Yes it does....because any quality team you face will shut you down if you are that unbalanced. Moreover, the passing game wasnt great....it was better then last year but still the deep game was not on track. You forget that the QB was constantly getting pressured and dumping off short passes because he got NO time to let a play develop.
The deep ball was not "not on track". We were tied for 12th in the NFL in 20+ yard passing plays. Only 4 behind New England. And when you throw for almost 4000 yards, 20 TDs and 5 INTs, I would say thats a pretty solid passing attack no less Bradford had a terrible OL in front of him
As for the beginning of your post, no they won't necessarily shut you down if you are that unbalanced. Detroit was an awful running team but they still made the playoffs due to a good passing game. No less we were neck and neck with them both times we played and if those wins were reversed (and it wasnt for Walsh in one game), we wouldve been the team in the playoffs.