Did the offense play poorly today? Of course it did. Did Bad Jay show up today? Of course he did. With all of that having been said, can we PLEASE stop straining to make excuses for a mediocre defense which seems to prevent teams from scoring ONLY when it actually generates a turnover? Stafford picked us apart today, IN SPITE of the fact that Megatron didn't have a huge day. Instead, Stafford simply (and efficiently) spread the ball around to 6 different receivers, posting a completion % of 65.7 %. This defense CANNOT generate a pass rush (today's effort? one total sack...which was also the sole QB hit). Yes, it was by Peppers, which does not make it any better. Gold sticker goes to Pep...he finally registered a single sack...now where was the rest of the DL?! Meanwhile, Detroit racks up 3 sacks, 6 total QB hits and countless pressures. How this defense (with a DL which cannot rush the passer, CB's who are average at best IN MAN COVERAGE, and safeties who are only slightly above average ON THEIR BEST DAY) continues to escape blame is beyond me. How many more TD drives do they need to give up before we accept the fact that they are NOT a good NFL defense? Once the turnovers dry up, they are helpless to stop anyone. Call me crazy, but a GOOD defense SHOULD be able to ya know, stop teams every once in a while, WITHOUT having to rely on a turnover. We have all gotten so addicted to the whole "Chicago's defense is GREAT because it generates turnovers" canard, that we conveniently ignored all of the yardage, completions and points this defense actually gives up when it doesn't force a turnover. I guess we just have to hope that Brees throws 5+ INTs next week, so that we can once again live in denial about our "great defense." God Willing, Emery realizes this and makes rebuilding this defense the number 1 off-season priority. I would love to have an attacking defense which is capable or consistently stonewalling teams over the course of 3 consecutive downs. Seattle's defense manages to BOTH force turnovers AND force 3 and outs on their opponents. It would be nice to have a defense like that, but then again, Seattle's DB's can actually play man coverage.