Rewind: Ryan’s precision passing pays off

Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards is all smiles walking on to the field after defeating his former team, the Vikings, 24-14 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards is all smiles walking on to the field after defeating his former team, the Vikings, 24-14 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

The game that was

 

The Falcons, for the second outing in a row, did not show the requisite killer-instinct of a championship level team. They built a big lead against the Vikings and then let them hang around before pulling out a harder-than-necessary 24-14 victory.

What we learned

1. The short passing game works. To combat Minnesota’s strong front seven, the Falcons worked their short passing attack and Matt Ryan was lethal. He completed 27 of 34 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns. The Falcons sprinkled in a little of their no-huddle attack to set tempo. Ryan spread the ball around to seven different receivers and would have had his third straight 300-yard game if Julio Jones would have hauled down a long pass and not have interfered with a defender.

2. The goal-line defense is stout. The defense responded when pressed against the wall after Percy Harvin’s record-breaking 104 yard return. It was the longest non-scoring play in league history. Owens had enough energy left after chasing down Harvin to sack Christian Ponder on first down. Safety Thomas DeCoud and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton were credited with stops on second and third down before Sean Weatherspoon shot a gap and dropped Minnesota running back Toby Gerhart short of the goal line.

3. Roddy White rounding into Pro Bowl form. For the second game a row, the Falcons moved White around and ran mostly out of three wide receiver sets with one back and a tight end. He was targeted 13 times and caught 10 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. On one play that the Falcons ran a lot last season, White went in motion and came storming out of the backfield and into the flat. Ryan passed to White while he was on the move. White turned the play up field for a big gain.

Injury report

Cornerback Kelvin Hayden (dislocated toe) did not play because of injury. Cornerback Brent Grimes (knee) started the game, but left in the second quarter, while cornerback Dunta Robinson left the game, but returned to the action. Linebacker Stephen Nicholas (thigh) left the game in the third quarter and did not return. Wide receiver Roddy White (shoulder) left the game, but returned. No other injuries were reported by the Falcons.

The numbers game

4

The defense came up with four sacks, one short of their season-high of five in the opener against Chicago. Weatherspoon, Owens and defensive end Lawrence Sidbury (two) provided the sack attack.

10

Weatherspoon led the defense with a team-high 10 tackles, including a potential game-saver on a fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the fourth quarter.

50.4

Punter Matt Bosher’s averaged on five punts.

174

Tight end Tony Gonzalez caught nine passes for 69 yards. He has caught at least one pass in 174 straight games.

79

White has caught a pass in 79 straight games.

Sound bite

“When you get up, you definitely want to keep your foot on their throats.”

–Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon on the Falcons lack of a killer’s instinct.

Loose ends

Harry Douglas’ 27-yard touchdown catch was the Falcons longest play from scrimmage. . . Running back Michael Turner was held to 60 yards on 19 carries. . . The Falcons did not create a turnover for the second time in their last three games. . . Atlanta’s defense held the Vikings to 64 yards rushing on 24 carries. The Falcons are allowing 83.5 rushing yards per game, which ranks second in the league behind San Francisco (75.5).

What’s next

The Falcons (7-4) will face the Houston Texans (8-3) at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Reliant Stadium. This will be just the third meeting between the two teams. The series is tied at 1-1.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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185 comments Add your comment

PMC

November 28th, 2011
9:51 am

I’ve noticed that they are really working the middle of the field a lot more in the last couple of games. It is helping Ryan to play to his strengths.

Season Ticker Holder

November 28th, 2011
9:52 am

FL Falcon

November 28th, 2011
9:53 am

Season Ticker Holder

November 28th, 2011
9:59 am

The Falcons should continue to play to Matt Ryan’s ability to throw accurate short passes. Also, the defense need to stay in the attack mode when the falcons have the lead. Allowing weak opponents to comeback will eventually cost the falcons a game.

CGD..

November 28th, 2011
10:00 am

Big game tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CGD..

November 28th, 2011
10:01 am

Owens gets the Gameball for sure!

CGD..

November 28th, 2011
10:05 am

Lets see Ryan’s accuracy against a contender?

Wasn’t his QBR in the pitiful 40’s against Greenbays 30th ranked passing defense?

His game is fools gold..The Meltdowns coming…..Playoffs?

mountain_jim

November 28th, 2011
10:12 am

(from last blog)
Now that we know that Mike Smith decides when to run no-huddle and when to let Mularkey call the plays, it’s all on Smith.
Some one needs to get him on record as to why he keeps trying to throw leads away in the 3rd quarter. Look at stats for all games this season, we are outscored in the 3rd by many points.

This is on Smith. DLed will not address this, but Jeff already has. Mark was supporting going conservative with the lead in the in-game blog after the first 2 to uncreative and ineffective dive plays up the middle to start the 3rd, where-as I told him in the blog this was going to come back and bite us as it has all season long.

Falcons came a few plays from losing that game, and it would have been Smith’s fault for going so conservative and taking the play-calling out of Ryan’s hands. Again!

In consistent BloGGer

November 28th, 2011
10:15 am

I still think they are too in consistent.

CGD..

November 28th, 2011
10:17 am

Bobby Cox Jr…..

Trainwreck

November 28th, 2011
10:28 am

Hey a win is a win

CGD..

November 28th, 2011
10:46 am

A struggle to beat an 2-9 team? Think winning a playoff game with this staff and Ryan are going to be easier your delusional…..

CGD..

November 28th, 2011
10:52 am

Up next 8-3 Houston on the road! Uh Oh! I would not be surprised if the Falcons lose this one.

Houston by 3?

D man

November 28th, 2011
10:57 am

I predicted a 12 & 4 record at the beginning of the season. After we started 2 & 3 I had some doubts but now with our remaining schedule, 12 & 4 isn’t out of reach. We have won 5 out of 6 and are on a roll. This team still isn’t clicking but things look like they are slowly coming together and we will peak near the end of the playoffs and do well. We will be favored in 4 out of the last 5 games. We will beat the Saints in NO for payback. Should have won in ATL. One week at a time. Houston is down to the 3rd string QB. Time to pressure the QB and catch those intercetions… Go FALCONS!!! :)

Samantha

November 28th, 2011
11:09 am

Matt Ryan is horrible. He is NOT a good quarterback. It’s amazing to me how the Failcons fans are so excited because they won the game yesterday. Beating the Vikings is not a big deal. Everybody knows that they are not doing well this season! The fact still remains that they lost to the New Orleans Saints 2 weeks ago and they will lose to them again on Dec. 26th! hahahahahahaha! :)

DC Falcon (Rupe)

November 28th, 2011
11:09 am

@ mountain_jim
Good observation. Better performance in the third quarter of games is going to be necessary going down the stretch. It’s a sign that the staff needs to do a better job with half time offensive adjustments.

If they get that fixed……..watch out for GREAT RESULTS.

Samantha

November 28th, 2011
11:10 am

Trust…Houston will beat the FAILcons hands down! hahahahahaha! GEAUX SAINTS! :)

P B Orr

November 28th, 2011
11:15 am

I’m sick of hearing “the team isn’t clicking”. The team was clicking like a basement full of crickets yesterday. The Vikings are a good team that has had a lot of bad bounces and injury problems. Coming into the game, the led or were tied at the half in 6 of 10 games. It’s the NFL, any team can beat any other team. The Vikings had no turnovers, only a few penalties, stuffed the run, and in general played a creditable game. Even so, the Falcons won with relative ease. I think this was the best victory of the season and all the whiners complaining that we are not the 11-0 Packers are just wasting their time watching football.

double b

November 28th, 2011
11:19 am

cgd wtf do u do, do u get paid to hate on atlanta sports, u must be really good at what u do to be so critical

double b

November 28th, 2011
11:21 am

Samantha–we have a team not just a qb unlike the aints u had ur time to shine now move on–dec 26th is goin to be a rough one for u

PMC

November 28th, 2011
11:36 am

Matt Ryan was freaking AWESOME last sunday 3TD’s 24 of 36 for 270 yards.

What's Important

November 28th, 2011
11:49 am

Samantha, when you learn something about football you can speak. Until then, go play in your sandbox.

Supes

November 28th, 2011
11:50 am

I see Samantha the TROLL is out early…I suggest you worry about your own team…they’ll have their hands full with the New York Giants tonight!

Supes

November 28th, 2011
11:52 am

One more thing…the Falcons aren’t losing to THE TYLER YATES Houston Texans this Sunday. Yes the same Tyler Yates who couldn’t beat ACC powerhouses on regular basis (if you are wondering who he is…mid tier college QB)

CGD..

November 28th, 2011
11:55 am

double d, (like d’s not b’s lol!), just being real…

They have to start winning the money games to prove they are real contenders not pretenders..

That is all…

old man

November 28th, 2011
12:07 pm

Samantha:

Wiggle your nose, work some magic, and say something intelligent. For Chrisake, Ryan has a 128 rating and haters are still on here peddling their horse manure. What’s his QB rating when we play elite teams? It’s lower, Einstein. What’s his QB rating in the no-huddle, when he’s calling the plays? I would love to see that figure. It’s got to be astronomical.

The coaches need to stop justifying their pay and do what’s best for the team–let the Ryan run no-huddle all the time–100%. (By the way, if in the no-huddle system we can work in extra quick “flash” audibles that allow us to snap on the first count within seconds of coming to the line, there would be mass confusion in opposing defenses.) Let Ryan figure it all out on the field. Heck, give him an “off” switch for the audio in his helmet. When he is at the line, staring down the defense, calling the audibles, it’s almost like icing a field goal kicker. The defense is put into a real guessing game, and lately they have been guessing wrong.

When you think about it, you have maybe a total of 20 minutes of actual play in a 3 hour game. Take out 45 minutes for halftime and commercials, and the down time between plays accounts for almost 2 hours, so why waste that time? The no-huddle allows us to maximize what we get out of those two hours. It lets Ryan check out the defense for several seconds, pick a play, change the play, freeze the personnel on the field for the defense, and psychologically tells the defense that we are in complete control of what happens on each play. Our QB does not excel at everything, but he does excel at this, so we need to make the no-huddle our default system.

Karl

November 28th, 2011
12:07 pm

I think we should give the Saints fans a break – they have proven time and time again that this is the most important thing in their lives. They have so little else, let’s at least give them something to cheer about:)

old man

November 28th, 2011
12:08 pm

Oh, Samantha’s a Saints fan. If I had known, I would not have bothered with my last post. Sorry, guys.

PMC

November 28th, 2011
12:12 pm

Samantha’s still shocked and the stink coming off that loss to the St Louis Lambs.

The Saint’s wet the bed with the best of them.

Birdman Dave

November 28th, 2011
12:17 pm

Still think Owens was responsible for two Viking scores. We would be better off to play ten instead of eleven!

Truth Hurts

November 28th, 2011
12:18 pm

@Samantha EAD

D man

November 28th, 2011
12:20 pm

Falcons will dominate the Saints in December.

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
12:23 pm

Said it many times saying again…………I take Matt Ryan over any other Quarterback in the NFL !

Years from now you all will see why !

Very big game tonight for either of the two Teams playing! Really don’t matter which team wins because either way its……..advantage to the Falcons !

Take this one on the chin Aints Fanatics ! Maybe both QB’s will get sacked and sacked again til someone clobbers both of them and they tote em off the field on a gurney !

Put that in your pipe and smoke on it !

mountain_jim

November 28th, 2011
12:29 pm

Mike Smith should be asked to address this:

Falcons have been outscored in the 3rd quarter in 8 out of 11 games, by a net difference for all 11 games of 59 points. Only against the Colts and Tenn did the falcons outscore opponents in the 3rd.

It’s time to wake up and stop sitting on leads running up the middle on 1st and 2nd downs in the 3rd, and stop calling such obvious running plays when running. Earlier yesterday,the draws and counters to Turner were working well. In the 3rd though, Mularkey gets control and goes back to running straight dives up the middle to kill the first 2 drives and combined with the defense going passing kills all the momentum.

If Minn had had the sense to challange that non-TD they might have won that game, and torpedoed the season’s playoff chances.

mountain_jim

November 28th, 2011
12:30 pm

going passive – meant to say

Sterling

November 28th, 2011
12:35 pm

i wouldnt say a 10 point lead is struggling. @CGD go 2 H E L L

DJ Sniper

November 28th, 2011
12:40 pm

Let’s not forget that the Viking played the Packers very close in their first meeting of the season.

As for us, Smitty needs to realize that when you dominate an opponent in the first half, you keep your foot on their necks in the second half and don’t let them come up for air. I’ve been highly cricital of Mike Mularkey’s play calling, but now we know that Smitty is responsible for whether or not Matt Ryan goes into the no huddle. The onus is on him to keep things flowing.

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
12:49 pm

Atlanta never struggled in that game except on offense in the 3rd quarter..either Atlanta was coasting in the 3rd quarter or the Vikings saw something that their defense picked up on and shut Atlanta down for awhile but into the 4th all was well.
These Teams with losing records now will most likely play all out against Atlanta for they will have nothing to lose except to knock Atlanta out of a playoff shot. Same can be said for any team with a shot in the playoffs. No Team out there with a winning record is off the hot seat the rest of this year.
A team with a losing record can pull out all the stops and go for it on 4th down on their on 20 to get a yard for a first down and to move the chains because if they lose they have nothing really to lose , but just a chance of knocking a team out of a shot at the playoffs.
No easy games left for Atlanta,New Orleans or anyone else !

double b

November 28th, 2011
12:54 pm

been a fan of the falcons a long time and at least we r competitive and have a shot each year with this crew, cgd u just hate and hate nothing but negativivty here a positve fact for u which im sure u will be able to MISCONSTRUE in some way, but the pass defense might not be there quite yet but the run d is # 2 in the league and sam baker has been replaced by someone who is getn it done, matt ryan is becoming better and better and the dropped passes happen but that can be fixed i’ve seen the best drop passes, but ill take douglas and gonzalez and white and julio just as a bonus, its not like they didnt beat the saints and ravens last year and should have beaten the aints this year but they will have another shot, not everyones greenbay, but once they get in anything can happen its sports

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
1:00 pm

Well Said ! ! ! ! !

CGD…the greyhound bus is waiting for yah ! ouchhhhhh !

Steve

November 28th, 2011
1:04 pm

Falcons owe this victory to Owens. Chasing down Harbin saved Atlanta the victory.

DKN

November 28th, 2011
1:05 pm

D Led

Please elaborate more “The Falcons, for the second outing in a row, did not show the requisite killer-instinct of a championship level team.”

The Packers are undefeated and have only beaten 3 teams by more than 14 points.

The Falcons covered the point spread easliy and are fine. This is the NFL……

NATIVEBIRD

November 28th, 2011
1:07 pm

Good win for the Falcons! I thought our offense looked good for the most part. Turner needs to run to daylight more than he does. Mularkey is doing a better job of getting Quizz and Snelling involved. Also, he is calling a more UNPREDICTABLE game. Please keep it up. Julio looked rusty. Let’s keep trying to get the ball to him, we will need him down the stretch.

OK, Chris Owens. YOU BETTER BE GLAD YOU WERE ABLE TO GET HARVIN! You were responsible for at least ONE touchdown if not both of them!!! Knock the ball down, intercept it, but don’t miss it and let the receiver catch it for a Touchdown on you AGAIN! At least I saw your team mates get in your face and chew you out. You gotta make that play! On the second TD, the TV announcer said, “I don’t know how Chris Owens does not get to the ball, …… definitely should have intercepted that ball!” I have always said thaat Owens is great for run support and special teams, but his cover skills are horrible. We can’t have those type mistakes in close games and expect to win. CO STILL SCARES ME……. I hope Grimes is OK and Hayden can come back.

The other problem that we have is that Franks isn’t any better from what I saw yesterday. He made some mental errors on special teams, but at least he didn’t give up any big plays, unless he was out of place on the first touchdown. We need CB help! BVG called some bonehead formations that I think ALSO contributed to the first touchdown.

I am glad that we won but I worry about our secondary and our DC’s capacity to put the right people on the field and make the right calls.

goodgod

November 28th, 2011
1:07 pm

the falcon play well against struggling teams then collape like melty ryan when a contender is on the other side. our qb can lead us to the playoff but that’s all. no wonder we don’t repect around the lead. yes matt is leathal throwing those short passes, he is after all, the king of the short passes and the guru of the three and out. superbowl, forget it.

Keith

November 28th, 2011
1:08 pm

wow I can’t believe the haters on here, Mountian Jim, that WAS not a TD, Harvins progress was stopped the whistle had blown, which caused the defense to relax which allowed Harvin to reach the endzone. SInce you mentioned blown calls how about the NO CALL the ref’s did not make on the punt when the vik’s pushed Owens into the ball? it’s all part of the game unforunately they miss some and they get some wrong. bottom line the Falcons won UGLY. correct me if I’m worng but it seem the Packers were able to win “UGLY” last year and finally put the process togehter just before the playoffs!! soooo quit-yer-bitchin this team is playing better and yes they should win in Houston!! go Falcons

mke

November 28th, 2011
1:25 pm

That was a big win against a team that has won two games all season. As long as we play teams with losing records we should be fine.

CGD..

November 28th, 2011
1:27 pm

double b, not hating just not impressed with these pretenders from the Coaching staff to the QB to the Swiss cheese Secondary…….

Thanks Mike, back @ cha! lol

6 weeks ta go…….

This is the number thats loud and clear: 2-5 last 7 against the contenders…

That is all..

FalconsGirl

November 28th, 2011
1:29 pm

I’m just happy Chris Owens made up for all the crap he has pulled all season long! As for tonight goes, I’m a Giants fan!! #BEATTHEAINTS

Samuel

November 28th, 2011
1:30 pm

Ryan threw a couple of accurate deep ball passes, but unfortunately Roddy and Julio didn’t come up with them. Chris Owens should of had an interception, he’s got to make that play. But- he was able to redeems himself by makings plays that really counted. I thought the offensive line played well especially Svitek, it will be hard for Baker to get his job back. Julio must have been a decoy because Ryan never went back to him after the interference call. Over all solid game, but the Falcons still haven’t put the complete game together. Hopefully it can start against the Texans….

CGD..

November 28th, 2011
1:31 pm

Owens gets the game ball! He saved a win…

CGD..

November 28th, 2011
1:36 pm

mke

November 28th, 2011
1:25 pm

“That was a big win against a team that has won two games all season. As long as we play teams with losing records we should be fine”

LMBO!!!!!!!

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
1:42 pm

No he stopped a touchdown kickoff run back but the Defense actually stopped them from scoring !

How did you like that beautiful deep pass Ryan put into Jones breadbasket he dropped when he was falling down yesterday.
Ole noodle arm has more noodle than you thought he did huh? And don’t say he cant throw because he put one right in front of Roddy White’s hands and Roddy missed it by a step !

mountain_jim

November 28th, 2011
1:44 pm

Keith – from where are you certain that the whistle had blown?

The commentators only inferred it by no challenge, you could not hear it on replay, and Harvin did not hear it and thought he had scored and wanted his coaches to challenge.

Anyway, I am a Falcon fan of 38 years – not a ‘hater’ at all imho, but I feel I have earned the right by now to call em like I see em – The stats don’t lie, Falcons have lost 8 out of 11 3rd quarters and you would hope our head coach would learn something and adjust from that.

Did Harvin score a second time? He thinks so

http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/134573208.html

ATLANTA – For what it’s worth, Percy Harvin agrees with all of you who think he crossed the goal line.

Unfortunately for the Vikings and their fans — many of whom rushed to Twitter to express their angst — Harvin wasn’t able to get coach Leslie Frazier’s attention to challenge the ruling that Harvin was stopped inches short of the goal line on third-and-2 with the Vikings trailing by 10 points and under five minutes left in Sunday’s 24-14 loss to the Falcons at the Georgia Dome.

“I was trying to tell Coach to hurry up and challenge it,” Harvin said. “But he had a million things going through his head at the time, so I moved on to the next play.”

CGD..

November 28th, 2011
1:49 pm

“Falcons have lost 8 out of 11 3rd quarters”

Yep and they also only have 1 win(Detroit) against winning teams thus far…

Yeah, SB contenders alright! lol

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
1:50 pm

Ole Percy tried to carry the whole team on his shoulders out there for sure the whole ballgame !
I couldn’t tell where he was at in that pile of mass of football players yesterday on the replays and I was watching it on 55 inch screen.

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
1:58 pm

Anyway you look at it boys , this is what counts so take a good look below !

Atlanta Falcons 24 ——————- Minnesota Vikings 14

Bird Dawg Country

November 28th, 2011
2:00 pm

Take that performance, by Matt, all you Ryan haters and shove it where the sun don’t shine. How’s Philly and the run first dummy doing? Not so good…hehehehe

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
2:00 pm

That is all ……………….and over and out ! LMAO

Later Taters !

Falconfan 24_7

November 28th, 2011
2:00 pm

The Saints will lose three straight games starting tonight against the NY Giants, then to the Lions and Titans.

Matt Ryan is good enough!

Bird Dawg Country

November 28th, 2011
2:01 pm

Percy Harvin smoked too much weed at FL and couldn’t make those 3 extra yards yesterday.

Falconfan 24_7

November 28th, 2011
2:03 pm

We play who we play knuckleheads. We do not make our own schedule. Go figure.

Bird Dawg Country

November 28th, 2011
2:04 pm

Gave old Percy another headache

Mike Smith

November 28th, 2011
2:10 pm

Ray Edwards, Why are you wearing Vikings colored pads under your jersey?

CGD..

November 28th, 2011
2:21 pm

must win in Houston and must win in New Orleans..

A very tall task for this staff and Melt indeed…..

Fal-cons= fools gold

CGD..

November 28th, 2011
2:28 pm

Hey Dawg lets see if Coach clean shot and his very talented QB in Ryan can participate in 5 NFC championships and 1 SB over the next several years….

DONT HOLD YOUR BREATH CAUSE THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN!

THAT KOOL-AID TASTE SO GOOD DONT IT? LOL

ANDY REID GAVE IT A GREAT RUN UP IN PHILLY AND OWNED THE FAL-CONS OVER THOSE YEARS….

HOW BOUT THEM FAL-CONS? CRICKETS……………..

In consistent BloGGer

November 28th, 2011
2:34 pm

Christopher Owens is a liability. The one touchdown he saved was a trade off for two he allowed.

CGD..

November 28th, 2011
2:40 pm

mountain_jim

November 28th, 2011
12:29 pm

“Mike Smith should be asked to address this:

Falcons have been outscored in the 3rd quarter in 8 out of 11 games, by a net difference for all 11 games of 59 points. Only against the Colts and Tenn did the falcons outscore opponents in the 3rd.”

@Jim that is a troubling sign of things to come for this franchise..

That embarrassing loss to Greebay in the playoffs at home last year had the Falcons get totally man handled in that 3rd quarter…But that game was over right before the half anyway…..

Of course this QB cant come from behind due to his accuracy troubles…The coaches are coaching to Matt’s strengths not his weakness .. Let me spell it out hes a turnover machine…That’s why once Coach Smith builds a lead he becomes very conservative in the 2nd half to keep this dude from throwing another int/pick six……….

mountain_jim

November 28th, 2011
2:45 pm

Sure CGD, you troll.

CGD..

November 28th, 2011
2:52 pm

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Sorry Delusional Fal-con Fanatic! (SDFF) lol

LexLuther

November 28th, 2011
3:19 pm

No doubt Owens saved that win…the bigger impact may not be known for a few weeks. BVG is easy to adjust to as we saw in the 3rd quarter and the offense stalled in the 3rd when we went back to Mularkey calling in the huddle.

BooBoo

November 28th, 2011
3:37 pm

I watched the pathetic KC offense, led by Palfo (or something like that), who had thrown three interceptions before the midway point of the first quarter (against Pittsburg), and was 3 and out when not turning the ball over. However, on 3rd and 1 (around their own 39) they tried a direct snap (wildcat) to a running back (something different), which got stopped for no gain. Gutless wonder Mike Smith certainly would not tried anything other than the missionary position run Mike Turned into the butt of his center, in order to get the same results. Mike Smith would not have gone for it on 4th down either, had it been his team, and the Chief’s head coach did not line up and try to go mano-a-mano for 1 yard. Instead, the Chiefs did a wildcat from the punting formation and ran the up-back for 1.5 yards, shifting the punter. First down! Genius! Mike Smith would have punted and watched his punt team let the other team run it back 50 yards. If only Mike Smith would try a fake punt (or unexpected onside kick), even if it failed, it would show the league, “Hey, this guy has balls. He could try anything.” Instead, Falcon opponents know all they have to do is stop Mike Turner in the backfield on third and 1 and the Falcons will give up the ball.

CGD..

November 28th, 2011
3:38 pm

Check that they beat two teams (Detroit and Titans) with winning records this year…

hiramsaint

November 28th, 2011
3:50 pm

matty melt had to play a 2 win team to be called a precision passer. if i was him , and i’m glad i’m not , i would consider that precision passer label against a 2 win team to be an insult but…it is the failclowns

Wow..

November 28th, 2011
3:55 pm

Yes, yes, please fire Mike Smith. THat’s sarcasm folks. He’s only 40 and 19 over the last four years which is a .680 winning percentage. I’ll take that anytime. Some people are just winners, others are Saints fans.

hiramsaint

November 28th, 2011
3:59 pm

sounds like your happy with 0-2 in the playoffs also. atlanta-the city where mediocrity is embraced.

DePort

November 28th, 2011
4:09 pm

Go cheer for another team!!! .. please!! .. I am sick of reading these negative posts … we know the falcons have problems … EVERY team has them … if you dont like it … go cheer for the JAGS or something … get off of the real fans sites!!

joyaman

November 28th, 2011
4:27 pm

Rather than calling out or characterizing other bloggers, I’ll just speak my peace on the current state of the Falcons with a few Q&A responses:

Q: Are the Falcons as currently constituted Super Bowl contenders?
A: Probably not, as they still lack the needed quality and/or depth on the O-line and secondary.

Q: Does this mean that they’ll go one-and-out should they qualify for the playoffs?
A: No. Despite that fact that the Falcons will fall short of last year’s 13-3 mark, this team is more well-balanced (both O and D) and slightly deeper than the 2010 edition and are capable of reaching the conference championship game.

Q: Is the Falcons’ lack of killer instinct a fatal flaw?
A: Yes. Against teams like Green Bay, New England and New Orleans, the inability to hold on to a 3-14 point lead in the second half would almost certainly result in a loss, as it did in the Dome on MNF.

Q: Have the 2011 Falcons already reached a plateau in terms of making progress toward building a championship-contending team?
A: No. The recent flashes of brilliance that we’ve seen on offense appear to be increasing in frequency, rather than leveling off. By season’s end this team may be able to sustain their no-huddle unpredictability and then shift more gracefully back into their slashing ball/clock-control ground game. They just need to lean how to change gears better.

Q: What about the D? Has it reached it’s 2010 peak?
A: The run D is already operating at its peak level, which is fairly high. The secondary doesn’t have the depth or size to take it to the next level and is still the team’s Achilles heel. Injuries here (such as an extended absence of Grimes) could result in a dramatic falloff, which would be the team’s undoing in the playoffs. The pass rush has been sporadic at best, but their personnel are talented enough to take it up a notch in terms of consistency. I don’t see any evidence of it trending this way, however.

= my two cents

HymanSaint

November 28th, 2011
4:30 pm

I like boogers.

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
4:34 pm

Very well done indeed well stated ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ !

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
4:36 pm

We will get to see if the Aints are Pretenders tonight….won’t we hiramsaint ?

FALCON YEAH!

November 28th, 2011
4:42 pm

We continue to bring FALCON YEAH and we continue to win! I’m just sayin…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgWA_n6M-DQ

dean

November 28th, 2011
4:42 pm

Aints have beaten 3 teams w/winning records, ATL being one of them. The Aints also hold the title of the only team to receive an ass-whupping at the hands of the St. Louis. The Rams’ other win , 13-12, against sorry Cleveland.

Big Crimson 75

November 28th, 2011
4:50 pm

Samantha — bundle up out there dear. It’s getting chilly. Don’t want you to catch a cold working Peachtree St. tonight.

DPN

November 28th, 2011
4:54 pm

You have to remember this was a big game for the Vikings, they have have the Falcons old quarterbacks coach as there offensive cordinator, they wanted to do good for him so don’t take this game too lightly, they knew alot about the Falcons and they could have got out smarted, you could see the Vikings defense seemed to be guessing at the Falcons plays at times and we still found a way to beat them. I can see the Falcons starting to figure out what they need to be, their still not there yet but if they can continue growing each week they might have a good shot in the playoffs.

Joe Tess Fish House

November 28th, 2011
4:55 pm

Flacons got lucky again. Vikes scored, but the refs blue the call. This team just cant seem 2 put oter teams a way. Again this all goes back to the faled fist round draft pix as well as not sighing the rite free agenst. Instead they get loosers like Donto Roberson and Ray Edmunds. They cost a lot of money yet dont help the team when games.

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
4:58 pm

Current playoff picture as of this moment :

http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/machine

hiramsaint

November 28th, 2011
5:22 pm

mikey – i think we proved we’re not pretenders 2 weeks ago…at your house as a matter of fact !

terrell

November 28th, 2011
5:28 pm

That might save us a couple of hundred $’s. lol

terrell

November 28th, 2011
5:29 pm

Correction:
Waive LD. That might save us a couple of hundred $’s. lol

MTSeats

November 28th, 2011
6:29 pm

Sit Baker, he’s a backup, at best. Ryan is still smarter than Mooolarkey. This team does not have the ‘kill instinct’, M Smith ?

ohhhYEAH

November 28th, 2011
6:29 pm

CDG

Matty cant come from behind due to accuracy troubles? have you watched this kid since he got to atlanta? He’s got like 15 game winning drives in 3 and a half years. are you smoking crack or jsut trying to stir the pot? i think 27-34 speaks for itself, thats pretty accurate my friend. Yeah, the coaching is terrible the majority of the time, but to continue callin him “Melt” further showcases your ignorance pal. Tell ya what, learn that this game is abot WINNING, not about numbers, ask Tebow. Oh, and im fairly certain the Titans also have a winnign record to the jack@$$ who said only one win came against a team with a winning record. and by the way, The Great Packers have beaten only 4 teams with a winning record. Not many more, idiot, and the Saints have only beaten THREE teams with a winning record. Yeah, your argument looks a little stupid now buddy!

Just saying

November 28th, 2011
6:46 pm

“Trust…Houston will beat the FAILcons hands down! hahahahahaha! GEAUX SAINTS!”

Samatha, why don’t you go back to your dance pole in New Orleans?

ohhhYEAH

November 28th, 2011
6:46 pm

Joe Tess Moron….

even if they had given harvin that “touchdown”, guess what the final woulda been…..thats right 24-21. Stop your b!tching and moaning and save that for the tea parties with your little boyfriends. We WON! Plain and simple, nothing else matters

CGD..

November 28th, 2011
6:46 pm

Hey Yeah got that stick too far up your azz? Take a chill pill..Your dirty birds will get in and get their azzes handed to them again for the 3rd consecutive playoff season….

You said its all about winning! What have they won in 3.6 years?

ZERO PLAYOFF WINS COMPRENDE?

Pull that stick out wash your hands for a change and sit tight cause the Meltdown is coming.. lol

Another SDFF…

ohhhYEAH

November 28th, 2011
6:47 pm

Just Saying….

She was fired, even New Orleans has a limit on how hideous their strippers can be

ohhhYEAH

November 28th, 2011
6:49 pm

oh im completely chill my friend. Im telling you that everything you said up until that last comment was completely idiotic. Had you said anything about being winless in the playoffs Id have had no choice but to agree, because its true. However, that wasnt the argument you were making. No worries though, still a few games left to play. Im sure they can change your mind

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
7:01 pm

oh my goodness…..talk about some tough hits ” the clean hits keep coming ” on this blog here that is !
lmao, you guys are hilarious !

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
7:04 pm

Don’t worry fellas, Atlanta will probably win another one next week and upset you with flies in your soup bowl !

ohhhYEAH

November 28th, 2011
7:07 pm

probably. Next week we will whine that we couldnt beat a 5th string QB by 50 points, because their offense is so bad it should mean we score 40 pts on one of the best defenses in the league.

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
7:10 pm

How you guys that call Matt Ryan a noodle arm like these numbers ?

27/34, 262 YDS, 3 TD

not bad heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?

CGD..

November 28th, 2011
7:12 pm

Tonight features two gifted QB’s going at it! Gonna be fun to watch!

Enjoy Michael! Time to fire up the Big Screen! OOOOOOOOOOOhhhhh YYYYEAH! lol

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
7:13 pm

Best not to take them too seriously in what they say because more than 3/4 of it is junk anyways

ohhhYEAH

November 28th, 2011
7:14 pm

Oh i know. Cant wait to watch the Aints go down. Should be fun

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
7:15 pm

Maybe they both will get clobbered tonight and their Coaches will be trying to call Brett Farve up to replace em like Claims are Texas thought about doing .

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
7:18 pm

Come on mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn !

Brett isn’t coming back to save nobody’s neck for a few dollars !

Yo

November 28th, 2011
7:20 pm

As to the Houston game, I think the Texans are running low on QB’s, so we should take this one.
Got to give Owens credit for his super speed, and he has now got his name in the NFL record book.
But Spoon’s td saving stop was just as important. Since last season’s Packer game I have tried to figure Owens’ problem in defensing passes. After watching him on replays I think he can’t decide whether to follow the ball or the receiver, or which to do at the right time. Where is the DB coach?

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
7:25 pm

It will be a close one next week with the Texans I think if Atlanta does beat em. Texans are a pretty solid Team but they do need a good game out of that 3rd stringer QB if they expect to do anything on offense…. but we will see soon enough.

hiramsaint

November 28th, 2011
7:50 pm

a good texans team with a 3rd string qb should be an even match for the failclowns!

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
7:54 pm

Just keep thinking like that hiram cause you are hilarious !

hiramsaint

November 28th, 2011
7:59 pm

the vikes were -were they not? harvin scored at the goal line -should have been challenged but it’s water under the bridge till next week

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
8:07 pm

Still would have won man, not much time left in the game and Atlanta coulda scored again anyways

Looking at that game Stats for tonight’s game your Team has em out matched in all categories so if your Team gets whup Guess what I will be doing the rest of this week ?

Be in shock cause your Team lost and laughing at you because you seem to think they can’t be beaten………… and that is all and a wrap as someone else says on here !

Later Taters ! ! ! !

woodie

November 28th, 2011
8:12 pm

Lets get real. When you barely hold on to beat Seahawks, Titans, Vikings you ain’t going real far even if you make the playoffs.

The_Falconer

November 28th, 2011
8:39 pm

Let’s get real. At least we beat the Seahawks; twice in fact over the past year. Too bad the saints cannot say the same…

JoFo

November 28th, 2011
8:48 pm

It still CRACKS ME UP thinking about how the sAINTS were MANHANDLED by the St. Louis Rams! :)

Ted

November 28th, 2011
9:04 pm

What you learned is that you can beat a really lame, 2-9 team. Nothing more, nothing less. Just wait until the Falcants lose in the playoffs in the first round….

The_Falconer

November 28th, 2011
9:12 pm

Yep, we can beat the lame teams. Maybe you’ll get lucky and draw the Seahawks in the first round again this year and you’ll have another shot at beating one!

ninobrown

November 28th, 2011
9:17 pm

The Falcons lost to the same team that were manhandled by the St. Louis Rams………at Home!!!!!! (Now That’s Funny JoFo)

JoFo

November 28th, 2011
9:19 pm

I KNOW but, it is also funny how I can still smell the sAINTS even when they are on tv!!! LOL!!! :)

Tommyb

November 28th, 2011
9:28 pm

Samantha obviously your knowledge of football is limited. No hurry before you miss the housewives of Atlanta

Tommyb

November 28th, 2011
9:34 pm

Falcons will win the south

JoFo

November 28th, 2011
9:37 pm

sAINTS will lose (at HOME!!!) to the same team (FALCONS) that beat the Seahawks last year!!! LOL!! :)

D. Orlando Ledbetter

November 28th, 2011
9:42 pm

Houston quarterbacks coach — Mr. Greg Knapp.

phil

November 28th, 2011
10:04 pm

Fire FG…

Fire Tom Coughlin!

phil

November 28th, 2011
10:06 pm

Elect Drew Brees to the HOF! Now!

ninobrown

November 28th, 2011
10:09 pm

If it wasn’t for the Saints, the Falcons would never be on Monday Night Football!!! The Return to the Superdome (W), Bobby Petrino’s Last Game before he quit (W), 2009 (W), 2010(W), 2011 (???). LOL. Oh JoFo, too bad that win vs the Seahwks was not during your defense of your Superbowl Title!! Lol

hiramsaint

November 28th, 2011
10:20 pm

brees has better #’s than ryan and it’s only half time and against a far superior team than the 2 win vikings.

hiramsaint

November 28th, 2011
10:22 pm

it still cracks me up thinking how the saints manhandled the failclowns twice in a row at the ga. tent

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
10:34 pm

Yeah saw Superman warming up before the second half got started. Aint that Aint sumthin ! lmao

JoFo

November 28th, 2011
10:37 pm

What’d hiramsAINT say? The sAINTS masterba…something!!! :) LOL!!! OMG!!!

The_Falconer

November 28th, 2011
10:37 pm

Brandon Jacobs is about to put the team on his back! Did you see that guy get CRUSHED on that touchdown?

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
10:39 pm

keep your fingers crossed fellas, still a lot of time left for Eli to work with if the Giants can do something on defense….but I could care less which one wins

Tommy

November 28th, 2011
10:47 pm

The Saints are one bad hit on Drew Brees from being the Miami Dolphins. . .talk about a one-man team

Tommy

November 28th, 2011
10:51 pm

If Chris Owens can chase down Percy Harvin after an 85-yard run, he has the speed to be a good NFL corner. His problem is he plays too close to the wideout. He either A) gets tangled up and hit with an interference penalty, B) doesn’t give himself room to react to the throw and get vertical to knock it down, or C) is too close after the catch to react and make the tackle (like the play against Washington in the Titans game last week). If they can coach him up like Grimes, we could suddenly have a pretty nasty secondary.

ninobrown

November 28th, 2011
10:52 pm

Uncross your fingers!!! TD Saints. Too Bad Jacobs doesn’t play defense. It’s past your bedtime Falcon fans. You’re not used to watching Monday Night Football? Continue to brag on Matty Ryan Leaf and his 300yds. Drew got that already (321) in the 3rd!!! Lol. Dec 26th!!!

ninobrown

November 28th, 2011
10:53 pm

The Falcons are one good QB from having a good team!!!!!

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
10:55 pm

Yeah Superman Breeze is the offense, just saw a Giant let him go right by him and run for a score !
I thought the giants was in first place in the East because they were good but watching this is pitiful…like they have no fire in them tonight.

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
10:57 pm

Yeah I am getting out of here cause you Saints Fans are starting to stink up the place ! Just remember , you not playing the Falcons out there tonight…….yah Saints Turds ! lmao

ninobrown

November 28th, 2011
10:58 pm

Give the Saints some credit Micheal M……….Come on man!!! Lol

Michael M.

November 28th, 2011
10:59 pm

Enjoy the Show boys !

Later Taters !

ninobrown

November 28th, 2011
10:59 pm

Just remember you were playing the Titans and the Vikings AFTER you lost to the SAINTS!!!!! Goodnight

hiramsaint

November 28th, 2011
11:17 pm

who’s in 1st?- you know it!!!GEAUX SAINTS

Ronald Millsaps

November 28th, 2011
11:37 pm

First of all, why are the Falcons using “Oprah” in their play-calling? I thought the announcers might’ve been wrong and that Matt Ryan was saying “okra”, but later it indeed sounded like the former. Guys, let’s keep her out of the mix. She’s one of the most propagated, misleading, deceptive, credibility-lacking, etc. individuals of all time, and the ideologies she supports are poisonous, so why in the WORLD mention her in any kind of prominent light? No wonder that she supports Obama——–and what kind of society do we have that we a) vote that man into the White House and b) give ear to her endorsement of him?

Let’s get rid of the irreverent “Rise Up” phrase, too.

The play-calling was terrible, and Ryan was accurate on paper, but a lot of his throws need to be sharper. As for the former, let’s start with the game’s first series: Everyone expects a handoff to Turner, which occurs, to little gain (if any). Ryan follows with a short pass to Tony Gonzalez, which would’ve been what I would’ve done (or thereabouts) on first down, and then, with third and three on the horizon, they again pass. I would’ve handed off to Turner, as Minnesota would’ve expected a pass and as three yards is not that difficult to attain.

The league needs to drop this babbling, deranged, Oprah-like definition of “reception” that it so-adamantly adheres to. If a player catches a ball, is down by contact, tumbles, and loses possession of the football, guess what? The final “point” there is irrelevant. Please note the “is down by contact” part of the equation. Bam! The play’s indeed over. A subsquent loss of the football is no more a drop than a toss to the referee is a fumble, so let’s kindly remove dumbed-down officiating from an otherwise-great sport, and let’s get officiating crews that don’t spend two full minutes numerous times deciding whether to pick up a flag or not or trying to figure out if the game clock’s correct. If and when need be, fine, but the crew yesterday was unprofessional.

Back to the offense, Smith needs to be more aggressive. Right now he’s parallel to one of Dan Reeves’ outnumbered-by-strengths weaknesses, which is the overuse of his runningback, or at least the misuse of. (I don’t think Turner is approaching Jamal’s ‘98 carries total.) This offense has weapons, serious weapons, and this offense with a Dick Vermeil or Mike Martz easily could put 500 points on the board in a season; Smith seems to prefer to idea of running minutes off the clock than putting points on the board. He doesn’t attack as much as he needs to, and did the Falcons take Minnesota lightly yesterday? I think so. Did they do so even more lightly when Adrian Peterson was said to be out? Almost definitely. Even more so with the halftime lead of 17, which should’ve been 27? Again, almost definitely.

Let’s make the most of the weapons this team has. If you think Turner gets yardage now, wait until defenses get stretched, knowing Douglas, Rodgers, Snelling are getting more attention. I’d love to see at least 2 reverses per game, both to Douglas, some 4-WR sets, some 2-TE sets (saw one yesterday, loved it), some 3-WR-on-one-side sets, and some comprehensive backfield sets. Let’s have Rodgers on the field in 2-RB sets and have him run behind Turner/Snelling.

This team has more weapons than does Green Bay, and the running game is better also. If this team would reach its God-given potential on offense, it’d be better than Green Bay, a lot better, actually.

Ronald Millsaps

November 28th, 2011
11:38 pm

By the way, Dr. Oz is nothing but a witch doctor and a friend of Oprah; she got him on the air.

P B Orr

November 28th, 2011
11:44 pm

Well the negative nellies got me to looking for *really* bad performances in Falcons history – so return with me boys and girls to the days of yesteryear, and consider this game:

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/197309230ram.htm

We almost made the playoffs that year. We won the first game 62-7 and racked up nearly 500 yards of offense. The next week, we had *70* – count’em, 70 entire yards of offense. *2* first downs. *4* yards passing.

Now, all you whiners, STFU and be happy with Team Smitty and his Boring Warriors.

hiramsaint

November 28th, 2011
11:57 pm

wow -49 pts. – y’all in real trouble come dec. 26

P B Orr

November 28th, 2011
11:58 pm

But, dear fans, that’s not the worst of it – here’s a game where our beloved feathered ones had all of *44* yards of offense;

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/197610230sfo.htm

*8* sacks. *Negative 39* yards passing (is that even possible?). *10* penalties. 4 fumbles and 2 interceptions. The first score for the ‘Niners was a ball hiked out of the end zone. Et tu, Van Note-ay? Yes, friends, this we Falcons fans from ye olden days have experienced. It was god awful.

CGD..

November 29th, 2011
12:42 am

Drew Brees is a BEAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will never compare him to Melt again..Cause there is no comparison..

It would be like comparing a Mercedes S Class to a Toyota Corolla.. lol

265 yds at halftime? Hugh? This is the freaking Giants not the Vikings!!

A Clinic it was tonight. Eli put up 395 yards and still got his butt kicked! WOW……

CGD..

November 29th, 2011
12:47 am

Hey Ronald are you related to Ken Strickland by any chance?

Man you two are long winded!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Btw, the Falcons do not want to see the Packers anymore this year cause they have no shot to beat these dudes..Not this year……

JSS

November 29th, 2011
12:51 am

Nothing was “god awful” as October 10, 1976 when they laid an egg in the Super Dome… The box score looks better than that SF travesty, but they were the just plain awful… Saints 30 Falcons 0!
http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/197610100nor.htm

whodat70816

November 29th, 2011
1:03 am

The Saints halos shine bright on Monday Nights!

Prepare yourselves Falcon Fans…..Dec 26th can’t get here fast enough!

WHO DAT!

DR. FALCON

November 29th, 2011
1:13 am

MATT RYAN HAS PROVEN TO BE AN ELITE QB! REAL FALCON FANS SUPPORT HIM! ENOUGH SAID!!!

SINCE66

November 29th, 2011
5:49 am

Hey, they won. Is that not better than a loss. So they play poorly at times. Have you seen
them over the past 45 years? A great improvement.

SeenThisB4

November 29th, 2011
6:44 am

Another beautiful morning in the Big Easy, and as I survey the NFL landscape, I see that my team is STILL in their rightful place atop of the NFC South, in complete domination of their divisional rivals!

old man

November 29th, 2011
6:58 am

@Ronald Millsaps

Not appropriate content for this blog. Stow it, jack.

painter

November 29th, 2011
7:15 am

Looking at statistics at nfl.com, I want to say something. I was surprised to see that Ryan has passed for a little more than 30 passes MORE than Aaron Rodgers, while Mr. Packer has passed for just under 600 more yards than Ryan !!!!! 600 more yards than Ryan with 30 fewer attempts. OMG!! I don’t want to be negative, but let’s open up our explosive offense before the playoffs start cause we’re gonna need it.

painter

November 29th, 2011
7:18 am

Btw, SeenThisB4, get your pathetic self back in your FEMA trailer. Your Saints are great and don’t deserve such pathetic fans as they got. Oh my how this city of New Orleans is blessed with the Saints. If only their fans could show dignity. But maybe that word is too hard for them to understand. Another: humility. (they might think that one means muggy though, humidity. Sorry souls.)

Michael M.

November 29th, 2011
7:32 am

Wow..Superman saved the day again last night and all the Aint lovers are bragging silly about how great their team is. Here’s all of you a stat on New Orleans………..last time they scored that many points the following week they got their tails whipped. I just thought I would slip that in this morning and make it a more joyful one !

Milt Olsen

November 29th, 2011
8:31 am

Everything is clear now as teams with winning records like the Giants, Lions, and Bills are starting to unwind. The Falcons have one hurdle and one hurdle only, and that is to beat the Packers, when they do that the Super Bowl is theirs. This is their year and the time is now, even the Saints can not beat the Packers.

whodat70816

November 29th, 2011
9:53 am

LOL @both Michael M and Milt Olsen

MM — That’s a great stat….sort of like that Falcons are +2 and Saints are -7 in turnovers you falcon fans were touting was going to ensure a Falcons win in the circus tent. Be sure to Tune in Sunday night and enjoy that humble pie after that game.

MO….Really? LOL…Houston may not have a QB at the moment but they certainly have a defense that can get to Ryan…I wouldn’t be expecting the same performance Ryan had against a 2-8 Vikings if I were you. Last time I checked Ryan doesn’t play against a QB. That’s also a mighty big hurdle for the Packers to jump….Green Bay has manhandled the Falcons 2 times in less than a year….Not sure why you want to see them embarrassed for a 3rd time. But hey some people are glutens for punishment.

WHO DAT!

C'mon Man

November 29th, 2011
10:23 am

Say What?

“Ryan spread the ball around to seven different receivers and would have had his third straight 300-yard game if Julio Jones would have hauled down a long pass and not have interfered with a defender.”

Please, Julio was out in front of that defender and the ball was under thrown again…C’mon Man look at the tape… he had to reach back for the ball…noodle arm could not get ball out in front.

Julio is returning from a hamstring injury and really should have not been on the field. Julio was not targeted on any other play during the game, which leads me to believe they used him as a decoy after that pass.

He also over threw Roddy White on a go route, but they want to blame Roddy for another dropped ball….Ryan is not accurate on the deep ball…short routes yes….deep routes no.

He overthrew Gonzalez in the endzone on a jump ball pass, when he should have thrown the ball at his numbers as he had the defender on his back…required a direct line of sight pass, not a jump ball…C’mon Man

P B Orr

November 29th, 2011
10:23 am

I love New Orleans, but the yammering of the Yats on this blog is second only to the mindless ululation of caninophiles in sheer annoyance level.

CGD..

November 29th, 2011
11:01 am

Ryan would have folded like a 2 dollar bill against that Giants front 4 last night…Im just saying….

CGD..

November 29th, 2011
11:06 am

Drew= Accuracy, Accuracy, Accuracy..His velocity is on the money also…
There’s no argument…. This Guy reminded us last night why they won a SB two years ago cause he is “Elite”…

The other Guy? NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dean

November 29th, 2011
12:15 pm

This one’s for JSS.

I trump your 1976 NO 30-0 win with this ATL beatdown of the aints. I remember it well!

http://www.fanbase.com/7027-1973-09-16

SeenThisB4

November 29th, 2011
12:29 pm

Dean: you must be an old man to remember that. How old? 40? LOL!

Boo Brees

November 29th, 2011
12:41 pm

I throw the ball all over the place and rack up fantasy stats… YEAH!!!!

I lose to 7-9 teams in the playoffs… BOOO!!!

I’m gonna break Dan Marino’s record for most passing yards… YEAH!!!

I lose to winless teams on the road…. BOOO!!!

I play great at home… YEAH!!!

Last time I played Matt Ryan at home I lost… BOOO!!!

whodat70816

November 29th, 2011
12:48 pm

Last 12 times Brees played the Falcons he won 10 of them…..YEAH!

whodat70816

November 29th, 2011
12:50 pm

Last 3 times Brees played in the playoffs he’s advanced to the NFC Championship game and won a SB…..YEAH

Last time Matty Melt won a playoff game….oh wait…he’s never won one…YEAH!!!!

Boo Brees

November 29th, 2011
1:03 pm

Last time I played in the playoffs I lost to a team with a losing record believe it or not… BOOO!!!

hiramsaint

November 29th, 2011
2:31 pm

last time failclowns won a superbowl…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………crickets

Juggernaut

November 29th, 2011
3:15 pm

Texan will whip so atl asses next week. Whooo its gonna be long day atl babies.

Go Texans !

Juggernaut

November 29th, 2011
3:17 pm

I bet M.Turner won’t cross 30 yards in Houston. We can beat atl even with our third string QB. Get ready atl…stop dreaming about SB.

DR. FALCON

November 29th, 2011
4:06 pm

SEENTHISB4, AND HIRAMSAINT: IMPRESSIVE WIN LAST NIGHT! BUT HERE COME THE FALCONS! DON’T GET TO COMFORTABLE ON TOP OF THE DIVISION! YOUR TEAM HAS A HISTORY OF CRASHING AND BURNING AFTER BIG WINS! WITNESS: THAT HORRIFIC LOSS TO THE RAMS, AFTER CRUSHIN THE COLTS 62-7! WE WILL MEET AGAIN IN WEEK 16, AT THE SUPERDOME! WATCH OUT!

Juggernaut

November 29th, 2011
4:21 pm

Did you people talking about Atlanta being one of the Texans toughest opponents left, actually see them play the vikings yesterday ? your team barely hung on AT HOME against a horrible vikings team that’s mailed it in for the season and was without adrian peterson. Heck, peterson’s backup ran for 50 yards and a TD. Oh by the way, the vikings start a rookie QB with a horrible O-line, average receiving corps, back up RB and still threw for 200 and a TD. So can you imagine what we gonna do your matty ryan and RBs.

hiramsaint

November 29th, 2011
4:40 pm

dr. failclown- you mention history then come up with one game? if thats your argument , i feel pretty good about the #1 nfc south saints being able to dispose of the failclowns again this year but this time in a more distinctive beatdown. after watching your team against the vikes-worry is way down on the bottom of the list. we have more impressive teams yet to beat this year. lucky for you , you get to watch us AGAIN on primetime sunday night .

hiramsaint

November 29th, 2011
4:41 pm

almost forgot—GEAUX TEXANS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Juggernaut

November 29th, 2011
4:46 pm

Only team worth mentioning in NFC south are Saints.Rest all of teams are either garbage or too inconsistent.

Go Texans ! Falcons will be 7-5 this weekend.

Juggernaut

November 29th, 2011
4:46 pm

Only team worth mentioning in NFC south are Saints.Rest all of teams are either garbage or too inconsistent.

Go Texans ! Falcons will be 7-5 this weekend.

Juggernaut

November 29th, 2011
4:47 pm

Texans 27 falcons 17

CGD..

November 29th, 2011
5:05 pm

Saints 56 Falcons 24 Dec 26th

Its going to be nasty….

whodat70816

November 29th, 2011
6:00 pm

Matty Ice should just throw on a pair of pumps and join the cast of Real Housewives of Atlanta….I hear Kroy’s wife needs a new pal to hag around with.

There is absolutely nothing impressive about Matty Melt.

terrell

November 29th, 2011
6:23 pm

Yep, nothing except his record.

Boo Brees

November 29th, 2011
6:44 pm

Are you a winless team this season sick and tired of losing and not being able to give out game balls? Then I got GREAT news for you!! Just invite me and my Aints to your stadium where we can make dreams happen. After 60 minutes of football you and your team will be giving out game balls in no time!

hiramsaint

November 29th, 2011
6:47 pm

terrell- would that be the 0-2 playoff record?

Ronald Millsaps

November 29th, 2011
11:54 pm

“old man”– Don’t you talk to me that way. I’ve got freedom of speech, and unlike those I’ve addressed, use it as opposed to abusing it. Back off.

Keep “God awful” out of your mouths, too.

“CGD”— I’m not familiar with that individual, but as for being “long-winded”, I’m actually quite concise, and if you’ll read carefully, my “wind” is a breath of fresh air.

Drew Brees is the greatest passer of all time, which I noticed back in 2004. This Brees-Aaron Rodgers rivalry is the latest Bird-Magic/Brady-Manning.