Falcons to get ready for loud Ford Field

Maybe Kid Rock will be there Sunday to get the locals fired up. Here, Kid Rock performs at halftime during a Detroit Lions-New England Patriots game at Ford Field in Detroit on Nov. 25, 2010. (Associated Press)

Maybe Kid Rock will be there Sunday to get the locals fired up. Here, Kid Rock performs at halftime during a Detroit Lions-New England Patriots game at Ford Field in Detroit on Nov. 25, 2010. (Associated Press)

FLOWERY BRANCH – The long-suffering Detroit fans, like my uncles Gerald Sr. and Fred (we just call him Uncle Skippy),  have turned Ford Field into the “Seattle of the Midwest,” according to Falcons coach Mike Smith.

Over the last two games, the fans have made it difficult for the opposing offenses to hear the snap count with a high noise level. Smith credits the Detroit fans with causing 14 procedural penalties.

“We’re going to have to really work on our communication,” Smith said. “We’ll have the noise rolling all practice long this week.”

When the Falcons played Seattle earlier this season they did not commit any procedural penalties. They took the crowd out of the game by going up 27-7 before holding on for a 30-28 victory.

The Falcons will practice this week with noise from jet engines piped through huge speakers and they’ll be prepared to trot out their hand signals if they can’t communicate verbally.

There are no major changes on the team’s “unoffcial depth chart”, although it might be wise to pencil Harry Douglas in at the “X” receiver spot for another week. There’s no need to rush rookie Julio Jones back from his hamstring when you have the bye week and he can get closer to 100 percent.


WR 11 Julio Jones 83 Harry Douglas 14 Eric Weems

LT 72 Sam Baker 74 Will Svitek

LG 63 Justin Blalock

C 62 Todd McClure 61 Joe Hawley 66 Brett Romberg

RG 75 Garrett Reynolds 79 Mike Johnson

RT 77 Tyson Clabo 74 Will Svitek

TE 88 Tony Gonzalez 89 Reggie Kelly 81 Michael Palmer

WR 84 Roddy White 80 Kerry Meier

QB 2 Matt Ryan 8 Chris Redman

RB 33 Michael Turner 44 Jason Snelling 22 Jacquizz Rodgers 35 Antone Smith

FB 34 Ovie Mughelli


RE 55 John Abraham 90 Lawrence Sidbury 98 Cliff Matthews

DT 91 Corey Peters 99 Vance Walker 97 Carlton Powell

DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux 94 Peria Jerry

LE 93 Ray Edwards 71 Kroy Biermann

OLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon 59 Spencer Adkins

MLB 50 Curtis Lofton 52 Akeem Dent

OLB 54 Stephen Nicholas 53 Mike Peterson

RCB 23 Dunta Robinson 21 Chris Owens 26 Kelvin Hayden

LCB 20 Brent Grimes 24 Dominique Franks 29 Darrin Walls

S 25 William Moore 36 James Sanders

S 28 Thomas DeCoud 39 Shann Schillinger


K 3 Matt Bryant

KO 5 Matt Bosher

P 5 Matt Bosher

KR 14 Eric Weems 24 Dominique Franks

PR 14 Eric Weems 24 Dominique Franks

LS 82 Joe Zelenka

H 5 Matt Bosher 80 Kerry Meier

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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October 19th, 2011
7:13 am

Good morning Falcons fans. We’ll be able to quiet down the Lions fans with some early TD’s.

Blue Fender

October 19th, 2011
7:29 am

And be sure to step on their throats when they are down!


October 19th, 2011
7:29 am

The reason to push Jones is because he can help win the game.


October 19th, 2011
7:29 am

Get the lead early, defense step up and keep lead. It’s time for the defense to be relentless.


October 19th, 2011
7:38 am

Jones out = ATL football. Get the lead early and the defense plays better.

Season Ticker Holder

October 19th, 2011
7:42 am

Hopefully the Falcons win the coin toss, get the ball and go on a long drive for an early score. This will take the crowd out of the game. Go Falcons!

Michael M.

October 19th, 2011
8:03 am

Its destiny……………Atlanta stuns Detroit !


October 19th, 2011
8:09 am

We’ll be pulling against an ex DAWG and ex Jacket. Not hard to pull against the jacket

Falcon James

October 19th, 2011
8:11 am

the falcon need to come out and play all four quarter of football. they need to be agressive on both side of the ball but especially on offence and defence. dunta need to quit trying to throw the cheap shot and play. he just lazy since he got here. we can only hope white return to playing with his hand and feet instead of playing with his mouth. hopefully tired old abe got some rest this week so he can contribute a little more than he be in the past few game. i agree that julio should sit out this game unless white have another melt down, in that case, julio going to have to show white how to catch the ball. maybe we get lucky and baker only give up 15 yard in penalties this week or we get even luckier and he don’t get ryan squashed.

The Real Falcon

October 19th, 2011
8:26 am

Even easier to pull aganst the ex-Jacket.
And yeah let’s’ use Jones for one game and get him re-injured for even
more missed games. Smart…


October 19th, 2011
8:29 am

If he’s healthy play him. You don’t sit someone in FB because of a bye week. Smart….

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eastbound and down

October 19th, 2011
8:40 am

is Uncle Fred cool with being called out as Uncle Skippy?
the noise may screw up the no huddle.


October 19th, 2011
8:53 am

This O Line is going to be greatly tested. Im concerned about baker holding up all day. Ryan is going to have to make smart decisions and Mularkey needs to make even smarter ones. I already know what he’s going to do, especially after Turner had a good game against a bad team. More Turner, more snores. Guess it doesnt matter as long as they win. Defensively, I think we’re in trouble in the secondary. As much as I like Robinson, Im starting to really wonder about this guy. LOVE our LBs though. They are the strength of the D. We’ll see what kind of team we really have when the clock hits 0:00.


October 19th, 2011
9:13 am

The Falcons had the same problems against the Panthers they’ve had all season. The can’t stop the pass, they give up too many 3rd down. and long plays and they still started slow. The Panthers weren’t able to exploit them, however the Lion will. Hopefully the offense comes to play.


October 19th, 2011
9:17 am

why is peria still not starting?

Mr. Phil

October 19th, 2011
9:35 am


October 19th, 2011
9:17 am
why is peria still not starting?

Unfortunately, Peria has not stepped up enough to over shadow what Corey Peters is doing. Not that Peters has been a world beater, but he has been pretty good. Peria has been playing and honestly I’ve yet to see him show up on film. For the Falcons, all the defensive linemans have been getting snaps. As soon as Peria makes a splash, he will begin starting.

Mr. Phil

October 19th, 2011
9:38 am

I should say a consistent splash. There was that eagle game.

Big Dude

October 19th, 2011
9:38 am

Hey falconfan, Why does anyone not start if they are not hurt? It’s because they can’t play!


October 19th, 2011
9:46 am

Who’s going to stop Calvin Johnson and Brandon Pettigrew? I like Grimes but he’s like a foot shorter than Calvin and Dunta can’t cover a player on crutches. Nichols better blanket Pettigrew or he’s going to have a huge game. Good thing Best is still hurting.


October 19th, 2011
9:53 am

The falcons just need to get a first possession touchdown. They are one of the best in the league at holding a lead. It allows them to relax and play the type of football they are best suited for, which is run first and pass when the defense overloads the box. Quote me on this, “If the falcons get the lead first we will have a victory in Detroit.”

D man

October 19th, 2011
9:55 am

Go Falcons!!!


October 19th, 2011
9:59 am

Per the request, below is a quote from Jtard120
“If the falcons get the lead first we will have a victory in Detroit.”


October 19th, 2011
10:02 am


If you don’t like my prediction perhaps you could have an opinion of your own as oppose to insulting mine.


October 19th, 2011
10:05 am

Falcons by 10 -14 points this week, on their way to winning 6 straight.

Uncle Gerald

October 19th, 2011
10:23 am

The Falcons will get the beat down that the 49ers were suppose to get. They better have their cell phones so they can text when the snap count is cause they will not hear themselves think while on Ford Field.

Taking the Dirty Bird to Indy

October 19th, 2011
10:57 am

Falcons finish the regular season 13-3.


October 19th, 2011
11:03 am

Some of the comments this morning must be coming from the Falcon’s cheerleaders…..

C dog

October 19th, 2011
11:04 am

better double team megatron…


October 19th, 2011
11:13 am

Am I the only one who realizes that the Lions own the Falcons. No matter how good the Falcons are the Lions usually beat us like a drum. Check it out, no matter how good or bad the Falcons are they usually lose to the Lions. 10 – 23. If you betting take the points.


October 19th, 2011
11:15 am

The 49ers were getting good pressure on Stafford which made him throw to his recievers who well covered by 49ers…where normally in past games Detroit would have separtion…they did have better luck throwing under to Pettergrew…I can’t remember what they did in the run game maybe you can help me there…..


October 19th, 2011
11:27 am

Detroit Lions ain’t shït.


October 19th, 2011
11:59 am

Don’t worry about double-teaming Megatron–he’s proven he can beat a triple team. The key is getting pressure on Stafford. Once the ball is on the way to Johnson, you’ve lost the battle, and we’d better hope Grimes can channel all of his 40″ vertical leap on pass defense.

Jump out early, and make Stafford force passes. This Lions team could very well be like the ‘86 Falcons–they started 4-0 and finished with a losing record.

And who cares what the Falcons all-time record is against Detroit? So Gerald Riggs and Bill Fralic could never beat them–last time I checked they aren’t on the active roster.


October 19th, 2011
12:17 pm

we will dominate this team from start to finish..

take the falcons and the points walking away..


October 19th, 2011
12:30 pm

Im not too worried about this game, Falcons will win this one. Detroit is a good team, however they are still young. Falcons stick with running the ball and chew up the clock, draws, screens and Turner left, right and up the middle. Limit Stafford to minimal possessions. Final score similar to last week, Falcons 34 , Detriot 20.
It will close in the 4th quarter.


October 19th, 2011
1:13 pm

Detroit 68, Falcons 3

Mr. Phil

October 19th, 2011
1:22 pm

Falcons 4 billion Detroit -98,000

Tell it like it is.

October 19th, 2011
1:51 pm

If we don’t put pressure on the QB,witch the falcons allmost never do,and they put that soft zone coverage in,this game could get embarrasing for the Falcons.KEYS TO THE GAME-GET TO QB-RUN TURNER TILL HE CAN’T RUN ANYMORE-KEEP BALL AWAY FROM LOINS-LIMIT TURNOVERS.


October 19th, 2011
1:52 pm

Megatron 2 TD’s alone. Suh and that line gonna be all over M Ryan.Should off had that game with the 49ers, will make up for it this week. DETROIT 34 ATLANTA 20


October 19th, 2011
1:58 pm

Keep doing what works, run the ball. That being said-and knowing that Detriot will be keying on stopping the run, have a pass first option no huddle offensive series package that will get Detriot to soften the thier run defense and chew up clock. Just as you would do against Green Bay, New Orleans, Patriots, etc., keep the opponents offense off of the field. Get the early lead, and don’t sit on it, but be creatively aggressive and active to put up at least 48 points. Why this many points? Because if you can put up that many points and have the lead, then Detriot will run out of time-even if they mount a comeback, because your defense will play aggressive the rest of the game-when they know that their offense can produce that many points.

good old joe

October 19th, 2011
2:12 pm



October 19th, 2011
2:17 pm

I predict a falcon’s victory- crowd noise drowns out favorite play calls of Malarkey:
1st down- run between tackes
2nd down- run between tackes
3rd down- roll out QB and throw ball into stands

JayCool 4DABirds

October 19th, 2011
2:26 pm

Some of you guys just need to take it like a man/woman you are not real Falcons fans. I’vebeen saying all along once the Falcons get their ship moving in the right direction, they are going to be tough to beat. The only team the Lions have beat down was KC Chiefs. Get for rea people Detroit is not a game that we should fear. Cam Newton to Steve Smith was something that I had to hear about last week until I took my seat at the Dome last Sunday. Pettigrew will be shadowed by a LB or safety and be inaffective. If Stafford tyies to chump Grimes by throwing the ball up, Grimes will make him regret it. Bottom line, GO FALCONS!!!!!

Die Hard Falcon

October 19th, 2011
2:57 pm

Falcons have a tough task, Suh is the best defensive lineman to come out of college in a long time. However, we are the better team, we just have to start playing like it again. The all-time record means nothing, the Falcons destroyed the Lions in MR2’s debut, but this Lions team is much better, and our Falcons in this MS, TD, and MR2 regime are much better than many teams we’ve had in the past, different coaches, players, league the all-time records mean nothing. We must stop the big play to Megatron, if we make them earn it, we will win, as long as we win or tie in the TO battle and limit our penalties, we will win a grind out against them. GO FALCONS and please utilize Jacquizz

JayCool 4DABirds

October 19th, 2011
3:02 pm

@Die Hard Falcon, I like the way you think.


October 19th, 2011
3:37 pm

@Rob, I despise Mularkey as possibly one of the most over rated OC’s n football, at any level..

However as Detroit is very poor against the run I would tend to agree with him on this game that we need to pound it between tackles. Now with that said DET knows this and will see this so Mularkey also needs to adjust if DET starts to load the box by calling screen passes and quick slants, roll outs and maybe a draw play in order to keep their D honest..

My problem with MM is he’ll continue to stay with his running game plan even when DET has 8 in the box!!

All in all this game basically allows ATL to have 2 BYE weeks back to back.. :)


October 19th, 2011
4:00 pm

“My problem with MM is he’ll continue to stay with his running game plan even when DET has 8 in the box!!”

Or even nine in the box. If anyone still has the vid of the Seahawks game, check out Atlanta’s awful 3-and-out following Decoud’s interception – the one he tried to run out of the end zone but got tackled at the four yard line.

On first and second down, the Falcons attempted to run up the middle against a NINE man front. They had all the success you’d expect – third and twelve.

D-Led may disagree, but the play calling really has been a big part of the problem.

joe white

October 19th, 2011
4:13 pm

Go falcons lets stick with the same game plan vs detorit, run turner and pass when needed.


October 19th, 2011
5:48 pm

It might be good to remind MR2 and MM that Chris Houston is the opposing DB…..

T'Town Dawg

October 19th, 2011
5:49 pm

Lets see D.L. must need to meet his article quota, so we get useless Kid Rock info in two articles, and a copy/paste depth chart. Still waiting for AJC to step up Falcons coverage, put Braves beat reporter on Falcons for two weeks and your readership, and web hits will go through the roof….