SI’s King picks Falcons to win South, lose in playoffs

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) cannno make the catch as Miami Dolphins defensive back Nolan Carroll defends during the second half of an NFL preseason football game on Friday Aug. 24, 2012, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) cannnot make the catch as Miami Dolphins defensive back Nolan Carroll defends during the second half of an NFL preseason football game on Friday Aug. 24, 2012, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Sports Illustrated’s love affair with the Falcons continues.

Well, sort of.

After picking them to win the Super Bowl last season, SI tabbed the Falcons to finish 11-6, win the NFC South and then be kicked out of the playoffs — again —  in the wild-card round by the Bounty Hunting New Orleans Saints.

You can read more about this diabolical plot in Sports Illustrated’s NFL Preview issue, which hit the newsstands on Wednesday.

Sports Illustrated senior writer Peter King spent some time with us in Flowery Branch during training camp. (He doesn’t have to stay in the media box with the sponsors, either!) However, the local media must thank him for our new coffee machines. On a previous visit, he couldn’t believe there wasn’t any coffee in the media room.

The Falcons had to send an intern out to the QuikTrip to get King some java beans. I pointed out to him that we had a brand new coffee machine and that all of the local hacks were thankful. He seemed to get a kick out of it.

But back to this prediction stuff, his crystal ball is seeing another playoff disaster by the Falcons. Another wild-card loss would make the Falcons 0-4 in the playoffs under coach Mike Smith.

The preview discusses how offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter plans to perk up the offense by throwing deep passes to Julio Joneswe saw that against Miami in the regular-season dress rehearsal — and by throwing screen passes to running back Jacquizz Rodgers.

Kings notes that the pass defense should be improved with the addition of Asante Samuel.

King says of the Falcons: “To win in the postseason the Falcons will practice being more explosive in the regular season. And for that reason, Koetter’s play-calling will be under close scrutiny from the opening snap in Kansas City on September 9. You can almost hear him whispering to Jones: Go deep, young man. Go deep.”

Another playoff loss and this time to the Saints! He even brings up the Braves repeated playoff failures.

King writes: “Much as it was for the crosstown Braves in the ’90s, making the playoffs isn’t enough anymore for the Falcons or their followers. They’ve got to do something when they get there, or [Matt] Ryan risks joining the line of good quarterbacks who couldn’t deliver when it mattered most.”   

I’m pretty sure that Falcons owner Arthur Blank will not be too happy if King’s crystal ball is correct.

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84 comments Add your comment

CamiloAtlanta

August 30th, 2012
5:16 am

As long as we win it doesn’t matter what people think.

ernisTbass

August 30th, 2012
5:32 am

looks like Julio is getting his nose picked, tough to catch with that going on

El Snipero

August 30th, 2012
5:45 am

Peter King. A legend in his own mind. Much like JSS.

Oh, the irony…

Gamer

August 30th, 2012
6:01 am

IF THE FALCONS STARTING ROSTER STAYS INTACT THEN THEY CAN GO DEEP INTO THE PLAYOFFS. WITH GOOD COACHING, POSSIBLY SUPERBOWL.

FALCONS ON THREE, DOMINATE…

robertussen

August 30th, 2012
6:28 am

he must have forgot that if the falcons win the south we will host that playoff game and the saints dont win road playoff games. plus it was two years ago peter king said the falcons would go to the super bowl. falcons win the south and win a playoff game this year.

robertussen

August 30th, 2012
6:31 am

i guess it was last year king said we’d go………i was wrong, but so was king

The Real Rick

August 30th, 2012
6:53 am

He was wrong last year, he’s wrong this year

Jimmy Crack

August 30th, 2012
6:58 am

Peter King writes letters and mails them to himself. He then reads them out loud in his bathroom so his words can echo off the porcelain.

hooper

August 30th, 2012
7:22 am

Good. So at least now we know the outcome will be different than what he predicts – playoff win almost guaranteed at this point.

UPGRAYEDD

August 30th, 2012
7:36 am

Well, if old Peter King says it’s true, I say we just cancel the season. No need to play out the games since we already know the outcome.

Falcons 62 - Saints 7

August 30th, 2012
7:41 am

The Bounty Hunting stops here.

Steveo

August 30th, 2012
7:50 am

Glad to see you admit you are a hack …….but as far as SI goes….Peter King is just another hack trying to guess the season’s outcome to have something stupid to write about….let’s just play the games….and how about reporting something worth reading …..

Mike is Back

August 30th, 2012
8:13 am

Dled, I agree with you…I don’t think Arthur will be happy at all…or much forgiving if that perdition is true…However, no way I see the BIRDS getting knock out in the first round with this squad…we gotta get Gonzo a ring.lol

AS long as MATT don’t try to force the ball into coverage on third downs…THE Birds will score more TDs…which will make them a tougher out…come playoff time.

BTW, did King have to pick them friggin Ain’ts.lol

RISE UP BIRDS…LET’S GO…LET’S GO

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I usually just read but...

August 30th, 2012
8:42 am

LT is a serious ball and chain for the team to drag. Hope some good alternative comes along, like real soon! Maybe the rok will play beyond his experience. And stay healthy.

PMC

August 30th, 2012
8:44 am

Oh, well then it’s a good thing games are played on gridirons and not in the media.

PMC

August 30th, 2012
8:47 am

but you know if it goes down they could build a statue of a starbucks or something. I’m sure that would make him happy.

Falcon James

August 30th, 2012
9:07 am

First of all, this prediction is flawed. For this to be legit, one would have to assume that the Saint will even be in the Playoff. The chances of that happening are slim to none. Secondly, one would have to assume that a 11 and 6 record would mean a wild card playoff birth. Not gonna happen either. The Falcon will win the NFC South, earn a bi-week, and have home field advantage. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

Michael M.

August 30th, 2012
9:37 am

Peter King is the biggest Moron of them all…..what an idiot…….born one from the first day ! Bet his mama took the first look at him and cried too !……………………………Instead of serving the bafoon coffee you shoulda ran his as& out of town tied to the end of a caboose on a train and drag down the tracks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

D man

August 30th, 2012
9:44 am

I predicted 12&4 and I’m sticking with it. GO FALCONS!!!

SeenThisB4

August 30th, 2012
9:51 am

@Robertussin: The Saints don’t win road playoff games. YOU must have forgotten that the falcan’ts don’t win ANY playoff games.

Michael M.

August 30th, 2012
9:57 am

I like that Falcon James…………………can we pass it on to STB4 too……………………………………

SeenThisB4

August 30th, 2012
9:57 am

@falcan’t James: You’re smoking something If you think the Saints aren’t strong enough to win our division. You’re blind to reality. We’ll win it, And you’ll be ready to run Smith out of Atlanta. LOL!

Falconfanriseup

August 30th, 2012
10:00 am

It does not matter what they say the Falcons are going to make a deep playoff run this year. I say Superbowl RISE UP!!!!!!!

Michael M.

August 30th, 2012
10:00 am

Get over it already STB4………………………………..

Michael M.

August 30th, 2012
10:02 am

Your hometown will most likely be hosting the Falcons in the Superbowl………..after Kings new stupid prediction…………….you never bet the house with the Falcons or against them cause either way they will usually do the opposite…………………………………………

Falcon James

August 30th, 2012
10:03 am

Seen, when I want to hear your opinion I will give to you.

Michael M.

August 30th, 2012
10:13 am

I bet it would be the highest suicide event in the nation if the ‘ who dat nation ” sit there and watched the Atlanta Falcons win the Super bowl in New Orleans………………………………………………………..talk about an history making event and a national tragedy as well………………………………………………….we would finally get rid of all those who dat morons !………………………………………………………….

Seen This B4

August 30th, 2012
10:15 am

Hey falcan’t James, keep your panties on, I speak as I please, and if you don’t like it, GOOD!

LOL!

GEAUX SAINTS!!!

Blah

August 30th, 2012
10:17 am

Saints can’t win on the road. No chance they win anything unless they get home field advantage, which (ahem) AIN’T happenin’ this season with that mediocre defense of theirs. Matt Hasselbeck, Alex Smith…. Could KEVIN KOLB be next to knock them off?!?!?!?!

Rise up, motherf******

Falcon James

August 30th, 2012
10:24 am

What is the difference between a Saint fan and a baby? The baby will quit whining after a while.

Michael M.

August 30th, 2012
10:24 am

ha ! ha ! I still remember how bad their defense was in that Jags game a few weeks ago…………..they couldn’t tackle at all…………………….lmao

Falcon James

August 30th, 2012
10:30 am

A Redskins fan, an Eagles fan, a Saints fan, and a Falcons fan are climbing a mountain and arguing about who loves his team more.
The Redskins fan insists he is the most loyal. ‘This is for the Redskins! ‘ he yells, and jumps off the side of the mountain.
Not to be outdone, the Eagles fan shouts, ‘This is for the Eagles!’ and throws himself off the mountain.
The Falcon fan is next to profess his love for his team.
He yells, ‘This is for everyone!’ and pushes the Saint fan off the mountain.

Michael M.

August 30th, 2012
10:36 am

I never have figured out why they like that Saints team so much in the first place because they are the garbage of the NFL………………………………………………

SPS

August 30th, 2012
10:51 am

Peter King picked Carolina to win the division in 2010. They finished dead last in the entire league. He needs to stay out of the prediction business.

tlk abt it

August 30th, 2012
10:51 am

are you guys on the same planet….. drew brees is still brees cam will get better n josh freeman is still like shark lurking n da waters da falcons aint gone win until mike smith steps down…..he is not a head coach, just a good asst!!!!!!

Diehard Bird Fan

August 30th, 2012
11:12 am

SI’s King predicted the Falcons to win the Super Bowl last year and we did the exact opposite. Expect an opposite result from another incorret prediction…the Falcons are SUPER BOWL bound!!!

mark

August 30th, 2012
11:13 am

DLed 790 is reporting players were upset to see the Redman gone, if so do you know who. I would hate for team chemistry to be disrupted right before the season, but Redman was not getting anything done. Do you think they did the right thing by letting go of Redman and do you like the Davis kid as much as I do?

Gray Mule

August 30th, 2012
11:18 am

That’s correct, tlk abt it, Saint’s QB don’t need no help. He can win
it all – - And, all by himself. Ali just thought he was the greatest.

Side note: He’d better win it all by himself. He’s all the Saints have.

Gray Mule

August 30th, 2012
11:19 am

and he picked the Giants to win last year? didn't think so

August 30th, 2012
11:56 am

Didn’t he pick the falcons to win the super bowl a couple years ago?
When was the last time he was right?

i have lottery numbers i can sell ya

August 30th, 2012
11:59 am

predictions aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.
can try to make educated guesses, but that’s it

i have lottery numbers i can sell ya

August 30th, 2012
12:00 pm

and he gets paid for that crap?
i’m in the wrong business

Bird Dawg Country

August 30th, 2012
12:05 pm

D-Led, it’s a new season…how about a new bowtie. Red and Black is all the rage this year!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 30th, 2012
12:29 pm

Bird Dawg Country — I do have some new bow ties for the season! Can’t wear red and block. Don’t want to look like a homer.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 30th, 2012
12:50 pm

mark – They should report who’s upset. They’re not really upset if they don’t go on the record. Chris is a stand up guy. Don’t think chemistry will be an issue. Veterans get cut each year. Last year it was Chauncey Davis and Coy Wire, one of the team reps. They’ll move on and be just fine. I like Dom Davis, but you have to put his performances in perspective. He’s been torching 3rd and 4th stringers. Let’s see what he does against some No. 1s and No. 2s. He’s certainly worth developing.

Japanese Prime Minister

August 30th, 2012
1:22 pm

*Clears Throat*

AH F$%& YOU SPORTS ILLUSTRATED AND AH F%$& YOU PETER KING!!!

Mikey

August 30th, 2012
1:33 pm

I realize that Peter King is just another writer trying to write about something. That being said, it is nice to see him writing about our Falcons as though they were a winner. A couple of years ago, the goal of this team was to become relevant. Until that time they just weren’t. They were a perennial loser and few took them seriously as any kind of a NFL contender in spite of a fluke season where they actually finished well. They now can be expected to win and with a little luck they may even finish well above the world’s expectations. They have what it takes to be a winner and that could take them all the way. The Falcons have turned the corner on being a winning team instead of a loser. With the continued improvement we have seen from this organization, the sky is the limit… they will just get better every year. No human can tell the future with certainty but I like the way this team is positioned to win. GO FALCONS!

Whopper Dawg

August 30th, 2012
1:53 pm

At this juncture, a reasonably man could not pick them to go further. With the Oline looking to be no better and possibly regressing and the dline definitely worse with less depth, what do, what do?

Just Sayin.....

August 30th, 2012
1:55 pm

5 years and no playoff wins is not a formula for a new contract.

Just sayin…..