Defense won the game today, even giving up all those yards and points. We don't get those turnovers, we don't win the game.
The offense is in trouble and it will show @ Seattle until we can find a WR that can separate from the defender and we run block better. We are gonna have to have a heck of a gameplan to win in Seattle, I can't see us putting up much more than 10 points unless we get a bunch of takeaways again. As of right now, Cam can't throw to anyone because defenses are taking out Greg Olsen and our recievers are slow and/or small.
Really picking at the bottom of barrel at this point. With how poorly Ealy is playing I would prefer a vet over bringing up someone from the practice squad. Freeney was actually decent last year according to PFF despite the low sack total.
I thought Ealy was garbage today and I'm sure his PFF grade will show it again. He didn't even try on that last Saints TD. Our d-line is in big trouble, IMO. Even though we won and are 3-0 im not drinking the "oh we won so stfu and enjoy the win and don't be negative" coolaid. We'll probably be fine next week against the Bucs, but that Packers game will be brutal.
The line will be fine this season. Jacksonville and Houston are two very physical D-Lines and both top 5. (St. Louis, Jacksonville, Houston, Miami, Buffalo the top 5). The Saints, Falcons, and Bucs have horrid pass rush so we should be able to dominate those games.
However, I would still go OT in the 1st round of the draft. Kalil could pull a Gross and Oher is a replacement level player who would be good depth. To me, there are three glaring holes on this team preventing them from being Super Bowl contenders, and we need to shore up at least two of them in the draft and pick the other for free agency...... OT, WR, and DE. However the league has never seen such a dearth of OT talent right now so the only way to improve that position will be the draft.... Likewise, the league has a giant surplus of WR talent so we might be able to shore that up in free agency.
It's amazing and depressing that the league has never seen so much WR talent yet the Panthers currently don't have a top 60 WR on the roster.....Which means that every other team in the league could pick two WR's before the Panthers could pick their first.... Benjamin was a huge blow.
I have a strange feeling we lose this game, like New Orleans spent all training camp and the first two weeks to prepare for this Carolina game out of spite. However if its Luke McNown I don't see how they score any points.
Our defense is still top 5 but our offense is bottom 7. I think we will struggle to score if we get behind 2 scores in the 2nd half. We have the worst receiving core in the league, and there's no way a 16-0 team can overcome that. I am fully confident about 10-6 now though, considering the NFC east could conceivably be won by the Kirk Cousins Redskins.
Also, I had the game on the big screen in my bar (there were a few tampa fans who wanted it on) so I caught most of it. Tennessee gave up and started running out the clock near the end of the third quarter. Mariota only played three quarters. Thats gotta be insulting and embarrassing if you're a Tampa fan!
To be fair the Bucs D is mind blowingly awful.... in all phases of defense. Good job SI putting David on the cover as the best linebacker. Its probably not his fault but Tampa Bay might be borderline legendarily terrible in the secondary this season. I'm licking my chops starting whoever plays them in draft kings, and also I can't wait when Cam destroys them (and we also play them the last game of the season, what a bonus)
Even if its the first game, there is so much bad tackling and missed coverage going on, Cam could have a 48 fantasy point game against them again. How does a Lovie Smith D look this putrid? Mariota looks like Aaron Rodgers