Atlanta Falcons

Yeah, I doubled up this time. I wasn't able to get out any articles between the Falcons wins in both Detroit and Indianapolis. Even the bye week escaped me. So, this article will be a tale of two tapes. I'll begin with the showdown in Detroit. Going into the game, no one I knew picked the Falcons to win this game. That certainly helped me in the overall picks contest. The Falcons came out bringing pressure and appeared to get in the head of Lions quarterback Matt Stafford. By halftime, he had produced next to nothing and the Falcons were showing how you're supposed to play in a dome. It all started badly before the game when the Lions decided it would be funny to block the Falcons path to the field. This created instant drama to a game that really didn't need any. I believe the [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
Week 9 in the NFL delivered a mixed bag of tricks and treats post-Halloween. Here's how my NFL Week 10 Power Rankings shake out after a wild weekend. This week's biggest movers are the Broncos who climb from 28th to 22nd and the Buccaneers who plummet from 10th to 16th.  Meanwhile, 14 teams remain in the same spot, including the entire top seven and the bottom four. There's a reason for the lack of fluctuation up at the top and bottom.  I pay close attention to what teams have done throughout the entire course of the season and also look ahead and evaluate expectations for the coming weeks. As always, I also provide that  information all in one convenient location—something you can't fine anywhere else. Be sure to let me know your feedback below!  But [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Giants 24, Patriots 20 The “Eli Manning & Co. did it again” angle is an obvious one here. Just like Super Bowl XLII, the Patriots entered the game with a laudable win streak: 20 straight at home; 31 in games Tom Brady has started. This game’s back-to-back go-ahead touchdown drives in the final minutes were an illustration of why the NFL has all but taken ownership of American television. It was entertainment at its finest. The lack of a downfield receiving weapon is starting to become a real concern for New England. Teams are handling the Patriots underneath much better than early in the season. In Week 6 the Cowboys, with their confounding 3-4 scheme and rangy inside linebacker Sean Lee, intercepted Brady twice. In Week 8 the Steelers surprised everyone [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
Week 8 in the NFL was chock-full of a number of great games, unsuspecting upsets, big blowouts, eye-popping rallies and head-scratching action.  I guess Halloween weekend had something to do with it. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were on a bye week, but that didn't stop them from pulling even further ahead of the other 31 teams.  There's only one one-loss team left in the league now and it's San Francisco. Here are my Week 9 power rankings with every team's week-by-week game results included. You can also check out my review of all of Sunday's games and see how I did in my Week 8 [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Moving into Week 8, we take an in-depth look back to break down some of the Week 7 action.   Falcons O vs. Lions D The Motor City crowd witnessed an extremely well-played game by both teams on this side of the ball. The concerns about Detroit’s run defense are totally overblown. The Lions held Michael Turner to roughly two yards per carry with the exception of a 51-yard run that was set up by fantastic run-blocking execution and a few missed tackles. The Falcons used a similar tactic on that play that the Niners used last week against the Lions: allow the left defensive tackle (Ndamukong Suh or Corey Williams) to penetrate and then block them from the backside (the Niners used a tight end in motion to do it, the Falcons used center Todd McClure). This [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
NFL Week 7 featured an inevitable great slate of early games (Falcons-Lions, Tebow-Dolphins, Chargers-Jets, Redskins-Panthers and Bears-Buccaneers in London) and late action that made fans cringe. It was by most accounts a disappointing and less-than-thrilling weekend. Week 8 looks to offer more excitement and ultimately just the opposite of Week 7—lopsided early affairs and great late games. Here are my Week 8 NFL Power Rankings and an early outlook on the 2011 playoff picture. No. 32  Miami [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Jets 27   Chargers 21 Now THAT’S what the Jets thought they were getting when they signed Plaxico Burress. Few are better equipped to thrive in the red zone, where spacing is tight, than a man who’s tall, strong and has experienced prison. Burress beat Antoine Cason, San Diego’s most talented cover artist, for all three of his red zone touchdowns Sunday. Twice he did it with physicality and once with elusiveness. One reason expectations are high for Burress is, being a Jet, he’s assured of never having to face Darrelle Revis. A week after punishing Brandon Marshall and the Dolphins for attacking him, Revis stifled Vincent Jackson, one of the toughest covers in the league. According to ESPN, “Jackson was targeted four times on passes of more than 15 [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
Well, as much as I still believe the Falcons coaching staff is hard headed and stubborn they went back to what they know best. Running the football. Since the start of the 2011 season, it's been an up and down ride with this team. When they run Michael Turner 20 or more times, they win. When they expect Matt Ryan to throw the ball 40 or more times, they lose. Ryan attempted a season low 22 passes and amassed 163 yards passing. As a result, the Falcons won by two touchdowns. The story of the game was running back Michael Turner. He carried the ball 27 times and for 139 yards and two touchdowns. I've heard many people whine that Turner is done. He's past his prime, he lost a step, he's fat. But when given 20 or more carries the Falcons have only lost once. He is the identity of the [...] Continue reading → | , , ,
49ers 25, Lions 19 Jim Harbaugh has a habit of overshadowing his big wins with postgame run-ins. His tiff with Pete Carroll will soon take a backseat on YouTube to his scuffle with Jim Schwartz. Too bad, too. It’s Harbaugh’s team that deserves to be talked about. The Niners are 5-1 after becoming the first Pacific Time Zone club since the ’96 Niners to win three-straight in the Eastern Time Zone. The 49ers play great defense, pound the rock between the tackles and put a ceiling on their quarterback’s opportunities for mistakes by relying on a heavy dose of underneath passes. It’s a formula that many great high school teams use, which is fitting given San Fran plays in the NFC West. The stories of this game (game, not postgame) [...] Continue reading → | , , , , ,
If you thought last week was chock-full of excitement, you’re in for a real intoxicating and mouth-watering treat in NFL Week 6! Six more teams (Chargers, Chiefs, Broncos, Titans, Seahawks and Cardinals) take an early exit and have an opportunity to get healthier, change their game plans and perhaps dig deeper into trade scenarios with the trade deadline coming up on [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
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