Falcons jump out to commanding NFC South lead

Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham helps knock the ball loose as Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton fumbles in the final minutes of the game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday , Sept. 30, 2012. The Panthers recovered the fumble but punted it away on fourth down allowing the Falcons to drive for the game winning field goal. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham helps knock the ball loose as Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton fumbles in the final minutes of the game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday , Sept. 30, 2012. The Panthers recovered the fumble but punted it away on fourth down allowing the Falcons to drive for the game winning field goal. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Mike Smith stole a page out his brother-in-law’s coaching book back from his days as an assistant in Baltimore.

Smith, in a ploy to keep his team focused on short-term goals, breaks the season up in to quarters when discussing the outlook with the players, who had Monday and Tuesday off.

He admits to borrowing the approach from Brian Billick (the two are married to sisters), his old boss with the Ravens.

“Guys are going to look ahead. It’s just human nature to look ahead, but you want to have it where they don’t get too far ahead of themselves,” Smith said. “By breaking it up by quarters gives you emphasis points.”

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The Falcons (4-0) went undefeated in the first quarter and are one of three undefeated teams remaining in the league with Houston and Arizona.

“We’ve started out fast, but it’s just a start,” Smith said. “The guys have worked hard. When we meet on Wednesday, the thing we’ll be talking about is the start of the second quarter of the season. The first quarter is behind us and we are moving on to the next mission.”

So far, so good. The Falcons have a four-game lead over the defending NFC South champion New Orleans Saints (0-4) and a three-game lead over Tampa Bay (1-3) and Carolina (1-3).

“I’m aware it, but I don’t pay attention to it,” Smith said. “This early in the season, you’ve got to concern yourself with your team. You don’t even think about what’s going on with the other teams until you’re getting ready to play them. So I’m familiar with what Washington did yesterday [a two-point win over Tampa Bay].”

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The Falcons have opened the season 4-0 just twice before in franchise history, in 2004 and 1986. The Falcons have never opened a NFL season at 5-0 since opening play in 1966.

Before the start of the first quarter, the Falcons concentrated on the fact that they were facing three AFC West teams before closing it out with division foe Carolina.

Looking ahead to the second quarter, the Falcons will begin their tour of the NFC East (Washington on Sunday, at Philadelphia on Oct. 28 and Dallas on Nov. 4) and also play their last AFC West (Oakland on Oct. 14) team before getting into the meat of their division schedule in the second half of the season.

“You’ve got to have focus on the task at hand first and foremost,” Smith said. “That’s the next game, but it’s always important for you to have some vision down the road. I don’t want you to get too far down the road, but I think you can put an emphasis on it.”

VIDEO: Breaking down the 30-28 win over the Panthers

The Falcons have some fabulous take-aways from the first quarter.

Both of the new coordinators have installed massive tweaks to schemes that are working.

Offensively, the team has been able to attack via the air while spreading the ball around. Also, the screen game has paid dividends under offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

The pass protection had been stout until the Panthers romped around the Georgia Dome, amassing seven sacks and 12 quarterback hits on Sunday.

But Smith is not placing all of the blame on the offensive line.

Smith and wide receiver Roddy White pointed out that receivers were not breaking off routes in some blitz situations and that forced quarterback Matt Ryan to hold the ball longer than the play required. Also, Carolina appeared to sit on some of Ryan’s favorite routes.

“There are a lot of factors that go into protecting the quarterback,” Smith said. “We gave up way too many sacks in the game, but they weren’t all on the offensive line. I can assure you that. It was an effort that everybody was a part of. … We’ve got to shore up our pass protection.”

The Falcons have run the football better the last two games (240 yards in 45 attempts) after struggling against Kansas City and Denver.

“It was an impressive job with the run-blocking,” said Smith of the Carolina game. “The guys did a nice job. We got Michael [Turner] going north and south. He did a great job on yards after contact.”

Defensively, the Falcons have played an opportunistic brand of football that has led to an 12-to-2 turnover ratio.

The unit 29th against the run (146.2 yards per game), ninth against the pass (206.8 yards) and it has forced the opposing quarterbacks into a passer rating of 68.7, which is fifth lowest in the NFL.

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120 comments Add your comment

Nobis 60

October 2nd, 2012
7:05 am

J-Man Falcon Fan

October 2nd, 2012
7:06 am

First again! Go Birds!

Nobis 60

October 2nd, 2012
7:07 am

Been a fan since 66 and (for the first time since 1980) i feel like this team can go all the way.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 2nd, 2012
7:15 am

Good morning Mr. Nobis 60!

robertussen

October 2nd, 2012
7:22 am

we are 29th against the run, 4th from the last team in the league not 4th overall. we do, however have the 15th ranked defense overall which is not so bad. the turnover ratio has kept us looking great on defense though.

shipdit

October 2nd, 2012
7:23 am

Great way to look at the season: in quarters. Washington will be a tough game on their field, but I believe this team will fix the mistakes from last Sunday. It is so refreshing to see our defense running an NFL/grown men style scheme. Thank you Mike Nolan! One negative: Julio’s hand injury is obviously more bothersome than first thought – he’s still dropping passes.

old man

October 2nd, 2012
7:27 am

Good morning Tommy. Good morning D-Led.

I notice that ATL is second in the league in 3rd down conversion percentage, and has the fewest penalties of any team in the league. And I’m guessing we are number one in turnover margin. This tells me that we have some very good coaching that has 11 guys with complete focus 100% of the time, all playing smart football. If anyone was underestimating the difference a Coordinator can make, maybe you shouldn’t.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 2nd, 2012
7:30 am

shipdit — Nice post. I think you are right about Julio.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 2nd, 2012
7:35 am

robertussen — You are correct. 29th. Read the matrix backwards. But the turnovers are helping the ranking a great deal.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 2nd, 2012
7:37 am

old man — Good points. Winning more on third down was an offseason focus. Also, keeping penalties down is key.

Steve

October 2nd, 2012
7:45 am

I’m not ready to say all the way yet but there seems to be something very special about this team.

True Falcon Fan

October 2nd, 2012
8:06 am

Dled – What happened to JJ, i know the hand injury happened during the first play of the Charger game?? It looked like he severely jambed the first two figures on left hand?

Thanks

Go Falcons – Pesky Redskins next

D. Orlando Ledbetter

October 2nd, 2012
8:08 am

True Falcon Fan — One radio report said it was a laceration. Team is just calling it a hand. A laceration would have required stitches I’m told.

True Falcon Fan

October 2nd, 2012
8:10 am

Rico

October 2nd, 2012
8:26 am

Yeah, who said Matt Ryan cannot throw the DEEP-BALL. Where all the falcons haters now!

zorro

October 2nd, 2012
8:43 am

Let just say for the record that RGlll will get hurt this Sunday if he start running the football. Coach Nolan will show him so many blitz packages he will make some mistakes in his growth in the NFL. All first year QB’s do and he will put the ball up for grabs. live action!!

Jasmin

October 2nd, 2012
8:44 am

RG2 or 3 or whatever they callin him is going to come with gunz blazin. I know we will be ready & last weeks game has showed us where we need to improve. Tough game yet again, but I predict 5-0

zorro

October 2nd, 2012
8:46 am

I should have said MOST 1st year QB’s.

Dazzy G

October 2nd, 2012
8:52 am

RG3 is smaller and faster than Cam Newton. I anticipate lots of QB options and draws. I wonder if Nolan will deploy the “roving QB spy” this week?

Chris

October 2nd, 2012
8:53 am

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Judge Smails

October 2nd, 2012
8:56 am

It was good to see 33 get turned on last week. For this team to continue in this manner, he will need to eat some yards and clock.

Go Falcons!

Thomas

October 2nd, 2012
9:03 am

Well all of that is true no doubt. the falcons are one of the best this year. better than they been in a long time. i perdict 5 wins straight. but to get there we need to buckle down on more stuff and catch them with our defence on there short passes. thats were there mostly getting us right now. if we can change that up a little we will be a force to be recon with. which dont get me wrong we already are. but we can be stronger. and give them a reason to call us THE DIRTY BIRDS. cause they will have dirt all over them. and not just cause our old reasons. yall know what im talking about.

Dirt Nap

October 2nd, 2012
9:24 am

Skins are 26th in total D, should be a huge day for the Falcons!
Birds trail only the Bears in takeaways with 12, what a difference
Nolan has made this year!

Grape Nuts are neither grapes or nuts

October 2nd, 2012
9:36 am

Celebrate while you can FAILCANTS

October 2nd, 2012
9:38 am

No SB ring, no playoff wins…perennial losers…fact…truth hurts…so sorry..

GATiger

October 2nd, 2012
9:53 am

There’s a story on espn.com reporting that, after Bryant’s winning FG, Matt Ryan yelled in the direction of the Panthers’ bench, “get the f&%$ off our field”. I didn’t know Matty Ice had that kind of passion in him. Doesn’t that just get you pumped?

RobbE33

October 2nd, 2012
9:57 am

I’m encouraged by the schemes of the new coordinators and am hopeful they will continue to evolve their plans as their opponents counter. The Falcons are bound to have a few hiccups along the way, let’s hope the players remain hungry, focused and smart for the long haul. Thank you, Arthur Blank!

AS

October 2nd, 2012
10:04 am

Raider= AFC West; not NFC West

Frankie

October 2nd, 2012
10:08 am

it was pretty good game…seems like a lot of the games this weekend were of either comeback nature or hold on nature….includin UGA and some other college teams.

Turner needs to do well against this defense that has lost it best two defensive players.

They should be able to have a good passing game but RG3 will make them really work….better place a spy on him

Damage Inc.

October 2nd, 2012
10:10 am

Go away CHOKE ^^^^^ no one wants you here

Damage Inc.

October 2nd, 2012
10:14 am

It seems to me that Nolans plan was not to try to blitz Cam too much. I don’t think he wanted him running around in the open field all day playing to his strength. All the scheming will come when we play the more cerebral pocket passers. You know what they say though… opinions are like MCR’s.

Shotyme

October 2nd, 2012
10:19 am

Only one Aints fan so far.

Michael M.

October 2nd, 2012
10:25 am

I can’t remember back when the NFC South Division was so lopsided as it is right now……………….It is all good though……………………………Seems like past years we had to fight with the others in it to either stay close to first or to stay out in front by a game in first………………………Falcons need to keep it the way it is now and really pour it on the Skins Sunday and make it 5 – 0 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Jealous

October 2nd, 2012
10:30 am

@Celebrate while you can FAILCANTS, hello SeenThisB4, you can’t hide the stench of LOSER, you reek of it !!!!

Knock ,knock
Who Dat ?
Owen
Owen who ?
Owen Four

Michael M.

October 2nd, 2012
10:41 am

Just think about……………..Falcons have won twice as many games already as the other three losers (teams) in the Division…………………that is three football Teams.and with the commanding lead they have, sure don’t have to look over their shoulders………all they have to worry with is preparation and focusing on the next opponent………………………………….” Focus “………thats what it is all about…………………………

Cejay

October 2nd, 2012
10:45 am

Celebrate while you can FAILCANTS

October 2nd, 2012
9:38 am
No SB ring, no playoff wins…perennial losers…fact…truth hurts…so sorry..

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Perennial losers ?? Coming from a team (aint’s) that invented the paper bag of shame, took 38 years to win their first playoff, has NEVER won a home plaoyoff game in 45 years, has a * SB “feel sorry for them ” win and any success in winning has come in the last 8 out of 45 years ……..now that, my friend is a prennial loser and quite pathtic team to be calling another team a loser…..

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Cejay

October 2nd, 2012
10:50 am

Now thats funny !! Post of the day Jealous !!

Knock, knock
Who Dat ?
Owen
Owen who ?
Owen Four

Gatorzone

October 2nd, 2012
10:50 am

I can’t wait to see Meangelo get burnt to a crisp this weekend!!! LOL, Roddy, needs to put it on him!!!!

Michael M.

October 2nd, 2012
10:53 am

0 – 4 Caints have to take on the 3 – 1 chargers this week, the1- 3 Mucs get the 1- 3 chiefs, 1 – 3 Pansies get the 2-2 Seahawks………………………hehehehe

Singletary

October 2nd, 2012
11:03 am

We need to stay healthy. We need to continue to have radical thoughts about making adjustments at half time. We need to war-game mobile QB’s vs. pocket passers. We need to bring the amoeba D back as well as the no-huddle (which relies on this ref system.) Did I leave anything out? Oh, yeah, we need to take extra pleasure out of Division wins, no matter how painful.

Farcus

October 2nd, 2012
11:03 am

Any aints fans talking smack on a winners blog is drinking the water from Lake Ponchatrain. Either way, you are ignorant losers. Keep living in the past and maybe this year will be forgotten.

Mike Smith

October 2nd, 2012
11:09 am

I apologize for being an A$$ at the end of the game. However, Arthur Blank, you are next if you don’t leave me the HE!! alone during the game.

BenNewt

October 2nd, 2012
11:10 am

@Celebrate while you can FAILCANTS….HAHAHA I seee what you did there how clever putting Fail & Cant in our name….you FAINT fans are hilarious….uuuhh ooohh you see what I did there I exchanged the S to an F because i’m sure after your epic 0-4 start to the season your fanbase has either fainted or switched teams….. who dat we dat RISE UP FAINTS!!!!

GregKennesaw

October 2nd, 2012
11:20 am

yeah 4-0 is over rated,

GregKennesaw

October 2nd, 2012
11:22 am

being 1 of 3 undefeated teams is “over rated”

Touchdown

October 2nd, 2012
11:22 am

When Julio can’t catch, pass to Mike. That makes sense. It always takes a team. Can’t wait to see what other surprises the offense might spring on unsuspecting defenses. Save some for our division opponents.

Michael M.

October 2nd, 2012
11:23 am

Will the Caints beat the Chargers this week ? = with that sorry defense that can’t tackle…………nope !
Will Superman shine against the Seahawks ? = sorry boys, they got some kryto in their sleeves………nope !
Will Josh win one against the little cheifs this week ? = mmmmm…………..I think they go 2 – 3……………….yes !

………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Will the Falcons stay undefeated against the Skins ?……………………..yup!

ctfalconsfan

October 2nd, 2012
11:25 am

Regarding Julio’s hand, he caught that one deep ball along the sideline just fine but he should know by now that he is going to have to drag that last foot inbounds..

Michael M.

October 2nd, 2012
11:25 am

it won’t work imposter……………laughin

Michael M.

October 2nd, 2012
11:28 am

Who is braggin……………..it is simply the facts as they are……………………………………………………………………………………………….

Michael M.

October 2nd, 2012
11:31 am

Time to go …………..got a troll playing with names……………………………just a Loser !…………………………………………

Name

October 2nd, 2012
11:43 am

Use your own name coward !

AAA

October 2nd, 2012
11:44 am

Thats right stupid, you don’t know who I am, two can play this game….you must be a saints loser

BBB

October 2nd, 2012
11:45 am

Guest is an Idiot !!!

Just Wing It

October 2nd, 2012
11:46 am

sometimes he be right on the stink water nation boys everbody knows them idiots in the swamp waters cant win a game even when their backs are up against the wall.Shame on them bozos that have no life and try to mess up good things cause they have a loser for a football team
tell me what happen with them Packers bozos

CCC

October 2nd, 2012
11:47 am

HAHAHAHA, go ahead and try pull to your name chaging crap with me lol

REAMing aints

October 2nd, 2012
11:47 am

The Aints are historically the most losing franchise in NFL history. Look it up. Aints are satisfied with a subpar bowl ring they got by cheating like Tonya Harding to get it. Who’s the loser now? You can see this is going to be their only comment the rest of the year. True loser talk. Can’t face the here and now, sitting in their trailer homes, smelling festering cabbage from the sewers and trash left on the street downtown. So they point to three years ago for crying out loud. They are NOT champions today. They are 0-4 losers. What else can they say? They’re used to coming up with sad rationales for the last forty three years. Get your bags out. It’s going to be a LONG season. Aints are terrible.

DDD

October 2nd, 2012
11:49 am

Theres no saints trolls here because History channel strated taping a new season of Swamp People !!

ACT5

October 2nd, 2012
11:54 am

Hmmmm, kinda sounds lik a banished JSS…………

Just Wing It

October 2nd, 2012
11:55 am

Saints are losers with sea hag fans wearing sacks cause they ugly n afraid to be seen in the public and deserve everything they get this year LOOSING GAME AFTER GAME

ACT7

October 2nd, 2012
11:59 am

JSS, your’re easy to spot, stupid. Your hatered of the South and feminine ways give you away. So, you got kicked off huh ???? lol

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Same Stuff

October 2nd, 2012
12:06 pm

Come on out JSS !! lol you know my purposely miss spelled words are getting to you!!!

Michael M.

October 2nd, 2012
12:06 pm

It is sad when you have pissed off Caint Troll Fans spewing out garbage cause they have a pitiful garbage Team that cheated to win and after being caught at it seem to can’t find a way to even win one single game………………………………..but you know what ? …………you may resort to the trash you really are but that wont help your Team win………………you gonna be 0 – 5 after this weekend and all I can do is laugh at ya…………………………………..hehehehe…………………and I am outta here !

Banned

October 2nd, 2012
12:09 pm

All this bad spelling and grammer…..and nobody to correct it…. :(

ACT2

October 2nd, 2012
12:12 pm

HAHAHAHA, you idiot !!!! Same Stuff is a name I just made up …you buffoon !!

Chuck

October 2nd, 2012
12:14 pm

And they will STILL poop the bed come January. And then you will all be back in here crying for a new coach, new gm, new qb, new everything. Yawn…

HAHAHA

October 2nd, 2012
12:15 pm

You can’t even be an imposter correctly !!! hahahahahaha

JOKE

October 2nd, 2012
12:17 pm

oooooooohhhh….that threw us off !!!!!

just a troll

October 2nd, 2012
12:17 pm

Laughable

October 2nd, 2012
12:19 pm

I find it fuuny how you’re posting under the names I’m just pulling out of the air…HAHAHAH….like Roddy and that 60 yard bomb !!!!

just a troll

October 2nd, 2012
12:20 pm

Mommy let me have a name too

What fun

October 2nd, 2012
12:22 pm

Well thanks for the great laughs, dumb imposter !!!!! and you are truly dumb !!

just a troll

October 2nd, 2012
12:24 pm

Beat it trolls

LOL at The Aints

October 2nd, 2012
12:26 pm

11:53 Post = JSS, or a very good imitation,, bashing the south,, talking about the Flintstones

just a troll

October 2nd, 2012
12:28 pm

no telling which one of those trolls are gay

WHO CARES

October 2nd, 2012
12:35 pm

The AINT’S will stay the AINT’S, DON’T feel sorry for those NO GOOD NASTY LOSER’S. EAT YOUR HEART OUT SEAN PEYTON.

just a troll

October 2nd, 2012
12:41 pm

Samuel

October 2nd, 2012
1:00 pm

If that defense keeps taking the ball away, they’ll be called – thieves of the league. Go Birds!

just a troll

October 2nd, 2012
1:08 pm

They talking about how bad the saints are playing on 790 the zone

Flacons R idiots

October 2nd, 2012
1:26 pm

There 4 – 0 now but just wait until tehy have 2 start playing reel teams. They can still finnish 4 – 12

Flacons R idiots

October 2nd, 2012
1:50 pm

My names be Joe Tess Fish House, I’m the only “true” idiot on here….
Wow! Did I just make a complete sentence?????

Esquire

October 2nd, 2012
1:53 pm

Man, are there any Hee Haw reruns? Funny show!!

RISE UP YOU MIGHTY FALCONS!!

MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS!!!

FalCANs Rock!

October 2nd, 2012
1:57 pm

Yeah! Haters are gonna Hate! 4-0 Baby! Make some room for this year’s NFC South trophy!

Yorker

October 2nd, 2012
2:13 pm

The Birds look great and the Saints are lost/losers and my Jets well ? Credit were credit is due.

old man

October 2nd, 2012
2:16 pm

Two interesting stats: Falcons have the fewest penalties in the NFL. The Redskins are tied for the most.

On defense, you attack RGIII either with numbers (using a lot of all out blitz, rushing 5 or 6) or with finesse (rush 3, plus one LB or DB, drop a DE into coverage, have a another DB spy RGIII, etc., etc.).

Which will be the most effective? RGIII scares me.

old man

October 2nd, 2012
2:21 pm

RGIII leads the league in fumbles, with 5. Interesting. How will Nolan plug that into his game plan?

old man

October 2nd, 2012
2:25 pm

Redskins are 10th against the rush, 31st against the pass. If Washington is focused on Turner’s career performance from last week, does that open up a lot of play action? I wonder if Ryan will have a big day. After 3 or 4 TD passes, we can cross them up with Turner. I say we should open up with the air game.

Ken

October 2nd, 2012
2:33 pm

FALCONS will continue to RISE UP!!! In spite of the inability to stop the run, now this issue can be corrected as the FALCONS continue to RISE UP!! Time to get the second quarter of the season started on the right track!!

P B Orr

October 2nd, 2012
2:34 pm

The 1986 team did not even finish over .500. It’s a very long season still.

old man

October 2nd, 2012
2:36 pm

Washington leads the league in rushing yards per game. If we are blitzing 5 or 6 to disrupt RGIII, will we get burned by their ground game? Instead, I’m thinking we should confuse, contain, and spy RGIII. This would make it easier to react to running plays, and maybe we want him to have just enough time to make some ill-advised throws.

I noted earlier we were number two in the league on third down conversions. Washington is dead last.

Falcons’ defense is #8 against the pass, #29 against the run. So these two teams are mirror images. Falcons’ defense is strong pass/weak run against a team that is weak pass/strong run. Washington’s defense is weak pass/strong run versus our strong pass/weak run team. Overall, they are the 3rd and 4th best offenses in the league. On paper, it should be high scoring. So of course that means it will be something like 12-10.

Go Falcons!!!

P B Orr

October 2nd, 2012
2:37 pm

Griffin is fast once he gets going and an accurate passer but he’s slow to start and has a slow release. He piled up big numbers in college because being a slow starter is no issue when playing college boys. Thus the Falcons need to keep up a fast pace, show confusing defenses, show the safety blitz but bring the linebackers. Let the safeties then plug the run holes. Hats, hats, hats on the ball.

ijonathan

October 2nd, 2012
2:54 pm

I think a lot of disguised pressure packages (like delayed LB or safety blitzes, dropping Bierman into coverage, etc.) will work against RGIII.

GATiger

October 2nd, 2012
2:59 pm

Just imagine this. The Falcons and Texans, teams from two cities New Orleanians consider as being on par with N.O. (they’re dreaming here, of course) end up in the Super Bowl in, of all places, New Orleans. Wouldn’t that gall some Saints fans?

D man

October 2nd, 2012
3:04 pm

I thought the Falcons were 5&0 to start the 86 year? Oh well, it would be nice to win this week to set another franchise record under Smith…

old man

October 2nd, 2012
3:14 pm

I think delayed blitzes also allow one or two defenders an extra second to adjust to the run. And I like the spy idea, because even the spy is covering a zone somewhere, and I want somebody with real speed to contain RGIII, to beat him to the edge if he is diving for a first down marker.

old man

October 2nd, 2012
3:16 pm

Who is the ideal Falcon to spy RGIII?

LOL at The Aints

October 2nd, 2012
4:07 pm

1985 I think we went 4 and 12, but we did beat the Aints twice,,LOL!

ctfalconsfan

October 2nd, 2012
4:25 pm

I’m going to New Orleans for the FALCONS aints game and the tix prices continue to fall.
I’m not sure weather to buy now or wait until after SD beats them???

- Mercedes will need to take their great name off this loser stadium.. maybe the Kia Dome..

Mike Franklin

October 2nd, 2012
4:56 pm

Play to win every game like you were four games behind…

Rise up and fly high!

just a troll

October 2nd, 2012
4:58 pm

them trolls ate my winkie.

Sheffield

October 2nd, 2012
5:06 pm

Well…When we were 13-3 We were overrated. We got lucky a lot that year. This year we are “Beating” Actually Beating them. All yall in trouble!

LOL at The Aints

October 2nd, 2012
5:10 pm

LOL at the Kia Dome,, I like it!

Sheffield

October 2nd, 2012
5:10 pm

Dont you fans of other teams have your own newspaper blog? Go cheer for you team and stop hating on mine!

LOL at The Aints

October 2nd, 2012
5:22 pm

Hey Joe Tess, whatever happened to Camaro Bob,

Lesa

October 2nd, 2012
6:01 pm

What happened to “Matt ‘Choke’ Ryan” and his rants about #2’s “noodle arm”?? Actually, why am I asking? I certainly don’t miss him. So glad Ryan is doing so much to discredit his many haters this season. GO FALCONS!!!!!!!

Samuel L. Jackson

October 2nd, 2012
6:10 pm

The path of the righteous fan is beset on all sides by the tyranny of negative bloggers. Blessed is he who shepherds the weak through the valley of darkeness, for he is truly his ticket holder’s keeper, and the winner of lost games. And I will strike down with great vengence and furious anger those who seek to poison and destroy my brothers, and you will know my name is The Burner when I lay my big thighs upon you! What do Falcons do? RISE UP!!!

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fishnboy

October 2nd, 2012
10:01 pm

Nice Post Jealous–OWEN FOUR–Very Cool!!!!

Fats

October 2nd, 2012
10:05 pm

Ryan showed some real guts throwing the bomb from his endzone to his great reciever. Carolina had to know Ryan and compa;y were playing like they meant business and they did

Just Sayin

October 2nd, 2012
10:34 pm

Schedule makers must have owed Art Blank a big favor. Neither of the 5 teams had a winning record.

Just sayin….

Just Sayin

October 2nd, 2012
10:42 pm

(34-46) is the combined record of the 1st 5 teams this season.

Just Sayin

October 2nd, 2012
10:44 pm

That was the 5 teams 2011 records.

Ackshun

October 3rd, 2012
9:03 am

Damn Chargers in the Super Dome on Sunday….. welcome to 0-5.

BTW-Not hearing to many calls to get rid of Michael Turner on the boards this week. Told ya he could run!

Ackshun

October 3rd, 2012
9:09 am

@Just Sayin – Chiefs were favored to win their division. The Broncos were in the playoffs last year and added Peyton Manning. The Chargers lead their division and were beaten soundly at home.

Bottomline: The Falcons torched good teams at home. And any of these teams would and some already have beat the Saints. So you are pretty much full of it.

Stumpknocker

October 3rd, 2012
3:08 pm

@FailCants who is really Seen That B4/ Tired of that tattered old paper bag? I’ll offer you a nice new plastic one, heavy duty w/a draw string so it seals air tight.

ken

October 3rd, 2012
8:34 pm

Maybe we should let the ‘Aints go back to Cheating (bounty) again so they can at least give us a game..Curtis Lofton What was you saying again about playing for the AINTS LOL. As A Falcons fan I loving this 4-0 and the Cherry on top Aints 0-4.. Break out those BAGS Aints fans!! :)