing is losing. Until we can finish on both sides of the ball against a playoff caliber team, I will not be 100% convinced. Doing it once against an overrated Pittsburgh squad isn't enough.
That isn't to say that I'm not pumped as hell about being 7-3 and #1 in the AFC, I'm only saying that it's all for naught if we meltdown in the playoffs, first round bye/HFA or otherwise. Like I said, I'm just being mentally/emotionally cautious...especially considering the developing rumors about Schaub being done for the season.