Hello to all the WCG faithful and to those from elsewhere as well. After last night's 13-6 loss to the Houston Texans there were some things that I liked, and obviously some that I didn't (the final score among them). For the next few minutes, I'll break down one good, bad, and ugly aspect of the Sunday night loss, and no, Faith Hill's intro won't be one of them. Enjoy and as always, BEAR DOWN!
The Offensive Line's Pass Blocking:
It feels wrong just typing this, but the o-line had a very good game last night. They didn't allow a sack for the first time in 17 years, and they held JJ Watt in check for the majority of the game. Yes, they got help on most plays, but it wouldn't have been hard to believe if they had allowed 6-9 sacks to one of the better defenses in the league. Gabe Carimi stepped up against his former teammate and Cutler and Campbell (to a lesser degree) did a good job of shuffling around and running when needed. (Unless I'm mistaken, I believe Cutler ran for more first downs than Matt Forte)
Jason Campbell's Vision:
There were just too many missed plays last night. Not all of them were Campbell's fault, but he missed more than a few open guys and chose to instead throw it to Matt Spaeth of all people for a short gain or even a loss. I know the circumstances were tough, and he just wasn't prepared to play in that situation, but after witnessing what happened last night, I sincerely hope he makes some huge strides in practice this week with Cutler's status questionable at best.
Kellen "I am begging the coaches to bench me" Davis:
I just don't even know where to start here. Oh wait, yes I do. How about the very first offensive play where he decided to toss the ball up like he was a second grader playing hot potato on an in-class recess day. That same ball was the only one that he caught all game, despite both quarterbacks continuing to trust him for some ungodly reason. He dropped passes that hit him straight in the hands, and got burned on Jay's first interception. I would rather Jay force it to Marshall rather than force it to Davis. At least Marshall catches it occasionally.
Don't get me wrong here. This is not a doom and gloom post. I was half expecting us to lose this game in a defensive battle, so I wasn't too disappointed when it happened. In fact, if we were to lose any game, this would be the one to lose. The Falcons and 49ers, our two main NFC competitors right now, also had rough weeks which resulted in a loss to the Saints and a tie with the lowly Rams, respectively. I'm feeling upbeat going into a game with a 49ers team that was exposed in more ways than one yesterday. Here's to hoping for a speedy recovery for all injured players around the NFL, especially Jay and Shea. (heh, that rhymed)