Here we go....I think most of us can agree that the game against the Bills was one of the worst showings thus far this season. They've now lost their 7th game of the season, and this one comes against a woefully bad previously winless Buffalo team. That's 25 straight road losses for anyone who has been living in a bubble and the team is likely without their franchise QB for the remainder of the season. Dallas appeared to show signs of life after the Wade Phillips firing and had an outstanding game on the road to beat a very dominating looking Giants team. New England took it to Pittsburgh, Chicago beat Minnesota and Green Bay is playing outstanding football in spite of all their injuries. Tampa looks much improved and Miami took out a very good Tennessee team just this week. After seeing the way that Detroit played against Buffalo, I'm concerned that this team is dangerously close to entering a free fall. After reading the comments following the game, it looks like the fans are somewhat split on the current condition of this team with reactions to this lost being polar opposites of eachother. Some are calling for heads to roll, while other appear to just open their bag of excuses and conveniently find a way to put a positive spin on another loss. It would appear that most are not somewhere in the middle, but I'm curious to see where we are now as a fanbase.
For the record, while I do think that injuries have drastically effected this team I would be lying to say that I'm not extremely disappointed with their play in spite of their injuries. They may not have the depth that other NFL teams have yet, but depth doesn't affect taking dumb penalties, making poor decisions, or playing without any heart. I'm still reeling over the Jets loss so I can't imagine what it was like for the players. That being said, if I have a terrible day at work I still show up the next day and do what it takes to get my job done. I personally think that every member of the organization should be held accountable for yesterday's lost and that none of them should be proud of the effort they turned in. No excuses make this loss acceptable...in my opinion.
I know this is typically the time of year where draft talk creeps into the conversation, but I just want to get this off my chest before it's inevitable. There is still a lot of football to be played, and while their chances of a playoff run are basically all but mathematically eliminated I don't want to see this team go out with a whimper. I don't want to see them win just one more game to see "improvement" over the course of another season, and I don't want to see them just compete in each of their remaining games. I want victories on the board, and I want this team to make some noise on their way out. If we're not invited to the playoff party, I sure as hell don't mind if we ruin the party for others. Stop accepting defeat, stop hoping for mediocrity, stop trying for victories because "trying" just implies failure. Go out and win some games!