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The Falcons should change the Georgia Dome to the Thunder Dome for Quarterbacks, and Mike Nolan’s Defense is Master Blaster most weeks.  Hold your horses ATLiens, don’t crown the dirty birds yet.  If the Falcons have home field advantage in playoffs can you really trust any quarterback, including Matt Ryan, in the dome?  Let’s recap!

Week 2 Peyton Manning threw 3 picks.  One of the worse games Peyton ever had.  I was actually at that game with end zone seats expecting to learn how to attack defenses from the future hall of famer… obviously I was disappointed.
In week 4 against the Panthers it was only one interception thrown but Matt Ryan got sacked career high 7 times and Cam Newton fumbled in the 4th quarter to lose the game.  Superman like right?! Wrong more like Bizzaro, but the Falcons still only won by 3.  In week 6 the tables turned, the dome struck the Falcons.

Matt Ryan throws 3 ints to the Raiders, which was a shock to everybody.  Oakland had only won one game at the time and the birds were undefeated. The Dome still helped in a sense because Carson Palmer threw a late pick 6 to Asante Samuels to seal the game for the Falcon.  Once again the Falcons won by 3.
In week 9 the Falcons faced another team with a losing record the cowboys. Even though there weren’t any turnovers, it was the only time this season Matt Ryan hasn’t thrown a touchdown. And of course Tony Romo plays bad everywhere so we can’t claim that.  Or can we? Falcons win by six.
When the Falcons played the Cardinals in week 11, I know the world was thinking, “How did Arizona lose this game?”  When your quarterback (Matt Ryan) throws 5 interceptions it’s a no brainer, but once the Cardinals made a Qb switch to a rookie, Ryan Lindley, who struggled (9-20/64yds, and sacked 3 times) and wasn’t ready for the moment.  Falcons only win by 4.
Week 14 aka The Phoenix Rebirth of the Falcons.  Drew Brees went 28 for 50 with 5 ints and his streak of 54 games with at least one passing touchdown was broken.  Now you would think it would be a blow out but the Falcons decided to have more of a balance offense and run the ball more so they only won by 10.
The next home game the Falcons face the champs and we all know how the Giants play late in the season. The Falcons haven’t been tested by a “Good” team all year; let’s see if they RISE UP! to the occasion.  As far as the playoffs I think the Falcons are Georgia Domed to fail. If Matt Ryan throws interceptions in the postseason a good team will capitalize.  If they go to the Super Bowl I have every right to join the bandwagon just because I live here.

Cool Reece Thomas

Patriots 10-6 YOU CRAZY

At the beginning of the football season I made an outlandish prediction that was based on a little research and some well earned football common sense. It was not a popular prediction, and it certainly didn’t make me any new friends. What was this dire prediction, you ask?  “The Magnificent Patriots will go 10-6.”

Of course, everyone scoffed at me. I had to endure a good but of ridicule and I don’t even want to describe the looks I got from Patriots fans (Yes, I am talking about you Adam P. Mason). So, I finally decided to elaborate on my thought process and share my research that this prediction was based off of.

I looked at what teams were successful against the Pats last year. I went to the most recent and most popular team at trumping (pun intended, just wait for it) the Patriots: the New York Giants (Get it? New York, Donald Trump…nevermind). What do the Giants have that works to their advantage? A great defensive front line, athletic play making wide receivers, a solid run game, and an elite quarterback…or at least a quarterback that can make plays. With those four elements in mind, I figured I had The Blueprint (I will leave Jay-Z out of it). All that I had to do next was compare these aspects to others teams the Pats lost to last year.

The Bills beat the Pats early in the season, and the Bills do have an athletic wide receiver (S. Johnson) and a solid run game (F. Jackson). If you’ll recall, at the time when the Bills played the Pats Fitzpatrick was making plays. So, the Bills had three out of four pieces of The Blueprint.

The Cowboys were very close to beating the Pats, and they have important aspects of The Blueprint as well: Ware and Ratcliff on the line, Bryant and Austin as wide receivers, and Tony Romo. Say what you want about Romo, the man makes plays. The Cowboys had three out of four elements of The Blueprint.

The Steelers beat the Pats, and once again they fit The Blueprint. Even though I feel the Steelers are a passing team now, they still have the ability to run effectively with Mendenhall, Redman, and Moore.  Add M. Wallace and A. Brown at WR, a menacing defensive front, and you have Big Ben enough said.

There were close games against both the Ravens and the Dolphins. I know you can get the Ravens, so I won’t bother going into detail there.  But why would I mention the Dolphins? Well at the end of the season, Reggie Bush was running great and they had an athletic wide receiver in Brandon Marshal. Also important is that the Dolphins had thirteen sacks in the month of December alone (more than any other month of that season). Four of those sacks were in their game against the Pats. The only thing the Dolphins were missing was the quarterback.

Once I scrutinized over those stats, I looked at this year’s schedule. These are the games I highlighted as loses: Ravens, Seahawks (at the time I thought Flynn was starting), Texans, 49ers, Broncos (Pats beat Broncos), and one upset. As to which team was going to be the upset, I was torn. I thought would be either Dolphins, Cardinals (they pulled this one out so I need another upset), or Jets (Jets dropped the ball…I’m looking at you Stephen Hill).

Now why do these elements of The Blueprint work? What about it gives teams a better chance to win against the Patriots? Well first, the Pats don’t have a dynamic outside wide receiver to beat man to man consistently so play man coverage on the outsides.  The Pats don’t have good corners, so athletes can beat them in man to man situations (and even in some double team situations). This is what makes the athletic wide receiver an important element.

Second, a solid run game keeps the Pats defense honest and takes away their strong point: the Patriots’ Offense. Not to mention the run game exposes their average linebackers for play action.

Third, and almost (but not quite) the most important element is an elite or play making quarterback. Look at both Super Bowls: the Tyree catch and the Manningham throw and catch. Average quarterbacks are not making those throws or plays, but Eli would and did.

The fourth, last, and most important component is the defensive front line. If you have four good defensive front linemen, you can put pressure on Brady without blitzing. Brady and Welker will eat blitzes for late evening snacks. However, the pressure of a solid defensive front line will wear Brady down. This will allow teams to zone up the inside, neutralizing Welker, Gronk, and Hernandez.

Now I’m not saying that its fool proof, but look at the numbers. Look at the games. You can see a trend. Belichick has been trying to improve that defense for how long? Four years? Unless Ryan Mallet is the next Steve Young, enjoy the ride Patriot fans. Five Super Bowl appearances and three wins isn’t too bad, but its time to come to terms with it.

 

Jason

With the Ravens intimidating D, Steelers zone blitzing, power hitting unit, and the Bengals no name fearsome D.  You would believe by far the defensive division in the league would be the AFC North. However, there is a new division doing the dam thing and it’s the NFC West.

Yeah yeah I know I said it the NFC West, we already knew about the 49ers, but how about the ever improving units of the Cardinals and Seahawks. These units are starting to be physical and dominant, we didn’t see this coming.  At the end of last season the Cards had won 7 of there last 9 with Patrick Peterson looking like a cross between Revis and Primetime, justifying his 5th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Seattle’s D, with their tall (avg. height 6’1) physical secondary, and run game had everyone eating skittles.  We know about the 49ers with “P-Will” (Patrick Willis) and LaVorro (NaVorro Bowman).

Although, the offenses are about as average as Katie Holmes; these 3 teams remain competitive and in ball games.  With the division beating teams like, the Packers twice (thank you Fail Mary), the Patriots (Gostkowski aint Vinatieri), the NY Jets (no comment), the Eagles (can’t have turnovers and keep winning), the Cowboys (jury still out on Romo), and the Redskins (in pee-wee you learn not to throw the ball at a player Josh Morgan).  The fact that Jeff Fisher is now coaching the Rams lends you to believe that Rams D will be on top as well. I pick the NFC West am I wrong if there’s a division I’m missing let me know and holla at your boy.

Ray “Big Play”

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