Not quite there yet (game # 14)
Pretty solid all around effort vs one of the best teams in the AFC, what started out looking like a blowout, ended up being a reasonably close contest. 2 things that cannot happen if you expect to win an away game vs a top tier team, is fumble on the 1 yd line (Moore) and have a punt blocked for a TD, throw in 1-8 on third downs and.............
Luck played ok, maybe there was some degree of accuracy in the article about the beating he has taken this year, taking a toll, he has literally taken a beating, not just the amount of hits, but countless big time hits. The running game was very good (124 yds, 5.0 avg) which it has been for most of the second half of the season, Ballard continues to impress, after just missing a 100 yd game last week, got it this week (105) and Shipley was in the starting lineup this week, for what that's worth, I have seen enough to know if it was my call, he would stay in the starting lineup. It's really been the pass blocking that has been the most glaring weakness on this team, I would strongly suggest to Grigson that he look at drafting ( with the draft picks that haven't been traded away) an offensive linemen with each and every pick we have next year and/or take a big chunk of all of that cap money we should have and sign as many as you can get!! Another very good game for Hilton who led the team (3-78) including a big 61 yd TD catch.
The defense played decent, the pass rush has been better , of late, Mathis, Freeney and Bethea all had sacks, Freemen led the way with 10 tackles.
"That" unit, did not play well, the blocked punt was huge, the coverage has been decent most of the year, Karim looked good returning kicks and McAfee was very good again.
The loss leaves us at 9-5, tied with the Ravens for the 4th spot in the playoff seedings, with a 1 game edge over the Bengals and depending on the outcome of the Steelers later game, at least a 1 game edge on them, with 2 to go, next up the Chiefs , with a most likely 2-12 record
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