Originally posted by hawker84:
Originally posted by babarvaart:
jurys out on RW until the Hawks start winning some big road games.
Kaep's already beaten Brady, Brees & Ryan in their own back yards.
OK.. good solid debate points...not really... fact of the matter is RW played well enough and actually put us in the lead in some of those road losses to give us the win.. our defense lost those games.. we can also contribute our loss to you guys to the 7 dropped passes by our recievers and running back which were on the money. do you know that out of the 7 interceptions he had in the first half, only two were his fault.. the other 4 were deflected passes that hit our reciever in the hands, and one was due to our TE slipped and fell down on the play.. but hey , why bother using those pesky facts in your debate...it's all on Russell..
We had a whole thread dedicated to excuses for Alex Smith, the "alexcuses". The fact of the matter is the Seahawks weren't a great away team, which was the reason they didn't win the NFC. I think everyone here will agree that that they have the best home field advantage, but until you can routinely win away games, you wont be able to host playoff games to take advantage of the home field advantage.
Speaking specifically about RW, yes, he didn play well enough to win the game in ATL, but that really doesn't matter. You either win or you lose. Kaep played well enough to win both Rams games, and if Akers wasn't awful last year, we would have won both. But we didn't. And Kaep lost those games, as did RW lose at ATL.
Another point, regarding the difference between the 42-13 and 13-6 games, a football game is very situational. Some games are grind-it-out, just make enough field goals in the end. Some games are barn burners, and some games go horribly wrong from the start. In 1997, we were 11-1 going to Arrowhead, which was a difficult place to play and got beat really bad (44-9). And that was with Young, Rice, Bryant Young, Dana Stubblefield, Tim McDonald, Garrison Hearst, Rod Woodson, and others.
My point is, some games the score is not indicative of the level of play from one/both team(s). You need a full season to get perspective. You were 11-5 we were 11-4-1, both very similar and both really good. You won at your house we won at our house. Really, the whole season can be summarized with our ATL games... We were both down big early, and both battled back to take the lead late, but our defense held and yours did not.
[ Edited by NinerBuff on Apr 2, 2013 at 9:26 AM ]