It's as simple as this. Our defense is miles ahead of what we fielded out there every Sunday last year. No longer do we dread going three and out like we used to, because we know we have a squad back there who can force turnovers. However, there is one thing I'd like to highlight - partly because we as a knowledgable fanbase should always be raising the bar for this team - and that is the offensive rankings of the first eight teams we've played. Indianpolis colts : 31st yards 30th pts Miami Dolphins: 19th yards 25th pts New Orleans Saints: 2nd yards 2nd pts Pittsburg Steelers: 9th yards 19th pts Oakland Raiders: 10th yards 17th pts Baltimore Ravens: 16th yards 6th pts Tennessee Tiants: 27th yards 23rd pts Jacksonville Jaguars: 32nd yards 32nd pts Cleveland Browns: 30th yards 29th pts While it makes me absolutely giddy to see such staggering improvements in our defensive rankings (sacks, yards allowed, pts given up and that #1 overall d), we should also put our current situation in a better perspective; if only so to prevent any overreacting if we are let down down this road. The bolded teams are rosters we've played that are in the top half of the league in either yards gained or points scored. They say defensive wins championships, and that's because typically every team you meet in the playoffs has an adequate offense. Out of those four bolded teams, the Houston Texans: - finished with a 1-3 record - allowed 26 pts/game (which would stand for 5th worst) - gave up 357.5 yards/game (which would stand for 16th) - had 3 of 4 games end in a difference of one score. As you can see, there's a huge discrepancy between these four games, and the other four games played against those horrible offensive teams. But on the flip (and positive) side, we should also point out that we've played extremely well against those bad teams to even out as the #1 defense. When you also consider Andre Johnson's absence (which could have led to longer offensive drives), Tate and Foster hitting their stride (AF admitting last week was first time he's felt like himself all season) and the defensive unit finally settling into Wade's schemes, what would our defense look like if we got a rematch with those four teams? Well the answer to that question can made clearer after the next four teams, whom all happen to be in the top half of the league in either yards or points. Tampa Bay: 15th yards 24th pts Atlanta: 14th yards 15th pts Cincinnati: 22nd yards 13th pts Carolina: 5th yards 16th pts In a season that looks like this franchise will finally make the playoffs, I think the next four games will be a good indicator of what we can expect in the first round; especially considering the four bolded games ended in a difference of one score.