I agree the defense has really started to come into their own since the New Orleans game. The secondary is playing a lot better, and there is a pass rush (not sure if both have started to click, or if one is making the other look better). The last 3 weeks the only person who has beat us in the passing game is Gates when we tried to go 1on1 with him and since he is probably eventually a hall of famer, Ill give Berry/Crennel a pass on that. Especially since he was slowed significantly in the 2nd half.
Does anyone know if Kendrick Lewis has returned? If not, I wonder how much his return will improve the team.
I hope Peyton Hillis returns soon to take some workload off of JC. It is funny that last year people said we didnt give him the ball enough. This year it is too much. I actually really like the balance that Haley used last year. Save him for the end of the season when the rest of the league is tired and sore. Even if it means running Hillis or Draughn with a 3.0 ypc average.
I think our receiving crew has been pretty good (even Maneri has shown some sparks) but they have been inconsistent. Also, I wonder if they arent getting open often, or if the QB hasnt been able to spot them. Without having access to wide angle views of the field, it is hard to tell.
One of the few areas of complaint I have is the pass protection. There have been injuries on the line which may be to blame, but I have seen quite a few whiffs that led to sacks and/or strip-sacks. I would like to see our OL get better in that arena.
The DL has been better than I expected. We give up some yards in the run game, but most of what I have seen has been to the outside, which is more of the responsibility of the LBs. We have a talented team that when everyone plays together and on the same page, I honestly think we have a legit chance to win the division.