Not there yet
The score was respectable, but in reality there is still a visible gap between, us and the Patriots. We made too many costly turnovers in our own end, and too many penalties, at the most inopportune times. Our defense kept it close, but in the end the Patriots were just too much to handle. While watching the game I felt like it was comparable to being constipated sitting on the toilet for 3 hours. I just felt that no matter how much we pushed the Pats, in the end we just wouldn’t be able to squeak out the valiant effort. However, with the two costly turnovers, and the huge roughing the kicker penalty, it was very surprising that the score was as close as it was. The thing that just killed me was the Pats last drive of the game. Instead of killing us with the pass, which would have been easier to stomach, they ran it down our throats, and there was nothing we could do to stop it. It got to the point that the Patriots were obviously going to run, but still our defense could not stop them. I feel like that was the most frustrating part of the game. In addition, as much as I really like RT, and think he will continue to get better, he totally missed Hartline on at least 3 open deep balls. Against a great team like the Patriots, you have to be able to make those throws, and make the big plays when they present themselves. I hate to say it but at the moment there are three rookie QB’s that I would take in a heart beat over RT; Luck, Griffin, and Wilson. And the sad part is we could have traded up to get Griffin if we really wanted to, and we could have had a steal picking Wilson in the 2nd round.