That was stressful! Honestly? I don't know we came out with a win that game. But what matters is: we came out with a win thanks to the 4th and inches stop in OT. Obviously I don't know what they were thinking 2 things. Going for it deep in their own territory, and the horrific playcall by their O' Coordinator. But regardless, any way you look at it, we are 7-3. Sometimes I'd rather be lucky than good. And I felt that way during the game. It could have gone either way. There were tons of mistakes, penalties, and dropped balls on both sides. The good news? We're heading into the bye week before we play the Giants at the Dome. This would be a great time to rest and clean up some of the God awful mistakes they're making.
The Positives? Colston was clutch this game and came up crucial plays when needed. Robert Meachem! Where have you been all this time? Thank you for showing up today for a Much Important needed win for the division. The offensive line? Did a remarkable job protecting Drew Brees. Roman Harper and Jabari Greer were the best players on defense.
The negatives? 3rd down was atrocious. 4-13 is unacceptable. I saw some of the most bone headed play calling on 3rd down today. I hate that 90 degree pass where we lose yards or get no gain. Mr. Payton, please remember to remove that from the playbook. The defense smells it every time. And remember this: on 3rd down, throw PAST the markers, not short of it. The running game? Atrocious. 41 total yards from scrimmage. Big difference from 200 yds a week ago against Tampa Bay. 5 punts. Way too many. This offense should only punt once a game. Too many FG's. Results in lousy play on 3rd downs. Penalties 8 for 79 yards. Way too many. Atlanta had 10. It was a slugfest out there. And don't forget there were a lot of drops out there.
And guys I'm not trying to sound negative in any way shape or form. We are 7-3 and leading the division yes, and I'm glad we got the win. A Big win against a heck of a good Falcons football team with a stout run defense. However, we are not playing Elite football like we should be. I'm hoping they can clean these mistakes during and after the bye. We got a tough 6 game stretch coming ahead. We must improve. This division isn't locked up yet, we must play better. Stress level was Red high today. But we got the Win Baby!
Let's clean up these mistakes down the stretch and improve for the playoffs.