That's the problem with Benz's article. He does have a point but in order to support it he zooms in on this season, zooms out to the last 12 years to lump everything into one then zooms into this season and cherry picks what factors made up this season as well as the past three. He chooses the evidence that supports his view and ignores those that don't like the 28 points Ben helped spot the Browns or the 14 he spotted the Packers in that last SB appearance 12 years ago. Then he gets everyone to buy into it and they start with the making excuses for mediocrity speech. As if the factors that affect games in a season aren't valid in losses because it looks like whining. You lose your top defensive player in game one it's going to affect the whole season. You start a rookie QB there will be a learning curve.