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By:  Jason “Big J” Allen

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

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.

 

Follow me @UnsportsMenBigJ  Jason “Big J” Allen

 

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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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“He is a thief. They need to bring him up on federal charges. If a man robs you with no ski mask on, he’s gonna kill you. Exactly what he’s doing — he’s killing the franchise.”- Travis Johnson comments on Tony Romo. 

     This Travis Johnson outburst is just another example of the criticism, excuse me I mean HATE that Tony Romo receives.  Ladies and Gentleman Tony Romo is not a bad Quarterback.  He is actually a good Quarterback and a top 10 Quarterback.  Romo has just been placed in a bad situation which is called the “Star on the Helmet Frenzy”.  Let’s look at Romo and tell me what you think.

“Tony Romo is not that guy”- Travis Johnson

     Being a Cowboy QB is a lot of pressure.  You have to follow the shadows of Staubach, Aikman, and even Danny White was great for the moment (he did lead the Cowboys to 3 NFC Championships), but everyone seems to forget the QB’s that “Donned the Star” between Aikman to Romo.  Well let me remind you Quincy Carter, Anthony Wright, Ryan Leaf, Clint Steorner, Chad Hutchinson, Vinny Testerverde, Drew Hensen, and Drew Bledsoe.  I know this list is full of great Qbs.  Yet people think Romo is killing the Franchise.  This list shows the inept the Cowboys have been showing at the Qb position.  We would be calling Romo the savior of this Franchise if he played in Tampa Bay, or Jacksonville, but he has that darn Star on his helmet so the criticism abounds, but Tony Romo is that guy.

“Tony Romo has not earned a dollar he has been given in this league.”- Travis Johnson

     We need to look at what our expectations of Romo.  Are we forgetting that Tony Romo was an undrafted player out of Eastern Illinois.  What are/were we expecting out of him?  Here is a list of Undrafted Qb’s that were worth a damn.  Out of that list only Moon and Warner were show stoppers, I know you will say that Delhomme played in a Super Bowl, but let’s not forget the terrible life with Delhomme after that Super Bowl.  So basically undrafted Qb’s don’t do well and you kind of have to exclude Moon from the list because he was undrafted because of race issues not because he couldn’t play.  Again I ask what did you want or expect.  From where he started until now I think Romo has done a great job for himself and has earned way more than his fair share of money in this league.

“Tony Romo was given everything he has gotten.”- Travis Johnson

     Look around the league at the best QB’s in the game and you will notice a great correlation, good/great coaches.  Brady/Belicheck, Brees/Payton, Eli/Coughlin, Ryan/Smith, Peyton Manning is his own coach according to everyone, but even Fox has had a Super Bowl appearance with Delhomme as his QB.  Also outside of the Saints, all these QBs have had stable organizations.  Romo had Parcells for a year and half, then the “Stay Puff Marshmellow” Wade Phillips, and “I Have No Control” Jason Garrett.  Romo has never had a stable organization or a dominate coach during his time in Dallas.

“At one time, he had five Pro Bowlers on the offensive line”- Travis Johnson

     We all talk about the talent he has/had around him, I dare you to really look outside the paper of that talent and look that the real footage of it.  What running backs has he ever had that were outstanding?  Marian Barber? Felix Jones? Julius Jones? Come on, really…  and Murray can’t stay healthy to save Romo’s life.  The Wide Receivers have been a bit better, but not great, T.O.? Miles Austin (had some good years)?, Patrick Crayton? Terry Glenn (past his prime)?, Sam Hurd?, Roy E. Williams?, and Dez Bryant (who is becoming a stud but is a knucklehead)?  Romo’s best weapon has and will always be Jason Witten.  Minus Brady, and maybe Brees (but don’t forget the talent he had in San Diego and then Brees didn’t put up great numbers) all the “Elite QB” have had “Elite” type WR, and decent run games.  Also look at the offensive line Romo has had to play under, we give a lot of love to Flozell Adams, but he was a walking Offsides, and holding penalty don’t believe look it up (2008 14 penalties, 2009 13 penalties, 2010 8 penalties, but his season was cut short because of injury).  Adams damn near lead the league every year in those categories.  The last 2-3 years the O-line has been horrible.  In 2012 and 2011 Romo was the 6th most sacked QB, in 2010 43rd most sacked QB 2009 9th most sacked QB, so I wouldn’t say those “five Pro Bowlers” were doing great protecting Romo.  Lets not forget Romo’s ability to avoid being hit and sacked.

“Matt Schaub will get the job done,” …“I believe in him. I played with him [Schaub] and I’ve played against him. He [Schaub] can take this team to a Super Bowl”- Travis Johnson

     That’s funny because Schaub has the same amount of playoff wins as Romo does 1.  Now I know your asking “how is he going to defend the bonehead plays and playoff misfires.”  Honestly I can’t really totally defend it all, but a good chunk of it I can defend by saying BRET FAVRE!  That was his idol growing up, and let’s be honest Favre has had plenty of choke worthy games in his career.  Romo didn’t get blessed with the rocket arm of Favre but he might have gotten cursed with the gunslinger mentality of Favre.  Also we harbor on his 1-3 playoff record, well if you take away one great play run from a lot of “Elite” QB’s they are just normal.  Take away Aaron Rodgers 3 playoff wins in his Super Bowl year and he is dreadful.  How about Rodgers going 15-1 and getting knocked out of the playoffs.  We are not even going to mention Peyton’s below .500 playoff record.  Even as we stand Matt Ryan is 1-4 in the playoffs, with playoff blow outs on his resume.  All I’m saying is if Romo makes one Super Bowl run, then his record would become 4-3 and he is a different QB.

“When Tony Romo got to Dallas he had everything around him and is a loser,”- Travis Johnson

     I’m glad a guy with a 55-38 record is a loser.  Still we focus on the terrible with Romo on his “lack of Clutch” people don’t realize that Romo engineered 18 fourth quarter comebacks since 2006, five of which came last season.  He has the 5th most 4th quarter comebacks among active players.  Also among active players Tony Romo has the highest passer rating in the 4th quarter (102.1).  In this whole argument I have never uttered a word about the numbers Romo puts up every year.  Look at Super Bowl Champion QB Joe Flacco, we give him a lot of credit, but he has won playoff games throwing for 36 yds.  He also has had dreadful regular seasons, but all is forgotten because of his playoff run.  Eli Manning went through a stretch of 5 games without a touchdown thrown.  Even everyone’s new darling Matt Ryan last year had two games of 3 ints and 5 ints, but we forget because the Falcons won the game.  Yes Romo will self destruct sometimes, but so does every QB.  The better question to all the haters is find a better QB out there right now that can do a better job?  Not a starter, but a back up or free agent.  I doubt you can, but with Romo you know you are getting between 4100-4900 yards, 25-31 touchdowns, and 13 ints a season.  So we are looking at a 25 to 13 td to int ratio, so here is a list of other Qb’s in that range Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flaco, Matt Schaub, and Philip Rivers.  Again the expectation of the “Star on the Helmet” and playing in “The House that Jerry Built” changes our image.

“it’s frustrating that the average fan doesn’t recognize how good a quarterback the Cowboys have in Romo”.- Troy Aikman

“I think Tony Romo is a championship quarterback… He can take a team to a championship. He can’t do it by himself, but I really believe he can do it.”

– Roger Staubach

“Do the Cowboys have a Super Bowl quarterback? Yes. Do they have a Super Bowl team?  No.” -Danny White

     Hopefully I have convinced you to lay off Romo, he is a good QB, and deserves better.  If he ever gets one ring on his finger the whole media will once again be saying “How Bout Dem Cowboys! and Romo”

P.S. I’m a Niners fan so this defense is in all sincerity, so I must really mean what I’m writing.

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

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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Raymond “Big Play” Miller
@bprunsportsmenm

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

Ray Lewis is riding into the sunset with a trophy in each hand.  Not a bad way to go.  He was the leader of the Ravens, now Joe “Cool” Flaco, or Smokin’ Joe is taking the reins (don’t doubt that he will be signed).  This will mark a significant change in philosophy for the Ravens from defense to offense.

The Ravens D has gotten old.  You saw it during the Super Bowl, as an older team they couldn’t get themselves back up after the Blackout delay.  Also they got pushed around, but credit due, when their backs were against the goal line they didn’t break.  The Ravens must get younger on defense which means growing pains or aka Joe cools time.  Keeping and developing the D is going to be the challenge, which is funny when you’re talking Ravens.

Joe was brought in when the defense carried the team and asked not to lose the game (Trent Dilfer).  Then told to manage the offense and get in position to win (Brad Johnson).  Now he is asked to be productive and win (see every elite QB and Eli Manning).  Seeing how Smokin Joe Cool is Super Bowl MVP I think he gets it.

Joe may not dance, or eat grass, but as long as he can “Just Win Baby” he should be fine.  People don’t realize that Joe is the winningest QB since 2008.  He is about to enter the elite conversation, yet the story is still to be written. In my view (which is through the windshield not the rear view, shout out to Colin Cowherd) Joe is the best young QB right now (sorry Matty Ice, it is what it is).

Seeing the Ravens as an offensive team will be different but everything evolves and so has Joe’s skill set and ability. They do need to continue the evolution and sure up the offensive line, but with Ray Rice still in his prime, they should be in the best offense talk for the next 5 years.  I’m just hoping to enjoy the ride.

I’m Just Saying.

 JD

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

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

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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