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Monday morning coming down (south)

OK, so Fox isn't going to talk to us until 2:30 p.m. So I've got some time to kill after landing in @#$@% cold Charlotte after leaving @#$@% cold New Jersey.

Off the top of my head, here's what I liked and didn't like about last night:

-- Throw out the 301 rushing yards allowed, and it really wasn't a bad game at all. If nothing else, their needs list for the offseason and the draft became more clear.

Also, they better hope DT Damione Lewis' shoulder isn't bad, or they've got big problems. 

-- I didn't like some of the play-calling at the ends of the two halves of regulation.  They erred on the side of conservative, which is their nature, but I thought they took the air out of the ball too soon. Granted, the wind was making a mess of things, but there were opportunities there, and they didn't jump up and take them.

-- I like John Kasay in that situation, every time. The wind took that one left, not him. Face it, it was the second one he's missed this year. He's OK.

-- I like the fact they were genuinely angry with themselves after the game. For whatever reason, they always play better from behind than from ahead. They've made strides in that area this year (8-0 at home), but still, I think they're just better with a little wounded pride. 

-- I don't like having to ask for a 4:30 a.m. wake-up call. I even more don't like when the hotel forgets to place it.

-- I like their chances in New Orleans, to take care of their own business. If they lose, it means a playoff road with stops in Arizona, Atlanta and New York again.

They would not like that.