Wow. I had us starting fast, but I didn’t see us at 8-0. Somewhere along the way I thought we could very well be at 6-2 in a best-case scenario. But the football Gods, and the refs, have been benign to pleasant so far. We are even close to getting our tackles back, Ahkello, and Juice as well. Funny thing though, losing our tackles and a corner has done little slow us down as Justin Skule, Daniel Brunskill, and Emmanuel Moseley have come up aces as their replacements.
The biggest injury is the one that just happened. Kwon Alexander is likely gone for the rest of the year after tearing a pec on Thursday night. With the meat of our schedule coming up, his presence was important. The next man us for his spot is Dre Greenlaw, the surprising rookie who has gotten a lot of playing time as the starting Sam LB. He will move to the weak side (Will) LB in the base D. Which of course creates a need for the Sam LB. Azeez Al-Shaair had a great camp, and the team is very high on him, but either he or Mark Nzeocha will fill that role.
Whatever they decide, the next 8 games are all (well, maybe not Atl) huge challenges. The next game is perhaps the biggest of all, at least from a reality check point on this season. 8-0 49ers and 6-2 Seahawks on Monday night? The mind boggles at the ramifications of this game. I almost with this was in their house, as the Seahawks have been uncustomarily struggling at home. Still and all, this is a playoff-atmosphere game at week 10. Should we lose, we’d still have a game lead, and we’ve beaten the Rams and the Cards, but we would be on shakier ground than a win would give us, that’s for sure.
The Hawks aren’t exactly on easy street themselves with games against the Eagle, Vikes, Rams, Panthers, Cards, and us. And the Rams are still hanging around, and they have the Bears cakewalk among their remaining sched of Pittsburgh, Balt, Cards 2x, Haws, Cowboys, and us.
Whoever comes out of this division come January, they should have a leg up on the entire NFL. Either than or beaten to a pulp and too battle-scarred to carry on.
Gonna be fun either way. Bring it on!