Most of the country: Not behind the Falcons

Feel free to put a chip on your shoulder, Falcons fans.

Not that you should be surprised, but ESPN’s website presents convincing evidence that most football fans don’t believe in your team.

On its SportsNation page, which polls fans for predictions and other questions, only a majority of fans in Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and, oddly, New Hampshire predict a Falcons win.

The rest of the country, as well as the website’s international readership, is behind Green Bay.

For what it’s worth, Wisconsin residents believe more in their team than Georgia Falcons fans do. Among Wisconsin residents, 91 percent call for a Packers win. In Georgia, 88 percent of voters are behind the Falcons.

The only state preventing a complete sweep outside the Southeast is New Hampshire, where 53 percent back the Falcons. Live Free or Die, indeed.

NFL.com analyst Michael Lombardi calls the Packers his lock of the week, remarkable considering Seattle is a 10-point underdog to Chicago and New England is favored by nine over the New York Jets.

A New York Times football blog goes so far as to say the Falcons are “quite lucky to be where they are” and assigns the Packers a 68 percent win probability. For what it’s worth, the assertion is made from a purely statistical analysis.

Two of Yahoo’s three NFL writers are going with Green Bay. However, Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated predicts a 24-21 win for the Falcons.

So, should the Falcons win, here’s a wish that whichever player trots out the “No one believed in us!” line will say “No one believed in us, except most of the Southeast and New Hampshire! Also, Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated!”

Rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?

154 comments Add your comment

JMayne

January 13th, 2011
1:20 pm

Who cares what those talking heads say? Play the best game possible and the falcons will beat gb. If the falcons play thier A game, there is no team in the NFC that can beat them. First?

JMayne

January 13th, 2011
1:22 pm

Boom!! Put it on thaaaaaaaa boooooaaaaaaarrrddd……YEEEEESSSS!

nickz

January 13th, 2011
1:30 pm

Green Bay’s tough…but the Falcon’s at home are tougher. I think we’ll win a little bit easier than we did a few weeks ago when Green Bay came to the Dirty Dome!

nickz

January 13th, 2011
1:30 pm

nickz

January 13th, 2011
1:30 pm

That’s Falcons 31, Green Bay 17

Turtsnap

January 13th, 2011
1:31 pm

The only way to gain respect is to win the BIG games…. Here is our chance! Go Dirty Birds!!

JimmyCarter

January 13th, 2011
1:33 pm

If only every team could be as great as the Packers. Go Green Bay!!!!!

Joseph

January 13th, 2011
1:34 pm

ATL will win! To date, we have still not played a complete game and of course finished the regular season at 13-3. We will play that complete game and of course log the victory! After all, we beat them already without the necessity of a complete game. I am sooo ready!!!

GoPackGO

January 13th, 2011
1:35 pm

The Falcons players should be worried about Saturday’s game. With all of the Packers injuries this season-19 players on IR, 10 starters. The Packers are playing with House money right now, the Players and fans know it! The Packers will play loose on Saturday, The Falcons have the pressure of being the number #1 seed.

Terry

January 13th, 2011
1:35 pm

with a green bay defeat, get ready for all the excuses why they should’ve, could’ve won, and are still the superior team. surprisingly chris collingsworth andd warren sapp picks atlanta with phil simms going with the cheese heads.

Randy

January 13th, 2011
1:35 pm

This team has a long history of choking and losing. It’ll take a few big wins to change that perception. So lets start on that now. RISE UP FALCONS !!!!

Ken Sugiura

January 13th, 2011
1:35 pm

JMayne – did you just reference Ken “Hawk” Harrelson?

Jeanna

January 13th, 2011
1:35 pm

I love it. It’s all bulletin board material! My husband and most of his family are lifelong Packers fans, so I’m familiar with the team. McCarthy is a coach that makes bad play calls under pressure, and consistently chokes in big games. Smitty is not. The Packers are a good football team, but they aren’t as well-coached as we are.

falcon1

January 13th, 2011
1:36 pm

What do expect? Atl. is know for the airport and the braves……… Thats it! Time for the team and the diehard fans to show those naysayers the Falcons are the NFC champions once and for all !!!!
Beat Green Bay again/ this time beat them hard !!!! GO BIRDS !!!!!!!!

Ken Sugiura

January 13th, 2011
1:36 pm

Jeanna – speaking of bulletin board material… you’re puttin’ it out there.

Ross

January 13th, 2011
1:37 pm

The real tell on the Green Bay team is that college boy Matthews. He runs around with a lot of hair behavior like a debutante, rah-rahing and blitzing. It works against poor to middling teams, the same way it works in college, so he racks up meaningless statistics. But the Falcons completely shut him and his frat brothers down.

I have not the slightest doubt that the Falcons will win easily over Green Bay State U. They are bigger, healthier, and manlier that the Fun Bunch.

Foracel

January 13th, 2011
1:38 pm

Blowout & Shutout”GO FALCONS.ENOUGH SAID.

falcon1

January 13th, 2011
1:38 pm

balls, i forgot to put an ” n ” after know. Sorry I look like a cheese head.

Jamaaliver

January 13th, 2011
1:39 pm

Lol. Nice article Ken. You think about doing these more often.

falcon1

January 13th, 2011
1:39 pm

Enter your comments here

clay

January 13th, 2011
1:40 pm

Its typical. Everyone in atl knew that ESPN was going to go with GB. They will continue to pick against atlanta as long as they are in the playoffs.

Terry

January 13th, 2011
1:40 pm

that can be the first excuse, oh they had injuries all year, and we’re at home rested and if we played at lambeau blahhh blahh oh wait we’ve played them at their house and still won, you guys should be worrying when rogers starts fumbling again

Bubba Bean

January 13th, 2011
1:40 pm

Yeah….and the same people said New Orleans was suppose to beat Seattle by two touchdowns. Good thing we have to actually PLAY the game and not rely on the ‘experts’.

Gritz Blitz

January 13th, 2011
1:41 pm

I bet the Saints over the Seahawks was his lock of the week last week.

Mitch

January 13th, 2011
1:42 pm

nickz, I’m agreeing with you. For some reason I believe a can is about to get opened by the dirty birds on some rank cheese. I’m hoping so in order to allow us to rip the national sports media. Don’t let us down Birds!

Kipper

January 13th, 2011
1:47 pm

I agree with the consensus.

Packers easily beat the Falcons, 35-17.

ATL krusher

January 13th, 2011
1:52 pm

RISE UP!!!!! Cant wait for saturday, lets get the dome LOUD!!!!
–SEC 102–

samuel

January 13th, 2011
1:53 pm

Not only do they ignore the football team but they do the same thing to the fans. No post game coverage for the fans, and that tells a lot about the contempt they have for us. That works both ways though. Too bad monday night football is so popular.

GoPackGO

January 13th, 2011
1:53 pm

BREAKING NEWS: More dead birds found in the US. In another strange twist of fate, it has just been reported that The CDC is sending a team to Philadelphia as 53 DEAD EAGLES turned up on Lincoln field. Speculation is the dead birds were subjected to repeated blunt force trauma. The CDC has issued a warning in Georgia as they fear a similar outbreak is looming for FALCONS in the area over the next few days!

GO PACK GO!

RogueRunner

January 13th, 2011
1:56 pm

These things I find to be true:

1 – All of the media said the Saints would beat the Seahawks; that the Seahawks did not stand a chance.

2 – Most of the media chose Philadelphia to win over Green Bay.

3 – The majority of the “so-called” experts have not watched every game the Falcons have played this year like most of us have. We know what kind of a team we have and how they have taken just about every opponent out of their game.

The Seahawks prevailed over the Saints. The Packers prevailed over the Eagles. The falcons will prevail over the Packers.

P. Bull Terrier

January 13th, 2011
1:58 pm

Most people, including ESPN, confuse hope with logic. I am hopeful that the Falcons will beat Green Bay. Logically, I know it should be a tough match-up with home field advantage slightly favoring the Falcons. I’m also hopeful that a victory over Green Bay will be enough to earn some respect from ESPN and the other “experts”. Logically, I know they’ll keep rooting for the teams in the larger TV markets and the teams with an “exciting” story line – like the Seahawks.

On a side note: It amuses me to see so many people call the Falcons “overrated”. How can a team be overrated when they win more games than any other team in the NFC, yet are almost universally picked to lose to a wild card team by all of the “experts”? I would call that underrated. But, what do I know? I’m not an “expert”.

G

January 13th, 2011
1:59 pm

Can’t wait to for the Bears to be a lock for a win against the Falcons!!! Explain to me how the Pack played a near flawless game in the reg season and still lost. Rodgers can’t play any better and the defense held us to almost a touchdown below our average in points scored per game. Falcons are still waiting for a complete game despite going 13-3. The best attribute on defense for the Pack is QB pressure getting 49 sacks on the season. Matty Ice doesn’t get sacked; only 23 sacks on the season. Falcons win 27-17!!!! Also Rodgers is 1-11 in games decided by 4 points or less.

Matt

January 13th, 2011
2:00 pm

Rogue,

Most of the media picked Green Bay over Philly… the only analyst on Fox who predicted Philly during the pregame was Terry Bradshaw…. Pack 38, Falcons 20.

Ryno

January 13th, 2011
2:02 pm

Nothing says “they were wrong about us” like a 21 point lead at halftime.

Falcons need to play this game like their hair is on fire. Beware the bye week.

Dwayne C

January 13th, 2011
2:04 pm

Green Bay Packers 27 – Atlanta Falcons 24

G

January 13th, 2011
2:04 pm

@Matt

38-20 Now your just dreaming!!! You will wake back up on Saturday

C. Tampa Ironworse

January 13th, 2011
2:06 pm

Stop worrying about ESPN. When the Falcons win…they’ll pick the other NFC team in Champ game. In Super Bowl…they’ll pick AFC team. The only way the Falcons get respect is to win it all. Let’s hope they do. It’s suprising, however. ESPN says Pats beat Rams with last second filed goal in Super Bowl and THEY’RE awesome. Falcons beat Ravens, Pack, Saints in the waining moments and they still STINK. ESPN is all fluff. The sooner people realize it’s more TMZ-like than news-like…we can all sleep better. Go Falcons! Rise up…and hit ESPN in their nutsack.

Falcons73

January 13th, 2011
2:07 pm

It’s amazing how skewed the national media is towards teams from the North. There really is no basis or foundation to any of these “so called experts” predictions. They are taking the history of Green Bay (which is monumental in football terms) & measuring it up against that Falcons (significant past of losing and failures).

If we are looking at the game objectively, these two teams are both fairly even in most areas. Here’s how I OBJECTIVELY/FACTUALLY SEE THE GAME.

Offense-Slight edge to the Falcons due to the consistency of their running game for the entire season. The QB matchup is STATISTICALLY almost even (please see and compare) with maybe a minimal edge to Rodgers for experience. The receiving core is very close STATISTICALLY-slight edge to the Falcons. O-line is even. There is no question that Turner/Snelling combination is STATISTICALLY better than Starks/fill in the blank

Defense – The edge STATISTICALLY to the Packers. They have proven to be super effective against top tier opponents. There run defense is almost equal the Falcons and pass defense is better.

Special Teams- Falcons…as proven in the first matchup, the specials teams for the Falcons won them the game with the kickoff return by Weems. Also, the Falcons held Green Bay to minimal yardage both punt and kickoff returns.

Coaching-It’s tough on this one due to the lack of overall playoff experience by both coaches. Due to the fact that Mike Smith has yet to win a playoff game as a head coach, I will give a VERY slight edge to McCarthy for overall experience.

Home Field – Most will say that the home field doesn’t matter, but STATISTICALLY the team with home field advantage wins throughout the playoffs. The crowd will be MUCH louder this time around and look for at least 3 to 4 false starts by the Pack.

My OBJECTIVE pick is the Falcons is a very close game…21-17.

C. Tampa Ironworse

January 13th, 2011
2:08 pm

PS: What do Falcons do?

rise up

What do Falcons do?

rise up

What do Falcons do?

Ummmm, Rise the “f” up!!!

GoPackGO

January 13th, 2011
2:10 pm

Conspiracy Theory: It should be interesting to see if there are some questionable calls against the Falcons on Saturday. The Commish, TV producers and 2/3 of the United States would love to see a Bears/Packers NFC Championship game next weekend. The TV ratings would be out of this world. Just saying!

BirdDirty

January 13th, 2011
2:10 pm

I don’t think these talking heads have watched a Falcons game from start to finish the whole year. Some of the stuff they spew is laughable and often times wrong. Jim Miller on NFL Sirius was talking about the game today and said that in order for the Falcons to win, Ryan needs to avoid the mistakes he made in the first Packer game(?????)Yes, he said that. I almost fell out of my chair. Ryan was 24-28 for 197 yards and 1td with NO iNTERCEPTIONS OR FUMBLES. He then went on to pick Green Bay to win. However, when they talk about us they overlook the fact that we don’t have any glaring weakness. They talk about our defense being less than stellar, but we are 5th in scoring defense. They say Green Bay’s offense is more explosive, but we’ve scored more points. They have no concrete facts to back up their disdain for our team. These expert prognostications are more like wishes/dreams instead of predictions.

C. Tampa Ironworse

January 13th, 2011
2:12 pm

Falcons73…well done. If Falcons get 4 sacks or more combined with 2 turnovers (with none on their side)….done deal Falcons win. Pressure on Rodgers is key. He’s had two concussions already. He’ll be gun shy if the Falcons rush early and often. Faclons can stop thier running game. If Matty Ice can go over the top…past the GB LBs…good news for ATL fans.

Falcons fan 4 life

January 13th, 2011
2:12 pm

Nobody has ever stood up for the Atlanta Falcons, I have been a fan for years and it has always been this way. I am tired of it. If you don’t like them keep your mouth out of it. The Falcons are a great team. I am proud to say I have been a true fan for many years. We can beat green bay, just got to play the way we know how, and hope the ref’s can see. I am proud of you guys, GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!

Larry

January 13th, 2011
2:13 pm

Let’s face it. ESPN is hoping and praying for the Bears-Packers NFC Championship game. It only happened once before, but they are wetting themselves just thinking about it. Falcons will handle the Cheese Heads and remain in the nice, comfortable environment of the dome for the NFC Championship game.

NCFalcon52

January 13th, 2011
2:15 pm

The reason Georgia only has 88% to Wisconsin’s 91% is because there are so many transplants to Atlanta and Georgia. Who wants a job in Wisconsin, unless they in the Cheese business?

KPH

January 13th, 2011
2:15 pm

The Green Bay Wisconsin fans are a little light headed from the gas they inhale smelling the derriere um I mean dairy air LOL! Falcons 34 – Cheese Heads 17.

G

January 13th, 2011
2:15 pm

Great point DirtyBird. The playoffs are all about taking advantage of teams weaknesses. The Falcons don’t have any huge weaknesses. The Pack do. A one dimensional offense and a knack for losing close games. Pls dont tell me this Starks guy can run on our defense when he ran on a less than mediocre rush defense of Philly. Falcons find a way to pull out the close games and the Pack find a way to lose them.

truth

January 13th, 2011
2:19 pm

EntRoss

January 13th, 2011
1:37 pm
The real tell on the Green Bay team is that college boy Matthews. He runs around with a lot of hair behavior like a debutante, rah-rahing and blitzing. It works against poor to middling teams, the same way it works in college, so he racks up meaningless statistics. But the Falcons completely shut him and his frat brothers down.

I have not the slightest doubt that the Falcons will win easily over Green Bay State U. They are bigger, healthier, and manlier that the Fun Bunch.

Very true Ross. For the life of me no media dipweed wants the truth aired. I don’t recall Gay Matthews name being mentioned during the game last time we played. I do remember getting totally man handled though. Watch Gay Matthews during soundfx was just funny. He was so childish and inmature. Loud mouth but no real bite…..playing Atlanta anyway.

Roy

January 13th, 2011
2:20 pm

Who cares what ESPN feels about our beloved FALCONS so do most of my coworkers. Let the game be played.

DawginOH

January 13th, 2011
2:22 pm

I don’t see why we should care. But props to our friends in New Hampshire.

GO FALCONS!