The best possible outcome at this point in time. Yep, I said it! Here are some reasons.
If the Hawks would of won this game, we wouldn't necessarily be talking about how the O-line played and how little time RW had to throw. The story would of been simply that the Rams D-Line is one of the best in the league yada yada. Yes, they are, but that doesn't hide the fact that this O-line still needs a lot of work and time to build comradery.
We wouldn't necessarily be spotlighting the Offensive deficiencies because if you look at the stats for this game compared to previous games in St. Louis, people would be saying "When was the last time the Hawks put up 31 in St. Louis." In Graham's record against the Rams, "he statistically had the best game he's had against that D."
If Beast doesn't get stuffed on 4th and 1, and Housh boots a game winner, yes some of us would still be worried about the play calling but, many would say "well, this is the way the Hawks win, they grind it out and wear D's down. This doesn't highlight the fact that when they needed to run the ball, even with decent end game stats, to get 3 or 4 yards on 3rd down they couldn't get it done.
Defensively, they gave up way too many yards in the air and on the ground, especially for a 3rd option RB. If the Hawks win however some would say "Well it's just the first game with new pieces, ET is not in game shape etc...
There is certainly more to complain about but I don't want to dwell on the negative. I simply wanted to say that the best possible time for our boys to be handed one against a tough Rams team was last Sunday. The way I look at it is if we hand the Rams a L at Century Link it's a wash. A win last Sunday would have masked many deficiencies that are now in the spotlight with much time to get right.
As far as GB next Sunday in prime time. I am confident that the Hawks will be dialed in and will play much better in all 3 phases. I would love to see our crew roll into Lambeau and make a statement!
Beast Mode 05 Sep 12 - "And then with our defense playing the way that they've been playing, we don't even need an offense."