Roddy White turns in his best game of the season

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White gets past Titans Michael Griffin in the end zone but can't hold on to the pass from Matt Ryan during 2nd half action. Curtis Compton /

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White gets past Titans Michael Griffin in the end zone but can't hold on to the pass from Matt Ryan during 2nd half action. Curtis Compton /

By Chris Vivlamore


Roddy White knew things might go his way.

He made the most of them. White caught a season-high 147 yards on seven receptions in Sunday’s 23-17 victory over the Titans.

“I felt that way,” White said of his chances. “You just go through practice really hard and get yourself ready to go Sunday. We did a good job getting me the ball and making some plays.

“Coach said we were going to go out and kind of [out] tempo these guys. Get in and out of the huddle and try to full-court press those guys so we could go out there and get the looks we wanted, execute and throw the ball downfield.”

White was targeted by quarterback Matt Ryan 14 times. It was only his second 100-yard receiving game of the season. He had 140 yards on nine catches against the Buccaneers on Sept. 25. This season he has been plagued by dropped passes, including one more on Sunday.

“Our game plan each and every week is to try to distribute the ball to the players that are going to be open,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “Certain games, certain matchups dictate different ways the ball is going to go. We knew going in that if we had a certain matchup, we felt that Roddy was going to have a chance to be very successful.”

White said it helped to get him into the offense early. He had three catches, for 25 yards, in the first half. His 43-yard reception on the Falcons’ first drive of the second half set up a Michael Turner four-yard touchdown run for a 20-3 lead.

“I feel like I get a good groove going when they get me the ball early,” White said. “We did a good job today. We got a good tempo going early.”

The Falcons used a no-huddle offense for the first three quarters. In addition to an increased tempo for the offense, it allowed the Falcons to adjust to the Titans’ defense.

“We always get the looks we want and get the right play calls,” White said of the no-huddle approach. “The defense has to line up and do what they have to do. That’s the positive note [for us] in going no huddle, [they] have to show your hand. It was productive today.”

Ryan, who finished with 316 yards on 22-of-32 passing, completed passes to six other receivers, including five to tight end Tony Gonzalez for 74 and a touchdown. He credited the Falcons’ running game for the passing success. Michael Turner rushed for 100 yards, including two runs of more than 26 yards.

“One of the things was we ran the ball pretty effectively,” Ryan said. “When you do that, you force safeties down into the box and they can’t double-cover as much. The run game certainly helped that out.”

Despite the productive day, White will likely be singled out by coaches for yet another penalty. White has been called for several this season, including a couple personal fouls. His offensive holding infraction in the third quarter wiped out much of a 16-yard run by Turner.

“Yeah, I might get credit for another penalty,” White said.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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November 21st, 2011
12:03 am

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November 21st, 2011
3:35 am

Two biggest stories coming out of Sunday….

1-OK, this one ain’t really that big for anyone with brains…but Ryan can throw it deep. (Hate to say “I told you so” BUT…I told you so….) This just serves as more proof against ignorance. Gotta love enlightenment. I guess the news here is that he can throw it deep with accuracy. That hadn’t really been established yet. A couple of more games like that and we’re good.

2-THANK YOU RODDY. I knew you were the real deal. Professional adjustment, whether it was mental or something else, true pros do what Roddy did. Now, no relaxing! Keep moving forward and you achieve what very few ever can.

Other stuff…lay off Turner. Fumbles happen. This is the NFL. BVG-this soft-zone sh”!§ has GOT to stop. Conservative football can lose you games, there was NO WAY the Titans should have even had a chance in this one at the end. Talk about trying to hand it over. Damn, man.

Overall-Good win after a depleting loss against a very respectable team. Nothing to define a season over, but definitely a good puzzle piece. Suuuccch good new to see Roddy back, this guy (when he’s playing like he can…see Sunday) is a HUGE part of this team and it’s identity of a winning franchise. All smiles here after that one.

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November 21st, 2011
6:25 am

Matt Ryan played well and he made some deep throws that were caught twenty yards or more. I like Roddy White and his play, just without his bonehead penalties. I know Mike Smith will say sacks are overated, but the thruth be told, John Abraham and Edwards are not getting it done in terms of sack production. If you sign Abe, it would have to be a one year deal. I’m happy for Dunta Robinson for getting a pick, now get one, when there’s a reciever around. The Falcons did a good job of stopping the run. Hence, Chris Johnson didn’t have a good day. Kudos go to Curtis Lofton, Harry Douglas and Tony G. As they continue to be the Falcons bread and butter. I like to see the redzone offense get a lot better. Let’s hope the pass defense improves as the season progresses, I don’t think you sign Thomas Decoud again, he just has not been consistently productive. I think you could probally sit Julio Jones another game. Especially if the Minnesota Vikings are without their star running back. If you can avoid Minnesota pass rush and keep Matt Ryan upright, it shouldn’t be any reason why you could lose to the Vikings. I like to see the Falcons play a perfect game, I just hope it’s down in the playoffs where it counts. Let’s give kudos to Babineux, he played a good game and was getting pressure up the middle.


November 21st, 2011
7:23 am

Say It Aint So

November 21st, 2011
7:39 am

Just think what kind of game White would have without the drops and penalties.


November 21st, 2011
8:54 am

Can we please do the following:
1. Stop running Turner off left tackle on short yardage situations. There is another side of the field.
2. Try some quick slants inside th 10 yard line once in a while. And the fade route. Has Ryan regressed? Or do we miss Finn and Jenkins and their height down close to the goal?
3. STOP playing soft prevent defenses. This team excels when it attacks. Keep attacking.
4. Use Jaqizz (sp?) more. He has instinctive feels for making plays out of nothing and is stronger than he looks.

That’s just a sample of my wish list. Good signs abound. Build on all of them.


November 21st, 2011
8:56 am

White had TWO drops, not one D-Led.

He had the drop in the endzone and also had a pass go right through his hands on an out pattern. The announcers (Fouts) pointed out that he should have caught the ball.

He still needs to play at a higher level…


November 21st, 2011
8:58 am

Agreed, Wendell. Roddy just seems real unfocused this year. I hope he doesn’t turn into a TO/Chad Johnson type when another thoroughbred comes into the stable…


November 21st, 2011
9:06 am

Roddy played really well yesterday, forcefully. Obviously he can be even better, but he rebounded nicely.


November 21st, 2011
9:10 am

Trademark; I am a Ryan fan, but one game does not mean he can throw the deep ball. He has missed guys deep all season. He’ll have to do it more than one game for me to say he throws a good deep ball


November 21st, 2011
9:29 am

Good game, could have SEALED it if he doesnt DROP another in the end zone. I dont know whats been his deal this year but he looks like a mix of the old Roddy with sprinkles of the one we saw last year. I know each year is different but you gotta hang on to the ball.
And yes, Ryan is STILL in the basement in regard to deep throws. One every 8 games doesnt mean he can do it. Im not gonna let a won blind me to whats still apparent. Also, WHY dont we use HD more? The guy is speedy and we see what he can do after the catch. Hopefully Roddy shows up against the Vikes and Julio comes back to show Michael Jenkins why we had no problem letting him go.


November 21st, 2011
9:38 am

@Blue…yep totally agree…as I wrote “I guess the news here is that he can throw it deep with accuracy. That hadn’t really been established yet. A couple of more games like that and we’re good.” Would like to see it show up more often as well. Maybe this is just a sign of the Falcons getting it together. Right time of the season as well, not peaking too early. Most teams that go deep in the playoffs get it together in November and December. Very encouraging path the Falcons are on, I am looking forward to seeing more.


November 21st, 2011
9:40 am

“Roddy White knew things might go his way.”

“He made the most of them.”

The picture with the article does not seem to agree with this statement.

However, his 43-yard reception on the Falcons’ first drive of the second half was a great play.


November 21st, 2011
9:54 am

If only the Falcons can keep White mouth shut so he can focus more on the game .The three horseman White , Jones and the beast Turner could take this team far in the play offs.But i also think Douglas should get more playing time.


November 21st, 2011
9:58 am

The pass to Roddy in the end zone was a tough one to catch. I absolutely hate that WRs are expected to be perfect and cannot stand the “if it hits you in the hands you should catch it” bs. It’s easy to get your hand on a ball but it still doesn’t mean it’s catchable. If he would’ve caught the TD it would’ve been a great catch. Not the toughest ball to catch but Roddy was falling back and the ball was high.

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November 21st, 2011
10:10 am

It was a good win yesterday, however, I got the distinct feeling the Falcons got bored with the Titans thus allowing them to get back in the game.

Tell it like it is.

November 21st, 2011
10:45 am

It was a good win yesterday,however the falcons may not make the playoffs,unless they win the division.witch i don’t think they can do.All the wild card teams keep winning,the bears look like they will take one of the wild cards,and Atlanta is way down in tie breakers.Last weeks game with the saints looms big as far as playoff asperrations,that won really hurt and will come back to haunt us.


November 21st, 2011
10:54 am

olando -you is cute!


November 21st, 2011
10:57 am

The Atlanta Falcons have been consistently inconsistent this year. whether its the hangover from the meltdown of the Packers-and lets face it ,that was and is their best opportunity to win a Super Bowl wih Dome field advantage for the entire playoffs- or the schedule a 13-3 record gets you in the next season or whatever. Got get better production on a consistent basis from both the offense and the defense( which has steadly improved).


November 21st, 2011
11:11 am

Roddy stop the jealousy and play ball,it is very obvious,you are still the MAN,Julio has to learn from you,just play ball.GO FALCONS


November 21st, 2011
11:28 am

the falcons still cant play with the big boys!!!!!….


November 21st, 2011
11:38 am

et: I dont believe you. I think the Falcons are as good as the best teams in the league. The only problem for the Falcons, from what I can gather, is that THE FALCONS HAVE A MENTAL BLOCK AND SOMEHOW FEEL INFERIOR TO THE BETTER TEAMS (Patriots, Saints, Eagles, Packers, Cowboys). Its not that the Falcons cant beat them, its just that when they play them, the Falcons are afraid to let it all hang out and go out and dominate those teams. I have noticed that the falcons are SLOWLY BUT SURELY executing more explosive plays. It seems to me that the better teams (Saints and Packers) play this way all the time. THE FALCONS ARE GETTING THERE. I believe the Falcons will be a playoff threat this season to go to the superbowl. Its not a pipe dream, it can happen.

Michael M.

November 21st, 2011
11:51 am

Jay Cutler broke his thumb in Sunday’s game they played so that may be a blessing to the Falcons Camp simply because Cutler is the key to the Bear’s playoff hopes this Season. Question remains will Cutler be able to play in the weeks ahead?

Atlanta is in control of its own destiny though by helping its self and sweeping the rest of the regular season games and with a little additional help around the league.

If Atlanta manages to get into the playoffs again they could be a dangerous team to have to face in a playoff game . this would be the teams third shot at it since the Ryan era and usually as they say the third time is the charm.

Smoke on that for awhile boys !


November 21st, 2011
12:16 pm

Imagine the numbers White might have had, had he caught the 4-5 passes he let go through his hands.

Joe Tess Fish House

November 21st, 2011
12:16 pm

He drops 2 many catches. Falcons need 2 trade him for a beter WR


November 21st, 2011
1:37 pm

mikey – do you really ever watch football?


November 21st, 2011
2:05 pm

we don’t a wr problem, we have a qb prob. the king of the short passes is just that. play the tape from the chicago game. we need cam newton. that way we’ll having two new weapons, a long passer and a running qb.

drmaryb .[*__*].

November 21st, 2011
2:27 pm

Success Driven!

A wise man once said, “The true test of a man is how well he handles success.”

Here’s my point: Roddy White didn’t go to the Pro-Bowl last year, The Pro Bowl went to his head. Stay thirsty my friend.


Julio Jones is a nice specimen, by all outward appearances.
Julio’s problem is his lack of core strength conditioning. Thos young man is now playing in a “grown man’s” business. If Julio wants to remain in the game, he better get in line and start some pilates. Them hamstrings attach to the ischial tuberosity, (that’s the bone you sit on) located. In the pelvis. His ligaments are weak and the kid has pelvis instability. This is the same condition
Theo Ratliff of the NBA has battled his entire career. Someone on the Falcons training staff, should have stayed in school – obviously. (pfftt!!!)

drmaryb .[*__*].

November 21st, 2011
2:54 pm

Tore Up!

Aye Michael M! Yeah, I just heard on The 2 Live Stews that, Cutler is having surgery. Apparently, he did a lot more damage than a simple fracture. Sounds like either a torn ligament or worse an avulsion fracture (peeled away). tendon. Cutler is looking at some pins & screws if its the tendon or some sutures if its the ligaments.

That’s a “thumbs down” for Cutler till next season. If its his throwing hand, Sir. Oh well, sux being a Bear! Hope they got a back up.

Meanwhile, back at Flowery Branch, Kelvin Hayden might be gone for the season too. Word on the street is: Kelvin heard something pop! Not good for the birds. We got anybody on the practice squad – worth a damn?

Samuel L. Jackson

November 21st, 2011
7:17 pm

(choir singing) ohhhhhhhh, What happens when a QB chokes up??? When a city blows up??? when a WR won’t shut up???

Tell me WHAT DO FALCONS DO???!!!


Michael M.

November 22nd, 2011
8:01 am

How about that Roddy White ? The man can trash talk and have penalties and a big game too !

Now is he not Sensational ?


November 22nd, 2011
1:17 pm

“I feel like I get a good groove going when they get me the ball early,” White said. Well guess what, Roddy shouldn’t matter whether you get it early or late, it’s your job to be get going anytime!!!


November 22nd, 2011
2:37 pm


You are a tool.



November 23rd, 2011
7:54 pm

Hey Y’all:

I am not concerned about our FALCONS this “SECOND HALF ” of the season. The offense and defense played superbly against the TITANS. However, we need to score more points in the “RED ZONE. We left 28 points of the board and settled for 4 field goals for 12 points during the game with the TITANS. We have the players to SCORE, but we have to ” DESIGN” plays to make our players score. Now , I am looking to see it “EXPLODE”, coming down the stretch toward the “PLAYOFFS”, this second half of the season. I SEE FUN COMING!!!. I expect more touchdowns and less field goals. Only to use those field goals when it is STRATEGICALLY neccesary.






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