My Thoughts on the Game...
posted at 11/6/2011 7:51 PM EST
Well, I don't think this game is as big of a disaster as everyone is claiming it to be, aside from the loss itself.
We lost. That's not good. We had a chance to distance ourselves from the rest of the AFC East, yet we failed to do so and are now in the same position as last week - admist a 3-way tie, but technically in second place.
Now onto the game itself...
The offense was bad. Really bad. Brady looked off, the running game wasn't strong, and the passing game was tough pickins' as well. Clearly they're out of synch. Despite the comments of many other posters here, I don't think the issue is play-calling, but more so execution. Things look sloppy, and players need to take responsibility for their job, and their actions. That includes Brady.
The defense played well in my opinion. They were put on the field four times today due to turnovers. That's a tough thing, both mentally and physically. Given those circumstances, they performed well. Of course those last two drives were not stellar. Two bad penalties, and a lack mettle in the redzone. With that said, Eli still had to be bailed out by a once-in-a-million catch to win the game.
Ultimately, things aren't great. They're 5-3, second in the AFC East, and have a tough game on the road next week. I don't necessarily see these huge, looming issues that other fans seem to think exist. But I do see a team that needs to tighten up their play and execute better. Next week will be a strong challenge, but I feel if we can come out of the Meadowlands with a victory, we will set ourselves up for a strong run into the playoffs. Still a lot of football left to be played - let's not freak out. Recognize the issues - yes, but keep it in perspective. We're second in the AFC East - not a bad situation to be in at this point in the season.