WOW – Falcons Destroy Niners!

Birds Rip Gold Rushers Apart

Well, many Falcons fans certainly got this one wrong in expecting one of the toughest games of the season in traveling out west to play the upstart 49ers. This one was pretty much over at halftime. The Falcons showed how great they can look when every aspect of the team, offense, defense, special teams, and coaching comes together all at the right moment. Matt Ryan and Roddy White had career days, and the defense played a magnificent game in holding the 49ers to 10 points. Many wondered if the Falcons and coaches got their problems corrected on the bye week, and I think the final product speaks for itself. (Check out DOL’s new blog on the Niners win). A look at the positions:

Offense

Quarterback

Matt Ryan had a career day throwing the ball with 329 yards passing, 3 TDs (2 passing, 1 rushing), with 1 interception. Critics and fans alike have been calling for the vertical passing attack to come into play, and it certainly did today. Ryan connected with White on a 31 yard touchdown pass to go up 14 – 0 in the first quarter and united again on a 90 yard touchdown pass, with White racing 80 of the yards after shaking loose from CB Nate Clements. Ryan finished 22 for 32, completing 68.75% of his passes, breaking out against one of the best defenses in the NFL. Grade – A

Running Backs

Michael Turner had a great day as well going for 97 yards and 3 touchdowns. Turner showed the drive and hard-running style we’ve all come to expect from him. He had excellent vision today and ran the ball extremely well. The O-Line certainly created more holes and the deep ball helped soften the front, but Turner deserves credit for playing like the Pro-Bowl running back we’ve come to expect. Jerious Norwood had a good return, showing his speed and quickness to be a great complement to Turner’s power. The speedy threat may have helped reduce the tendencies for the defense to key the middle. Jason Snelling had a couple of tough short yard runs to convert 3rd downs. The backfield did have a combined 3 fumbles, though, one which Norwood lost and was thought to possibly give the 49ers a spark. Grade – A-

Wide Receivers

This category belongs to one person and one person alone: Roddy White. To say that he had a breakout game would be an understatement. He proved to be everything fans imagined from the Pro-Bowl season a year ago, hauling in 8 catches for 210 yards, and two touchdowns, the most spectacular being a 90 yard track meet after he shook off a tackle from All-Pro CB Nate Clements. White showed that Dimitroff and Co. invested wisely in locking him up as a Falcon, virtually for his career. Roddy also gets the hustle play of the game when he ran down Dre Bly on an interception,. in which he showboated after 10 yards, and forced a fumble that the Falcons recovered. Tony Gonzalez finished with 6 catches for 55 yards, but got many more targets. He got double-interference in the end zone that may have resulted in a TD, but dropped a couple of balls as well. Jenkins chipped in 35 yards as well as Justin Peele and Brian Finneran getting a few catches. Grade – A+

O-Line

No unit has taken more criticism than the Burn Unit. Going from the second leading rushing team to one of the lowest in the first couple of games heaped some ire onto the Falcons offensive line. The O-Line enforced its will on one of the best defenses in the league and set the tone early and often that they would run the ball, regardless of who they were playing. They opened many big holes for Turner, Norwood, and Snelling, and held one of the most aggressive defenses without a sack on Matt Ryan. Ryan had plenty of time to throw the ball and rarely was rushed. Excellent game all-around for the offensive line. The only detraction from the group was the multiple penalties, both holding and false starts. Grade – A-

Defense

Defensive Line

Big improvement from the defensive line that helped the Falcons rank two from the bottom in giving up rushing yards. The D-Line generated tons of pressure against a pretty solid offensive line. They put pressure on QB Shaun Hill and made him get rid of the ball entirely too early, frustrating him in to many errant throws. Given, one of the best running backs in the league (Frank Gore) didn’t play, but they helped keep a very able Glen Coffee in check. They held the Niners under 100 yards rushing, limiting Coffee to 45 yards and making the leading rusher the quarterback at 53 yards. A huge surprise came in scanning the starting defensive line: Jamaal Anderson was moved inside and started at defensive tackle, allowing Abraham, Biermann, and Babineaux to be on the field with him. Excellent move both to allow Biermann and Abe to rush the pass and utilizing his strength of stopping the run. After failing to register a sack since week 1, the D-Line rocked out 3 sacks, one each from Abraham, Biermann, and Thomas Johnson. Trey Lewis played throughout the game and looked much better from last week. Grade – A

Linebackers

The linebackers continued their excellent play against the 49er offense. Lofton finished with 5 solo tackles and 4 assists and Peterson notched 2 solo tackles as well. The linebackers brought pressure early and often and made life really difficult for QB Shaun Hill all day. They again helped set the tone with their hard hitting style and athletic plays. Stephen Nicholas only recorded one tackle, but again played extremely well against the run and dropped back in coverage. Only negative was seeing Coy Wire getting outrun by Glen Coffee on 3rd and goal after having a good angle. Their job was made much easier by a drastically improved defensive line play. Grade – A

Secondary

The much maligned secondary played much better from top to bottom against the 49ers. Part of it was due to the non-threat from the 49er passing attack led by QB Shaun Hill. That being said though, Shaun Hill was 7-0 all time playing in Candlestick Park and proved to be too much for Arizona, Seatlle, St. Louis, and even scored on Minnesota’s defense. Brian Williams came up with a huge interception in the 49ers second series, which allowed the Falcons to quickly go up by 14. Williams and Chris Houston played well and surely benefited from the better pressure on the QB and backfield. Brent Grimes takes the worst play of the day on defense when he came up to make an easy tackle on WR Josh Morgan and was dish-ragged to the side, allowing him to sprint down the sideline and inches from the end-zone. To his credit, Grimes came back and had some nice coverage and big pass break-ups in the game. Save for a couple of plays, Erik Coleman and Thomas DeCoud held Vernon Davis and the rest of the receivers in total check. Chevis Jackson saw some playing time when the game was out of reach, but it appears that Chris Owens won’t contribute in the secondary and who knows what the deal is with Tye Hill. He’s had 6 weeks to get up to speed, but was still on the inactive list. Grade – A

Coaching

After suffering a fairly discomforting performance against the Patriots in Foxboro, the Falcons coaching staff came out showed the aggressive nature on both sides of the ball. Coach Van Gorder applied pressure early and often, harkening back to his UGA days, making QB Shaun Hill uncomfortable and frustrated all day long. Moving Jamaal Anderson inside to DT was an excellent move, allowing him to utilize his strength run defense, while putting the best pass rushers, Biermann and Abraham, on the field with him. The secondary played much, much better and the play-calling was aggressive and needed. Coach Mularkey also gets big kudos by finally opening up the vertical passing playbook, connecting on several deep passes and softening up the defense for the running game, which finally flourished. Good play-calling all around except for the wide receiver screen to Norwood that was ill-timed and produced a fumble. The offense finally hit on all cylinders and didn’t even have a huge day from Tony Gonzalez. Ryan spread the ball around good, and much of the credit goes to Mularkey. If the team loses then the head man gets most of the blame, but when they win they get most of the recognition as well. The team came out with a sense of urgency and fight not seen since week 1 against the Dolphins. Coach Smith set the tone early and sent a message that the team would play aggressive and tough. The final product after by week speaks for itself on corrections that were made. Grade – A+

Special Teams

Kickoff and punt coverage continues to absolutely outstanding, which is of course the norm now. Michael Koenen had several nice punts and kickoffs out of the end zone. The punt return and kickoff return game leaves some to be desired, although there were only three kickoffs to field throughout the game.  Eric Weems certainly is making the catches on punt returns, but offered little else today. He seemed to lack vision on some of the returns and may be fairly compared to the injured Harry Douglas. Grade – B

Your Turn

-Assign your grades to each position

-See this result coming?

-Falcons deserve all credit or were 49ers overrated?

-Falcons offense hit on all cylinders or still room for improvement?

-Fumbles an issue this year or one-time problem?

-Happy with the rushing attack?

-Pleased with White’s huge day or need to spread the ball more?

-Like the Jamaal Anderson move inside to DT?

-Great defensive day or 49ers really pathetic offensively?

-Amazing omen for the rest of the year or beat an overrated team?

-Ready for Da Bears on Sunday Night Football?

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WR

October 11th, 2009
10:05 pm

I got it, I got it

WR

October 11th, 2009
10:07 pm

First of all I would like to thank D3, who made it all possible, just kidding, I figured since Sarah said I couldn’t use page 8 I would try for page 1

WR

October 11th, 2009
10:07 pm

Back in a few

Sarah B

October 11th, 2009
10:11 pm

You win WR. I tried…

Sarah B

October 11th, 2009
10:12 pm

Kyle Orton is wierd looking. He looks both old and young at the same time.

Sarah B

October 11th, 2009
10:13 pm

Like a kid with a beard or an old man with no grey hair.

Dawgman566

October 11th, 2009
10:15 pm

This one was Sweet. I remember all those years we got pounded by the 49er’s when we were in the NFC West. Go Falcons!

Sarah B

October 11th, 2009
10:24 pm

Yes, it was sweet Dawgman566…

Boxcarar

October 11th, 2009
10:32 pm

D3,
I think that the Birds deserve a great deal of credit, but from posts during the game, SHill isn’t all that good of a QB. Having not seen the game live, I will later tonight,I can only wonder if their receivers were dropping balls, or was he not delivering the ball. Would a competent QB have exposed our DB’s or did they all really “Man Up” and play with urgency? I’d love to hear that they were awesome.

DontMove2TheBurbs

October 11th, 2009
10:32 pm

I agree with Dawgman. I would’ve been nice to run up the score; but that’s not Coach Smith’s style. This is one game where the offense and defense played great. I hope the Falcons are that good instead of San Fran being that bad

Sarah B

October 11th, 2009
10:34 pm

Damn it. I was just about to say if Manning throws a TD I’m toast… So now I’m toast.

Vince Burchfield

October 11th, 2009
10:34 pm

My Falcons looked like the REAL DEAL. How often can we relax in the 3rd quarter and watch and enjoy a beat down? Great team win. Go Hot Roddy !!!

Sarah B

October 11th, 2009
10:35 pm

But at least the Falcons won, much more important.

Ed

October 11th, 2009
10:36 pm

This game should obviously set the tone for the rest of the season and was a huge game. One concern I have is knowing we have four opponents coming up that will be coming off a bye week and will make each one of those games much tougher.

Nice work as always D3. Have a question for you…if Pete Carroll was the coach of the Bulldogs would Joe Cox be our starting QB? I personally don’t think so as he goes with the best player where as Mark has such blind loyalty it’s killing him and the team.

Sarah B

October 11th, 2009
10:38 pm

Boxcar Matt delivered the ball all right.

BlackTalon

October 11th, 2009
10:39 pm

There might have been some truth to the forty niners being a bit flat, them reading their press clippings and all.
If you had believed their fans and some of the talking heads, you would have thought they were the 2nd coming of the 1985 Bears.
That myth was dispelled by a focused Falcon team today.

Matt Ryan got my game ball as his poise and accuracy was the big difference as compared to Shawn Hill.
Yards per attempt (passing) differential index is the biggest indicator of who can and who is gonna do what in the NFL.

Was I suprised the Falcons deliverd a@@ Kicking?
Nope

My second game ball goes to the O-line.
So, the forty niners came into the game saying, they like to punch folks in the mouth.
Humm, seems our O-line knows a thing or two about doing just that.
Seeing the Falcons orcatrate that 79 yard, 13 play drive to close the third quarter, opening the 4th, smashing out a 35 point lead, with Turners on the sideline laughing was great.
Then with Harvey Dahl pulled in the last possession and him laughing and smiling and Ryan not being sacked. y
You can`t give the O-line anything but an A+.

Boxcarar

October 11th, 2009
10:41 pm

Sara B.
I meant how good\bad was SHill. Did he make DB’s look better that they are?

Boxcarar

October 11th, 2009
10:41 pm

What the ell? OOPS forgot the “H” again.

Sarah B

October 11th, 2009
10:44 pm

Of course he did Boxcar. He was terrible.

Sarah B

October 11th, 2009
10:45 pm

No denenying that.

Sarah B

October 11th, 2009
10:46 pm

No worries Boxcar I can’t type either.

Sarah B

October 11th, 2009
10:47 pm

Oh crap SW is gonnaatch me it’s 87-90

Dawson Devitt (D3)

October 11th, 2009
10:52 pm

Great Victory Night Fellow Cagers! Simply put…..what a game. Been waiting on that one all year. Hopefully a big sign for the season. :mrgreen:

Boxcarar – You know I won’t give the D any undue credit, but they earned it today. They played aggressive and tough all game. They blitzed, put pressure, and hit hard all day long. I really think moving Jamaal Anderson inside holds big promise, allowing him, Biermann, Abe, and Babs on the field at the same time. True that Frank Gore didn’t play and Shaun Hill is no Peyton Manning, but they’ve moved the ball and scored on Minnesota and Hill was 7-0 at Candlestick before today, so they’re not the Rams or Lions, per se. :grin:

Dawgman, ‘ToTheBurbs, & Vince – Great to see you here in the Bird Cage. Welcome. :smile:

WR, Sarah B. & BlackTalon – What a game, eh? Can’t wait for Sunday Night Football in the Terror-Dome against da’ Bears and their obnoxious fans. Should be rowdy one. :twisted:

Ed – Thanks as usual. So good to see you back in here. Absolutely not. Cox shouldn’t see the field again, but the running game is probably the worst I’ve seen under Richt. Pathetic. I think Willie will finally be gone. :lol:

BT – Think you’ll take me in FFL. Good game. :mad:

Have a great night and keep the convo’s going strong. And on that note…………

6 DAYS, 21 HOURS, & 9 MINS UNTIL SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AGAINST BEARS IN THE TERROR-DOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah B

October 11th, 2009
10:53 pm

we are so neck and neck right now…

BlackTalon

October 11th, 2009
10:57 pm

Shawn Hill is and was not that terrible.
He is a game manager and the game got out of control (thanks to the Falcons offense and defence) and him being what he is, the Falcons could pin their ears back, come after him making it a very tough day.
That is the problem you run into when your team is (more or less) on dimensional.

BlackTalon

October 11th, 2009
11:09 pm

Sarah, it looks like the Posse is about to take you out?

Wabe

October 11th, 2009
11:10 pm

Great game today.

Just a few thoughts. I think the D-Line played well after facing much criticism for their mediocore performances in previous weeks. I think they mixed up the personel really well. Was hoping to see some more of Sidbury. His ability to fly off the line really shrinks the QB’s pocket, and if you have penetration from the interior of the D-Line, then I think we could see this D-Line register some more sacks.

I’m still curious as to when Moore and Hill will get to see some action. Both will help provide some much needed talent and depth to our young secondary. I just can’t figure out where guys like Chevis Jackson have disappeared to. I haven’t heard a word about the guy, and it just boggles my mind because the guy was a solid nickel back last year. I just can’t understand why guys like Grimes are getting first unit snaps while guys like Jackson can’t even find the field. Doesn’t make much sense to me when it’s evident that the combo at secondary that we have is still sketchy.

Overall, I think this DEF played great. I think they’ll have a much stiffer test next week when we play a pretty balanced Bears team. The Bears offense is definately an upgrade from what we saw out of these banged up Niners this week. Should be a great game next week. CAN’T WAIT!

BlackTalon

October 11th, 2009
11:10 pm

You and D3 both just dodged a bullet

Sarah B

October 11th, 2009
11:19 pm

He’s gonna take me out. He’s got a guy going tomorrow night

Sarah B

October 11th, 2009
11:20 pm

Sarah B

October 11th, 2009
11:22 pm

45-10 I’m riding that…

Trainwreck

October 11th, 2009
11:26 pm

Great game today! I definitely did not forsee the score being so lopsided but will take it all day any day. We all know that our offense can be tough to stop with all of our playmakers back, and I do not think it was a coincidence that the running game looked a lot better with the return of Mr. Norwood. Although he didn’t get many carries, he just adds that extra speed element and gives the D something else to think about which means they are thinking less about our other weapons. We of course won’t have this kind of offensive production each week, but this goes to show that our offense can indeed handle tough defenses when they play well. As for the D, they were very active and opportunistic today: tipping passes, stripping the ball carrier, and PRESSURING/HITTING/SACKING the QB. Very nice to see, especially from the D-Line. I even saw ol 98 with a few qb pressures. I actually thought he got the sack they gave to Abe. Overall, Great Win and I look forward to next week against Da Bears!

Boxcarar

October 11th, 2009
11:29 pm

Wabe,
What is the Bear’s running game like?

A-Town

October 11th, 2009
11:35 pm

The D-line is the key to falcons secondary problems since we dont have a shut-down corner. The D-line coach must stay aggressive with stunts and blitzes,unlike the new england game.

Wabe

October 12th, 2009
12:23 am

My bad for the late response to your question Boxcarar.

The Bears are a pretty balanced offense and are pretty good on the defensive side of the ball as well. Forte was a stud last season as a rookie, but hasn’t exactly had his way vs. many of those Bears oppponents this season. I believe his lone 100 yard + game came last week against the Lions. I would say that they definately have the ability to run the football effectively, but their running game is nowhere near as effective as it was last season. They had the bye week this week so they may be ironing out the kinks to that running game just as we did on the bye.

Their passing game has picked up steem the past couple weeks. Cutler has looked much better after his terrible primetime outing at Green Bay. They have some playmakers that our DB’s will have to look out for. Our secondary will have to be careful not to get beat by guys like Devin Hester and Johnny Knox. Both are speedsters who have the capablity to burn DB’s. They have good spot possession receivers that we’ll have to keep an eye on as well. Guys like Bennett, Olsen, and Desmond Clark make crucial plays to keep the chains moving for their offense.

I think it’s important to remember that the Falcons lone loss at home last season came to a Denver Broncos team led by Jay Cutler. As much as I don’t like the guy, he makes plays. He’s gotten hot the past couple weeks, they have the advantage of coming off the bye – giving them two weeks to prepare. Our DEF will have their hands full, and I hope they come with the same passion and urgency that they displayed today.

Wabe

October 12th, 2009
12:33 am

Key to the game:

Get pressure.

Jay Cutler makes some good decisions, but he’s known for the “gun-slinger mentality” and often times when under pressure, he makes some horrible decisions that just have you scratching your head. I don’t think this is a week that you can afford to let Cutler sit back in the pocket and get comfortable, because then he’ll pick this DEF apart. I think you come out with a similar gameplan to what we saw today with the various blitz packages and hope that our DB’s can keep up with Hester/Knox/Bennett on the outsides.

Lock up Forte.
Pressure Cutler into some bad throws.
And let the offense keep on rolling.

Dan A.

October 12th, 2009
12:38 am

Dawson,

I’m not sure when you started using the nick “D3″, but there is already a notorious blogger/poster online who goes by that handle. Surely you aren’t the same guy?

Ryan

October 12th, 2009
1:03 am

I live in Houston and didn’t have the game on TV. Can anybody tell me what was going on at the end. The 49er’s penalty, calling timeouts with the Falcons taking a knee, and then actually running plays with 20 seconds left. What was going on?

Boxcarar

October 12th, 2009
2:11 am

Wabe,
Thanks for all the info. Cutler can explode in the right scenario. As you said, pressure is the key to his unraveling.

Boxcarar

October 12th, 2009
2:51 am

Good Night Late Nighters

JJ

October 12th, 2009
6:29 am

BT, yea yea yea you were right. What a game, didnt see that coming. Did ja98 get a sack or was I that drunk?

BRAD

October 12th, 2009
6:54 am

Looking at Alex Smith sitting on the bench in a blowout and seeing how horrible Jamarcus Russell is, makes me appreciate Matt Ryan even more. Getting drafted high doesn’t garantee you’ll be a great player, but we got lucky with Matt Ryan. Falcons have a great QB for the next 10-15 years.

BlackTalon

October 12th, 2009
7:16 am

JJ,
I just had a strong instinct about Ryan`s game.
No sack for JA98 but he played good by JA standards.

Alan

October 12th, 2009
7:57 am

What a day, i give the team and the coaching staff an A+, it was a total team effort to get the rest of the season off to a strong start.

GO FALCONS-GO SOUTHERN RUSH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CBrass

October 12th, 2009
8:52 am

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JOE FLACCO

October 12th, 2009
9:05 am

Man what’s up with my defense? Don’t they know I can’t win without them? Do they not know that I get exsposed when they don’t play like they are suppose to? FOR CRIPE SAKE WE LOST TWO IN A ROW!!! I wish I was Matt Ryan. :(

CBrass

October 12th, 2009
9:07 am

D3

Once again you’ve out done yourself. I sure it was really fun to write this post. This team really showed what it can do and the scary thing is I only think it’s the beginning. Granted it come against a not so good team but great teams beat the teams that they are suppose to beat.

-See this result coming? No surprised by it at all

-Falcons deserve all credit or were 49ers overrated? I honestly think the Niners are a bit overrated they haven’t played anyone yet and it showed yesterday how they fair when they go up against a solid team.

-Falcons offense hit on all cylinders or still room for improvement? Turnover and penalties have to stop!

-Fumbles an issue this year or one-time problem? Looks to be a big issue so far. Luck that we recovered all but one of them.

-Happy with the rushing attack? Yes and no. We got 97 yards on the ground which is a direct result of better blocking by the OL. Turner looks much slower than he did last season. I’m not seeing the burst like he had last year.

-Pleased with White’s huge day or need to spread the ball more? Loving it. 90 of those yards he worked his butt off for. It wasn’t like Ryan was only looking for him but if he was can you blame him? White simply had the hot hands yesterday and he was simply to fast for those corners yesterday.

-Like the Jamaal Anderson move inside to DT? I do. I think yesterday was the most that I’ve ever seen him in the back field.

-Great defensive day or 49ers really pathetic offensively? Without Gore their O is non-existent but it wasn’t our fault that he didn’t play. This is the type of aggressive D that BVG was famously known for in Athens.

-Amazing omen for the rest of the year or beat an overrated team? Honestly I think that we beat an overrated team. If we would have held them to 10 pts with Gore on the field my opinion may be different. Their O is sorely based on him and without him…well you saw what happened. He makes Hill look good and that’s saying alot.

-Ready for Da Bears on Sunday Night Football? Oh yea you know they are wanting payback from last year last second defeat. I will be there. D3 let me know where you’re sitting so that we can meet up!

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Danny "dirty bird" Anable

October 12th, 2009
9:12 am

I was at the Game in S.F. Yesterday…Man..!!!! What A Great Game ….!!! I ve never seen our boys so completely undress the WHINERS !!!!Seriously, SF is a good team, that had a bad day, and YES …THE ATLANTA FALCONS ARE REALLY THAT GOOD …WATCH OUT NEW ORLEANS ..!!! WERE COMIN..AND HELLS COMIN WITH US ..!!!!!

Coop

October 12th, 2009
9:12 am

D3 – Great write-up.

Great game for the Falcons. My game call goes to the coaches for letting these guys play like they can and for scheming to our strenghts. Roddy White also gets a nod. That 80 yard sacmper after breaking a tackle was the perfect attitude we’ve been looking for. We will not be denied.

Some have asked about our D and whther Hill was bad, etc. I believe that our D did what it did against Miami and that made all the difference. The DL got great pressure all day, especially up the middle. Though JA98 didn’t play DT all day, I saw him stunt inside from the DE position and ALMOST (of course) get to the QB). I think JA is better up the middle. Using his speed against OG and OC instead of OT is promising.

So back to the D line, they harassed Hill all day. The coaches also mixed in stunts and blitzes and disguised each better than NE. So Hill was very bad, but it was due largely in part to our pressure. This also made our CBs look better because Hill wasn’t laser sharp.

I have said ALL season (even during the draft) that the entire D starts with interior DL. It looked great today. Each of our three sacks cam from up the middle. Even Beerman and Abe took inside routes to get to the QB.

I think that SF was overrated, but they’re still good. Our O Line was fantastic against a fierce and fast D. We made them look pourous and weak. I don’t think they are, I think we imposed our will on them. I loved the first TD run by Turner. What did you see? TG and Ovie paving the wave for Turner over the right side of the line. I spilled my beer cheering so hard. I loved it. That is the attitude of, we are just going to run it down your throat. Continue this. More Ovie. He is one of the best lead blockers I’ve seen in 20 years.

Fumbles and penalties are slightly concerning. They didn’t hurt, but against a better O, they could be dangerous. Just a coacking point this week to not get sloppy when oyu have a big lead.

Final note. It is not just winning that made this better than the NE game. A lot was made about how our D did OK against NE and I was adament that was not the case. Brady was awful missing wide open recievers all day. It had nothing to do with our D play, he was unhurried and just missing. To contrast, Hill was awful because we made him awful today. We flat shut the run down early, then harass the QB and never let him settle in. A totally different D today for the NE game and I loved what I saw.

If the team plays like this, we’ll win 10 games and maybe move into that top tier of NFL teams.

Linkinpro

October 12th, 2009
9:14 am

It was awesome to see the Offense finally have a breakout game! I was thrilled to see JA finally get shifted over to DT and allow Biermann more playing time, it paid off…..