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FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel seems to have some irrational delusion that Philadelphia fans are ready to welcome him back to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.

“Oh, they better cheer for me,” Samuel said Thursday. “They are going to cheer for me or we’re going to have a problem right there in Lincoln Financial. All you fans, all I did for y’all. Y’all better cheer for me. Deuce-Deuce here, has got nothing but love for you.”

Deuce-Deuce, as Samuel refers to himself in third person, doesn’t seem to understand that these are the descendants of the folks who booed Santa Claus. He played for the Eagles from 2008-11 before being traded to the Falcons on April 25 for a seventh-round draft pick.

He likely won’t be welcome and neither will the 6-0 Falcons, who defeated the Eagles 35-31 last season at the Georgia Dome.

Through a scheduling quirk, the Falcons and the Eagles are set to meet for the fifth consecutive season.

They have played six games in the past seven seasons, and the Eagles have dominated most of the action. They won four of the six games, with the Falcons winning in 2005 and last season.

The teams also met in the NFC Championship game after the 2004 season, with the Eagles winning.

The Falcons have not defeated the Eagles in Philadelphia since Oct. 30, 1988.

“There’s a lot of familiarity there,” Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said.

The games have been fiercely played, with bad blood occasionally percolating to the surface.

For this matchup, Samuel returns amid some controversy over whether he was traded because the Eagles thought his skills were in steep decline.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said he didn’t think that Samuel’s skills were in decline. Samuel sent a few tweets before the bye week that appeared to tweak Reid after the firing of Philadelphia defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.

With kickoff near, Samuel, who did his weekly interview while wearing a helmet, is pointing the finger at media.

“Y’all assumed it was about Andy,” Samuel said. “I didn’t say this is for ‘Andy.’ I just made a quote and then another quote, and everybody said it was for Andy. Y’all did that.”

In the past two games, Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson laid big hits on Eagles receivers. In 2010, he was fined $50,000 for a hit on wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The fine later was reduced to $25,000.

Last season, he put a thunderous hit on wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Later in the game, Maclin dropped a key fourth-down pass while he appeared to be on the lookout for Robinson.

In 2009, the Falcons’ front office didn’t like Reid inserting quarterback Michael Vick into the game late so that he could receive some cheers from his fans at the Georgia Dome.

On the Falcons’ most recent trip to Philadelphia, backup quarterback Kevin Kolb directed them to a 31-17 victory in 2010.

That was the game Robinson and Jackson ended up with concussions.

“Not with me,” said Robinson, when asked if there was any lingering bad blood between the two teams. “I’m not a dirty football player. I play hard and I play to win. I play the same way that I did since the first time I stepped out on the field. I don’t talk trash. If there is any bad blood, I haven’t heard anything about it.”

Robinson plans to continue to play physical against the Eagles’ wide receivers.

“Playing physical is a big part of football,” Robinson said. “It can change games. Receivers tend to drop balls after getting hit a lot. So I just say, stick to what you do and don’t change for anybody.”

The Falcons are rallying around Samuel for his return visit.

“We’ve just told him all week, don’t worry about it, we’re riding with you,” Robinson said. “If he gets booed, we get booed.”

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41 comments Add your comment

lowdownjj

October 25th, 2012
8:36 pm

He’ll get booed. Falcons will gwt booed. But who cares? JUST WIN BABY!

BIGBEN42

October 25th, 2012
9:16 pm

Who gives a damn about them booing.Just kick some butt..

Falcons Chic

October 26th, 2012
1:48 am

Hope those heavy linemen don’t sit on our so-called lines (O & D).

Gritsfalcon

October 26th, 2012
2:48 am

Get the women and children off the street it is going to be a fight!!! The ‘birds most physical game of the year! Falcon’s prevail. 31-21 !!!

Esquire

October 26th, 2012
5:22 am

5-6-7-8
Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!
MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS, MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS !!
OHH AHH OHH YEEAHH

Esquire

October 26th, 2012
5:46 am

“In 2009, the Falcons’ front office didn’t like Reid inserting quarterback Viceroy Ichiban Cooter Kooter into the game late so that he could receive some cheers from his fans at the Georgia Dome.”

If you cheered this guy while wearing Falcon colors you just aren’t a true Falcons fan, just a lowly turncoat. Viceroy Ichiban Cooter Kooter was “given” every opportunity to succeed in this town. He was cheered in that game for all the wrong reasons. He should have been resoundly booed.

If that was you feel free to shop til you drop here, you don’t deserve to wear the Red, Black, White, and Silver Falcon colors:
http://tinyurl.com/9thbko7

Dr. Warren

October 26th, 2012
6:13 am

Esquire — glad you noticed that silver still lingers in the Falcons’ uniforms. (The outlining of the bird on the helmet). Frankly, I’d like them to start wearing the silver britches again. And no, not grey like the 1980’s or like UGA. I mean silver.

SeenThis B4

October 26th, 2012
8:25 am

Boooooooo Samuel!!!!

Go Eagles!!

jay

October 26th, 2012
8:46 am

This is our time to check another demon off the list. Let’s end a bunch of negative streaks by beating a desperate, hungry and talented team that has had our number. Go Falcons!

Weird

October 26th, 2012
9:00 am

I’m not a hard core follower of the Falcons, but I enjoy watching them on Sundays…

But based on this article, Asanta seems like a moron. Talks in the 3rd person? Wears a helmet during interviews?

Why would anyone cheer for a guy that does that? Guess I don’t watch enough NFL.

Weird

October 26th, 2012
9:00 am

Sorry…Asante.

True Falcon Fan

October 26th, 2012
9:05 am

Dled— Like i said yesterday “Your Beautiful” you wear 2 hats — RIGHT!

Larry

October 26th, 2012
9:24 am

Wierd,

He was traded? How would you feel if you were traded and replaced with the reason given “we think your skills are declining?” It’s just football talk and both sides will be shalking hands and laughing after the war…including Samuel.

Get over yourself!

True Falcon Fan

October 26th, 2012
9:25 am

Maybe both hats at the same time …….

True Falcon Fan

October 26th, 2012
9:32 am

Yo Larry —- Wierd has obviously never any level of Ameircan football….. He was a soccer, that’s no disrespect towards soccer. My meaning is — he stated very simple in the beginning of his

“I’m not a hard core follower of the Falcons, but I enjoy watching them on Sundays…

But based on this article, Asanta seems like a moron. Talks in the 3rd person? Wears a helmet during interviews?

Why would anyone cheer for a guy that does that? Guess I don’t watch enough NFL.

So the moral of the answer is: He a “Flounder” —- as in bottom feeder!

Go Falcons —- Eaglettes next

Mike is Back

October 26th, 2012
9:36 am

Dand Dled, the monster got a good one.lol

Mike is Back

October 26th, 2012
9:37 am

RISE UP BIRDS…LET’S GO…LET’S GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tfalcon

October 26th, 2012
9:53 am

@SeenThisBefore U know there is only one differance between our D and ur D,ours wins games for us while urs LOOSES Games now that is one big differance.Oh GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Denver!!!!!!

SeenThis B4

October 26th, 2012
10:13 am

@Tfalcon: LOOSES Games? You must mean “Loses Games.” Of course the other big difference was that our Head Coach and Asst Head Coach, who is the linebackers coach, have been out of pocket…well at least we got the Asst Head Coach back this week. The other big difference is that your team doesn’t have the stamina to go the distance.

Make sure you catch the Saints on Sunday Primetime Football this week; second nationally televised game for the Saints this year. You guys had one nationally televised didn’t y’all?

GEAUX SAINTS!!!!!

Mike Franklin

October 26th, 2012
10:33 am

Getting booed in your opponents stadium is a compliment. If they didn’t respect you, they wouldn’t care enough to boo.

Mike Franklin

October 26th, 2012
10:36 am

One has to wonder why we (the AJC and Falcs fans) get all these crab-looey fans from the saints. You read NOLA and you immediately see the complete lack of inspiration for their team so… they really are needed back at home where old ‘who dat’ is wasting in the intensive care unit.

D man

October 26th, 2012
11:07 am

7&0 sounds good to me.

Fred-D

October 26th, 2012
11:57 am

Why worry about being booed. It’s gonna happen anyway and your goal should be to make them boo as much as possible. In the beginning they will boo against you, if you start doing a number on the eagles, the boos will continue, but now will be for the home team.

Birdman of Falcatraz

October 26th, 2012
12:46 pm

We better come out firing on all cylinders after this bye. I am tired of hearing how a 6-0 team is weak. Time to shut up some critics.

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Jimmy

October 26th, 2012
4:26 pm

Two nationally televised games to one eh?? I guess you take the victories where you can get them. LOL. Too funny.

Falcon Since 1966

October 28th, 2012
2:33 am

Why does the throw backs have to be the 1966 ones. Why not the silver britches !!!!

ln29576

October 28th, 2012
10:42 am

Falcaint dome birds are going to lose to the Eagles.

Dennis

October 28th, 2012
11:46 am

One of the best things my mother ever did for me as to leave Philly in the rear view mirror when I was a baby.

Dennis

October 28th, 2012
11:47 am

*was to leave….

Still Gritz Blitz'n

October 28th, 2012
4:26 pm

Uh, What was that seen the floor; Atl 30 to 17, Baby, Gotta mop the floor w/ a aint fan, we high on the perch baby, a new breed of bird is here, stb4 , falcans 7 – 0 !

Still Gritz Blitz'n

October 28th, 2012
4:28 pm

In29576; Who d’at lost?

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