Not only are we saying so, but everyone else is now as well: this team is elite.
This is a weird feeling because the world officially agrees. It's like a fact.
Why the sudden change? Why weren't we elite after going to the NFC Championship game last year? Why weren't we considered elite after beating the Packers in Lambeau in the season opener?
Because everyone (outside of this team) believes you need a QB to win in this league. And now that the entire nation saw Smith play this well tonight and build on his performace against the Saints last year, Smith is now viewed as a leader and not just a complementary player/manager/whatever else b/s term people called him last year.
This team is legit. Smith is legit. This defense is legit.
And most importantly, Gore is running like he did in 2006. He's patient, making quick cuts and hitting the hole hard when the OL opens up a lane. Gore's rejuvenation is the most exciting thing I've seen this year because he has looked damn good and is the focal point of this offense.
I'm so juiced right now.
[ Edited by OregonDuckNiner on Sep 16, 2012 at 22:33:04 ]