At the start of the season, I thought that if we could be 4-4 at midseason then we'd have a legit shot at the playoffs. I still feel that way, but I'm not as optimistic since I still don't have much confidence in our offense to score consistently, especially in crucial situations, and that we're 0-2 in our division.
Call me a downer if you want, but SF's D is extremely badass and their O is well ahead of ours. In terms of matchups, I just don't see how we can compete at this point in time so, even at home, I'm inclined to give them the edge. IN their house? Ugh. Sure, we'll give 'em all they can handle, but we're outmanned and will need both some unexpected big plays and a dramatic reduction is stupid plays/penalties to have a shot.
The good news is that we'll be home against a beatable NE team and the Lions aren't what many of us thought they'd be this year. I think we'll win at least one of those, so hitting mid-season at 4-4 seems a reasonable expectation. If we somehow get to 5-3, I'll be ecstatic, because 5 of our last 8 games are at home and the 3 road games are all winnable. Getting to 10, possibly 11, wins would seem much more likely if we can somehow get an extra win over the next 3 games.
For now let's just focus on the Pats.