A loss at just the right time?
Posted 11 December 2013 - 11:23 PM
Posted 11 December 2013 - 11:31 PM
I was OK with losing to the Saints in New Orleans. I figured going in this Sunday that we didn't have much of a shot since the Saints were undefeated at home, Brees was unstoppable in primetime there, etc.
What bothered me is that we got crushed on national TV and came out looking like a huge joke. It's one thing to loose by a field goal or touchdown and realize that, if you change a few things, you can beat those guys next time. The Panthers looked like deer caught in the headlights on Sunday Night Football! I actually remember a shot of Shula on tv during the game, sitting in the booth.. wide eyed and lost, like he had no idea what he was going on.
After the game, Rivera said, "I think on the turf it helps in terms of their timing because they have an indoor facility as well". If you get these guys again in the playoffs, in New Orleans, which is a real possibility... the turf isn't going away, Ron! You better figure out how to deal with it. That's like losing in Arizona and blaming it on the dry air. It isn't fixable.
So, that is what bugged me, more than the loss itself. If the game was close, I would have taken it all in stride.
It reminds me of the first game vs. the Saints when we lost by a touchdown and had some dumb penalties. Deep down, I knew we could be amazing once we worked out the kinks. After Sunday night, I had no idea what to believe.
I think we will beat the Jets and even beat the Saints in Charlotte. We still have a lot to prove how just how far we can go with this squad because if they thought that Saints game in New Orleans during the regular season was hard, wait til they get to the playoffs.
Posted 11 December 2013 - 11:53 PM
Posted 12 December 2013 - 05:53 AM
i was actually thinking the same i'd almost rather not have a bye. was afraid i'd get told i was an idiot, but look how bad we've been after bye weeks under rivera? i actually like the thoughts of us getting detroit/philly in round 1 (both of which we are better than) and hopefully winning and getting that mindset in the playoffs that "hey, we can do this thing"
I agree with rather having to face Philly but why are you afraid of what random strangers you will most likely never meet in your life have to say about you over the internet? Lol
Posted 12 December 2013 - 06:27 AM
Well...its not like the Saints really exposed our biggest weakness (RT and CB). We all knew those were our trouble spots going into the game. However, they exploited those weakness better than any team we have played to date. Can NYJ and ATL look at the film and find a new way to beat us. I don't think so...like I said, its no secret that we have a suspect O-line at times and a secondary that was simply outclassed by Brees and Co.
We just have to execute better. Players need to be on-point and mentally focused. The NO loss was first and foremost a result of poor preparation and mental focus. I chalk most of it up to just the fact that playing in that dome is like being swallowed by a ravenous beast. We got chewed up and spit out.
THe Jets game will tell us a lot about how this team bounces back from such a loss. The level of focus must be much, much higher. Hopefully, with the home crowd hungry for a playoff push and CJ with his legs back under him, Geno and Co. will have a rough go of it.
In terms of the Saints game. You learn more from failure than from success. So here's to learning more and using it to bring their asses down a notch.