Falcons have dome-field advantage for playoff run

Ryan passed for one touchdown and ran for another in the team's 23-16 victory.  (Associated Press)

Ryan passed for one touchdown and ran for another in the team's 23-16 victory. (Associated Press)

BYE WEEK VILLE – Just wanted to pass along this bye/vacation week nugget for you all before I get back to working on my golf swing.

The Falcons, the defending NFC South champs, may have already played the toughest part of their schedule. When they return to practice on Monday, they will have a clear “dome-field advantage” over their final nine games.

Since 2008, quarterback Matt Ryan owns an NFL-best 26-6 record (81.2 percent) in games played in domed stadiums.

The Falcons play seven of their last nine games in domes. They could play eight, because Houston’s stadium is retractable.

Here’s the schedule:

Nov. 6 — @Indianapolis — Lucas Oil Field (Dome)

Nov. 13 — New Orleans – (Georgia Dome)

Nov. 20 — Tennessee – (Georgia Dome)

Nov. 28 — Minnesota – (Georgia Dome)

Dec. 4 — @Houston – Reliant Stadium (Retractable)

Dec. 1 2–  @Carolina – Bank of America Stadium (outdoors)

Dec. 15 — Jacksonville – (Georgia Dome)

Dec.  26 — @New Orelans (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)

Jan. 1 — Tampa Bay (Georgia Dome)

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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P B Orr

October 27th, 2011
7:34 am

Mercedes Benz? Really? 1st!

P B Orr

October 27th, 2011
7:36 am

For the very reasons the all-understanding D-Led has listed, I predicted 2 weeks ago that the Falcons would be sitting 11-3 going into the final two games against the division rivals.

SeenThisBFalcon

October 27th, 2011
8:07 am

yES SIR THE DOME

ME TOO

October 27th, 2011
8:21 am

So what? If they get into the playoffs, they will have to play like the BIG BOYS play. They don’t know how because of the coaches. We won the regular season last year with the 13-3 record. We have been there and done that! Let’s take the next step. An offense with a run, run on first and second down by MTurner then long pass on third down will not compete in the playoffs. We have been there before.

FalconDawg

October 27th, 2011
8:47 am

ME TOO, maybe, just maybe, our coaches and players learned from our past excursions in the playoff arena. I’m willing to assume that to be the case and hope for the best.

McNasty

October 27th, 2011
8:53 am

MB Superdome? That has to be an oxymoron because N.O. has the worst sight lines in the NFL with probably the oldest stadium. How could MB associate with such a classless fanbase with a getto attitude. They only buy 10 year old MB cars with colored oversized rims.

I will now wait for them to prove my point with their posts

Einstein

October 27th, 2011
8:54 am

Looking at that schedule…there’s no reason we should lose more than 2 games the rest of the way. I say we finish 11-5….I don’t care if we get a wildcard…how did that work out for Green Bay?

Saints Have a ring -Falcants dont lol

October 27th, 2011
8:58 am

I am not sure how Orlando thinks the toughest part of the schedule is done. Falcants play the Saints twice and Tampa. Houston, Minnesota and Carolina are also games the Falcants can loose.

You guys wasted your picks on Julio. Seems that you do better when he isn’t playing.

Can’t wait to play you guys. The team I love to hate!

WHO DAT!

SirReal

October 27th, 2011
9:04 am

IND-w, NO-w, TEN-w, MIN-W, HOU-w, CAR-w, JAX-w, NO-l, TB-w 12-4, if this holds up and they play to their potential, coaches arent scared, dont make dumb calls, and pplay to win instead of playing not to lose. Mughelli is out so it’ll be interesting to see how the offensive philosophy changes. ( If it does)

North FLA Falcon

October 27th, 2011
9:04 am

I watched the Detroit game on NFL Network last night. I was struck by how many POINTLESS Turner runs up the middle we called. We put ourselves in 2nd and long and 3rd and long way too many times! It’s great that he is pounding the rock and he has the ability to bust a few, which boosts his per carry average … but we need to mix it up more on offense. We will not get playoff wins or reach the top of the NFC if this does not happen. Very impressed with our defense for the most part (got burned on the notorious soft cover a few times) and also special teams. Work on the offense. Go Birds.

Big Dude

October 27th, 2011
9:15 am

I hope whoever selects Mularkey as their head coach, we play next season. You can automaticaly put that game in the win column

Terrell

October 27th, 2011
9:16 am

North FLA Falcon

Those “Pointless” runs are what set up the play action. Teams stack the box because they have to respect the run. A lot of those runs up the middle where with 8 or 9 guys in the box. We tried mixing it up at the beginning of the season and looked what happended? The last two games (Carolina and Detroit) we were very predictable and guess what? Teams still couldn’t stop us from doing what we wanted to do. Not every run is going to get you 4 or 5 yards. Those 2 or 3 yards you dislike are the runs that pound on a defense so that we can break for the big gains. Why do you think Turner got the big runs? He ran to the outside and that was possible only because the defense had to respect that the Falcons would try to run inside.

Terrell

October 27th, 2011
9:20 am

Big Dude

While MM is the OC, Smith is pulling the strings to the offense. If you saw the 1st drive we had in the redzone agaisnt the Lions MM had Rodgers in for a play, but Smith wanted to pound the ball with Turner and what happended? We had to settle for 3. I believe that MM is calling the game the way Smith wants to call it, just like in Chicago with Martz and Lovie Smith.

Big Dude

October 27th, 2011
9:29 am

Terrell, How do you know Smith wanted to pound the ball with Turner? Who’s your source? Look at the enitre season and not one play… Two runs off left tackle and pass. One run off rt. guard, one run off left tackle, pass to T. G. C’mon man, even my wife knows whats coming…

DK

October 27th, 2011
9:32 am

Dome v. open stadium is misleading for the Falcons. What you should look at is natural grass v. turf. The Falcons are a much better team on artificial surface. They never seem to play well on grass. Several “domes” have natural surfaces. Arizona is natural and look what a bad game the Falcons had their in 2008. Seattle is open but has the same field surface found in the Georgia Dome and the Falcons seem to play well there. Houston is a dome with a natural grass field and that game worries me. Carolina will be no cake walk either. Looking at this remaining schedule 10-6 is about the worst one should expect but another 13-3 season is a real possibility. My guess is 12-4.

North FLA Falcon

October 27th, 2011
9:36 am

Terrell I see what you are saying. .I hope we can continue our strong running game with Ovie out for the season.

Big Dude

October 27th, 2011
9:56 am

I agree that a good running game sets up the passing game. But, C’mon guys, a little diversity please… I can’t remember the last time I saw a screen, or a quick slant over the middle for a quick five yds. on first down. Even Van Gorder can come up with a good defense against us. Just saying…. Stop being so predictable and make the defenses question what’s coming…

Parker

October 27th, 2011
10:10 am

Yo D.Led , falcons lovers and haters: Remember you read this here. We lose NOTHING with Ovie out. We’ll have Turner and Snelling in the backfield together!The run and pass option adds a new demension.

Tall Man

October 27th, 2011
10:16 am

Hasn’t anyone noticed that almost all of Turner’s long runs are when Ryan is calling the plays? When they huddle up and run the plays called by the OC, Turner leads the league in # of plays that result in a loss.

Wade

October 27th, 2011
10:18 am

So do the Saints. So how is that a better advantage than the Saints? Its not

Stepchild

October 27th, 2011
10:29 am

So in a Dome our offense turns into “3 yards and a cloud of…..rubber?”

David Smith

October 27th, 2011
10:32 am

I think this is a very comforting fact to start the second half of the season with. The win against Detroit got our swagger back and we could witness the type of late season run that propelled the last several teams (Pittsburgh, The Giants, and Green Bay) to a Super Bowl finish.

Adam

October 27th, 2011
10:38 am

Terrell,
Just so you know, runs that only get 1 or 2 yards do not set up play action. If runs are going for that little yardage the Defense gets a little more brave and uses only 6 or 7 in the box. When you start gashing teams with 7,8,9 and then a big one of 18, play action is set up because the Defense has to bring someone else in the box to contain the run somehow. I.E. a Single Saftey Defense.

JONESBORO SLIM

October 27th, 2011
10:39 am

If you’re looking for the “Flash and Dash” from a Falcons team forget it…but a real football fan knows that the “Grind is Fine” is alright just to wear down a def…ball control and clock….look at the clock poss. from the Detroit game……

drmaryb .(*_*).

October 27th, 2011
10:46 am

Wassup?
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Here’s the schedule:

WIN – Nov. 6 — @Indianapolis — Lucas Oil Field (Dome)

WIN – Nov. 13 — New Orleans – (Georgia Dome)

WIN – Nov. 20 — Tennessee – (Georgia Dome)

WIN – Nov. 28 — Minnesota – (Georgia Dome)

WIN – Dec. 4 — @Houston – Reliant Stadium (Retractable)

WIN – Dec. 1 2–  @Carolina – Bank of America Stadium (outdoors)

WIN – Dec. 15 — Jacksonville – (Georgia Dome)

LOSS – Dec.  26 — @New Orelans (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)

WIN – Jan. 1 — Tampa Bay (Georgia Dome)
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Barring no more injuries, Falcons run the table. Perhaps a 12 – 4 season.

P B Orr

October 27th, 2011
10:49 am

Adam – they were boxing up in the Falcons at Detroit but for some reason we didn’t burn them with screens and short routes. They need to adjust better.

Stepchild

October 27th, 2011
10:49 am

The Falcons running the table is straight delusional thinking. They have shown no dominance this season in any category….. And if Matty throws more interceptions it can get much worst. Enjoy a good 9-7 team and relax.

JONESBORO SLIM

October 27th, 2011
11:00 am

Stepchild you may be right…I can’t understand how people think we can run the table on the remaining games…”C’mon Man”

Big Dude

October 27th, 2011
11:18 am

Jonesboro Slim,
“Grind is not fine” when your 3 and out. There’s no ball control when the defense knows what your are going to do. If T.G. wasn’t on the team to throw to on third down, the Falcons would be just a typical “also ran team”. Just remember, he’s a free agent next season.

JONESBORO SLIM

October 27th, 2011
11:24 am

Big Dude

If the Saints didn’t have Drew Brees, or the New England didn’t have Tom Brady….Stopping the run is a problem… thats why we have T.G…..Even the “talking heads” agree

Dwayne

October 27th, 2011
11:25 am

Falcons will not run table. They will not beat N.O. in N.O….Watch out for the Carolina game….

Dwayne

October 27th, 2011
11:25 am

by the way….Go Falcons

realitycheck

October 27th, 2011
11:26 am

Wild Card at best! Don’t drink the kool-aid and be lured into believing this 12-4 crap. Saints schedule is every bit as easy and after their game at winless Rams, they will only have 3 road games remaining(at Falcons, at Titans, and at Vikings. Pinnacle Sports is paying nearly 4 to 1 on anyone other than Saints winning the division. The oddsmaker sees the Saints as the prohibitive favorite to win the division and I agree. The Falcons will have to sweep the Saints to have a chance to win the division, and that’s not going to happen.

lowdownjj

October 27th, 2011
11:27 am

Why are you guys bashing the run game . It is what we do best. Damn all the low percentage throws 50 yrds down field! Take your shots when they are presented but for the majority of the plays RUN TURNER RUN! And I see a distinct advantage in the DOME Field – GO DIRTY

Dwayne

October 27th, 2011
11:27 am

DRMary….how can you say “run the table” if you got N.O. beating Falcons?

falconfan

October 27th, 2011
11:34 am

Just wondering for the playoffs since it’s obvious that the Packers will have home field advantage, how does Aaron Rogers play in cold weather? Cause he went to college at Cal and they went to the Super Bowl last year in domes and warm weather climates for the most part. How would he fare with 2 games in Lambeau in January?

ejj

October 27th, 2011
11:44 am

Here’s the schedule:

WIN – Nov. 6 — @Indianapolis — Lucas Oil Field (Dome)

LOSS – Nov. 13 — New Orleans – (Georgia Dome) NOT SURE WE CAN BEAT SAINTS AT HOME, DIDNT LAST YR,

WIN – Nov. 20 — Tennessee – (Georgia Dome)

WIN – Nov. 28 — Minnesota – (Georgia Dome)

WIN – Dec. 4 — @Houston – Reliant Stadium (Retractable)

LOSS – Dec. 1 2– @Carolina – Bank of America Stadium (outdoors)

50-50 TOSS UP – Dec. 15 — Jacksonville – (Georgia Dome) THEY DID BEAT THE RAVENS ON MONDAY, HELD TO 1 TD.

LOSS – Dec. 26 — @New Orelans (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)

WIN – Jan. 1 — Tampa Bay (Georgia Dome) THIS IS GOING TO BE A REALLY TOUGH GAME.

N

Wade

October 27th, 2011
11:48 am

Falcowns wont beat the Saints in the Georgia Dome either. Not exactly sure why you thing they will because clearly New Orleans is a much better team than the Falcons. Just saying. Brees is 10xs better that Matty ” Always Cold” Ice. Running game is just about even if Chris Ivory gets in the fold. You have 2 good recievers. Saints have decent recievers. Our OLine is way better than yours. Its really no contest this year IMO

The Real Falcon

October 27th, 2011
11:51 am

Atlanta Falcons Falcons have dome-field advantage for playoff run
7:25 am October 27, 2011, by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Ryan passed for one touchdown and ran for another in the team’s 23-16 victory. (Associated Press)
BYE WEEK VILLE – Just wanted to pass along this bye/vacation week nugget for you all before I get back to working on my golf swing.

The Falcons, the defending NFC South champs, may have already played the toughest part of their schedule. When they return to practice on Monday, they will have a clear “dome-field advantage” over their final nine games.

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Here’s the schedule:

Nov. 6 — @Indianapolis — Lucas Oil Field (Dome) WIN

Nov. 13 — New Orleans – (Georgia Dome) LOSS

Nov. 20 — Tennessee – (Georgia Dome) WIN

Nov. 28 — Minnesota – (Georgia Dome) WIN

Dec. 4 — @Houston – Reliant Stadium (Retractable) LOSS

Dec. 1 2– @Carolina – Bank of America Stadium (outdoors) WIN

Dec. 15 — Jacksonville – (Georgia Dome) WIN

Dec. 26 — @New Orelans (Mercedes-Benz Superdome) LOSS

Jan. 1 — Tampa Bay (Georgia Dome) WIN

That’s 10-6, out of playofff on tie breaker. Those conference losses
come back to roost.
If we can just pull one of the NO games out of the fire we’re in at 11-5

falconfan2

October 27th, 2011
11:53 am

I think our DEFENSE is what will determine how far we go! They look like they are starting to hit their stride!!!

The Real Falcon

October 27th, 2011
11:56 am

Aaron Rogers won all of their playoff games on the road last year. Indoors and out.
Weather will not be a factor.

Steve-O

October 27th, 2011
11:58 am

Saints Have a ring -Falcants dont lol

October 27th, 2011
8:58 am
I am not sure how Orlando thinks the toughest part of the schedule is done. Falcants play the Saints twice and Tampa. Houston, Minnesota and Carolina are also games the Falcants can loose.

You guys wasted your picks on Julio. Seems that you do better when he isn’t playing.

Can’t wait to play you guys. The team I love to hate!

WHO DAT!

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Dude, quit making up different names. You are most likely hiramsaint, SeenThisB4, or some other regular poster. Also, any team can lose any game on any given day, see your loss to Tampa.

No wonder Falcons fans are delusional...

October 27th, 2011
12:06 pm

falconfan,

Now I understand why most of the Falcons fans are so delusional, probably because you don’t know your a$$ from a hole in the ground. You said “Just wondering for the playoffs since it’s obvious that the Packers will have home field advantage, how does Aaron Rogers play in cold weather? Cause he went to college at Cal and they went to the Super Bowl last year in domes and warm weather climates for the most part. How would he fare with 2 games in Lambeau in January?”

FYI retard… Rodgers beat Philly in Philly (outdoors, cold weather) in the wild card game and won in Chicago for the NFC Champ. when the game time temp was in the low teens-single digits with the wind chill

Virginia Jim

October 27th, 2011
12:18 pm

Enter your comments here

Virginia Jim

October 27th, 2011
12:20 pm

Yea that `dome field advantage `worked well against the pack-take nothing for granted in the NFL-play one game at a time or watch out.

Haha

October 27th, 2011
12:25 pm

My wife could see what’s cumming too, it was all over her face.

D'ville Phil

October 27th, 2011
12:38 pm

Path to playoffs for Falcons is to go 5-0 in the dome (Saints, Titans, Vikes, Jags, Bucs) and 2-2 on the road (wins at Colts/Panthers and losses at Saints/Texans). This would put Falcons at 11-5 and clearly in the playoffs……wild card or division makes no difference – just get to the playoffs and anything can happen.

I don’t think 10-6 gets you in but 11-5 does…..Key will be beating Saints at home and Panthers on the road.

Fan

October 27th, 2011
12:47 pm

The Falcons D-Block will get us where we are going. Defense in Atlanta finally and this is the key too win that first playoff game and beyond. Defense—-D-Block

Fan

October 27th, 2011
12:49 pm

The Falcons will be 12-4 my man not 11-5. The falcons D-Block is the keep and if we stay in good heath who knows

Someone get Sean Peyton his painkillers! His leg hurts!

October 27th, 2011
12:56 pm

I see the rest of the season breaking out this way: We’ll go 3-1 vs. the AFC South, 2-2 in our remaining division games, and beat Minnesota in the other game. That brings us to 10-6 and then it all comes down to the tiebreakers, which could help us (head to head vs. Detroit and Philly) or hurt (vs. Tampa bay or if it comes down to conference record in a 3 way tie).