Originally posted by Joecool:
Originally posted by Robert:
Hate to say it, but I think this is a 6-10 team. It could be an 8-8 team, but we have a brutal schedule. Also, I just think there are too many unsettled parts (no edge pass rusher, no established quarterback) to realistically make a playoff run. But maybe next year....
We have 6 divisional games that are all winnable and 6 more teams that are beatable.
Saints (short passing built perfectly for our LBs, winnable)
I hear you. I agree that there are 12 winnable games, actually every game is technically winnable. But 12 where we have better than a 10% chance to win. Problem is, the Saints, Bills, Seattle (twice) are "winnable" games, but they are long shots. We could pull out one or two of those, but until this team proves it can put pressure on a quarterback and protect its own quarterback, we'll be lucky to win 5 or 6 games against remaining 8 teams, most of whom are NFL bottom feeders.
I hope this is the year it all comes together, and I think there is a real chance it will happen. I'm just not going to bet on it. But I do expect to see a much more effective offense, an improved defense and far fewer blowouts. I'd actually be happy to just to see this team consolidate its gains from the past few years and continue to improve on defense and make some strong positive strides on offense.