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Prior to the injury, the next part of the schedule was setting up for us to really make an impact. 5 of 7 at home, with road games at SD (winnable) and KC (tough but winnable). HOme games against desperate Ravens team, Cards, Bengals, Raiders, Browns. Could have been 7-3, 8-2 range. Now we may potentially play our entire home division schedule with Ben out if he is slow to recover.
If team doesn't respond, we go from probable division winners to missing playoffs, because last 6 games won't be a ton of fun. At Seattle, Denver, Indy, and 3 of last 4 are road division games. Who the hell thought that was a good idea? Only consolation is we may actually be healthy by then, but might be too late.
Saving grace may be that the defense has not yet shown to be as bad as feared. Granted, two wins were against weak opponents, but said weak teams did not score much. And we gave up "only" 28 at NE, which right now is looking pretty impressive. They will need to play over their heads for the next several weeks.
Short week hurts us, because Baltimore is desperate for a win, and knows a lot more about us than Vick knows about us. He needed more reps.
By the way, I'm getting deja vu. Ben coming back just in time for Raiders, rusty and not himself, bad looking loss.