Cutler has conquered the Georgia Dome vs. Smitty

The BranchJay Cutler is thinking about re-naming the Georgia Dome, “Cutler’s Castle.”

The Falcons have a custom designed AirTran Airways designed plane as part of a sponsorhip program with the airline company.

The Falcons have a custom AirTran Airways designed plane as part of a sponsorhip program with the airline company.

Under second-year head coach Mike Smith, the Falcons are 9-1 at the Georgia Dome. Cutler has been the only quarterback to get out of the place with a victory.

Last season, before he whined and hissed his way out of Denver, Cutler tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to tight end  Daniel Graham with 5:35 left to secure a 24-20 victory.

The Falcons had a shot to win, but Matt Ryan couldn’t pull of the dramatic touchdown drive in that game. He obviously had too much time.

His specialty is the 11-second thriller.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that Cutler is now the quarterback of the Chicago Bears and he’s up to his old tricks.

Granted Matt Hasselbeck wasn’t playing, but Cutler took the Bears into Seattle and beat our old pal Jim Mora and the Seattle Seahawks 25-19 on Sept. 27. Seattle probably has the best home field in the league and a notorious raucous crowd.

“Jay is doing a super job taking care of the ball and just really leading us,” Chicago coach Lovie Smith said. “Of course we feel very comfortable with him.”

Jay Cutler and former Detroit Lions QB Matt Stafford are running buddies.

Jay Cutler and Detroit Lions QB Matt Stafford are running buddies.

I guess Coach Lovie has just forgotten about the five interceptions Cutler has thrown.

The key stat to watch with Cutler is his passing rating. He’s 13-0 when recording a 100-plus passing rating. Last season, against the Falcons he had a 106.4 passer rating.

“Guys listen to you and they hear, but they want to see with their eyes,” Lovie said. “That’s what they’ve got a chance to do with Jay. He’s been here every day that you could possibly be here when our team has practiced. . . I of course, with everybody else, like what I see.”

So does Falcons cornerback Chris Houston.

“We are looking to get his best,” Houston said.

Houston  has also been raving about Chicago rookie “Number 13.” That’s the fleet Johnny Knox, the fifth rounder from Abilene Christian, who has scored a touchdown in three straight games.

Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, Knox is only one of five Bears rookies to score in at least three straight games. The others are Walter Payton, Willie Gault, Anthony Thomas and Matt Forte.

“They are fast and explosive,” Houston said. “At any time they can go the distance.”

THE FINAL 11 SECONDS: Here are a couple of links if you want to see those final 11 seconds against the Bears last season.

THE PASS

THE REPORT

THE THROW

THE  MAYHEM

POWER POLL: In the Sporting News Today’s Power Poll on Tuesday, my buddy Clifton Brown had the Falcons ranked 10th in the league. Brown wrote “Whipping the 49ers was impressive. Matt Ryan must keep feeding Roddy White.”

YOU CAN VOTE FOR TURNER: Running back Michael Turner, who rushed for 97 yards and three touchdowns against the 49ers, has been nominated for the FedEx Ground player of the week award. Fans can vote for the winner at www.nfl.com/FedEx. If Turner wins, the company will donate $1,000 to the local Safe Kids USA coalition in Atlanta. Other nominees are Cedric Benson of the Bengals and Ahmad Bradshaw of the Giants.

The donation could go towards painting crosswalks, installing signs, landscaping near sidewalks and playgrounds, installing bike racks, and developing educational programs and events to teach kids about pedestrian safety.

The voting closes at noon on Friday. The winner will be announced Friday evening on NFL.com.

Turner won the award twice last season.

Fergie at the 2005 Emmy Awards (LISA O'CONNOR/ZUMA PRESS)

Fergie at the 2005 Emmy Awards (LISA O'CONNOR/ZUMA PRESS)

IN: Singer and entertainer Fergie has an agreement to be limited ownership partner with the Miami Dolphins.

Radio guru and former ESPNer Rush Limbaugh.

Radio guru and former ESPNer Rush Limbaugh.

OUT: Rush “The Pioneer” Limbaugh has been dropped from the prospective St. Louis Rams ownership group.

65 comments Add your comment

ADL

October 15th, 2009
8:26 am

Raise your hand if you AREN’T a limited partner with the Miami Dolphins!!!

Dr. Warren

October 15th, 2009
8:27 am

That’s a helluva good-looking Falcon plane. Much sleeker than Fergie, actually, and no doubt quiter than blowhard Limbaugh.

Dr. Warren

October 15th, 2009
8:28 am

quieter, I meant.

Alan

October 15th, 2009
8:40 am

The lost to Denver was due to a dropped pass by Roddy, not a bad pass by Ryan-get your facts straight. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AlternateReality

October 15th, 2009
8:43 am

Cutler didn’t exactly kill us last year. Wasn’t that the game where Boley made a great read on a swing pass and then missed the interception that would have sealed the victory? Sometimes teams are evenly matched and it comes down to one play like that.

Jamaaliver

October 15th, 2009
8:50 am

I’m just glad we’re in a (mostly) quarterback deficient division. Brees has only a few really good years left.

Who’d have thought a year ago that the NFC North would be home to the best combination of starting QBs in the league?
It would stink to have to put up with Cutler, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford 2 games a year for the next 10 years.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 15th, 2009
8:53 am

AlternateReality: That was the Saints game in New Orleans when Boley missed the swing pass.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 15th, 2009
9:01 am

Hand raised!

Dr. Warren

October 15th, 2009
9:02 am

Roddie dropped the game-winner. Mattie can’t win in the last 5 minutes or the last 1 minute when the star receiver can’t hold onto the ball.

matt r

October 15th, 2009
9:09 am

That was a great 11 seconds… I’m not completely sure, but I believe after THE PASS i was jumping around screaming “One second! One second!” repeatedly, at the top of my lungs.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 15th, 2009
9:13 am

That would have been a circus catch. Was just trying to point out he had time against Denver but only needed 11 seconds against the Bears.

Dr. Warren

October 15th, 2009
9:22 am

No, that’s right. It was a difficult catch, now that you remind me. Any thoughts, DOL, on Turner’s slowdown this year. Mark Bradley said there were hints that he’s overweight. I know he scored 3 from close range Sunday, but he looks softer hitting the hole this year.

Rex D

October 15th, 2009
9:35 am

Hey, the text above underneath Cutler’s photo refers to Matt Stafford as “former Detroit Lions QB Matt Stafford” – did I miss some big news?????

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 15th, 2009
9:44 am

Yeah, he got traded to Cleveland for Brady Quinn!!!! (Not really, was obviously getting ready to write “former UGA” and switch gears to Pro career. It’s been edited out.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 15th, 2009
9:52 am

Our old buddy DeAngelo Hall doesn’t know if the Redskins have the right personnel. Wonder how Dan Synder is going to feel about Hall.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/redskinsinsider/hall-i-dont-know-if-weve-got-t.html

What's Important

October 15th, 2009
10:15 am

If DeAngelo Hall had a brain he would take it out and play with it.

vafalconfan

October 15th, 2009
11:21 am

It’s kind of funny living here in VA with all of the redskin fans and listening to their rants about Meangelo. I just shake my head and smile..seen it all before. As they say the tape does not lie..

Kurt

October 15th, 2009
12:05 pm

The dropped pass by Roddy in last years Denver game WOULD NOT have been a circus catch. He is a professional athlete who gets paid millions to make those catches. He should have caught it. He didn’t and we lost. Should our defense have stopped Denvers last drive? Certainly, but we drove the ball and STILL got in position to win the ball game. That’s all you can ask for is a chance for your playmakers to make a play to win the game. Ours didn’t and we lost. End of story.

Dr. Warren

October 15th, 2009
12:14 pm

No thoughts on Turner, I suppose?

PMC

October 15th, 2009
12:16 pm

They had a chance last year it just so happened Roddy didn’t make that particular catch. He made plenty of others on the way to 11-5. He can take that with him into this game. Take the game plan from the last game and apply it to this one. The Falcons need to be physical on both lines of scrimmage. This is going to be a tough game it’s a conference game and it’s in prime time. The Falcons need to win this one.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 15th, 2009
12:37 pm

DR. WARREN: (Do you have any patients to see today?) No one should be surprised by Turner’s slowdown. All I wrote about was the rule of 370 and the dramatic drop off the following season. Only the great Eric Dickerson has beat the “Curse of 370.” Whatever they get out of Turner is bonus money.

http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/falcons-plan-to-monitor-117728.html

DawgfaninJesup

October 15th, 2009
12:39 pm

Matt Ryan didn’t fail in the comeback against the Broncos. Roddy White dropped the winning touchdown at the end of the game. That one play ruined the season. If Roddy catches that pass we have home field advantage in the playoffs instead of Carolina and I believe we would have beaten Arizona at home, we almost beat them on the road. Who knows what would have happened if Roddy catches that pass at the end of the Denver game.

Barry

October 15th, 2009
1:39 pm

Hey Y’all:

WELCOME TO THE GEORGIA “TERROR” DOME!! HOME OF THE ATLANTA FALCONS. Any team that comes into “OUR HOUSE” is going to get “PIMP SMACKED”. I guess it is CHICAGO this Sunday. They know what’s coming. They saw us last year with a “NEW COACH” and a “NEW QUARTERBACK”" and they got “PIMP SMACKED” What do you think they can do with this “NEW AND IMPROVED” bunch?? THE FALCONS WILL BE PLAYING “FAST”,”NASTY” AND “AGGRESSIVE” IN THIS ONE. THIS IS ANOTHER STATEMENT GAME. AND IT IS GOING TO BE MADE IN “OUR HOUSE” AMONG “OUR FANS” AND THE COMMUNITY. THIS WILL BE ONE IN A ONE HEARTBEAT!!!” MOMENT at the GEORGIA “TERROR” DOME: OUR HOUSE!!!!! So get ready to watch some “SMASH MOUTHED” football. We are going to take this game “ONE GAME AT A TIME”. WE AIN’T PLAYING WITH NOBODY IN THIS LEAGUE!!!! LET”S SHOW THEM “ONE HEARTBEAT!!!”

LET”S DO THIS!! GO FALCONS!!!! KICK THAT BUTT!!!!!!!

SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a SECRET from a FALCON FAN. TELL EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

………………………..”ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!!”……………….

Matt

October 15th, 2009
1:40 pm

Ur buddy Clifton Brown needs to WAKE UP!!! We man handle the dolphins- panthers and the 49ers and our only loss is to the patriots on their turf and he’s rating us 10th BEST????? What a joke!!! Its time for these writers to wake up and realize that we’re not stuck in that fog of Jeff George/ June Jones / Jim Mora n Mike Vick!!! This is the start of DYNASTY baby!!!!;-) Go Falcons!

Dr. Warren

October 15th, 2009
2:47 pm

DOL: (If that is really you) I am not a doctor but a professor living in China.

Dr. Warren

October 15th, 2009
2:49 pm

Of course, considering your entry is unshaded and ungrammatical, I doubt it is you.

T.C

October 15th, 2009
3:33 pm

Who cares? the game still have to be played.I pick the bears to win by 3 anyway.What does a past game have to do with this game anyway,whats done is whats done.

T.C

October 15th, 2009
3:40 pm

Matt,you gotta actually win games that count like the playoffs and a or some superbowls to start a dynasty.The falcons still have’nt prooved anything by being 3 and 1.On that note they have’nt done anything since 1966.Remember these are ths falcons a team that will get your hopes up high then bring you back down to reality.Hell peyton manning didnt win a superbowl until his 10th year and he to me is the best QB IN THE NFL.And we’re thinking ryan can do better,i gotta see it to believe it.

Rufus

October 15th, 2009
3:51 pm

Fergie essentially does a pole dance, complete with offensive lyrics, at the White House Easter egg hunt and is approved by the NFL for minority ownership of the Dolphins.

Michael Vick fights and kills dogs and is allowed to play again.

Rush Limbaugh has phone quotes attributed to him and he’s persona non grata?

Stay classy NFL. What a joke of a league.

Rufus

October 15th, 2009
3:52 pm

Sorry, meant phony quotes. See how easy it is to make things up?

Bird Brain

October 15th, 2009
3:57 pm

What a gorgeous plane! I wonder if you get a complementary gatorade dunk with your flight.
It’s a bit hard to gauge this game as the Bears appear to have made some improvement offensively but the defense without Urlacher is not dominating. As far as Cutler’s victory in the dome last year that was probably the Falcons poorest effort last season, the run defense being especially bad. If we have an outing even 3/4 as good as last Sunday it should be another W for the dirty birds. To set the record straight DawgfaninJesup the loss to the Broncos made no difference in the playoff outcome. We would have finished in a tie with the Panthers at 12-4. The first tiebreaker is head to head record which was a push, the second tiebreaker is division record which the Panthers would have won 4-2 versus 3-3. The Panthers would still have been division champs and we would still be the #5 seed. It seems like whenever DeAngelo Hall opens his mouth you can expect something stupid to come out. He’s one of the most gifted cornerbacks I’ve ever seen but just can’t control himself either on or off the field. If I had 1/10th of the money Daniel Snyder has wasted on overpriced free agents I could buy a fleet of those Falcon jets and fly everyone on this blog for life.

Falconsforlife

October 15th, 2009
4:26 pm

We MUST have all REAL FALCONS FANS in their seats for the INTROS AND KICKOFF. There are going to be tons of obnoxious bears fans at this game, and we must drown them out. LETS SHOW THE WORLD THAT ATLANTA SUPPORTS THIS AMAZING TEAM. LETS MAKE THE DOME THE LOUDESTS ITS EVER BEEN AND SCREAM AND CHEER OUR BOYS TO VICTORY. LETS BE A REAL 12TH MAN IN FRONT OF A NATIONAL AUDIENCE.

BE IN YOUR SEATS FOR KICKOFF.

LETS GO FALCONS BEAT THE BEARS!!!!!!

Not Impressed

October 15th, 2009
6:44 pm

DawgfaninJesup

October 15th, 2009
12:39 pm
Matt Ryan didn’t fail in the comeback against the Broncos. Roddy White dropped the winning touchdown at the end of the game. That one play ruined the season. If Roddy catches that pass we have home field advantage in the playoffs instead of Carolina and I believe we would have beaten Arizona at home, we almost beat them on the road. Who knows what would have happened if Roddy catches that pass at the end of the Denver game.

It doesn’t matter if you are at home or on the road in the playoffs, if you qb throws 2 interceptions, 1 fumble and a freakin safety.

Elite qbs win on the road. Stop blaming Roddy, he dropped the same passes thrown by Vick.

magnus23

October 15th, 2009
9:29 pm

Contrary to popular belief, the Roddy drop against Denver did not cost us the division.

Carolina still would have had the tiebreaker since they beat New Orleans twice.

It was the Boley dropped interception against New Orleans that cost us the division.

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deandrums

October 16th, 2009
7:04 am

Been a Falcs fan since “66″ when I was 10 years old and been waiting for some consistent success for a long time.(from Pa.)
We must be careful with Cutler with his stong arm we must play tight coverage,sometimes Houston+Grimes play to soft ouside and Cutler will eat us up working down the field GO FALCS we need this win to keep up aints….

publanski

October 16th, 2009
7:47 am

Lovie Smith was right when he said Cutler has been doing a “super job.” Since the first half of his disastrous first game against Green Bay, Cutler has had only one interception and has had a 107 quarterback rating, surpassed only by the Manning brothers. Since it was that first game which was televised nationally, most don’t know just how well Cutler has been playing, which is fine with me. He comes in flying under the radar. Watch out, Atlanta.

lee

October 16th, 2009
7:47 am

well i wonder how long it will take for the Dolphins to get down to a Substite teacher for part ownership? what you think? i could just see it!! i have $20.00 ownership in the Miami Dolphins!!! O yea!!! but the problem will be trying to fit 50,000 people in the owners suite-wow

Loel

October 16th, 2009
7:55 am

what a difference 18 months make. go back and the blogs are about how rotten the Falcons are…Huh>>>… look what the comments are now

Louis

October 16th, 2009
9:41 am

What a stupid title of this article…. Jay Cutler won here once and he’s ready to rename the Dome “Cutler’s castle?” So anywhere that Ryan has won on the road, he can automaticaly rename that location “Ryan’s Roost?:….
Dumb…. Game last year was more about us allowing a 4th string Denver RB looking like a Pro Bowler

MO Zack

October 16th, 2009
9:51 am

Cutler conquered the GA Dome? Really? DOL don’t make mountains out of molehills. It’s one victory of 10 against the Falcons at home. Some of you are talking about how productive Cutler has been lately just because he’s won 3 games in a row. He’s a loud mouth, obnoxious little brat. Please, go on. Over hype the Bears. I would love to see them get bounced by 40 points. It wasn’t our corners that made SHill make bad passes. It was our pass rush. The only team of substance the Bears have beaten this year are the Pittsburgh Steelers. They beat Seattle without Matt Hasselbeck! Wow! DOL, Cutler has conquered nothing but getting traded to a team that stands at 3-1 and leaving a team that’s 5-0! Talk about bad audible from the quarterback!

guy0nthec0uch

October 16th, 2009
9:56 am

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/272280-week-six-preview-bears-vs-falcons

That catch White missed wasn’t a circus catch. He’s made better ones. He just dropped the ball, literally.

MO Zack

October 16th, 2009
10:02 am

Magnus, you’re wrong. The Falcons had a better conference record than the Panthers did last year. If the Panthers had lost the last game of the season, then we (the Falcons) would have had won the division.

Susan Adkins

October 16th, 2009
10:04 am

The Falcons are a loser team. Always have been always will be.

Vick Supporter

October 16th, 2009
10:42 am

Dec 6th 2009……………..

The Great Mike Vick Returns Home

“The Day of Rekoning”.

Interesting

October 16th, 2009
11:13 am

Dwayne

October 16th, 2009
11:44 am

Cutler is playing well, but the falcons will win by 17.

ALL DAY LONG

October 16th, 2009
12:22 pm

Devon Hester

Steve

October 16th, 2009
12:25 pm

“I guess Coach Lovie has just forgotten about the five interceptions Cutler has thrown.”

Probably not. However, ESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert has an interesting look at Cutler’s season after the 1st half in Green Bay: http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/4755/air-and-space-cutlers-big-picture

An excerpt: “Since halftime of Week 1, Cutler has a 107.8 passer rating. That figure trails only two other quarterbacks over that stretch: Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning (119) and the New York Giants’ Eli Manning (110.4). Cutler’s 70.1 completion percentage in the same time period ranks second to Peyton Manning’s 73.8. ”

The cynic would say that first half was Cutler showing his true colors. The apologist would say that half was an aberration (and the game itself featured a career-high total interceptions for Cutler).

Realistically, it’s starting to look as though the first half at Lambeau was the result of 1st performance jitters, brought on by the biggest trade in the league since the Cowboys traded Herschel Walker to the Vikings and compounded by unrealistic messianic expectations of Chicago sports fans.

Ken Strickland

October 16th, 2009
12:56 pm

If we get the same kind of pressure we got on 49er QB Hill, especially form the interior of our DL, we’ll see Cutler’s QB rating go down. Chicago’s DEF, even with Urlacher, isn’t strong enough overall to shut our rush and passing OFF down. They have to pick their poison. The gm will be determined by how well each teams redzone OFF/DEF does.

Despite Cutler’s high QB rating, our OFF is far stronger and more balanced than theirs. It might be illegal to kill bears, but if our DEF can duplicate last wks performance, we won’t be breaking the law if we put an old fashion whipping on the Bears. GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!