I just have to add some perspective and be heard on this disappointing loss that is going to wind up being the best thing that happened to us this year in the end.
There's a lot of mention that Brees didn't play so well- He completed 29-45 passes for basically 300 yds and if Henderson didn't drop a ball in the end zone, well everything would be different.
Payton has done well this year but didn't call a great game. Not enough runs and should have called screen pass to negate the rush. Football 101.
Not having Shockey was HUGE. Why so? because now we don''t have our best TE OR our best healthy FB (Dave Thomas). Dave Thomas had a great game but we need him to do his usual role for us to be at our best, not for him to be a headliner. But I am very thankful we have him.
Usually Payton compensates somehow for a loss such as Shockey, but this one he didn't do so well. I think our new FB will be a blesssing real soon and it will all work out and Shockey will get healthy.
The defense had a horrible 1st qtr. But after that they only gave up only a fg in 2nd qtr and only 1 td in second half. So, we should recognize that. GW did fix things. Just a horrible start though.
Losing Reggie hurt, especially with Shockey out and our wrs getting doubled a lot.
I think when you have an undefeated team but you have a high paid DE underperforming, it's hard to shake things up a lot. Don't want to ruin chemistry. Hopefully now it can be fixed. We need some tweaks on defense or at least 1 change. Also, I think whenever Sed is hurt, you have to play Pressley.
There is no team in the NFL where you can replace their top two CBs and not drop down a notch. That happened. After the 1st qtr, when Porter played, we were much better. Jenkins' training camp holdout is showing here. Again, with Porter we were better, when Greer comes back - we will be real strong again. With Porter/ Mc Kenzie, we are pretty good as well because Mc Kenzie can usually handle their #2.
We weren't as bad as everyone thinks except for the first qtr. We won the rest of the game. Dallas played the best game they could have played. We were at 6.5 on a scale to 10. Obviously it was not our best performance, but we should have home field advantage throughout and I think this will be a growing pain for us to get to another level.