The Falcons took care of business and then some against the Buffalo Bills in the final game in the Georgia Dome by romping to a score of 31-3. The Birds had an imperfect day in the first half and only led the emaciated Bills 10-0, but came out and put away the injury riddled team in the second half. The beatdown of the Bills brings up the biggest game of the season ,in terms of the franchise’s history anyway, in attempting to break the ridiculous “curse” against the Tampa Bay Bucs . Normally, it may not be so worrisome, but the Bucs just beat the NFC’s best team in the Saints at home today. Certainly sets up for must-see TV in a week’s time.
After having his top two draft picks go out for the season with injury, Peria Jerry and William Moore, Dimitroff’s next two draft picks, Chris Owens and Lawrence Sidbury Jr., had huge days. Chris Owens handled likely future Hall of Fame draft pick Terrell Owens really well and even came away with his first pick. Sidbury Jr. played a large role in the game in general, but came away with a strip and recovery for a touchdown. After being panned most of the year, TD’s draft class of 2009 suddenly looks really, REALLY promising.
The Bills have one of the most injury riddled teams in the NFL and had their coach fired before the end of the year, and Matt Ryan took advantage of that fact, at least for the most part. It started off great with the long bomb to Roddy White and looked as though it would be a record day. Ryan then went on to look pretty sluggish throughout the rest of the half, missing receivers by over or under-throwing his receivers. Hard to argue throwing for 250 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, but this was an injury-decimated and overall weak defense. Tampa Bay’s defense will be much, much better next week. However, Ryan bounced back from an injury hiatus and a poor showing against the Jets to throw for three TDs.
The Bills had Brian Brohm starting his first ever NFL game and the Falcons took advantage of it. They limited the Bills to low yards and made the virtual rookie beat them and he couldn’t. The Falcons continued their excellent run defense against a tough running tandem of Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch. They held an opponent to a paltry field goal and that can never be questioned, regardless of the opponent. Brent Grimes and rookie Chris Owens held the potentially lethal tandem of Terrell Owens and Lee Evans completely in check. Granted, it was a team in complete disarray, but the defense played tough after a year of being the black sheep of the team. They better get ready for a great rookie in Josh Freeman next week, because last time he threw for over 250 yards and two touchdowns in the Georgia Dome.
Hard to believe that the last game of the season with no playoff implications against a team that is 3-12 is this big. This Falcons team will have the weight of the world on their shoulders in preparation this week to break the dreaded “curse” of never having back-to-back winning seasons in the franchise’s history, regardless of how much it means in the grand scheme of things. The Falcons get a very dangerous 3 win team that is sky high after beating the NFC’s best team at home in the New Orleans Saints. Huge game to end the season is putting it lightly.