For us rational thinkers...
posted at 9/16/2012 8:00 PM EDT
Might be typing this just as much for myself in an attempt to put my thoughts down on paper, but maybe others will see some truth as well.
It's early in the season.
We lost to an out of conference opponent.
The defense looks really solid.
Despite how terrible we played, we still had a chance to win.
The Steelers, Jets, and Ravens are all 1-1.
The rest of the AFC East is 1-1.
Hernandez being out for any extended period of time doesn't bode well. It makes this offense much more one-dimensional.
We play the Ravens in Baltimore next week.
I'm worried about Gostkowski. Once you miss one of those it can haunt you for the rest of your career.
All things considered, this loss isn't all that bad. Despite how terrible the team played, they still had a chance at the end to pull a win out of their a--. The defense continued to look really good, and it's much better to lose to an NFC opponent, especially early in the year. Seeing that the Jets and Ravens lost today, the playoff implications this week are basically a wash. I would have liked to have seen a Texans loss, and a Broncos loss tonight would be nice, but you can't always get what you want. Most importantly, New England is still tied for the lead atop the division.
While losing Hernandez certainly hurts, especially before playing the Ravens, I think this team will be just fine.
I'd much rather have a stout defense and an inconsistent offense than the opposite. I think that this defense is going to be really good, and if the offense can find their rhythm, this team is going to be special.
An early loss is nothing to get too worked up about.