Absolutely. We are around a .500 team. A lucky break in a game or two is the difference between going 6-10 or 10-6 and anything in-between.
7-9 is not an insult, nor is it giving us the benefit of the doubt in the close ones.
And we have done nothing, on the field, or with any of our off season moves to earn any kind of credit yet.
We still can run and stop the run. We still can't convert or stop the other teams from converting on 3rd and long. No pass rush and no dynamic QB or playmakers means we will struggle against better teams and win or lose close ones against the rest of the league.
It's as simple as that. And until we prove otherwise, we shouldn't expect anyone else to assume differently.