FALCONS: Beating the Bye Week Blues

Falcons QB Matt Ryan wants to be holding up a bigger trophy than this ESPY. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Falcons QB Matt Ryan wants to be holding up a bigger trophy than this ESPY. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Bye Week Blues Alley – We’ve got to throw out some alternatives for you all to avoid catching a bad case of the “Bye Week Blues.”

Which game will you watch to help hold off the Bye Week Blues?

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You waited all spring and summer for football season to arrive and now, just three weeks in, there’s a bye week for the Falcons.

So while Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is visiting his sister who’s expecting her second child and head coach Mike Smith is unplugging and getting in some family time, what they heck are we supposed to do?

The 60s/70s era Go-Go Boots were a hit durin the Falcons Throwback game. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

The 60s/70s era Go-Go Boots were a hit durin the Falcons Throwback game. (CURTIS COMPTON/AJC)

Here’s the plan, let’s s scout as many of the Falcons upcoming opponents who play this weekend. If you don’t have DirecTV then this will involve going to your local sports pub that has multiple flat screens and frothy beverages for purchase.

Here’s the list of games to watch and your Scouting mission:

San Francisco hosts St. Louis: Rookie running back Glen Coffee, a third round pick from Alabama, will make his first NFL start for the injured Frank Gore. Is he legit?

Chicago hosts Detroit: Checkout how the Jay Cutler experience and report back. He returns to the Georgia Dome on Oct. 18.

Dallas at Denver: I’ve seen the last two Dallas games, but if you need a Keith Brooking fix this is your game. (It’s weird seeing him in that No. 51.) Tashard Choice is playing great for them, too.

New Orleans hosts New York Jets: Need to see if the Saints defense is bonafide or if they doing the smoke and mirrors deal.

Terrell Owen's 185-game streak of catching a pass was broken by New Orleans last week.

Terrell Owen's 185-game streak of catching a pass was broken by New Orleans last week.

Washington hosts Tampa Bay:  The Zorn watch is underway inside and outside of the Beltway.

New York Giants at Kansas City: This probably won’t make for good television.

Buffalo and Miami: See if the Bills have figure out how to get Terrell Owens the ball.

Baltimore at New England figures to be the game of theView Post week, followed by a great Monday Nighter with Green Bay at Minnesota.

Now, at least we have a plan to hold off the Bye Week Blues! Got any other ideas for us? I’ve got to squeeze in cutting the grass and cleaning up my office.

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October 2nd, 2009
7:59 am

D-Led, Sanfran will be tough next week. But I’m looking forward to monday nights game the most, mainly for FFL and taking down lil’ dave! PS- love the pic (middle), can you send D3 some pics for our ‘cage?


October 2nd, 2009
8:04 am

um, DOrlando, Washington is 1-2…

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 2nd, 2009
8:18 am

Thank you Scott. Just been listening to Skins fans all week and they are acting like they are 0-3 after the Detroit game.

Dandy D

October 2nd, 2009
9:07 am

JJ, Yeah I agree with you. SF is a tough game. It’ll also serve as a measuring stick as far as where are these Falcons on the “promise-scale.” A win last week against NE would’ve put them extremely high on that scale…but they didn’t, so they aren’t. Next week they travel to another rejuvenated team trying to climb up the promise-scale. Will the Falcons run effectively? Will they get their downfield passing attack in gear? These are offense-oriented questions we didn’t count on asking at the beginning of the year. And then there’s the questions we KNEW we’d be asking…what caliber of defense will show up. This game may answer a lot of those questions and provide a barometer of things to come this year for this Falcon team.


October 2nd, 2009
9:51 am

The real homework should be finding us a way to pressure the QB and stop the run… but I’ll watch the games anyway.


October 2nd, 2009
9:51 am

I’m not sure these guys deserve or can afford to take a long weekend off having watched the first 3 games. Yes, we are 2-1, but many troubling problems need to be addressed. Oh well, at least we don’t go through a Sunday afternoon post game depression this week.


October 2nd, 2009
9:59 am

Little Napoleon (snyder) has done to the Skins what Angelos has down to the Orioles.. and almost what happened to the Falcons. Blank finally saw the light as far as hiring a GM and letting him and his Coach manage the affairs… and since then, the Falcons have been moving down the right path

Thug Enabler

October 2nd, 2009
11:10 am

I can’t wait to see the greatest QB in the history of the Falcon and the whole NFL tare up the football field this year on his way to a ring with the support and coaching no one here in ATL provided him with.


October 2nd, 2009
11:12 am

Are they showing the saints/jets game on tv? It should really show us where the saints are since the jets’ defense has looked really good against some solid teams. But yeah next week’s game against the niners ought to let us now what this falcons team is really gonna do this year.


October 2nd, 2009
11:19 am

I cannot seem to get as pumped up for our 2-1 record when I look over and see our opponents’ records are a combined 2-7. Then again, I seem to remember a similiar situation last season.


October 2nd, 2009
11:25 am

does anyone edit this? It’s online and would take all of 90 seconds. For the love of God, FIX IT.

tom shoupe

October 2nd, 2009
11:43 am

Enter your comments here put Jamal Anderson on the bench or in another position. Give Sidberry a shot. Brent Grimes should have been cut. Regardless of his efforts, he is too small to cover the many tall wide receivers. Go deep. Much success in the past. Other than these minor issues, all is well.


October 2nd, 2009
1:31 pm

I will probably spend the bye week, worrying about whether the Falcons will ever have a pass rush again.

Falcon in a down spin

October 2nd, 2009
2:26 pm

The pretender will now show up the Atlanta Falcon the media talks a good game ,the falcon not!!!


October 2nd, 2009
3:26 pm

This whole season has me nervous. This is a tough, tough schedule and I really wonder if we can finally get that monkey off our backs (lack of back – back winning seasons). We will really have to overachieve to accomplish that. We’re still a very young team, as New England showed.


October 2nd, 2009
3:54 pm

T Shoupe, what is your job, I would like to watch you and see if you should be sent home. Have a nice weekend, you never know who is watching you.


October 2nd, 2009
7:59 pm

Watch how the “True” Roy handles the Patriots :)

Reality Check

October 2nd, 2009
8:06 pm

The niners kept the greatest player in the NFL (Adrian Peterson) under a hundred yards for the first time since probably in high school and if not for a miracle desperation pass by Favre, they are still undefeated.

This is going to be a bruising for the Falcons with that hard hitting defense of the niners.

With the Saints looking unbeatable, the division could be wrapped up by week 6.

I see tha light

October 2nd, 2009
9:16 pm

In the end our defense will get the last laugh!
you all have to understand that we have a bunch of young guys. As the season progresses, so will they. Hopefully, the offense can carry us until then. If Turner doesn’t fumble against Carolina, it’s a blowout, and if he doesn’t fumble against New England (momentum killer for a young team), I believe we beat the Patriots. This 49ers game will tell alot though. Please hold on to the ball Mike!

I see tha light

October 2nd, 2009
9:27 pm

And about should have drafted Joe Flacco, the Falcons don’t have a three-headed monster rushing attack or the likes of one of the greatest safeties (Ed Reed), and greatest linebacker of all-time (Ray Lewis), anchoring his defense to get him the ball as much. So move to Baltimore is what I suggest. Ryan is here to stay. He is a much more proven leader. Remember 4-12 to 11-5. Flacco is on a team where all he needed was a quarterback, Ryan is on a team where we need defense.

I see tha light

October 2nd, 2009
10:12 pm

Furthermore, I don’t think our defense looks that bad if we catch those three interceptions Brady threw to us! I forgot which linebacker dropped one and Decoud dropped two.


October 2nd, 2009
10:14 pm

DOL, you usually have at least one typo or grammatical error in every article you write. Here you’ve got three. I usually like your content but please proof your writing before posting. It’s embarrassing.
‘Checkout’ should be ‘Check out’. ‘if they doing the smoke and mirrors deal’, put ‘are’ in there please. ]See if the Bills have figure out’ ‘figured’ please. Thank you.

Good point proof

October 3rd, 2009
1:52 am

This clown DOL wouldn’t have a job at any other newspaper. Aside from the bad grammatical errors in every article, his articles are usually totally mindless nonsense..


October 3rd, 2009
5:02 am

Here’s reality: we are 2-1 and didn’t play well on the road. Whether that was a fluke, lack of concentration by coaches & players (remember Smitty’s headache,) or a combination of variables, we don’t know. However, we have a lot of road games still ahead as we started off with two at home. We need to win a few because we have the rest of the NFC South games on the road also ahead of us. (Don’t under-estimate the power of hate when playing at Tampa even though their team seems dysfunctional.) Can we turn it around or is the entire team in a sophomore slump? Several quotes I’ve read hint that the team is now weighted down with expectations. What they don’t know is we are going to cheer for them, no matter what (with the same amount of grousing as in any family or dog pack.) There was a vent posting suggesting that BVG needs to change up defenses in the middle of the game so that other teams cannot predict what we are going to show them. That seems on target. We are re-vamping the defense, but they need to play up. DeCoud is really coming on. I’m predicting interceptions next time. Now if I could just find that offensive line…

Brian Hunt

October 3rd, 2009
10:11 am

I just hope that MM and BV get their heads out of the sand and talk Smith into letting them open it up a little bit. The offense needs to rediscover the deep ball in a major way. The defense has to stop allowing 5+ yards per carry. That’s whats killing the team. I posted in this space before the game against the Patriots that it wasn’t going to be Tom Brady that would beat the Falcons, but Fred Taylor. If I could see that coming, why didn’t the coaching staff? Why did the defense seem so surprised? Nobody fears this run defense. It’s bad news on a schedule with The 49ers, Saints (averaging 170+ rushing yards a game), Cowboys, Pathers again, and Giants. Every one of those teams can run the rock and it will be a lot of long Sunday afternoons if the Falcons can’t start holding teams to less than 4 yards a carry. Heck, 4 yards a carry would be an improvement at this point. Sigh.


October 3rd, 2009
1:54 pm

Matt Ryan 2009 Breakdown:

vs 0-6 teams 2-0 (At home)

vs 1-1 team 0-1 (On the road)

Matt Ryan career:

3-9 (On the road)

0-1 (Playoffs)

“REAL” quarterbacks don’t choke on the road & playoffs. Any qb can win in his own stadium.

Joe Flacco ranks in the top 5 in all qb statistics and has a higher qb rating, more passing yards, more touchdowns and………..

more wins (14-5) regular season

more playoff wins (2-1)



October 4th, 2009
12:21 pm

I see Grimes Mama changed her name. Or maybe she’s his wife this week. Or maybe she’s him.

Falcons Deserve to Be Reported Upon in ENGLISH !!!

October 4th, 2009
12:53 pm


The initials of the Braves writer is DOB. The initials of the Falcons “writer” is DOL.

My mistake! See, some of us imperfect beings actually correct our mistakes…. IF we are able to recognize them.


October 4th, 2009
1:27 pm

I hope Matty Ice is taking notes because the “TRUE ROY” is showing what a real qb can do against the Patriots.

Like I have said all along…………….



October 4th, 2009
3:15 pm

“REAL” quarterbacks don’t choke on the road & playoffs.

It breaks my heart to have to quote THESE stats:

11-24 136 yds O td 1 int QB rating 46.5

Michael Vick on the road VS PHI 04 playoffs.

I KNOW you aren’t saying that Mike isn’t a REAL QB?

Fair Comparison

October 4th, 2009
4:45 pm

Matt Ryan vs. NE defense:

17 / 28 199 yds (7.1 yd / attempt)

Joe Flacco vs. NE defense:

27 / 47 264 yds (5.6 / attempt)

Well, whadda you know. Ole Noodle Arm had a BETTER per attempt avg.

Flacco must have been injured or something, I guess. “Cause we ALL know how strong HIS arm is.

Or maybe, just maybe, arm strength is an over rated part of being a QB.

And Flacco “handled” the Pats exactly like Matt did. They both lost. So much for the big comparison. I thought Flacco was supposed to show us all how “bad” Matt is by comparison. I guess HE’s not a “real qb” either. LOL!

R U Kidding Me?

October 4th, 2009
6:57 pm

BAD NEWS? Was it the 27 out of 47 that was great? How about the forced passes and being lucky only one was picked instead of at least 4? How about that LEFT HANDED intentional grounding call? That was brilliant. Very cool head under pressure. I can definitely see how he is better than Ryan. WOW.


October 4th, 2009
7:23 pm

“REAL” quarterbacks don’t choke on the road & playoffs.”

I’m sorry to have to post these stats because I’m a fan of the man but:

11-24 136 yds. 0 tds, 1 int. QB rating 46.5

Mike Vick vs. PHI in 2004 playoffs

Surely you aren’t saying that Mike isn’t a REAL QB are you?

I posted this before and it was pulled for some reason. I’m certainly NOT trying to be inflammatory. Just making a counterpoint.


October 4th, 2009
7:25 pm


Now it’s back. Sorry for the double post, folks.

Falcon 8211

October 4th, 2009
9:55 pm

i just hope BV gets a better game plan against San Fran. it is simple stop the run and RUSH the passer and cover that TE they have . MM open up the offense throw the ball deeper so they quit stacking 8 in the box. once roddy burns them a few times they will back off and then turner will get it going.ryan quit trowing to TG so much unless he is just that wide open

I see tha light

October 5th, 2009
7:14 am

What happened to the Joe Flacco fan? And by the way, Matt Ryan has not loss nine games in his career, so wherever you are getting your imformation, “is takin ju for a long ride” (Scarface). His career record is 13-7, so how does he have a 3-9 record on the road? Looks like Baltimore should have drafted Matt Ryan!