Do the Falcons really catch a break with Bush out?

Saints running back Reggie Bush has some time to mend fences with Kim Kardashian.

Saints running back Reggie Bush has some time to mend fences with Kim Kardashian.

FLOWERY BRANCH – Yeah, Reggie Bush is hurt, but so what?

He really hasn’t done much against the Falcons since he’s been in the league. All his broken leg really means is that the Falcons will get to see more of the hard-charging Pierre Thomas.

However, while Bush is out with a broken leg, he is 6-0 against the Falcons, thanks mostly to his teammates. He was only a factor in one of the six games.

Bush, the disgraced Heisman trophy winner, was drafted in 2006. The Falcons have played the Saints eight times and are 1-7 against them over that period.

In the Falcons 34-20 victory on Nov. 11, 2008, Bush didn’t play. He also didn’t play in the Saints 34-14 victory on Dec. 12, 2007, which turned out to be Bobby Petrino’s last game.

In the first meeting in 2007, Bush caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees with 5:15 left to play  and ran for the two-point conversion in the Saints 22-14 victory.

He wasn’t a major factor in the other five games.

He’s  never rushed for more than 80 yards against the Falcons. He’s never had more than 46 yards receiving against the Falcons. He also was a non-factor in the return game against the Falcons.

Here’s the Bush breakdown vs the Falcons:

Year     Date    Teams                               Rushing       Receiving

(carries-yards-tds)         (catches-yards-tds)

2009   11/2      @NO 35, ATL 27          2-3-1                     2-11-0

12/13     NO 26, @ ATL 30       6-33-0                   6-46-2

2008   11/9       @ATL 34, NO 20         Bush does not play

12/7       @NO 29, ATL 25        10-80-0               2-26-1

2007   10/21     @NO 22, ATL 16          17-54-0             5-19-1

12/10       NO 34, 2 ATL 14         Bush does not play

2006      9/25       @NO 23, ATL 3           13-51-0             4-19-0

11/26       NO 31, @ATL 13        5-24-0              3-21-0

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96 comments Add your comment

Richard

September 22nd, 2010
12:04 pm

Kardashian pic? Is this a sports journal or a gossip column? Jeeze, get some class Orlando.

Reid Adair

September 22nd, 2010
12:10 pm

D-Led, while I certainly don’t wish injury on any athletes, it is one less option for the Saints.

For what it’s worth, I think the picture and the cutline are hilarious.

Nike Falcon

September 22nd, 2010
12:11 pm

No need for this post with or without Bush we kick ‘Aints @ss!! I would really like to see SeenThisB4 in person and really see if he gota alot to say

Season Ticket Holder

September 22nd, 2010
12:13 pm

The Falcons are playing without Norwood and the Saints are playing without Bush. The Saints will miss Reggie Bush more than the Falcons missing Norwood.

Mave2124

September 22nd, 2010
12:19 pm

Oh come on..D-Led…any excuse to post pics of lovely ladies in a Falcons Football blog…go ahead!

E's Dirty Birds

September 22nd, 2010
12:22 pm

When will the Falcons promote Snelling to starter?

DJ Sniper

September 22nd, 2010
12:23 pm

I’m not expecting any drop off in the Saints offense due to Bush’s absence. They still have Drew Brees, their full compliment of receivers, and a solid O-line. Their gameplan will change up some, but not drastically.

I think our secondary can do a good job covering their receivers. My main concern is the screen pass. The Saints are one of the best screen teams in the NFL. It’s important that we snuff out that option.

chichi

September 22nd, 2010
12:26 pm

He may of not done anything but his prescence opens up alot of what the saints are able to do teams would have to respect reggies recv abilitites out of the back field.

PMC

September 22nd, 2010
12:33 pm

considering we have Norwood out AGAIN… and Michael Turner has been non existant this year not really.

He’s a great receiver out of the backfield, but they have so many options and Brees is so fantastic at finding guys open in the middle of a zone… I don’t see it hurting them trying to accomplish what they want to do. Pierre Thomas is FAR more important than Reggie. What I’m hoping is that the Falcons can make them one dimensional and stop the run..that will give them at least a chance. Tackling well in this one is critical.

uga_b

September 22nd, 2010
12:36 pm

D-Led, As I have said over in the CAGE, our kickoff coverage scares me and we gave up a return last week (called back). That is where we catch the break: in the return game. I don’t think it means as much on offense eventhough Reggie was looking better.

FrontRow

September 22nd, 2010
12:36 pm

Yeah and one of the reasons why the Saints are a good screen team is they get away with murder. Go back and watch some tape and keep in mind 2 things:

1. Linemen 5 yards past the line of scrimmage on a pass play is a five yard penalty.

2. Blocking while the ball is in the air is pass interference.

Since Peyton brought in the Chuck & Duck the Saints have gotten away with these 2 infractions on a weekly basis. I wouldn’t have a problem with it except that if their opponent does the same thing, out comes the laundry.

PlusSizeModel

September 22nd, 2010
12:36 pm

This is an idiotic thesis. Defenses have to game plan around Bush, regardless of whether he has hurt them in the past. He is a game-changer on any given play. And you’re seriously questioning whether his being out of the line-up is a break? Looks like we have a new Terrance Moore in the house. You’re embarrassing yourself.

PMC

September 22nd, 2010
12:38 pm

We’ve got to get hands up at the line, bring pressure up the middle and just try to knock balls away, mess up the timing as much as possible. Drew Brees is as good as it gets in the NFL these days.

On offense, the Falcons MUST run the football and they must protect the football. No team strips the ball more than New Orleans. They also have pretty good corners. I think you have to attack the middle of the field and or try to use Roddy’s height and physical ability. Hopefully Jenkins will be back too so Douglass can be used in the slot.

PMC

September 22nd, 2010
12:47 pm

Bush is an extremely well paid Eric Metcalf.

oranjucejonz

September 22nd, 2010
12:50 pm

@@@ DJ SNIPER…..Not sure if you watched the Saints 1st 2 games or not but those receivers really havent been burning alot of guys up so far.Lets hope it stays that way this week.Pressure up front WILL BE HUGE for our defense.

gcs

September 22nd, 2010
12:51 pm

I really hate to say this but the Falcons have no shot at winning this game on Sunday.

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chc4

September 22nd, 2010
12:58 pm

Bush being out makes a huge difference. He’s such a weapon in the passing game. Bush is not a good running back but is a fabulous receiver out of the backfield. Thomas is a fine player but nothing special.

Your Comment Here

September 22nd, 2010
12:59 pm

Bush is fluff, in the sense that he never breaks a tackle. Touch him solidly and he goes down. It would be interesting to see how many runs for negative yards he has in his career. Seems he is 90% little to no gain (2 yards or less), and 10% big gains (over 20 yards). His avg yards per carry is where it is because he breaks the 50+ yard runs so often, by avoiding tackles. Norwood is the same kind of runner, only not of Bush-boy calibre. Its like they have air in their bones, like birds. Slap them and they go down, but miss them and they fly away. The end result is they get hurt often too, and after a while they don’t come back.

dave

September 22nd, 2010
1:00 pm

Bush – 75 touches for 387 yards/5 TDs against the falcons since he came in the league.

Over the same period (and also not playing in two games – 9/25/06&11/2/09), Jerious Norwood had 58 touches for 354 yards/1 TD against the Saints.

Jerious has never really been a red zone option for the Falcons offense, whereas Bush was/is used in the red zone in the Saints offense. Most of his 5 TDs were short yardage plays if I remember correctly.

I’d say the respective losses of Bush and Norwood kind of cancel each other out, except no one’s talking about Jerious and everyone’s talking about Reggie.

Reggie’s career numbers:
Rushing: 495/1958 4.0avg 17TD
Receiving: 269/1997 7.4avg 12TD
14 fumbles/8 lost

Jerious Norwood
Rushing: 375/1995 5.3avg 7TD
Receiving: 96/912 9.5avg 3TD
2 fumbles/2 lost

Special teams:
Reggie averaged 8.1yds per punt return with 4 TDs and 4 fumbles
Jerious averaged 25.5yds per kick return with 0 TDs and 1 fumble.

I wish Jerious could stay healthy, he’s a great player when he is.

D Money

September 22nd, 2010
1:01 pm

@gcs…I said the same thing about the 49ers on Monday. I’m hoping for a good game like the ones last season. When these two teams get together…there’s true tension. However you slice it, the road to the SB is threw the NFC South.

oranjucejonz

September 22nd, 2010
1:02 pm

@@@@ UGAb……This guy Courtney Roby looks pretty dangerous as a return man….@@@@PMC…Bush was the one guy that always seemed to spark this team.It just seemed like they got really hyped and very hard to beat after he made a big play.In almost every game ive seen him,Its like he either made several big plays or none at all… I DONT THINK THE NUMBERS TRUELY SPEAK TO HIS EFFECT ON THIS TEAM.

waynester

September 22nd, 2010
1:11 pm

The consensus seems to be that the loss of Bush will have a minor impact on the Saints but bear in mind they’ve lost numerous RBs through training camp/preseason and now their premier rusher/decoy is out leaving one less superstar to gameplan around. Personally, I’ve always held that Pierre Thomas is severely underrated and the better back overall. Brees still has plenty of arrows in the quiver but the unavailability of Bush shouldn’t be underestimated as others have noted, he’s a sparkplug to the team…..

Joann J Crittendon

September 22nd, 2010
1:11 pm

Why are you dogging R. Bush? Losing his trophy is no disgrace because it was taken away from him in such a manner that all players and fans should be up in arms about it. But since some of them didn’t get caught or punished, they don’t care.

Football Bat

September 22nd, 2010
1:11 pm

In a game and a half Bush has recorded 50 return yards, 18 rushing yards, and 63 receiving yards with 1 TD. I think the Saints will miss their variety weapon plenty, and yes, we absolutely can kick their ass in their own backyard.

Fan

September 22nd, 2010
1:15 pm

DJ Snipper, who do you think they run the Saint the screen play for? Bush!!!!!!!!!!!

Ford Falcon

September 22nd, 2010
1:16 pm

It’s true- without bush, players are more areodynamic and can move faster. Remember Saints new motto: Shave it off and move faster. It a matter of simple physics. Less drag and more cup room.

Greg

September 22nd, 2010
1:20 pm

Let’s just all see if, just for one game, we can cover Colston. That guy has murdered us for years, and made it look easy. In addition, I have a fervent hope: I know Ryan is looking primarily at tape of the NO defense, but I hope he takes a peak at the short passing game that Brees and Pete Carmichael have perfected. Notice how fast the ball is out. Notice Brees’ accuracy, viz. how his receivers, whether a back, or TE or WR, are hit IN STRIDE, moving AWAY. They don’t have to stop, turn, and face the QB to catch the ball (as we are prone to do). This little difference make a huge difference in YACs.

Norcross Nick

September 22nd, 2010
1:22 pm

Feeling our oats after trouncing the Cardinals? Fools gold. I can’t seem to remember the last time we actually beat the Saints, must be getting old. About the only thing in our favor is that it’s a short week for the Saints. Still, I don’t like our chances this weekend. Saints 27, Falcons 17.

scra22

September 22nd, 2010
1:32 pm

Fan

September 22nd, 2010
1:15 pm
DJ Snipper, who do you think they run the Saint the screen play for? Bush!!!!!!!!!!!

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PIERRE THOMAS.

realitycheck

September 22nd, 2010
1:35 pm

The Saints offense has faced possible top 5 defenses in their first two games. The Falcons are not facing Dennis Dixon or Derek Anderson this week, and the Falcon defense is not in the class of the Vikings or 49ers. Last week the Falcons did what they’ve done for a while and that’s beat up a bad team at home. Reggie Bush is only one of the many weapons on the Saint offense, and unfortunately for the Falcons this offense is likely to light up the scoreboard on Sunday. One major difference between the two teams is the Saints found a way to win with a subpar effort(49ers), and the Falcons did not(Steelers). Whether it’s close or not, expect the Saints to be 3-0 and the Falcons to be 1-2. A home win over Derek Anderson and the Cardinals is simply not nearly enough for me to drink the Falcon kool-aid!

Dwayne

September 22nd, 2010
1:36 pm

Do not have to game plan for bush. Dunta nuetralizes colston. Falcs win. If bush was healthy, unfortunetly, saints would win. Go Falcons

chc4

September 22nd, 2010
1:43 pm

The 49ers are not a possible top 5 defense. Minny may be but they were horribly banged up in the secondary 2 weeks ago. Saints should’ve scored more than 14 on em. Falcons have a great shot this weekend.

What?

September 22nd, 2010
1:51 pm

Kim K is such a freakin whoorre!

reckingball

September 22nd, 2010
1:54 pm

1:51pm……Do you harbor some sort of prejudice against whoorres?

Say What?

September 22nd, 2010
1:57 pm

She sure ain’t no tight end, more like a wide receiver!

reckingball

September 22nd, 2010
1:57 pm

I don’t think that Bush being out, is that much of an advantage for the Falcons.
Now if Brees were to break his leg, that, would be an advantage.

james

September 22nd, 2010
2:00 pm

DOL, your Bush Breakdown states that the Falcons beat the Saints, 30-26 on 12/13/09. We actually lost that game 26-23. Then your story indicates the Saints won at the Superdome on 10/21/07 by a 22-14, yet the Bush Breakdown indicates a 22-16 loss. Finally, back to 12/13/09 – Reggie Bush had two TD catches against us in the 26-23 loss. So all of this begs a couple questions, can’t the AJC afford proofreaders? Secondly, what constitutes a “non-factor”? Clearly, Bush was a huge difference in our 3-point loss in the GA Dome.

Bobby

September 22nd, 2010
2:02 pm

GEAUX SAINTS GEAUX!

truth

September 22nd, 2010
2:03 pm

@gcs…..looks like its time you find another team.

ln29576

September 22nd, 2010
2:09 pm

See you in New Orleans where the Saints are going to kick your butt, even without Bush.

tell it like it is.

September 22nd, 2010
2:21 pm

This game on sunday in NO reminds me of the games in Philly between Braves and Phillies.we got no chance! the pitching and hiting is to good

ajc pariah

September 22nd, 2010
2:22 pm

No.He may have yoyo’ed a heisman,but he ain’t shown much in the pro league.If we can run the ball like last week and keep Brees off the field,we gotta chance.And Mike,be mindful of Sean’s tricks.

Ramblin Wrecker

September 22nd, 2010
2:26 pm

Maybe you’re right, maybe it doesn’t matter if Bush is there. But maybe the guy who replaces him is not as good, and allows the Falcons to pay additional attention to Colston or Shockey or Pierre Thomas. Maybe the extra workload on Pierre causes him to get tired and make a mistake. Bush is not the end all be all that he was drafted to be, but he’s a decent player that was versatile.

Remember he also returns punts. Maybe field position becomes more of a weapon for the Falcons. I think no Bush is better than some Bush. he he

Tom Pridemore was tuff

September 22nd, 2010
2:35 pm

Is she a whooore or a hoe..??

SeenThisB4

September 22nd, 2010
2:53 pm

Sorry Orlando, but Reggie is far from “the disgraced Heisman trophy winner”. The only reason he gave that junk back was cause he wanted the extra space to display his Super Bowl Trophy and Ring.

Anyway, I would have to admit, that with Reggie being out, the falcants have a shot at losing by less than 20. LOL!

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

Mack

September 22nd, 2010
2:56 pm

You guys REALLY BELIEVE the falcons can beat THE WORLD CHAMPS? Your offense is Vanilla & the SAINTS have 2 of the BEST CB’s in the league let alone NFC south. All they have to do is take away Roddy White & the game is over! Gonzales can’t run 20 yards & Matt Ice is gonna look like a deer in head lights in that LOUD SUPERDOME. Without Reggie Bush they STILL have more weapons & they have a better COACHING Staff. BRING YOUR LUNCH BOX!

Joe Tess Fish House

September 22nd, 2010
2:58 pm

Gwinnett Fred

September 22nd, 2010
3:26 pm

I think you are missing the bigger picture.

Ever crossed you mind that he didn’t do much damage against the Falcons BECAUSE WE HAD A GOOD GAME PLAN TO STOP HIM???????????

Now that he isn’t an option – maybe, just maybe, we can concentrate on other Saints weapons.

To even suggest that Bush being out has relative little meaning in this game is totally absurd.

Gwinnett Fred

September 22nd, 2010
3:36 pm

It’s also sad that so many replies have called you out for such a stupid thought and you haven’t replied once in 3 1/2 hours since this farce of an article.

Chuck Clausen

September 22nd, 2010
3:37 pm

When Bush is on the field you can’t treat him like any other back. Backs and tight end are covered by Strong Safeties and Linebackers, Bush requires corner back skills, or maybe a free safety with exceptional coverage skills., but never a linebacker. Without him playing it frees up the defense to be more aggressive playing the run game and you might be able to add a more physical player to your defense.