I dont think we can be classified as either of these. I don't think our first three games were fluke but i also don't think we deserved the over-the-top hype either. We won against San Diego because we were ready to play, they weren't and we were able to make the big plays when we needed to. Against Cleveland we were able to outlast an opponent that has shown they're really not that bad. Then against a pre-season over hyped team we beat them as we should have. The next two games were lost for different reasons. Im going to skip on to our recent two game skid now. Whats different now you ask?
Well offensively the cats out of the bag. Our passing game isn't quite there. Yes Cassel played great yesterday but you have to look at the big picture here. He probably isn't going to pass for any where close to 400 yards again. You have to realize his stats are way inflated because Denver was committed to stopping the run and were willing to give our receivers man to man coverage with little help.It not like Cassel was picking their D apart as Orton seemed to do to us. We have to be able to have a stable pass game to keep defenses honest and keep them from putting 8-9 men in the box every down, not just the 4th quarter. If our pass game can continue to improve and be stable then our run game will continue to thrive.
Defensively theres a couple a things that need to be fixed. One is out of our hands and thats that there needs to be more holding calls on Tamba Hali. I cant begin to count how many times he has been getting put in a head locks, sleeper holds or whatever wrestling move you would like to call. Next thing is our injuries at safeties. With Lewis or Mcgraw in yesterday you wouldn't have seen such a train being run on our secondary. Next is Brandon Carr. He has been very disappointing this year as a lot of us hoped he would take a step towards being a solid number two corner. It doesn't seem like that will happen and the other cornerback position needs to be addressed in the upcoming draft or FA. Carr simply cannot run man to man like Crennel likes to run.
The last and final item which needs to be re-injected into both sides of the ball is heart. I haven't seen that edge in our D and o-line that they seemed to open the season with. We need someone(coaches or players) to step up and get this team playing with passion again. In a league with as much parity as we have today the team who is best prepared, most ready to play/ wanting the win more will win. If we can come out with a chip on our shoulder as we did in the beginning of the season we can turn this around. If not then 8-8 here we come.