It's only been three games and it's pretty hard to tell whether we've just played a lot of whimps or whether we have that same "je ne sais quoi" that we had in 2009. I have really wracked through a lot of stats and and lot of teams and who those teams played, etc. to try to figure out if I think we are on a roll that will end in the Superbowl. Right now, about the only teams I fear greatly are Denver and Kansas City - and we don't play either in the regular season. We sure play our share of expectedly tough teams. But, I sure like what I'm seeing. The defense should just get better and better. What's freaking me out is how young that defense is. We should have them for many years to come. And, they've already been tested and not found wanting. It's just freaky. Even in 09, I still believe most of our defensive success was laid on the shoulders of Sharper. This time it's different. It's tremendous talent all over the place. Vaccaro, of course. But, Cam Jordan, Junior Galette, Glen Foster, Keenan Lewis, Akeim Hicks, Roman Harper(yeah, I had to add him), Curtis Lofton, Parys Haralsan, Martez Wilson....Well, heck, you could just about say the whole defensive roster. I've been waiting for SP to find a solution to the defensive puzzle and it looks, to me, like he has. I think the offensive line, while tentative, right now, will lock in place. At least, I hope so. And, the offense, overall, started getting on the same page on Sunday. Little concern there. Lights out is how they play. That's just what they do.
I've looked at net points, TDs (making a not unreasonable assumption that our offense was just a little rusty and that the WD40 is beginning to take affect - and, note that our net points was done without our offense being in gear!), TOP, Turnovers, and it's all just looking really really good. TOP is especially fascinating because it is mostly due to a defense shutting down the opponent and surely has nothing to do with our running game. Overall, I'm getting really fascinated with the whole "net" anything stats. And, we are on the plus side of the net for everything except rushing and sacks (against our offense), and I have little fear that will be fixed to our satisfaction.
I'm sure Seattle (at home, no less!) will give us fits. Carolina looks to be the nastiest suprise in the division. The next three games are going to tell us a whole lot, though. If we can't get past Miami, playing in the Dome, I'll be concerned. And, then, Chicago (after a short week, no less) and New England on the road should tell us just exactly where we stand. But, even there, all of our games in the north and open stadiums couldn't be selected better for timing. They are all in October and early November, so the brutal cold shouldn't be a factor, though, of course, rain could happen and a passing team would surely suffer. Altogether, I'm loving it, though.
Nice thing is that, unlike the team, I can look forward as far as I like! I think it's for real and, yeah, I'm a believer.