OH MY GOD! Mathematically we are still technically not eliminated from playoff contention yet. Someone PLEASE shoot me! This means even if we wanted to tank, we can’t do it in good conscience. Even worse, we’re better rested while this week’s opponent (Baltimore) is coming off of short week having played on Monday night. Odds are, we’ll win this game and diminish our Draft position just a wee bit more. For no good reason whatsoever.
The good news is that we improved in several ways in this last game against the ‘skins. We scored 22 points this time, when last time we scored 20. We scored Offensive points this time. We didn’t almost get our QB murdered in the opening seconds of this game. And we didn’t get ass-rammed for 230 rushing yards this time.
The bad news is that we lost, giving up the same 27 points we gave up last time, resulting in having been swept for a second consecutive year.
But what about the stuff that the stats don’t reveal? That’s the reason for these “Four Things” articles. To have an idea of what needs addressing BEFORE the game, so that we’re forced to honestly answer questions AFTER the game.
So, of the Four Things we were looking for in this last game, what exactly did we see?
1) We need a plan for covering TE Jordan Reed. Yet again we didn’t have to deal with Reed very much since he spent a lot of the game sitting. I’m yet again forced to give this a passing grade even though it should be an incomplete or not applicable. I’ll be including those next year. DONE
2) Score an Offensive Touchdown early. We did, and as a result the game was a contest that guys poured themselves into. I was VERY proud to see so much pride from some of our players. DONE
3) Work the edges. This is a weird one for me. I normally complain that we don’t throw the ball down-field aggressively enough. I finally get my wish and it’s during a week when it’s not the thing I said we needed to do, for that week. Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from punching out all your windows. NOT DONE
4) Blitz relentlessly. We didn’t and the ‘skins QB had a better game this time than last time. NOT DONE
So that gives us a score this week of 2 out of 4 and as we continue our skid of not meeting these recommendations, we simultaneously continue our 4 game slide. Perhaps next week against the Ravens we’ll get around to playing some fundamentally sound football again. So we can win. Now that it doesn’t matter, of course.