Well just like that our control of the Division is gone. We are now tied with Tim Tebow, I mean the Broncos. That was a crap game and I think it all was doomed by the distractions this week. The coaching staff made a mistake in my opinion by allowing Rolando McClain to play this game. It sets a bad precedent and shows a lack of discipline. Whether he was guilty of what he is accused of doesn't even matter, its that he was close enough to even be connected to whatever happened in Alabama. Hue Jackson had just told the team not to do anything stupid, and that is absolutely what Rolando turned around and did.
The entire team was playing at half speed. They lost this game in every aspect; whether its giving up 100 yards rushing to Reggie Bush who topped the mark for only the 3rd time in his career, the offensive line getting dominated thoroughly, Michael Bush getting a whopping 18 yards on 10 carries, Carson Palmer completing less than 50% of his passes, or special teams giving up a 78 yard kickoff return to start the 2nd half when the game was still within reach. It all comes back to the one word: Dominated.
I came into this game feeling confident, rather foolishly apparently. I said in my post before this game that I wanted to leave the Dolphins players feeling like they were hit with a cement truck and their fans to feel like they wasted their money. Well obviously I should have knocked on wood because the reverse is what happened. The two touchdowns we scored meant absolutely nothing and are not worth mentioning. I wanted us to take this victory, but instead we got took.
Now we have to play the best team in the league next week against the Packers after a very disgusting loss. The good news is that this season has already been the most unpredictable of my life, so if there is no chance we should win maybe we will shock everyone. I'm not prepared to guess on anything anymore. When I feel confident we lose, and I am really sick of that. I am still going to this next game at Lambeau, I will be decked out in silver and black, and I will be screaming at the top of my lungs. Hopefully it will be yells of encouragement and not yells of obscenities.
I still feel good about this team but we no longer control our own destiny. Winning against the Packers would help our cause. I know its impossible to feel good going into this game but we have to pick ourselves up and wipe the dust off. We just got dominated but its in the rear view now. Anybody can win when things go well, but real champions win when things go wrong. If we are going to win the AFC West we are going to have to prove that saying true now.