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Old 09-05-2013   #21
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Our defense needs to step up against the elite offenses more than our QB does.
In my mind, this is it in a nutshell. The Ravens and the Texans scored 28 points against the Patriots last playoff season. It wasn't near enough for the Texans. But it was plenty for the Ravens since they won by 15 ...IN Foxboro I might add.
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Lots of question marks for this defense. JJo on the decline, questionable safety pla, questionable pass rush outside of Watt.

On the other hand, we do have some improvements including another year under Mercilus/Reed/Watt's belt, improved play from Mitchell, return of Cushing. Interesting to see how this will all play out.
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In the Packers 6 losses last season, their offense was held to an average of 22.7 points.

In the Patriots 5 losses last season, their offense was held to an average of 23.6 points.

Against us, both teams broke 40 points (the Pats twice).

Sure, it would be nice if Schaub was an elite QB and he can go toe-to-toe with Brady and Rodgers... but he isn't, nobody is saying he is. Our defense needs to step up against the elite offenses more than our QB does.


Schaub wasnt able to post points against New Orleans either. Oh wait. I think sometimes people lose context when looking back.
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Tough to envision them experiencing only 3 losses, but they should win more than they lose.
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In the Packers 6 losses last season, their offense was held to an average of 22.7 points.

In the Patriots 5 losses last season, their offense was held to an average of 23.6 points.

Against us, both teams broke 40 points (the Pats twice).

Sure, it would be nice if Schaub was an elite QB and he can go toe-to-toe with Brady and Rodgers... but he isn't, nobody is saying he is. Our defense needs to step up against the elite offenses more than our QB does.
Even if Schaub was the BEST IN THE WORLD, we would STILL need our defense to do this. 83 points vs. one team in 2 games don't equal a champion.

Really need our defense to show out, Schaub be damned. Even if he's flawless for 19 games, I can't say I'm confident if it's 38-35 with 1:48 to go vs. Rodgers or Kaepernick in the Super Bowl and our defense has been "ehh" all night.
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Sure, it would be nice if Schaub was an elite QB and he can go toe-to-toe with Brady and Rodgers... but he isn't, nobody is saying he is. Our defense needs to step up against the elite offenses more than our QB does.
This sums it up for me as well, nicely said! Schaub needs to step it up, but so does the D. Giving up 40+ to the great teams doesn't exactly help the offense win those games.
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Lance Z this morning predicted 10-6. That was a bit lower than I expected from him, and I think it's on the lower side of being within the target area. I have them at 12-4 myself, but I could see as low as 10 and as high as 13.

Frankly, I trust the football acumen of Lance more than I do McClain so his 10-6 has me just a tad worried that I have over-predicted how good this team is. We'll see.
I think both of them are a waste of radio time, like Nick and Josh on 610.

I think the Texans will go 12-4.
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This sums it up for me as well, nicely said! Schaub needs to step it up, but so does the D. Giving up 40+ to the great teams doesn't exactly help the offense win those games.
Matt just needs to not make stupid decisions. He doesn't have the ability to win an NFL game, but does have the ability to lose one. Let those who surround him do their job and don't screw it up ... that's his job. The secondary needs to make a definite improvement for the Texans to have a real chance at going farther.
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6-10 then draft Derek Carr in the 1st round.

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I'm surprised I haven't seen a 9-7 predicted yet.

Well then, allow me to be the first. Injuries will take a heavy toll, and nobody ever takes that into account.

John McClane doesn't believe they will go 13-3 any more than I do.
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I've been saying 9-7 since the schedule was announced. This team has too many question marks to finish 13-3. I think the end of last season really sent out a lot of red flags to anyone with a hint of sanity about our team.
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Was he able to say 13-3 without having to suck in 100 cubic feet of air? Bonus would be without mentioning a movie he was in for 2 seconds?
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Lance Z this morning predicted 10-6. That was a bit lower than I expected from him, and I think it's on the lower side of being within the target area. I have them at 12-4 myself, but I could see as low as 10 and as high as 13.

Frankly, I trust the football acumen of Lance more than I do McClain so his 10-6 has me just a tad worried that I have over-predicted how good this team is. We'll see.
I think that's a good call. I'm going with 9-7 but it's not all gloom and doom as I think we'll still win our division and actually make it one game further in the playoffs. The defense is a particular worry. As good as JJo and Kareem are, they're still not good enough to cover for 5 seconds if we get no pass rush, and there's not much pass rush unless Watt is on form.

Still, looking forward to the season no matter how it turns out
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Was he able to say 13-3 without having to suck in 100 cubic feet of air? Bonus would be without mentioning a movie he was in for 2 seconds?
He got the '13' out.... then dozed off,



the '3' came out ~20 minutes later.
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He's got us averaging 28 ppg (which will probably be about right) & giving up 18 ppg (I'm hoping we don't give up that much but we'll see).
If Keo remains at safety we will be lucky..chuck and duck from our front 7.
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I think that's a good call. I'm going with 9-7 but it's not all gloom and doom as I think we'll still win our division and actually make it one game further in the playoffs. The defense is a particular worry. As good as JJo and Kareem are, they're still not good enough to cover for 5 seconds if we get no pass rush, and there's not much pass rush unless Watt is on form.

Still, looking forward to the season no matter how it turns out
My pessimistic side agrees with this, but I'd lean more towards 10-6. I wasn't happy with our pass rush last season (besides Watt), which exposed our corners for too long. I don't think we can rely on Watt being the lone guy to constantly put pressure. I'm really really hoping Merci will step it up this season.
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