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By:  Jason “Big J” Allen

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Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

This is going to be fun, especially since I live OTP (Outside the Perimeter) in Atlanta.  We all can see that Hotlanta has been very Luke Warm, and Matty Ice has melted away this year behind a terrible line.  Everything that could go wrong for the Red and Black has, and now all the ATL is hoping the Dirty Birds “Rise UP!!!” or nose dive into oblivion.  Now I figured the Falcons wouldn’t make the playoffs I wrote that in the NFC Predictions (granted I had the Steelers in the Superbowl vs. Niners, and I thought the Bucs would be better, so what the heck do I know.) I just didn’t foresee them being this bad.  Well I guess I’m transforming into Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, or should I say turn into Al Borland, because if you ever watched Tool Time (Home Improvement) you know Tim could never fix anything.  Either way I’m here to tell the world “How to Fix The Atlanta Falcons”.

Speaking of Tool Time, I really could go for Pam Anderson helping me write this article.  Sorry I take that back, I’m a Married Man now.  Anyway let’s get to it:

1.  Jonathon Martin-  I know everybody just let their jaws hit the floor, but Atlanta needs Offensive Line help badly.  BADLY! even to the point that if the Dolphins release Martin, or Richie Incognito they need to jump through the hoop of fire to pick either one of them up (honestly you hope for Incognito he is a better lineman, but maybe a bigot).  If Martin is available they should give him a try, just to see if he will want to prove the world wrong and show that he can be tough and you don’t need to N-Bomb him or threaten his family on voice mails (for the record who leaves messages anymore, text harassment is the new wave).

2.  Get the team off the trainers table.  These Falcons have got to get healthy and get Roddy White, and Weatherspoon back.  They need these guys to help contribute to the team.  The injury bug has ran through the team and no one is knocking on the door to save the day, so the first needs to be the last and Roddy White needs to become the number WR he used to be.

3.  Find a way to get after the Quarterback.  I would be having FA try outs for any pass rushers that would/could at least breathe on an opposing QB.  The Falcons need to generate some kind of pass rush, and honestly Mike Nolan should start taking blitz schemes from teams like New Orleans, New York Jets, and other teams that don’t have dominate pass rushers ( no disrespect to Mo Wilkerson, cause he is a beast!).  I know the best pass rush is rushing 4 and dropping 7, but the Falcons actually have really good corners, rookies or not, they do a decent job in man to man and zone coverage.  So Nolan’s main objective is Quarterback harassment.  Throw the book at the teams every week, make the Gritz Blitz Deluxe at least if you don’t win you could possibly sell some merchandise.

4.  Change the Offense back to the early Matt Ryan days.  Go back to basics and run the ball, even if it is not effective, it will keep teams honest.  Actually when the Falcons run to the right side of the line they are averaging 4.4yds a carry, and 3.5yds running up the middle.  So stay away from the left side, but run there to keep teams honest.  Also get back to the WR, TE, and RB screen game to slow down opposing teams pass rush.  When you have a sub par line you have to do anything in your power to protect your QB so getting the ball out quickly and confusing the defenses so they can’t tee off on Matt Ryan.  Screens, Draws, shuffle passes, misdirection runs, and counters.  Sometimes you will have to frustrate the fan base and run on 3rd and longs.  The point of the offense should become no MISTAKES!!!  No 7 turnovers in 2 weeks!  Allow your defense and playing the field position game help you keep the games close and then let Matty Ice, be Matty Ice with clutch plays down the stretch to win games.  Tony Dungy once said you can win 10 games a year if you don’t beat yourself with turnovers.

5.  Maybe the fans want the high draft pick.  Maybe tanking this season will help for the future?  You needed pass rush help and yet the Falcons drafted 2 corners last draft (which I said was dumb), and you brought in a has-been Usi who has done nothing, so cut him at the end of the season.  Let Roddy White go unless he wants to take a home town discount (doubt it because I know he doesn’t tip well at restaurants).  In the draft use early picks on pass rushers and O-Linemen, and use late picks on a running back, and wide receiver.  Build the team around Julio Jones, and Matt Ryan.

 

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By:  Raymond “Big Play” Miller

From week to week I will be looking at a match up that I consider the game of the week.  This week I’m looking at Falcons @ Saints, in a battle of division rivals sometimes one game can determine the whole season (as far as tiebreakers).  As Matt Ryan leads his defending NFC South Champion Falcons to the Big Easy to face the surgeon Drew Brees and his rejuvenated Saints.

Falcons advantage: With the Falcons being able to spread the field with Julio, Roddy, HD, and Gonzalez the Saints won’t be able to load up the box to stop Steven Jackson, who should run wild on the Saints run Defense.

Saints advantage: Brees against that Falcons pass Defense.  Brees is a surgeon and will spread the ball to pick apart any weakness he sees in the secondary and force the Falcons to double Graham in the slot.

Who I like to win and why:  In a close high scoring game I like the Saints to win 31-28.  I’m just not comfortable with the Falcons 2nd and 3rd corners yet.  In a battle of scoring I will take Brees/Payton (who is 11-2 versus the Dirty Birds), over Ryan/Smith.

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By: Jason “Big J” Allen

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“I like him, I like him too, I wish I could draft the best players in the world!”  Sorry Lil’ Wayne for butchering your song, but Fantasy Football has changed the Football fan.  Now, for better or for worse is your decision.  The new age fan has an allegiance to a team, but they are more aligned to the players they decide to draft.  Now NFL and football purist have trouble conceiving how you can root against your team or draft a player off a rival team.  Yet this is the new fan, “The Fantasy Football Loyalist”.

A perfect example of this fan is my one and only fiance Jess (What’s your Fantasy? Football Team Name), she is a huge college football fan (Go Noles!), but not so much NFL.  Hell she was dumb enough to be a Jets fan at first (Sorry Raymond “Big Play” Miller) when she chose a team, she thought Rex Ryan would be a cool coach to play under, once they got Tebow she jumped off the Jets and joined me in 49er paradise.  I tell you all this to say she had an immediate advantage in Fantasy Football over me, because she carries no “Heart picks”.  You know the pick you do with your love (for me it’s always been Frank Gore, now currently it’s Kaepernick) of players on your team.  Instead Jess picks players solely on the “Janet Jackson Rule” aka the “What have you done for me lately”, she cares less about who you play for and if you play against the 49ers.  The new fan “The Fantasy Football Loyalist”.

We are seeing more and more of these types of fans pop up and a lot of them live by the thought of “If MY team wins the Super Bowl, I feel great, but if my Fantasy Football team wins I GET PAID (or at least bragging rights in non money leagues)”.  So now you are seeing fans that have huge allegiance to players.  Not the teams.  Not the organizations.  Not the legacy of a franchise.  None of that, just the player and what he can produce, that’s where the fandom ends and “The Fantasy Football Loyalist” begins.

These type of fans bother the purist who believe in one team, one rooting interest, and one goal of Super Bowl Championships.  Some purist go as far as to say that “The Fantasy Football Loyalist” are ruining the game, but I beg to differ.  These fans are changing and uplifting the game.  These fans will watch the dreadful Jaguars when I wont because they need Cecil Shorts III to catch a touchdown.  These fans a lot of times know more about players and the league than the single minded “I only care about my team fan” (I have lived in D.C. [Pigskin fans], Pennsylvania [E-A-G-L-E-S, Steel Nation], and now outside the ATL [Dirty Birds] so I know a lot about single minded fans), and that is what grows the game.  Teams you won’t watch they will, and root for their fantasy player as loud and hard as you will for your team.  Lets be honest these type of fans are the reason for the NFL RedZone Channel.  Thank You “The Fantasy Football Loyalist”.

All my NFL purist just face the fact that “The Fantasy Football Loyalist” is here to stay.  They have made old dogs like me learn new tricks if I want to compete in the Fantasy Football landscape.  So yes “I like Him, and I like Him too”, and if Russell Wilson is on the board at a reasonable pick, I’m taking him.  When he plays the 49ers twice this year, I will hope for 300yds 3tds, but a 49er victory.  Does this make me a bad fan?  Probably so, but I have lost to my fiance in a Fantasy Football playoff round and hearing her brag is worse than any Super Bowl the 49ers could lose to the Ravens.  Damn You “The Fantasy Football Loyalist”!

Fantasy Furnace for real Fantasy Football advice.  I lost to my Fiance so you know I need help @fantasyfurnace

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
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By: Jason “Big J” Allen

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The average fan hates it.  The purist will take something over nothing.  Some view it as a way to get a glimpse of how good or bad a team will be.  I on the other hand look at PRESEASON games as a way to get a Fantasy Football edge.  I know I could just pick a fantasy football book at the local news stand (wait do those still exist or is that only in Metropolis?), view any NFL covering website with a Fantasy Football section (I enjoy Matthew Berry as much as the next guy), or you can rely on Fantasy Furnace ( @fantasyfurnace ).  I just rather look at the games themselves and breakdown what I see and go from there, so here is my list of things to watch in the Preseason that can help your fantasy football team:

1.  “I’m the Juggernaut Bitch!” Offensive Line Play-  Can they protect?  Are they opening up holes?  I watch the Falcons and we know the right side of the line is easy prey for speed rushers.  If you can’t open holes or protect the precious cargo that is a NFL QB then skill position fantasy numbers will look bad.  See the terrible Jay Cutler numbers, even Josh Freeman line in Tampa is looking shaky.  Look at the back ups, if a starter goes down so will your star players value.  If the 2nd teamers are still producing holes and a solid pocket then your good.  Also check how they move on counters, traps, and screens.  If the line is not fast or athletic enough to win those battles they wont win them in the regular season.

2.  “Don’t Sweat the Technique”, but really you should QB Play-  Does your QB get happy feet in the pocket?  Does your QB throw inaccurate passes or seems to be confused by the offense?  Then your QB is suffering from “Not Going to be Gooditis”.  For QB’s weapons and comfort are paramount.  If the QB can’t make the throws and pick up vanilla blitz packages in the Preseason then what do you think will happen in the Season?  Also don’t let the stats fool you, what kind of throws did he complete to go 6-10 120 yards and a td.  One big completion could have been a WR screen, or a slant that the WR broke and took to the house versus a 2nd team defense.  Was his 4 incompletions  On deep outs, a bad miss on a easy post pattern, or flag route?  You have to see those for yourself.  Don’t believe me, find Blaine Gabberts Preseason tape of last year, he looked great and turned out horrible.  They simplified the offense in Preseason to raise his comfort level.  Vice versa check out how bad Andy Dalton looked in his first Preseason, but he looked bad because the Bengels were running THEIR offense so he struggled, but by the time of the Regular Season he became more and more comfortable.  So again be careful of great stat lines by QB’s

3.  “Got the Moves like Jagger” RB and the eye test-  I’m sure you have watched a game and said he should have cut that back.  Well if you can see that and the RB didn’t that is a lack of vision.  You want your RB to jump out of the screen at you in Preseason.  I will be the first to say that Lamar Miller has not impressed me at all.  I do like Giovani Bernard, he has moves and hands.  When the RB breaks through the first layer of defense is he making defenders miss, running through arm tackles, or just falling when first contact?  It’s a reason that Spiller is still going high even if the Bills O-line is so-so at best, its the wiggle!  He makes people miss.  Players like Eddie Lacy scare me because its a 3 yards and cloud of dust mentality, or the reverse is the Brandon Jacobs syndrome, big guy that doesn’t want to “HULK SMASH” but rather Dance.  Again look for yards after contact, and if one defender is constantly tackling them.  Also small things like how good are they with blitz pick up (bad blitz pick up is a quick way t get you benched see David Wilson, and Montee Ball), and pass catching.  A guy that can’t be used on 3rd downs is not someone I really want on my team, unless you get them late or their name is Marshawn Lynch.

4.  “Just give me the DAMN Ball”  WR/TE-  Separation and Chemistry is 1 and 2 for me.  Can this WR/TE get open and does the QB look for them.  Why is Calvin Johnson so Dominate?  Yes the size and speed help, but he can get open and Stafford loves him.  Even Fitz is enjoying that love so far from Palmer.  Now I hate getting a one trick pony WR (this is looking at you Mike Wallace, prove us wrong), he can only go deep or can only work if another player can stretch the field or pack people underneath.  I know people are hailing Rob Housler as a huge sleeper, but everything I see in Preseason is he can’t get separation.  You look at Jordan Cameron, all he is doing is catching passes with a defender trying to keep up.  Also a big part of separation is good solid route running, it’s great you caught 5 passes in Preseason against a 3rd or 4th stringer but what did you do against the starters?  Also if the QB is not looking your way then have a good day with a doughnut as your fantasy points.  We all love Brandon Pettigrew size and etc, but he doesn’t get open and Stafford doesn’t look his way as much as you think.  Same goes with Martellus Bennett early with the Bears.  Keep an eye on the Floyd, Roberts combo in Arizona and which one Palmer loves the most after Fitz.

5.  DEF/Kickers-  Only rule I have is don’t pick them before your last two rounds.  Let the fools do that, in Preseason I’m just looking for play makers on Special Teams or on defense.  Nothing special because you can rent a Def or Kicker every week.

6.  “Styles make fights” Coaching-  Keep up with Coordinator changes and system turn overs.  Norv Turner new coordinator for the Browns, don’t be surprised if Weeden looks impressive.  Vick could have a resurgence, and Bruce Arians will make one of the RBs in Arizona worth a play once in a while.  Big Ben and Haley are getting along, for now!  Reid will raise Charles value (last year Grandpa Crennel killed me with not getting Charles the ball), and just boost the Chiefs Offense.  Keep an eye on Fasano in that offense, Reid likes TE.

I know this will not make you turn into a Preseason DVR’ing fiend, or sit down in a dark basement with NFL Films music playing in the background and go over coaches tape in Preseason.  Hopefully this will give you something extra to enjoy about Preseason games.  So why not let the games that don’t count, count for YOU, toward your Fantasy Football team.

For really fantasy football help, you know the usual, Sleepers, Bust, Booms, and Rookie candidates check out Fantasy Furnace

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Jason “Big J” Allen
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By: Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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Guess who’s back!
“EL Capitain” the Captain Derek Jeter leader of the Bronx Bombers here to make everything right in the Yankee World right, right,… wrong and unfair.  I know Jeter hit the first pitch he saw for a Home Run on Sunday and the Yanks eventually won the game.  Let’s be realistic Jeter’s 39 and he’s missed 103 games already this is not the Jeter of old, but just an old Jeter.  With Granderson out, Teixeria out, Arod out and with the Yanks 7.5 games out of 1st place there’s only one thing Jeter can do right, Holla at Ryan Braun (PEDs).  I’m not saying it can’t be done (who am I to judge a guy with 5Chainz!!!! I mean Rings). The fact is Jeter already has his monument coming, the clubhouse needs to receive Jeter’s leadership through his presence and how he handle’s himself in pinstripes it’s up to Cano to carry them to the division championship! Roc-A-fella yall.
Onto my thoughts…
1. The Sanchez-Geno competition seems like a Geno victory unless he falls on his face, judging by what the beat writers and what players are saying.
2. Maclin gone.  Pitta gone.  Soon training camp will be a glorified walk through.
3. Much respect to Donovan McNabb for having his #5 retired. I loved how he played in his early career (juke move on Mark Carrier #27 “Fast forward to 3:20”) and hated how his career ended (39yds passing vs SD w/Min), and Shout Out to Andy Reid knowing he was done.
4. As a NBA fan I like the Luis Sciola to Pacers trade it really helps them down in the paint.
5. As a Knicks fan I hate the Luis Sciola trade to the Pacers… just saying.
6. Aaron Rodgers hates being lied to, so does Greg Jennings apparently.
7. Dang, Kanye that photographer at the airport wasn’t there when you hit your head on that sign.  LoL that’s Cray!
8. Tino Martinez (Marlins hitting coach) snapped on the team after seeing Logan Morrison’s tweet on not being on PEDs for not scoring a run in 37 innings
9. Matty Ice $59mil guaranteed.  Is it SB or bust time?
10. AP may want HGH testing but we know the Seahawks don’t!

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I looked at Atlanta’s draft and I was really not impressed.  I think two corners in their first 3 rounds is not the best chance to take this team over the hump.  So I looked at past picks for the Falcons and I traced everything back to a central point…  Julio Jones!!!  I know hindsight is 20/20, but lets jump into our “Time Sled” with H.G. Wells and go back and look at “if the Falcons never traded up for Julio.”  I know Falcon fans have just tuned out, but let’s take a look.

            Now I know talent like Julio is hard to come by.  Jones is in an elite group of WR talent that doesn’t show very often in NFL history, but I ask the question when was the last time a big time WR took a team over the hump?  The 49ers won a Super Bowl before Rice was part of the team.  Moss still no ring after 2 Super Bowl appearances.  You can make a case for Irving, but Irving’s athleticism is not in the same league as Moss, A.J. Green, and Jones.  So we can safely say that WR are never the missing link for Super Bowl rings.  Yet the Falcons felt Jones was?

            So we rewind to the 2011 Draft, the Falcons traded their 1 round (27), 2nd round (59th), 4th round (124), 1st (22), and 4th (118) in 2012.  Now the Falcons struggle in what areas currently in 2013?  Cornerback, Pressure on the QB, and maybe the O-line could use some tightening up.  In 2011 if they kept their pick they would have had the opportunity to get Jimmy Smith (27 pick), ESPN Scouting report on Smith:

“Smith is an excellent combination of size, strength and athleticism for a perimeter defender. His length and strength enables him to be physical to reroute receivers off the line of scrimmage. He anticipates well to jump routes in the passing game and can be a physical run defender.”

If you still wanted a WR you could have drafted Jonathon Baldwin (26 pick and that was the advice of Bill Belichick).  Now I’m picking Jimmy Smith, and as we have seen Smith has a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens, and Jonathon Baldwin is a board line bust (and Thomas Jones busted him in the eye) in Kansas City.

            Now this is where it gets interesting, because we know that “elite” or very good QB’s make the players around them better, so what if Atlanta fans would have heard, “With the 59th pick The Atlanta Falcons draft Torrey Smith.”  Again hindsight, but there is your dynamic WR, Smith can stretch the field and blow the top off of a Defense.  ESPN Scouts said:

“He has excellent burst off the line of scrimmage with run-after-catch ability in space. He has a good receiving radius but needs to improve his short and intermediate route running. Smith is an excellent, young perimeter target.”

Ask newly paid Joe Flacco the impact of Torrey Smith on the offense.  Smith was the 58th pick, one pick higher than Atlanta, what if no one would have traded with the Falcons so they could pick Smith before the Ravens?  Well Randall Cobb was the 64th pick.  Cobb could have added versatility in the return game where the Falcons are abysmal, and he would have been a change of pace third down option.  Now we are looking at CB and WR possibly being taken care of.  Yet let’s say you’re not sold on the Jimmy Smith pick.  At the 124th pick the Falcons could have drafted Richard Sherman (154).  Arguably the best CB in the league at least in Sherman’s mind.

            Now we bounce to 2012 Draft, and the Falcons had a good 2011, but yet again get bounced in the 1st round and you realize “We need help getting to the QB” so in 2012 you want to get defensive pressure.  You have the 22nd pick in the first and you target either Chandler Jones (6 sacks 3 forced fumbles in 2012), or Don’t’a Hightower (4 sacks and one fumble returned for a touchdown).  Also you traded Cleveland your 118th pick in the 4th, which could have been used on Guard Joe Looney.  Looney is a 4th round pick of the 49ers, and has only played in spots but has massive potential.  Nfl.com said this about him:

Looney is a strong interior lineman who has been consistent for the Demon Deacons since stepping on campus. He is an athletic mover who blocks well in the run game and has great size. He has fourth-round value based on his production and ability to be inserted right away.”

            Now again its easy for me to sit here and say man Atlanta Falcons messed up on drafting Julio, but in the attempt to chase a ring they forgot a key part, TEAMS win championships not one exceptional talent.  Look at our last couple of Super Bowl attendees, Ravens, 49ers, Giants, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Patriots, and the Saints what do they have in common?  They rarely trade away picks to move up for one player.  They typically trade a few spots for a player or trade back in rounds for value.  The Falcons have done this lately but in 2011 they went another direction and I feel that direction will hunt them in the long run.  Ok back to 2013 “Time Sled” and see what the future holds. 

Jason “Big J” Allen

@UnSportsMenBigJ

We discuss who is better and who you would rather have.

In playoff games it helps to have a coach with emotion and competitive fire.  You need this to make your team believe that when the chips are down; that they can comeback from any deficit. However, you can’t be a dumb ass either.

Pete Carroll has garnered so much praise this year, but just like Big J has said he lacks attention to detail.  That lack of attention got him exposed in the Georgia Dome.

  • Rule #1 You don’t chase points; especially as a visiting team! With his team in the red zone trailing 13-0 in the 1st half, once again IN THE 1ST HALF. Pete wouldn’t settle for the easy field goal he wanted a td, and went for it on 4th down.
  • Rule #2 Ride the Horse(s) that got you there: So you go for it, wrong move, but fine, Offensive Coordinator let’s go with the full back dive up the 4 hole.  Let’s not give it to the guy named BEAST MODE, or the Silky Smooth Russell Wilson, you give it to Michael Robinson.
  • Rule #3 You have to manage the CLOCK! Most would learn there lesson from rule #1, but shit not Pete.  You mismanage your timeouts, but you are able to drive down the field, and in a situation where a coach would tell their young QB “you can’t take a sack here”.  The Seahawks take a sack and are unable to put points on the board.
  • Rule #4 Don’t go outside of who you are.  Matt Ryan was 7-7 on blitzes that game.  The Seahawks are not a blitzing unit; they get pressure from their front 4 or 5.  Now I know they lost Chris Clemons, but you are doing something that your team is unfamiliar with and it showed in the holes in the secondary.
  • Rule #5 NFL STOP ICING KICKERS FOR KICKS OVER 35 yards.  A 49 yard Field Goal is chilling enough.  Giving a kicker let alone a GREAT kicker two chances at a kick is just STUPID.  If it is a chip shot yes ice them and make them think about doing it twice, better your odds of them missing easy kicks, but hard kicks are just that hard kick.  Two chances makes the kick a little less intimidating.

Pete Carroll coach of the Seattle Seahawks said that he was confident that his team would be able to battle back from down 20-0, but he coached early like he was terrified, and coached late like he was trying NOT to LOSE!  Pete Carroll has the attention to detail of a gorilla; hopefully the potential of Russell Wilson can overcome the bad situations Pete Carroll will put him and the team in, in future playoff games #rah rah can’t beat details.

 

Raymond “Big Play” Miller

As I sat down to watch the Falcons on Sunday night versus the Cowboys I got an instant feeling of Déjà Vu.  No, I didn’t see a black cat go by twice nor was I expecting Agent Smith and the crew to bust in (I will give a dollar to the first person to get the reference).  I just felt like I had been here or felt this way before about a team.  After another Falcons win,I left and hopped in my Delorean, and went back to the year 2009.

There I was,  sitting around and Hating, “I don’t believe in the Saints, they haven’t played anybody, the defense can’t stop people they just rely on turnovers, you won’t be able to beat better teams playing like that.” And the list went on, how naïve I was.  That year the Saints went on to win the Super Bowl, Dem Saints showed me.  We all know a foolish man doesn’t learn from his mistakes and after I looked at the Falcons they could be this years 2009 Saints.

Some early similarities, both had never won a Super Bowl, both used to be in the NFC West.  Both started out 8-0 (Saints actually got up to 13-0 before losing). In 2009 the Saints changed Offensive (Doug Marrone to Pete Carmichael) and Defensive (Gary Gibbs to Greg “Bounty Gate aka you don’t want to see Kyle Williams’ dad in the streets” Williams) Coordinators.  This year the Falcons hired Dirk “new Norv Turner” Koetter to handle the offense and Mike Nolan to run the Defense.  Also both teams picked up key secondary pieces in the off season, the Saints got Darren Sharper, and the Falcons traded for Asante Samuels.  I know all that is window dressing but look at the similar numbers in the first 8 games.

2012 Falcons Categories 2009 Saints
46.6% 3rd % 44.7%
68.7% Pass Competition % 68.3%
17/6 TD/INT 17/7
15 Sacks Allowed 12
Eagles Marquee Win Eagles
  Defensive Numbers  
19 Sacks 19
24 Tackles for Loss 23
10 Int 16
10 Forced Fumbles 9
  4th quarter -/+ 7pts  
3 Int 4
2 Forced Fumbles 3
  Punting  
28 Average return yds 27
43 Net punt Distance 38
10 Punts inside 20 5
Peyton Manning ??? (TBD) MVP Peyton Manning
Matt Ryan TBD Runner up MVP Drew Brees

The 2009 Saints had a killer running game that year, where the Falcons if they have an offensive weakness it’s the run game.  Though the 2012 Falcons are way better special teams wise, Matt Bryant has only missed one kick this year, where as the Saints missed numerous kicks.  Both teams struggled against stopping the run and give up a ton of yards, but as you see from the numbers they create turnovers.

I looked at the Saints first 7 victories and the combined record was 25-24, the Falcons first 7 victories and the combined record was 18-31, so you can see why the Falcons do get a bit of disrespect about not playing anybody, but the Dirty Birds didn’t make their schedule.

So does this information make you a believer? Are you starting to come around to the thought of Falcons vs Denver Broncos Super Bowl so the Falcons can get revenge and beat Peyton Manning like Drew Brees did?  Are you willing to March in like dem Saints, Falcon fans?  Unlike Sam Jackson I’m not ready to jump on the on the Dirty Bird swag bandwagon, but Atlanta does have a legitimate reason to Rise UP!! That could land them in the Super Bowl at the Super Dome, the home of WHO DAT NATION, coincidence? I think not.

 

Jason

Falcons Don’t Fly in Philly

The high flying falcons come out of the bye week at 6-0. However, people still have a lot of questions about their authenticity, & for good reason. With the 3-3 Eagles awaiting the Falcons, we may as well consider that winning streak broken. That’s right, go ahead and chalk them up 6-1. The Falcons haven’t won in the state of Pennsylvania since 1974, with an embarrassing record of 0-11-1.

This has been a season of firsts for the Falcons: their first 5-0 start followed by their first 6-0 streak. Matty Ice is the front runner for the MVP, Julio and Roddy alternating week to week to see who goes off, and the ageless Tony G just down right ballin’. With all of these factors on the field, the Falcons should continue trending right, and going on to their first 7-0 winning streak. After that, they just need possibly two more wins to wrap up the NFC South.

I say, “Hell Nah.” This is a bad matchup for the Falcons on all kinds of levels. Between Andy Reid being 13-0 after the bye, the elusiveness of Vick and Shady McCoy, and the speed of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, I don’t see them pulling out a win. All of these factors combined will prove too much for them damn dirty birds. My prediction is that the Falcons take the L.

 

Raymond

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