Doubts about the ‘Boys making the playoffs can be reasonably justified until they prove themselves in win-or-go-home games. But a resounding Week 1 win at home against the New York Giants, the biggest competition in the divisional race, would be a huge momentum builder and statement of actual, not speculated progress. Coming out in winnable games against Kansas City, St. Louis and San Diego with a show of offensive balance and defensive playmaking will ease the pressure as the schedule gets tougher.
Health is another way to get a playoff berth. Especially if Sean Lee and Bruce Carter stay injury-free and productive, we have a real chance. Injuries really took us down a few pegs last year.