I think SD made a good point. We were good last year obviously, but we had the ball bounce our way more. As has been well documented in the offseason, our TO rate had to decrease. Also, (keeping fingers crossed) we were really lucky on the injury front. This year, we have remained pretty healthy. But, our TO rate has decreased. And our sack rate. Although, our defense is just as good. And our offense is slightly better than the end of last year. Our run game has got even better and our passing game has gotten slightly better IMO (still needs to improve on a consistent basis).
Our special teams is not as good in every aspect. But, overall, I think we are better this year. This question cannot truly be answered until after the playoffs. For me, this year, it's basically super bowl or bust. I won't be truly happy unless we win the super bowl. How is that for lofty expectations?