I mentioned that 5-6 games would should indicate where this team was at, then last (2nd half) week happened, that kinda messed up the pattern. There is always positives and negatives to any win or loss, next week will cement my thoughts, but I really don't think 1 game, after 5, is going to change that. Before I talk about this weeks game, it must be said, you are never as bad as you look when you lose ( or as good-when you win) is right on the money. Last week, the Colts looked like a playoff caliber team, I had an idea of what happened, but was hoping it was a stepping stone ( at some level) this week, they looked like a team primed for another #1 overall pick. That was complete domination in all phases of the game. Luck even played like a rookie QB ( I guess he really is human) he took another beating, good thing he is a big and athletic QB! The passing game wasn't as sharp as it has been all year, they got alot of yards in the 4th quarter, after the game was pretty much put away, the running game was non existent (41 yds-2.4 avg)
The defense was man handled, the passing yards weren't that high, there was no need to pass the ball, the run defense gave up 252 yds , just under a 6.0 avg. Freemen led the way with 14 tackles and Hughes played well, filling in for Mathis, with 8 tackles and a sack
I have been holding off on grading the special teams, but I think, if anything, it's worse than ever, Adam had a good game (3-3) but field goals really wasn't what was needed, McAfee started out the year pretty strong, but hasn't punted well for a few games now.
As I said, there are always positives, sometimes you have to look really hard to see them, I really didn't think this team was a playoff caliber team, but I wasn't sure it was going to be the worst team in the league either, I guess the best way to describe it would be growing pains. Next week will be the end of pattern stage, when it is what it is, for the most part, all teams goal is to improve , every week and with a very young team, even moreso, there is going to be some development during the season, that may not pay off for another year or two, overall there should be a better team , at the end of the year, then there was game #1. Next up Cleveland, who won today after an 0-5 start, should be a more level playing field and another home game, that should help get over this weeks showing