Prime Time’s Preview: Falcons vs. Ravens

Deion Sanders talking with the media have his Ring of Honor luncheon today. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Deion Sanders talking with the media after his Ring of Honor luncheon today. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Deion Sanders is elated about being inducted in the Falcons Ring of Honor at halftime of tonight’s game.

“I’m going to want to play,” Sanders said after luncheon downtown in his honor.  ”I want to see if they will activate me. I’ve got one good quarter left in me and it’s a good one, too. They just have to choose it carefully. That’s what I’ll be thinking.”

Sanders, an analyst with the NFL Network,  will be working the game.

Deion Sander's Ring of Honor helmet. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Deion Sander's Ring of Honor helmet. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Here’s how he sees the game.

“They have two similar offenses,” Sanders said. “The defense, you definitely have to give that edge to the Baltimore Ravens. Special teams is probably a draw.”

Sanders knows the Falcons are 17-3 at the Georgia Dome under head coach Mike Smith.

“The Falcons are not joke at home,” Sanders said. “I made that same statement to Ray Lewis and he said, ‘We’re no jokes in Domes either.’  I said well, ‘with these guys, you better come out strong.’ ”

Both teams feature strong running games.

“It’s going to come down to whomever is going to stop the running game,” Sanders said. “(With the Falcons), everything is based off the run. If the running game is going, man (Matt) Ryan is rolling. If that running game is rolling for Baltimore, Joe Flacco is rolling.”

Sanders believes both teams are weak in the secondary.

“(Atlanta) is a little vulnerable on the corners,” Sanders said. “They are a little vulnerable on the corners in the secondary. Ed Reed coming back helps them out tremendously. It’s going to be a dog fight.”

Sanders has been gone to long to know that “dog fight” is not a good word choice.

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48 comments Add your comment

Trashy

November 11th, 2010
3:57 pm

Go Dirty Birds!

Dave D

November 11th, 2010
4:01 pm

I’m just hoping for a strong game by us and a total collapse by them.

SirReal

November 11th, 2010
4:02 pm

Hope the Falcons pull this out….quote the raven…nevermore. :)

tim

November 11th, 2010
4:03 pm

Hey Deion…….when you talked with Ray Lewis, did he tell you where he threw away his bloody clothes??

Ray Lewis hits like a girl

November 11th, 2010
4:15 pm

Falcons 42

Crows 14

JSS

November 11th, 2010
4:21 pm

An observant Veterans Day to all that served the Nation…

Same trashy comments by the members of “Snarky Central.” Deion made some good observations on the facets that will make the difference.

@ Ledbetter…
Were you around Sanders enough today to tell if he was “taken aback” by the induction? I know there is an element which will always question his motives. So I’d like an outside view on the question…

Ravenous

November 11th, 2010
4:25 pm

You guys haven’t played a team like us, with the exception of Pittsburgh but even they were without Rapistberger. The Ravens will beat Ryan to a pulp and Reed gets a pick 6. Game is done by half time. Ravens 34 Falcons 17 (Last TD in Garbage Time.)

DirtyBirds

November 11th, 2010
4:26 pm

I can’t wait for the game to start. We’re going to tear baltimore up. Here is a good place to watch the game online and chat with the clueless Ravens’ fans. Go Falcons!

http://www.ucubd.com/mashups/Watch-Atlanta-Falcons-vs-Baltimore-Ravens-NFL-Live-4104.html

Falcon Jim

November 11th, 2010
4:35 pm

Falcons…78

Ravens……3

bulletbob

November 11th, 2010
4:35 pm

Enter your comments here

Deion has a profound grasp of the obvious.

JB FALCON

November 11th, 2010
4:36 pm

DOL, I see you STILL haven’t fixed this backward a** blog. Are you trying to get to learn to read backward?

Falcon Jim

November 11th, 2010
4:36 pm

DirtyBirds,

Cant wait! Can’t wait! Can’t wait!

PMC

November 11th, 2010
4:37 pm

We definately need Prime Time for the 3rd Quarter. A Punt Return TD and a good pass breakup. Lace em up Prime Time.

Mario

November 11th, 2010
4:39 pm

LET GO FALCONS DO D DIRTY BIRDS!!!!!!

Frozen Rope

November 11th, 2010
4:43 pm

Falcons 84,, Ravens 3

notaDSfan

November 11th, 2010
4:44 pm

I am embarrassed as a Falcons fan that Deion Sanders is being put in the Ring of Honor.
And before everyone threaten’s me, my family, anyone associated with me… let me explain.

One major statement that must be kept in mind for anyone responding is I know Deion Sanders was a GREAT cornerback. Maybe the best of all-times and definitely one of the best players in NFL history.

First- Deion didn’t even play half of his career as a Falcon.
2nd- Deion could not wait to get out of Atlanta.
3rd and most importantly- The Smith’s gave Deion everything he wanted and more, while in Atlanta. They even allowed him to play for the Braves during football season! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Now i didn’t care for the Smith’s, don’t get me wrong, but if there was anyone who should NEVER have said a bad word about the Smith’s or the Falcons it was Deion Sanders. AND the minute he landed in San Francisco, Deion Sanders ripped the living day-light’s out of the Smiths, the Falcons and the city of Atlanta and how happy he was to be out of this town!

I was working for a sports television company at that time. The press conference (in San Francisco) was not televised nationally most people do not know these facts. But, I watched it in it’s entirety with my own eyes and ears. I was absolutely shocked at the extent that Deion Sanders went on and on ripping the smith’s, falcons and this city. I realized that day that Deion Sanders was the most unappreciative, self serving, selfish, egotistical athlete SPORT had ever known.

If i were any of the people already in the Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor, I would be embarrassed and not happy with Deion’s inclusion in this fraternity. And this BS he is spewing about how “This is the only place I can call home…” makes me want to puke! Sorry Deion, go sell sunshine somewhere else pal.

Falcon Jim

November 11th, 2010
4:46 pm

Rope,

I guess I missed those last six points.

HA HA HA HA

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Falcon Jim

November 11th, 2010
4:48 pm

Rope,

I hope Roddy plays tonight. We need that deep throat on our rooster. Man, this game is gonna be like a supper bowel !

Frozen Rope

November 11th, 2010
4:57 pm

Pick 6 Jim,, thats 12 TD’s,,, no field goals please

Frozen Rope

November 11th, 2010
4:58 pm

We for sure need Roddy on the Rooster tonight,, I hope he can go,,, the anticipation is killing me,,,

Just Sayin

November 11th, 2010
5:31 pm

JB Falcon, Yeah driving me crazy too! GO BIRDS!!

old man

November 11th, 2010
6:03 pm

What a great, big-time, prime time game for the Birds. It will be tight, close, and hard fought.

We need to run successfully. What is the ONE THING the Ravens will not expect? Mix in 3 or 4 “surprises” from . . . ANTONE SMITH. He did not make the roster because he was chopped liver. I saw him in preseason. He looked damn good.

I’m not a Smith booster. Snelling is the guy who I think is undervalued. But tonight, you have use every piece of ammo you have. If Smith is in the backfield where the fake is to Turner, or it’s an obvious passing down, they will think we are giving Turner and Snelling a breather. Smith will gallop for 40.

Mark it down.

Sgt. Joe Friday#714

November 11th, 2010
6:23 pm

Meion should not be in the Falcon’s ring of honor.

Falcon Jim

November 11th, 2010
6:47 pm

OLD MAN, FROM ANOTHER OLD MAN,

Sounds good to me.

gcs

November 11th, 2010
7:09 pm

Deion turned his back on the Falcons. @#$% him!

Rico as in Puerto

November 11th, 2010
7:26 pm

Hey Falcon Jim, I usually read the falcons blogs at work so I can’t post – but you making fun of Joe Tess/ Camaro Bob is just hilarious. I can’t believe this guy is for real – he’s got to be a troll trying to “disrupt” us falcon fans. Seems like I’ve “seen this before”…lol

Rico as in Puerto

November 11th, 2010
7:29 pm

More seriously, I’d love nothing more than to get a win tonight but I just don’t think this is a good match-up. No worries though – we’ve got some winnable games left I think we’re gonna take the Green Bay game too. It’s all on our secondary tonight – there’s no way they’re beating us on the ground. If Grimes and Dunta hold us then we’re in this game

SeenThisB4

November 11th, 2010
7:33 pm

Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick,tick, tick, tick,,………………….

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

Falcon Jim

November 11th, 2010
7:37 pm

Rico as in Puerto,

I joke about “their” funny words and spellings. But I try not to be mean I do point to the “same person” aspect. But I really do like them. They are funny. Surely, this can be an adversarial blog, but that’s the fun.

But I have stood up for Joe Tess, et al, more than anyone…..:

Joe Tess is a very astute observer of the gridiron. Sometimes genius is not recognized when it is so contrary to popular belief. Deep vision can be clouded by others short-sightedness. Colloquial style should not be used to criticize, but look to the content. Joe Tess is a brave visionary and should be respected.

Rico, thanks so much and let’s give Joe some love and hope he keeps giving us gems like “deep throat” and “supper bowel.”

Rico as in Puerto

November 11th, 2010
8:04 pm

I hear you Falcon Jim, I’m definitelly trying to be nice as well. It just seems like this guy does it on purpose. I don’t know how you can figure getting on the internet, finding a blog, etc but not being able to spell the simplest words. He’s funny though for sure – I get a laugh every time he posts. I don’t think he’s a falcons fan though – the other day he was upset the game was on tv and he’d get to watch it. Hey maybe he’s a Cleveland fan – still hoping to see the Browns go to the Superbowel! LOL

Falcon Jim

November 11th, 2010
8:20 pm

Rico,

HA HA HA

The whole thing is a subterfuge. It’s ALL a joke. Every last word.

Just laugh. None of it is serious.

Rico as in Puerto

November 11th, 2010
8:25 pm

I know – that was pretty obvious. When I first saw the bit about him being an “astute observer” I knew right away u were being cynical. Ready to go for tonight – let’s kick the Raven’s feather off their tails!

NEWS FLASH

November 11th, 2010
8:26 pm

Dion Sanders is really Falcon James!!! Here is the quote

“It’s going to come down to whomever is going to stop the running game,” Sanders said. “(With the Falcons), everything is based off the run. If the running game is going, man (Matt) Ryan is rolling. If that running game is rolling for Baltimore, Joe Flacco is rolling”

Ken Strickland

November 12th, 2010
12:20 am

SEENTHISB4/SAINTLSU-Where are you fella’s? Didn’t I tell you the Falcons would take care of the Ravens and their vaunted DEF? Now you can start the weekend off hoping and praying for our next opponent to do what your AINTS couldn’t do. All of you AINT fans, and a large number of Falcon fans, had this gm marked off as an automatic loss.

stendek

November 12th, 2010
12:57 am

I had a sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach when the Falcons relinquished the lead late. I have seen this too many times. Too many field goals. Too many Roddy White drops. Too many failed opportunities to put a rival away. It seemed little solace that just over a minute remained. This was time for the Matt Ryan legacy to begin on a national stage. Either a comeback for the ages or another close defeat in a very important matchup. It was the former this time. Roddy did push off to get open for the winner. Who cares? I have seen more than enough dubious calls go against the Falcons since 1966. Yes the facemask call should have gone against the Falcons or been a wash. So what? Tony Gonzalez was manhandled illegally on the interference call. This was the first time this season that I am extremely proud of offense. Matt, Roddy, Tony and friends won this one. Michael Turner was ineffective but did not cough football up. A 7-2 mark is difficult to argue. Falcons could have more losses. Should have won against Steelers. Only stinker this year came against Philly. I knew Baltimore would move ahead after Roddy third down drop. I just knew. Thankfully old script was discarded in favor of new one. Congratulations Falcons. STENDEK

Atlanta Housewife

November 12th, 2010
2:20 am

Where is that Seen This B4 punk ?!? You Yellow Coward !! Say something now !!! Just as I thought, Coward !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Atlanta Housewife

November 12th, 2010
2:22 am

Ah ! Another week and the Aint’s are still in second !!! Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! Bunch of Punks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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November 12th, 2010
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stendek

November 12th, 2010
7:33 am

After watching the Falcons get reamed by officiating since 1966 I concur. Roddy White did push the defender down. The facemask penalty should have been a wash since both sides were guilty. Maybe that Alfred Jenkins reception should have been reversed. So what? Were I a Raven fan I too would be mad as Hell today. Know what? I am a Falcon fan! I feel wonderful. Know something else? A handful of calls do not balance the scale of decades of NFL zebra injustice. Falcon followers have had to deal with it. Know it hurts. But…STENDEK

stendek

November 12th, 2010
7:45 am

singh is king

November 12th, 2010
11:30 am

what wrong with harry douglas, man we need somebody in slot

Maurice

November 12th, 2010
11:33 am

I agree stendek. Sure Roddy pushed him down, but there were a lot of calls the refs missed on both sides of the ball. I also think it was an awesome play by Roddy to push him down. The Falcons receivers have been pushed and pulled down all season with the ball in the air and pass interference hasn’t been called. It’s one of one million no calls for the home team! And honestly we should get calls like that in the Dome! GO FALCONS. WE RISE!

Aaron Hunter

November 12th, 2010
11:53 am

falcons won close tie through but we are going all the way this season!!!!!!!!!

Jesse Stone

November 12th, 2010
12:41 pm

Your blog format is a pain. Moving on…..

PlanB

November 12th, 2010
5:47 pm

DOL – Quit loosing people like Jesse Stone because of the format. Fix it. I don’t like it either.