Taking all things into account is this really an improved team from the last few years? This is just how I remember the games so far. 1) In the first game against the Colts the first half was pretty even. Second half, we came out and pounded them with the run. We won that game because of the running game. Nothing else really contributed. Although the defense got after Manning a bit, it didn't really affect their offensive output. They still put up big time yardage and points. 2) Second game. We played poorly. I still don't know how we pulled that one out. A great performance by some individual players. Blocked FG by Pollard. Great throws by Matt...Some great runs after the catch by Foster. Great end of the game heroics by the offense. I would like to give credit to the defense in the end, but I don't know how much of that was just the Redskins not performing as they had been all game long. They do get credit for holding them though. Kubes did a good job on the first FG that didn't count. Had the kicker just hit the next kick as he did the first one and this season could be a lot different. But he didn't. Offense took advantage. Rackers sealed the deal. A win is a win....right? 3) Week 3. A pretty pathetic showing all around. Just a downright ugly game. The cowboys may have had a little extra pep in their step, but our guys were on the opposite end of the spectrum. I really can't find any positives about this game. Pretty sad since this is a team that hasn't won another game yet. 4) Week 4. The Raiders. Foster sits early, but Ward fills in nicely. Passing game was nothing extra special, but they got the job done. Defense did o.k. Arian comes in halfway through the second qtr and goes off. Once again the running game is what really took over this game. AJ didn't play, but if this team is as really deep at the WR position as we all think they are, and if our team is truly an elite passing team I don't think that should affect us a whole lot. We still had all of our TE's (which we failed to really utilize). A win is a win, but I would have liked to see us really put them away. We didn't. Late in that game they still had a chance to tie it. Anyways, glad we won...Win is a win...I know...But dammit, convince me that you are a legit play-off, title contender... 5) Week 5. NY. See Cowboys. 6) Week 6. Similar to the Skins game. Glad as hell we won it, but I think that if you are a team that is really a contender, these are the kinds of games that you should either come out and own, or at least be competitive the whole way through. Our guys made a lot of good plays, but I can't tell if the comeback was due to us tremendously stepping up, or if the opposition starting playing a bit worse/conservative. Probably was a combo of the two. I'm happy any time we can get a win, but I would just like not have to have a heart attack in the process. 7) Bye. 8) Week 7. Colts. Once again the team looked like the little brother to the opposition. Poor coaching and bad play calling were again topics of discussion. I do not care about the fact that the Colts were injured. That meant little to me. I don't think that should have given us some huge edge...Not when Manning is their QB...He is the catalyst and he makes their world go round. I thought d played well enough to win this game. I thought the offense could have executed better, but I think the Kubiak could have relieved some pressure on them with better play calls. So, back to the original question...How well have they played this season, and have they really shown that they are going to/have taken the next step to become a legit contender year in and year out?