Ok, once again I'll list them off bullet point style, but first I think something needs to be said. This is not Tom Brady and the Flying Patriots. This is Matt Cassel and the Walking Wounded. People here really need to stop demanding perfection, and to start realizing that an 11-12 win season will be a great success for this team given all the adversity. I could, and probably should, say more, but if people can't grasp that first obvious point and its ramifications, the rest is just a waste of time. Now, on to the observations: 1.) There was nothing wrong with the idea of the challenge for 12 men on the field. The team thought there was an opportunity to turn a failed first down play into a first and five. It is one that they should have been certain of before tossing the flag on, though, since it was just a matter of counting. 2.) Matt Cassel continues to improve, and he definitely played well enough to win last night. 3.) Matt Cassel continues to not be Tom Brady, and that has a tremendous impact on the opponents' strategy. It also changed the Patriots' strategy, which far too many people here don't seem to understand. 4.) BJGE ran pretty well last night all things considered, but this team really needs to get the better runners back if they are going to win the division. 5.) Moss is showing signs of patience that weren't there earlier in the season, and that should really help the team's mentality. 6.) Mayo is very, very fast. Unfortunately, he's also a rookie, and that's still really hurting the team on several plays a game. You get the good, and you get the bad. 7.) The offensive line is looking much better. Neal makes an enormous difference, as I think people are starting to figure out. I still think the Patriots win the Super Bowl last season if he doesn't get hurt, and nothing I'm seeing with his return to the lineup has convinced me I'm wrong. 8.) Kevin Faulk is Kevin Faulk, for which we should be grateful. 9.) I keep harping on it, but Daniel Graham should still be here. 10.) People are banging on Thomas for his penalty, and rightfully so, but the biggest screw up of the game was Gaffney's drop. 11.) I wish BB hadn't called that timeout on 4th down and then gone for the field goal. The team had a chance to really make a statement there, in light of the San Diego game. I don't think BB was wrong, but I'd have preferred the team go for it. 12.) The league has got to start calling those pick plays on teams like the Colts when they plow right into the defenders. That was inexcusable last night. 13.) The offensive game plan was brilliant, and the execution was almost flawless. Unfortunately, almost was not quite good enough. 14.) People have complained about the pass rush, but they seem to be overlooking 2 key things. First, it was against Manning, and you almost never get sacks against him. Second, they held the Colts to 2.2 yards per rush. 15.) I didn't like the decision to go for 2 because I thought the 2 field goal lead was fine at that point in the game. On the other hand, it's hard to bash the coach for thinking that a touchdown's worth of points was needed against Peyton Manning. There's a lot more that I'd like to say about last night's game, actually, but this will have to do in the interest of space.