We were not going to win 12 games in a row to go into the playoffs. Luke had his ass handed to him as did the entire D.
This was a wake-up call that is better served now than 2 weeks from now or even worse, in the first round of the playoffs.
Stay the course, learn from your mistakes, and Keep Pounding.
We won't loose another game this season.
Eight games is a long time. Get the loss out of our system now. Re-gel. Refocus. Start preparing for the stretch run.
But....I'm not sure we can fully disregard this loss in this same light. We do need to re-evaluate. Small things I didn't like tonight. I thought AJ Klein deserved an opportunity to start. It had become increasingly clear up to this point that he and Luke had good on the field chemistry. Also I think there are a couple of plays Klein would have remained disciplined and made that Blackburn didn't.
What does scare me is that we reverted back to how we played in the Arizona game, like Lafell's big drop in the 2nd qtr, and our secondary getting burned. Could this just be an anomaly and we make a deep run to the SB.....heck yes. However, does it become clearer the team needs wr and cb help in next year's draft....yes.
One more minor concern:
I really hope the loss doesn't trigger the Panther's into playing the way they did pre-win streak.