Are the Falcons the Raiders of the NFC South?

 

The Falcons and the Lions, two of the most penalized teams in the league in 2011, combined for 21 penalties in their raucous 23-16 affair last Sunday. AP

The Falcons and the Lions, two of the most penalized teams in the league in 2011, combined for 21 penalties in their raucous 23-16 affair last Sunday. AP

BYE WEEK VILLE – The Falcons committed 11 penalties for 80 yards against Detroit.

The Falcons are fourth in the NFL with 50 penalties. Last season they were the least-penalized team in the league with 57 infractions.

Detroit leads the league with 71 followed by Chicago (56), Washington (54) and Atlanta (50). Jacksonville and New England also have 50 penalties.

The Oakland Raiders, the perennial bad boys of the league, are eighth with 46 penalties.

The Falcons and the Lions combined for 21 penalties and 164 yards in that 23-16 smash-dancing fest last Sunday.

[Note to self.  . . . make sure to ask Smitty what the bye-week "drill down" revealed about the 50 penalties in seven games.]

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Cthom

October 27th, 2011
7:46 am

dean

October 27th, 2011
7:47 am

And still won the game!

Huh?

October 27th, 2011
7:52 am

Why would this make us the Raiders of the NFC South? The Raiders aren’t known for a high number of penalties. Seriously, is this supposed to be an article?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 27th, 2011
7:55 am

Huh? — Not an article. Just a bye week nugget. Raiders are first in penalties every year. Where have you been?

SeenThisBFalcon

October 27th, 2011
8:12 am

Roddy White is the New Raiders lol he fights everyone…he ain’t neva scared lol…

SealT2

October 27th, 2011
8:13 am

DOL: What is the status of Peria Jerry? Not injured, but seems to be a non-factor as a 1st round draft pick.

Samuel

October 27th, 2011
8:22 am

I don’t think the Falcons are the Raiders of the south. I’m starting to see the Falcons put together a few wins and more guys are making plays, so this team as the season progresses will make the mistakes and penalty adjustments.

ME TOO

October 27th, 2011
8:25 am

What does this mean? It means the Falcons are in the lower throngs of the NFL.

vesaversa

October 27th, 2011
8:26 am

Sorry but i don’t see the comparison.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 27th, 2011
8:27 am

ME TOO – Raiders are perennial leaders for “most penalties” in the league. That’s what it means.

WHO DAT BLACK

October 27th, 2011
8:31 am

Another example of how smart in tuned Falcons fans are. Just google Raiders and penalties and this article makes sense. No wonder they are in 3rd place.

Whit

October 27th, 2011
8:33 am

This makes zero sense.

Sly Boarders

October 27th, 2011
8:33 am

I’m with “Huh?”

Do you really have nothing else to stimulate conversation?

just sayin'

October 27th, 2011
8:33 am

coach clean shot sure is teaching some good stuff…and ‘rodney’ is living proof…

bob

October 27th, 2011
8:36 am

Does it matter that we played Detroit and it seems like every games they play they try and pick fights.

Glenn

October 27th, 2011
8:42 am

The Raiders play outside on natural grass . I would rather watch the Raiders ……even though they are quite mediocre .

A.S.

October 27th, 2011
8:46 am

Orlando,

You probably should have clarified your comparison. You cannot assume everyone knows what the comparison is in reference too. All your article says is, “The Oakland Raiders, the perennial bad boys of the league, are eighth with 46 penalties.” Are readers supposed to know that you mean the Raiders are the most penalized team over the past few years by calling them the perennial bad boys?

FAIL

October 27th, 2011
8:49 am

This article is full of fail…

Jason

October 27th, 2011
8:51 am

Yes, the Falcons have committed a good number of penalties this year. But by this reasoning, you could say that the New England Patriots are also the Raiders of the AFC East. When you put it in that perspective, it looks like a silly statement. Twenty percent of the league has committed as many or more penalties as the Falcons. So, they are not ready to be crowned as the bad boys yet.

What I’d be curious to know, is how many of these penalties have been committed by new starters? Especially Garrett Reynolds, as it seems like he has drawn a lot of off-sides penalties (I believe he had at least 3 in the Detroit game.

What would make this article really useful would be to show the spread of penalties. What types of penalties are the Falcons committing the most? It has felt like there have been many more offensive off-sides and holding penalties by the offensive line and that this is what has hurt the Falcons the most this year.

biz

October 27th, 2011
8:53 am

The raiders wear black and the falcons wear red….this just doesn’t make sense….hehe. I got your drift there Ledbetter. Sloppy.

RoadDAWG

October 27th, 2011
8:54 am

@ DLed – Your problem wasn’t in the comparison of Falcons to Raiders, as it’s perfectly appropriate, as it regards penalties. The problem was that you put the word ‘perennial’ in the body of the article. Judging by a lot of the so-called ‘banter’ on these message boards, if you publish any word over two syllables you’re liable to lose at least half of the commenters.

Here…I’ll help translate:

“The Oakland Raiders, the perennial bad boys of the league, are eighth with 46 penalties.”

Translation: “The Oakland Raiders get a lot of penalties. It happens year after year. This year they are eighth in the league with 46 penalties.”

READING IS FUNDAMENTAL

waynester

October 27th, 2011
8:55 am

Some of ya’ll have sand in your shorts this morning….It’s a bye week. There is no news. Ledbetter is reaching to find some content to keep folks occupied until there IS some news…..

DSGB

October 27th, 2011
8:57 am

The heading does make sense to anyone who has cognitive learning ability!! I understand over the past years that the Raiders have been perennial leaders as the most penalized team in the NFL. The Falcons are well on their way to being the leaders this year, if they don’t quit making stupid mistakes. One big example is last week’s kick return when Weems was clearly headed for a touchdown, boom Antone Smith blocks a guy in the BACK 5 yards behind the play, bringing back a touchdown!

True Falcon Fan

October 27th, 2011
8:57 am

Huh,,,, some people just never will get it, “here’s your sign”,,, you’ got to be a blonde……..

gabugman

October 27th, 2011
8:58 am

No, the Falcons are the Dalas Cowboys of the NFC South…

True Falcon Fan

October 27th, 2011
9:00 am

DSGB – You have “NEVER” played the game of football at any level – “here’s your sign-TOO”

Stepchild

October 27th, 2011
9:01 am

Based on penalties…yes they are the Raiders of the NFC South. And based on drafting Matt Ryan vs. the Raiders drafting JaMarcus Russel….you can also state that they are the Raiders of the NFC South since he is the worst QB in the NFC South this year.

Great article/nugget DLED!!

True Falcon Fan

October 27th, 2011
9:01 am

I’ve got a J.O.B – will ya’ll please go get a J.O.B.

PerPlexed

October 27th, 2011
9:06 am

This must be a slow week in sports.

I’m not a Raider or Falcon’s fan, but the real Raiders would have started a fight if someone had treated their quarterback like Detroit did the Falcons. You think you could do that to Baltimore, Pittsburgh, or even New Orleans. There are a few true players on the Falcons’s team, but as a team, do they not have that “Killer Swagg” Defend your quarterback. I got a feeling that you will see Detroit again…………

DSGB

October 27th, 2011
9:07 am

True Falcon Not- you have to be kidding me right? I’ve played at the collegiate level, so what’s next? Also a season tickets holder several years, your football knowledge is like primary school compared to this!

coachx

October 27th, 2011
9:08 am

50% of our penalties are due to our O-Line. We have good run blockers but some below average pass blockers who get twice as many holding calls as most teams.

Plus we started the season attempting deep pass plays that take longer to develop. We just didn’t have the pass blockers to play that style……..at least things are improving with that regard.

I can’t relate holding to being a “bad boy team.”

M. Johnson is hurt but has been dissapointment and Reynolds realy struggles vs. the pass.

My crystal ball has the 2nd and 3rd round picks of next year going to a G and TE.

DHunt

October 27th, 2011
9:08 am

After reviewing that play by Antone Smith, I think he was just running behind the play and the guy drifts over in front of him and slows down, causing Antone to run into him from behind. The officials should never have thrown a flag for that weak, completely innocuous contact.

And since the frist three really sloppy weeks of football, I thought we”ve done a better job with penalties. And as Jason mentioned above, the drill down will likely show that the o-line is skewing those numbers, as well as Roddy’s weekly unsportsmanlike.

Obama Supporter

October 27th, 2011
9:10 am

The stimulus is working!

M

October 27th, 2011
9:16 am

Kick @SS BABY!! Let the skull cracking commence, somebody get me some popcorn. Just win!!!!!!! Rise upp!!

True Falcon Fan

October 27th, 2011
9:17 am

@Huh & DSGB – OS —- has got two your # – “here’s your sign” — read on……

Obama Supporter

October 27th, 2011
9:10 am

The stimulus is working!

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Crimedog

October 27th, 2011
9:18 am

Georgia is the Raiders of the south, coached by Fred Rogers and Fester Adams.

M

October 27th, 2011
9:18 am

SUPERBOWL BABY!!!!!!!!!

True Falcon Fan

October 27th, 2011
9:20 am

IF,IF,IF – you ever played football at any level or point in time in your life, you still didn’t gain “ANY” knowledge of the game, you fricking “MORON” – NOW go get a J.O.B.!!!!!

True Falcon Fan

October 27th, 2011
9:26 am

@M —- Right-on —- I’m a hopin’ & prayn’

Go Falcons

True Falcon Fan

October 27th, 2011
9:29 am

Damn, looks like I’ve been a rancher all my life and just didn’t know it.
alt

The Montana Department of Employment, Division of Labor Standards claimed a small rancher was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent out to investigate him.

GOV’T AGENT: “I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them.”

RANCHER: ”Well, there’s my hired hand who’s been with me for 3 years. I pay him $200 a week plus free room and board.
Then there’s the mentally challenged guy. He works about 18 hours every day and does about 90% of all the work around here.
He makes about $10 per week, pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of bourbon every Saturday night so he can cope with life.
He also sleeps with my wife occasionally.”

GOV’T AGENT: “That’s the guy I want to talk to – the mentally challenged one.”

RANCHER: “That would be me.”

THE INFAMOUS DK

October 27th, 2011
9:41 am

AS – Umm yes i think thats what perennial means.. Every year.

Ok.. Im not mad at the falcons for playing with a mean streak. In the immortal words of Suge Knight “I’d rather be feared than loved because fear lasts longer.” Now that does not apply to every day life but in this situation I think the Falcons need to be feared. People need to know if they are gonna get the business every time they come around here. A few penalties.. So what. The message has been sent. And the nastier the better. Get after ‘em. do whatever needs to be done. After all this is “TACKLE” football and not tiddly winks or go fish..

I guarantee you this. When you play the Raiders you know you have to be ready for whatever and Im glad to see people are starting to fear the Falcons. Like Dunte might hit me really hard across the middle. Grimes will give his whole body up for a play. Peters is coming. Abe is Coming. Witherspoon is going to knock my block off. Lofton is gonna kill me.

All I need to see now is Turner break a few more arm tackles and instead of running out of bounds because a DB is in front of him.. Run his @$$ over. At Full speed. After a few of those DBs start getting out the way.

Adam

October 27th, 2011
9:43 am

YYYYAAAWWWWWNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!

huntersdad

October 27th, 2011
9:54 am

Now that is funny!!!

Bart

October 27th, 2011
9:56 am

WHY DOES EVERYTHING FROM ATLANTA TRY TO BE THE ______ OF THE SOUTH!?!?!?!

BE ORIGINAL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Birdman

October 27th, 2011
9:59 am

DOB, do you have stats on penalty by player? I might be wrong but it seems to be the same few who are repeat offenders. Am I “misremembering” or has Antone Smith ruined several kick returns with blocks in the back? Garret Reynolds is king of false starts? Sam Baker the Holding King?

huntersdad

October 27th, 2011
9:59 am

WoW! The man was just trying to make the point that penalties are up from last year. Give him some slack. Jumping offside 10 times a game does not instill fear. It is just sloppy play.

cdog

October 27th, 2011
10:05 am

yes, that let you know that officiating can decide an outcome.i have been watching the falcons since 1968.i use to tell my father that certain games and teams, the officials don’t call fair for them.you can call a penalty on every play as an official if you really wanted to.its when the falcons are being penalized. for example, usually iin the second half if they are behind to a team who suppose to be better, the birds will mount a big drive or play only to see an official throw a flag to halt their progress.i see certain teams do the same thing and is hardly ever penalized.i keep harping on the green bay game.first half, the packers didn’t have a clue as how to stop the falcons offense. then came the second half.i told my grandson,i guess the officials figured something was wrong with the way they were officiating,. so it was obvious, that almost every call went against the falcons in the second half. they stalled the falcons offense by putting them in predictible situations for the packers.if they officials had called the game right, the falcons would have won by 2 tds. then everyone started questioning the falcon’s offense when it was obvious the men in the striped shirts were at fault.

Stepchild

October 27th, 2011
10:11 am

Hmmm….I wonder if any of the top newspapers in the country write blog about penalties. Not a hotbed of excitement going on in ATL.

ATL Fan

October 27th, 2011
10:11 am

When I think about the “perennial bad boys” I don’t simply look at the number of penalties, I look at the type of penalties.

Just saying

October 27th, 2011
10:26 am

Say, Waynester, DOL is doig a pretty good job at it, isn’t he? His article has brought on an onslaught of comments! Go Falcons just keep on winning. Give us something to talk about!