2nd Annual Season Prediction Competition

Time to Make Your Prognostications

 With the close of one competition, another one begins here in The Bird Cage. The Atlanta Falcons Roster Spot Competition is still being counted and a winner will be announced very soon. In the meantime, time to put your prediction hats on and predict the Falcons win-loss record and analyze how the Birds will do against their 2010 opponents. Will the Falcons match their 2008 record of 11-5? Anyway they can make the jump to a 12 or 13 win season? Or does disappointment lie ahead in 2010? Feel free to describe each opponent or just post it up your prediction. Final submissions are due by Saturday at 11:59 pm. Get your picks in for the 2nd Annual Atlanta Falcons Season Prediction Competition………

The Bird Cage’s Weak Attempt

 

1) Falcons @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Win

The Falcons open their season in the Steel City against the 2008 Super Bowl Champion Steelers. Obviously, this is going to be a really tough game against one of the best defenses in the NFL, especially considering the Falcons offensive struggles against 3-4 teams. Yes, it is very true that Ben Roethlisberger will not be playing and their left tackle was injured for the year, but fans shouldn’t kid themselves that this will be easy. They’ll be playing one of the best teams of the past decade and in one of the toughest environments. Of course the first game is never a must-win, but if the Birds drop this one with no QB and LT, then it will likely be a long season.

2) Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals – Win

The Falcons open their season at home against the Cardinals, a team who made some of the biggest noise at the end of preseason with the release of former 1st round draft pick Matt Leinart. Derek Anderson takes over Ken Whisenhunt’s team minus Anquan Boldin, Kurt Warner, Karlos Dansby, and Antrel Rolle. The Falcons look to be favored in this game and definitely should win. The Birds have to win the games they’re supposed to and this certainly is one of those games. The new secondary will get a huge test against arguably the best receiver in football and the inclusion of Steve Breaston and Early Doucet.

3) Falcons @ New Orleans Saints – Loss

The Falcons will be heading down to the Superdome in a huge battle against the defending Super Bowl Champions. The Birds played the Saints great last year in New Orleans, but missed a huge opportunity in failing to close out the win. The Falcons probably will be picked to lose and a loss on the road to 2009’s best team won’t be the worst thing in the world, but they surely could make a statement in the NFC South and NFL if they can go in and steal one in New Orleans, a place they haven’t won in quite some time. The Saints may suffer from their Super Bowl hangover, but with Brees, Bush, Colston, and Co. in tow, they’ll likely defend their home turf.

4) Falcons vs. San Francisco 49ers – Win

This has trap game written all over it if the Falcons don’t pay attention and take the 49ers seriously. The team from San Fran will have revenge on their minds after the embarrassment they suffered at the hands of the Falcons last year, 45-10. The 49ers will likely have their defense ready to play and have arguably the best defensive player in the NFL on their side in Patrick Willis. The offense has a lot of potential with Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, and two first round draft pick offensive linemen. Quarterback play will be where the Falcons will have to show out and pressure Alex Smith or whoever is their QB. A raucous home crowd should help the Birds take this one.

5) Falcons @ Cleveland Browns – Win

Much like the Cardinals game, the Falcons need to win this one when they’re supposed to. The Browns may have an upward trajectory with Mike Holmgren taking over as president, but they’re still a few years and drafts away to getting back to respectability. Will Seneca Wallace or Jake Delhomme be the starting quarterback when the Birds travel to Cleveland? The defense will likely have its issues, but the offense may have some potential with Jerome Harrison, Mohammed Massoquoi, and Ben Watson now giving the Browns some punch. The Falcons can’t get caught looking ahead to Philadelphia and must take the Browns seriously, but this shouldn’t be a very difficult win.

6) Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles – Loss

Many Falcons fans hearts will want this one really bad after the embarrassment that the Eagles brought to the Georgia Dome and Atlanta last year. This is the type of game that will certainly be needed if the Falcons hope to make the leap to get to 12 or 13 wins and enter the discussion of home field advantage or first round byes. The Birds definitely can go up and beat the Eagles in Philly with no Donovan McNabb, but it will be very tough. The Eagles still have a ton of talent on defense and had another great draft class that included defensive end Brandon Graham. Kevin Kolb is the big question mark taking over and could be a star or sink as a first time starter. Regardless, the Eagles still have an unbelievable wealth of talent on offense in Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek, and Lesean McCoy. Fans will want this one, but it might be too tough in Philadelphia.

7) Falcons vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Win

This one might be one of the biggest battles of the season. The Cincinnati Bengals had an excellent year in 2009 and made the playoffs, only to get bounced in the first round by the New York Jets. They have some of the best offensive potential in the league with Carson Palmer having Cedric Benson, Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, and new draft picks tight end Jermaine Gresham and Jordan Shipley. They have one of the best cornerback tandems in the league and an improving defense. This will be one of the toughest battles for the Falcons and thankfully they get the Bengals at home in Dome. This one might go either way, but the Falcons need this one.

8.) Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Win

It took the Falcons 59 minutes to beat, at the time hapless, Buccaneers in the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won the game at the very end in which the Birds could have suffered a major disaster in their 2009 campaign. New quarterback Josh Freeman made the Falcons look silly and their defensive end injured Matt Ryan what turned out to be several games. The Bucs seemingly had a good draft class and added to an already good defense. The Birds better not take them lightly, but questions still remain on Raheem Morris being the right head coach for Tampa Bay. Atlanta’s got to take care of business, and it shouldn’t take 59 minutes.

9) Falcons vs. Baltimore Ravens – Loss

This will be the much anticipated match-up between Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco and two teams that are on the upswing. The Ravens have made the playoffs in consecutive years and embarrassed the Patriots last year to move to the divisional round in the playoffs last season. They have one of the best and most versatile running backs in Ray Rice powering behind an excellent offensive line and they finally added a huge weapon in Anquan Boldin. And we’re not even talking about the always stellar defense, another 3-4 team, led by future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis. This will be a battle royale on national television on Thursday Night Football on NFL Network. The Birds do get this one in the Dome, but the Ravens are a little farther along than the Falcons.

10) Falcons @ St. Louis Rams – Win

The Rams have their number one quarterback and have attempted to upgrade their offensive and defensive lines. Like the Browns and Buccaneers, the Rams might finally be on their way up, but are still a good ways towards regaining their status in the NFC. The Falcons simply have to take care of business against an opponent that they should beat. The newly revamped Falcons defense should make this game not very close and the offense should be able to put up a good amount of points. A game where the Falcons must win to be contenders in the NFC South and NFC.

11) Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers – Loss

Many are picking the Packers to go all the way to the NFC title game and possibly even compete for the whole thing. There’s good reasons for the optimism. The Packers field one of the best quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers and a plethora of weapons that make up one of the best passing attacks in the NFL. The change to the 3-4 was a huge success fielding a superb linebacking corps and one of the leagues top corners in Charles Woodson. They beefed up their OL and DL in the draft and are looking to erase the bad memory of losing to Arizona in overtime in the playoffs. The Birds can certainly win this one, but the Packers offense might be too much.

12) Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Win

The Birds return to the place where they erased the ridiculous back-to-back curse forever. The Bucs could be a sleeper team this season or could be on the end of a bad season and will be in search of new coach. Either way, the Falcons must win here on the road against the Bucs. All NFC South teams defend their turf very well so it surely won’t be easy, but the Falcons are simply better than Tampa Bay and have to prove it.

13) Falcons @ Carolina Panthers – Loss

Many fans will probably disagree here, but the Falcons must prove that they can win consistently on the road in the NFC South. Like the Buccaneers, the Panthers could be having a turnaround year or in search of a new coach themselves. The Falcons should win this game, but they haven’t proven they can go on the road in the NFC South and win ones they should. The Panthers have one of the best running back tandems in football in Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart and of course one of the best receivers in Falcons killer Steve Smith. If Jimmy Clausen’s in at QB, then the Falcons absolutely should win, but Matt Moore was superb at the end of last year and might be a lot better than many realize. The Falcons should win, but like last year they may come up a little short.

14) Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks – Win

Some are thinking the Seahawks could be a surprise team or they could be a complete trainwreck. Many fans were looking to get a crack at former coach Jim Mora Jr., but beating slimy Pete Carroll, who oozed out of town just before sanctions rained down at USC, will be as much or more fun. Inexplicably, Carroll is going with the Steve Spurrier-NFL strategy in bringing back all his USC boys. They cut one of their best players in TJ Houshmandzadeh and are primed for a weak year even with a pretty solid draft class. Quarterback issues, running back issues, and wide receiver issues could spell a disaster for the Seahawks. Surely the Birds can’t overlook Seattle, but this one should be easy.

15) Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints – Win

The Falcons nearly stole a game from the Saints at home with Chris Redman and Jason Snelling in tow last season and will probably need a split with the Saints to make the playoffs as a wild-card if they can’t win the division. A team that’s 9-5, at least according to these predictions, will have to win these next two and the playoffs are definitely on the line. The Falcons will prevail in the Dome against the defending champs this time.

16) Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers – Win

The playoffs may still be in limbo with the Panthers coming to town in the season finale. After failing to win in Carolina, the Falcons will definitely stamp their ticket to the playoffs with a rousing win over the Panthers at home. Although the Birds may not get to 12 or 13 wins as they desire, a return to the playoffs will be considered a huge success. This time they have to actually make some noise in the postseason.

So 11-5….too low or too high? Its very tempting to pick the Birds to get to 12 wins with the talent on offense, Matt Ryan entering his 3rd year, and the defense looking to be markedly better. But as evidenced in the preseason, the Falcons will have to prove that their offense can take the next step and fans haven’t seen that at all in limited action in preseason. There are a couple of games the Birds should win (Eagles, Panthers), but will have to show that they have taken the next step towards being elite. A return to the playoffs has to be considered a success, but will have to make some noise in the playoffs this time around. The Falcons might still be a year and needed consistency away from making a deep and serious run.

Submissions due by Saturday 9/11 @ 11:59 pm.

 

Your Turn

-Give your game by game win-loss record prediction

-Which games scare you?

-Which games should be locks for the Falcons this season?

-Is 11-5 too low or too high?

-What do you consider a success for the Falcons this year?

 

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206 comments Add your comment

tyler

September 5th, 2010
11:19 pm

falcons 10-6

Sarah B

September 5th, 2010
11:24 pm

12-4!!! Playoffs baby!!!

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D3

September 5th, 2010
11:31 pm

Tyler and Sarah B. — I really wanted to go with 12 wins, but I could just as easily see us with 10 wins. Honestly, I was feeling much better until I saw the struggles that the offense is obviously having. I know we heard talk about improvement and all that, but the fact remains that the offense simply wasn’t in sync. Ryan, receivers, running game, o-line, and play-calling all needed some work. The defense will almost suredly be much better, but I’m worried about the Falcons O. I’m a nervous nellie and always under-predict, but last year it turned out to be exactly correct (9-7). Many talk about the schedule being much easier, and it is a little, but its still a tough schedule with Packers, Bengals, Steelers, and Ravens on deck. If the Falcons go 10-6 and make the playoffs I’ll be happy, but if not it has to be considered a failure.

DL

September 5th, 2010
11:50 pm

Last year, I predicted 10-6 using a very simple approach based on the notion that it’s all about the QB. I’ll apply it here for 2010.

I break the games down into 3 groups: 1) vs. QBs in which Ryan is clearly better; 2) vs. QBs who are clearly better than Ryan; and 3) vs. QBs in which there is no clear difference (i.e., difference, if any, is slight)

vs. QBs where Ryan is clearly better
Pittsburgh (Batch and/or Dixon)
Tampa 2x (Freeman)
Carolina 2x (Moore/Clausen)
Arizona (Anderson)
SF (Smith)
Cleveland (Delhomme)
STL (Bradford)
SEA (banking on Hasselbeck’s decline)

That’s 10 games

vs. QBs clearly better than Ryan
NO 2x (Brees)
GB (Rodgers)
3 games

vs. QBs similar to Ryan
Cincy (Palmer)
Baltimore (Flacco)
Philly (Kolb)
3 games

If you agree with my breakdown (you probably won’t, but whatever) and assume they win all 10 of the first group, lose all 3 of the second group and 2 of the third group, that’s 12-4. Now, even if they don’t sweep the 10, it also seems logical that they’d beat the Saints at least once, plus the GB game is at home. So there would be a possible wash.

I’ll be conservative and say 11-5. Last year, using this same approach, I was only one game off — the loss in Carolina.

What do you think D3? Simple, but reasonable, right?

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Sarah B

September 6th, 2010
12:07 am

DL although I didn’t spell it out that’s exactly how I came to my 12-4 as well, but I really, really, really want to at least to split with The Saints and would trade a loss with your one final group for a home win against the Saints.

DHunt

September 6th, 2010
12:33 am

Kevin Kolb hasn’t shown anything in this league to be touted the way he is. The Falcons are stout against the run. So the Carolina games should both be wins. The biggest question is can the Falcons improve drastically in pass defense. I think with a much improved pass rush, they can.

Barring injury, we split with the Saints, dominate the rest of the NFC south, handle a rebuilding Eagles team on the road, and go undefeated at home. That’s 15-1, and I’m not scared to say it. Like Sarah said earlier, this schedule is prime for the Falcons to have a 1998 type season. maybe Pittsburgh catches us before we get in the groove, to make that 14-2; and maybe Seattle catches us sleeping in the last of three straight road games, making that 13-3.

Healthy birds Rise Up, home field advantage gets us to the Super Bowl, and gives me a reason to finally visit Dallas. Why not now?

DHunt

September 6th, 2010
12:41 am

Now that I look at it, that last post may not be clear enough to be a contest submission, so my official tally is 15-1, with the only loss coming on the road at New Orleans. Falcons D will surprise everyone this year.

Success is NFC Champs. Not going to be enough just to win the south. Time to win some playoff games.

tyler

September 6th, 2010
12:47 am

D3- I agree with your concerns about the offense. I know the current thought is that our offense is fine, and that our defense is more of a concern. However, I feel with the emphasis on defense in the last two drafts, our head coach’s defensive acumen, and the inconsistency showed by the offense last year( Tampa Bay game for one example) as well as this preseason, I personally have more confidence in the capability of the defense to show marked improvement. So much so that I count on our defense to win more games for us this year than the offense.
Ofcourse, I like defense so I am a little biased.
I am considering playing the under in the first game, anybody else have any thoughts?

Falcons4ever

September 6th, 2010
12:57 am

1) Falcons @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Win
2) Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals – Win
3) Falcons @ New Orleans Saints – Loss
4) Falcons vs. San Francisco 49ers – Win
5) Falcons @ Cleveland Browns – Win
6) Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles – Win
7) Falcons vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Win
8.) Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Win
9) Falcons vs. Baltimore Ravens – Win
10) Falcons @ St. Louis Rams – Win
11) Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers – Win
12) Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Loss
13) Falcons @ Carolina Panthers – Loss
14) Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks – Win
15) Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints – Win
16) Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers – Win

The only games that scare me are the division “away” games. I think we handle the rest. I believe 11-5 is a good number, but believe we can win 13 or more.

As for locks – there is no such thing as a “lock” in the NFL, you never know how each team will perform, what injuries may affect the game, officials, etc. I would say we should win our home games above all else.

I consider a win over New Orleans, trip to the Playoffs and then play like I know we can once we get there – a successful year.

DL

September 6th, 2010
1:07 am

@Sarah B, great minds…well, you know the rest :-)

Dean21

September 6th, 2010
1:51 am

D3, I’ll skip my win/loss predictioin until later after some analysis of the schedule, but I will answer your questions…

Give your game by game win-loss record prediction –
Will come later
Which games scare you? -
New Orleans at their place
The Bengals at our place
The Ravens
The Packers
Which games should be locks for the Falcons this season? -
Tampa – both
Carolina – Home
Saints – Home
Arizona
St. Louis
Is 11-5 too low or too high? -
Right on point, should be 11 or more wins to be a successful season
What do you consider a success for the Falcons this year? -
Winning the division
Making the play-off with a first round bye
Why not us this year?….making it to the Super Bowl and winning it!!

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Ed

September 6th, 2010
5:14 am

Great work as always D3…
1) Falcons @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Loss
2) Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals – Win
3) Falcons @ New Orleans Saints – Loss
4) Falcons vs. San Francisco 49ers – Win
5) Falcons @ Cleveland Browns – Win
6) Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles – Loss
7) Falcons vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Win
8.) Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Win
9) Falcons vs. Baltimore Ravens – Loss
10) Falcons @ St. Louis Rams – Win
11) Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers – Loss
12) Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Win
13) Falcons @ Carolina Panthers – Loss
14) Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks – Win
15) Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints – Win
16) Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers – Loss

9-7 third straight winning year

2 Men and a Truck

September 6th, 2010
7:51 am

LJ

September 5th, 2010
8:33 pm
Fellow Falcons fans, please stop the nonsense about Antonio Bryant. He 1) is a malcontent and 2) is HURT. I lived in Dallas when he was on the Cowboys. Trust me, he has not changed. Plus, he is HURT. Why do you think Cincy went after T.O. and then cut Bryant? Because he is HURT. Bad knee and can’t play.
As for TJ, why? He also has attitude in the locker room. He thinks he is a #1 WR and wants to be paid like one. We have a #1 WR. He doesn’t block (at least not as well as Jenkins), so he can’t be our #2. And why would you put the brakes on Harry (a young draft pick) for a 32 year old WR who thinks he’s a #1 and is also a malcontent? So he can’t be #3. And sure, TJ is better than Finn or Weems, but Finn and Weems are being paid like the #4 and #5 WR.

As I said in another related blog, we have sent a WR to the Pro Bowl 2 years in a row. When has that ever happened with the Falcons? Not recently, if ever. We also have a HOF Tight End who should have made the Pro Bowl last year. He basically counts as a #2 WR. I think a lot of you guys are overreacting to the WR situation. Sure, it would be great to have a slew of #1 caliber WRs on the roster, but this team is balanced and primed for success.
If they make a play for TJ, I’d be shocked. As for Bryant, not a chance in Hades.

robertussen

September 6th, 2010
8:28 am

there are no glaring losses on this schedule but not everything will go our way every time. i used to look at the schedule and be able to pick teams better then us that we should loose to. not any more. i think we’re as good if not better than all of the listed teams above. so 12-4 nfc south title and a first round bye.

LJ

September 6th, 2010
8:48 am

@2 Men and a Truck….um, so why did you copy and paste my comment from the other blog? #justcurious

2 Men and a Truck

September 6th, 2010
9:02 am

LJ, because it was good! No offense, just wanted to share it.

LJ

September 6th, 2010
9:28 am

Oh, okay! Thanks!

DHunt

September 6th, 2010
9:35 am

Draft the Falcons for your fantasy league defense. They are going to be one of the top 10 defenses this year, possibly top 5 against the run. @Ed you must really love yourself some Carolina, but we have shut down that run game b4 and we’ve gotten better since then.

FLFalcon

September 6th, 2010
9:38 am

1) Falcons @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Win
2) Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals – Win
3) Falcons @ New Orleans Saints – Loss (could be upset)
4) Falcons vs. San Francisco 49ers – Win (49er revenge chould change this one)
5) Falcons @ Cleveland Browns – Win
6) Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles – Loss (Hmmmm)
7) Falcons vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Win
8.) Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Win
9) Falcons vs. Baltimore Ravens – Loss (could go either way)
10) Falcons @ St. Louis Rams – Win
11) Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers – Loss
12) Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Win
13) Falcons @ Carolina Panthers – Win (kind of scary)
14) Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks – Win (3 in a row on the road?)
15) Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints – Win (Oh yes, at home!)
16) Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers – Win

12-4 – Can we win 5 in a row to end the season? 3 of them on the road? Green Bay game will rejuvenate The Birds, make them playoff hungry! A win against NO will be really hard to do, but catching them at home at the right time is certainly a possibility. Could easily add a win at any of the loss predictions, likewise could easily add a loss at “most” of the wins.

“On any given Sunday…..” This is what makes NFL so great! A lot of quality teams with a ton of quality players in the league and it only gets better each year!

I’m sold on TD’s plan for this team and it’s only a matter of time before some of his low-rounders prove themselves. The man recognizes talent and has a knack for finding it. 2011 will probably be a great step forward and put the Falcons up with the Top 5, but 2010 schedule allows a momentum in that direction. Blank is a winner and he has a winning combo in MS & TD!

Kurt

September 6th, 2010
9:48 am

D3, I really enjoy and appreciate your enthusiasm and your insight regarding our beloved Falcons. But as a fellow homer myself, I urge you to take the preseason with a grain of salt. True, I would have loved for Atlanta to go 4-0 and beat each preseason opponent 45-0, but it wouldn’t have proven anything and we both know that Coach Smith is not about to show his hand in a meaningless game. I think too that he wanted to protect us from injuries and take long looks at the reserves and continue to tweak what is becoming a stacked roster. I understand your concern, but for the time being, give Coach Smith the benefit until he proves any different. Now, all that being said, I can seeing us going 11-5, or perhaps even 12-4.

thenflblogz

September 6th, 2010
10:08 am

Ken Strickland

September 6th, 2010
10:50 am

You can’t judge the OFF based on their preseason performance, certain this OFF. Here’s why;

1-Our starters probably played fewer snaps than any other team,
2-Except for the no huddle we ran in one gm, we played it about a vanilla as conservative as could be expected,
3-We played the entire preseason, and training camp, to more to avoid key injuries than to win gms.
4-When we open up the playbook and the OFF, we’ll see an entirely different results.
5-How many times did you hear Smitty, TD, or anyone else, complain about our OFF’s lack of TD’s?

Our starting offensive preparation has been, and will continue to be, generated during practice, not preseason gms. A lot of the players that made the final cut made it during practice, not preseason gms. That’s why RB Smith was kept on the roster, rather than Nance, who looked good during preseason gms.

The one thing that was very encouraging was the overall play of our DEF. They were consistent whether we played our 1st, 2nd or 3rd string DEF. We’ll sweep the AINTS and the Carolina Kittens. They’re too dependent on their rushing OFF, and we’re now stout and deep enough up the middle to handle that issue. Their passing attack isn’t strong enough to consistently challenge our secondary.

Ed Lyons

September 6th, 2010
10:50 am

They could very well be 11-5 if the breaks go in there favor in the San Francisco and Philadelphia games

Ed Lyons

September 6th, 2010
10:57 am

FLFalcon

September 6th, 2010
9:38 am

1) Falcons @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Loss
2) Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals – Win
3) Falcons @ New Orleans Saints – Loss
4) Falcons vs. San Francisco 49ers – Loss
5) Falcons @ Cleveland Browns – Win
6) Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles – Loss
7) Falcons vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Win
8.) Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Win
9) Falcons vs. Baltimore Ravens – Loss
10) Falcons @ St. Louis Rams – Win
11) Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers – Win
12) Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Win
13) Falcons @ Carolina Panthers – Win
14) Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks – Loss
16) Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers – Win

waynester

September 6th, 2010
10:59 am

As long as we’re wishing and hoping and just plain guessing–look out ‘34 & ‘42 Bears, ‘48 Browns,’72 Dolphins and ‘07 Patriots–can you believe “undefeated season”? Just for kicks, let’s add an undefeated playoff run and Superbowl victory (before the season expands to an impossible 18 games) and enshrinement in NFL hall of fame forever as the “greatest team ever” leaving the ‘72 Dolphins with unopened champagne for a change! Impossible? Improbable? Sure…but if those teams can do it, why not ATL? Everyone is undefeated right now, all the Falcons have to do is stay that way until February…..

D3

September 6th, 2010
11:06 am

Great Labor Day Cage! — Hope all of you are enjoying your Labor Day as we officially enter “Game Week”. Before we started the Falcons-Steelers analysis, I wanted to make sure we got our Prediction Competition in. Enjoy!

DL — I like that strategy. It turned out pretty well last year with our losses for the most part(Brees x 2, Brady, Romo, McNabb) and a few games we should have won with Ryan being as good or better than (Delhomme, E.Manning). I was real tempted to go 12-4, but I like to undersell and be pleasantly surprised, rather than the other way around. I could also see us going 10-6.

DHunt — Love the confidence. I think if everything clicked it may happen, but I’m definitely worried about our offense. Mularkey and Ryan will have to be at the top of their game to get to that point. Let’s hope they are. The defense will definitely be better.

tyler — Well put. I’m finally not worried about our D, but rather our Offense. I know you can’t take too much from preseason, but you can take a good bit, and our O looked completely out of sync, not just Ryan but every other aspect as well.

Falcons4ever — Agreed on the locks. The game that worries me the most is the 49ers. They have improved their offense in many ways to go along with their stellar D. And they’re pi$$ed about last year’s @-whipping.

Ed — How goes it my friend? Now I thought I was conservative. I would have to say that 9-7 would definitely be a disappointment in my book. 10-6 not quite as much, but 9-7 would be no progress with an easier schedule, and additions all across the roster.

robertussen — That’s my high goal, 12-4. And I definitely could see it happening, but we will have to be on the top of our game, because even though our schedule is somewhat easier, its not THAT much easier when we get the Packers, Eagles, Ravens, Steelers, and Bengals to add to our already difficult NFC South schedule.

Sarah B

September 6th, 2010
12:16 pm

Kurt – exactly! Smitty said repeatedly he didn’t want to show our hand in PS.

Moose

September 6th, 2010
1:01 pm

Happy Labor day Cagers…………

Good read from PY…….

Falcons sticking with “the process”

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcsouth/post/_/id/12732/falcons-sticking-with-the-process

Moose

September 6th, 2010
1:20 pm

Very short week

serving suspensions Jonathan Babineaux Robert James Antone Smith Spencer Adkins

Homer wag…….

1) Falcons @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Win
2) Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals – Win
3) Falcons @ New Orleans Saints – Loss
4) Falcons vs. San Francisco 49ers – Loss
5) Falcons @ Cleveland Browns – Win
6) Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles – Loss
7) Falcons vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Win
8.) Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Win
9) Falcons vs. Baltimore Ravens – Win
10) Falcons @ St. Louis Rams – Win
11) Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers – Loss
12) Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Win
13) Falcons @ Carolina Panthers – Win
14) Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks – Win
16) Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers – Win

12 and 4……….

Pittsburgh did not look that good at Denver and their O-Line stinks… Falcons control the ball, clock and points….

San Francisco is much improved but we got em at home and I’m not sold on Alex Smith yet… Toss-up?

Philadelphia just seems to always have our number…

Cincinnati with Palmer who had a good year but will he repeat…. Toss-up?

Baltimore will be a tough one but playing at home on a short week advantage Falcons…

Green Bay should IMO win the division…If the Falcons don’t do it first……. :)

JJ

September 6th, 2010
1:26 pm

Moose, tks…good read. SW (Mr. process) will enjoy it and it backs up what you and BigRay stated yesterday, AND what SW has been saying for awhile. Sure well here about it, j/k SW.

Moose

September 6th, 2010
1:28 pm

Opps ……. Had my next thoughts in that last post……..

After serving suspensions Jonathan Babineaux one game and Robert James four games who will the Falcons cut and who will go to PS……. Antone Smith Spencer Adkins and Vance Walker are a few I’m looking at but this is gonna be a tough call……….

Moose

September 6th, 2010
1:29 pm

JJ…….. I tought the same thing…… I’m with ya SW…………

D3

September 6th, 2010
1:41 pm

I knew we wouldn’t go out and sign TJ Housh…, but I am pretty shocked on where he went (reportedly). The Ravens are not playing around and want to win NOW! D@mn………

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81a4ef7f/article/houshmandzadeh-agrees-to-oneyear-deal-with-ravens?module=breaking_news

D3

September 6th, 2010
1:44 pm

Whaddup JJ and Moose — How goes your Labor Day my friends? Falcons football is upon us.

FLFalcon, Dean21, Ed Lyons, Kurt, and waynester — Hope you guys are enjoying your Labor Weekend. All of your predictions seem right on target.

Moose

September 6th, 2010
1:49 pm

Hows it going D3…….. I just realized the scheldule I cut and pasted is not right so I grabed one that is with the same ending 12 and 4……..

1) Falcons @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Win
2) Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals – Win
3) Falcons @ New Orleans Saints – Loss
4) Falcons vs. San Francisco 49ers – Loss
5) Falcons @ Cleveland Browns – Win
6) Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles – Loss
7) Falcons vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Win
8.) Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Win
9) Falcons vs. Baltimore Ravens – Win
10) Falcons @ St. Louis Rams – Win
11) Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers – Loss
12) Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Win
13) Falcons @ Carolina Panthers – Win
14) Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks – Win
15) Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints – Win
16) Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers – Win

JJ

September 6th, 2010
1:51 pm

D3/Moose- cookin some babyback ribs, chillin with a frosty bev. watching the braves. Cannot believe the season is upon us. The cage has helped immensely but its been a long off season!!!

Does anyone have a ip3/4 or smartphone? Do I need an app for espn(ffl) or can I just use espn.com for sundays ffl?

Moose

September 6th, 2010
1:54 pm

D3……. We’lll see if Flaco can really take advantage of his new weopons….. I’m not sold on it yet but their DEF is still very potent….

Moose

September 6th, 2010
1:58 pm

Babyback ribs…….. Whens dinner?……… I have used espn.com but it’s easier for me to just watch the box scores……

JJ

September 6th, 2010
2:06 pm

D3, praying we go 11-5 or better, but every yr I’m humbled. I’ll low ball at 10-6, hope I’m wrong. Games that concern me: SF(revenge, great coach to motivate) and Ravens(no DB’s but great O and front 7 D). Eagles game is a tough one, hope Smitty has our players PISSED OFF about last yr, like most of us still are!!! But in philly, toss up.

1) Falcons @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Win
2) Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals – Win
3) Falcons @ New Orleans Saints – Loss
4) Falcons vs. San Francisco 49ers – Loss
5) Falcons @ Cleveland Browns – Win
6) Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles – Loss
7) Falcons vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Win
8.) Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Win
9) Falcons vs. Baltimore Ravens – Loss
10) Falcons @ St. Louis Rams – Win
11) Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers – Loss
12) Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Win
13) Falcons @ Carolina Panthers – Loss
14) Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks – Win
15) Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints – Win
16) Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers – Win

Sarah B

September 6th, 2010
2:07 pm

JJ I grilled 3 lbs of baby back ribs Saturday for me and my friend from Vegas who’s in town for his FFL draft. They were to die for! I don’t DO grocery store ribs. There is a butcher shop on LaVista called Oak Grove Market, only really fresh BBR’s for me. Grilled them low and slow and they were fallin off the bone.

Sarah B

September 6th, 2010
2:11 pm

JJ you said ‘cookin’… do you mean without fire??? Shame!

Moose

September 6th, 2010
2:21 pm

Sarah B……. Thats the only way to do em……….. Have not been to Oak Grove Market in a long time but your right about their ribs…

JJ

September 6th, 2010
2:25 pm

Child plz! Boil, bake then finish on grill w/ sweet baby rays!

SuperBird

September 6th, 2010
2:28 pm

1.Falcons @ Steelers = loss
2.Falcons vs. Cardinals = WIN
3.Falcons @ Saints = loss
4.Falcons vs. 49ers = WIN
5.Falcons @ Browns = WIN
6.Falcons @ Eagles = loss
7.Falcons vs. Bengals = loss
8.Falcons vs. Buccaneers = WIN
9.Falcons vs. Ravens = loss
10.Falcons @ Rams = WIN
11.Falcons vs. Packers = loss
12.Falcons @ Buccaneers = WIN
13.Falcons @ Panthers = WIN
14.Falcons @ Seahawks = loss
15.Falcons vs. Saints = loss
16.Falcons vs. Panthers = WIN

FALCONS 8-8, TAKES A STEP BACK IN PROGRESSION!!!!

1).Steelers without Roethlisberger should be the equalizer,but their Defense will prove to be too much for our out of sink offense. 2).Win against Cardinals because we should.3).Saints Win,too much for us, too soon.4).49ers tuff Defense,we should Win. 5).Win against Browns because we should. 6). Lose against eagles, tuff place to play. 7).Falcons Lose against Bengals,their offense will prove to be too much for our secondary. 8). Falcons Win against Buccaneers,because we should. 9). Falcons Lose against Ravens,will be close, too much Ravens D. 10). Falcons win against Rams because we should. 11). Falcons Lose against Packers, Rogers and company just too strong for our D right now. 12). Falcons Win against Buccaneers, because we should. 13). Falcons win at Panthers but it will not be easy, Panthers Defense will be a big surprise this year. 14). Falcons Lose at Seattle, this is the upset game. 15). Falcons Lose at the dome,will be close just too much Brees. 16). Falcons WIN against Panthers.

Sarah B

September 6th, 2010
2:31 pm

Get them at Oak Grove – no need to boil.

Sportaree

September 6th, 2010
3:45 pm

D3 What will break the ties in the competition this year? Last year we we tried to predict the score of the first game.