Falcons Open Against Steelers

Six Searing Questions as Birds Hit Steel City

Are Ryan and Roddy Ready for Sunday? (J.Getz/AJC)

The combines, the draft, mini-camp, the sweltering summer heat, training camp, preseason, and its finally here Ladies and Gentleman: Our Beloved Birds are Ready to Tee it Up in Pittsburgh for the 2010 Season! Rejoice, Falcons Football is here once again. The shortest off-season in memory (at least for many of us Cagers) has come to a close and all the hype, talk, and predictions will finally subside for the real deal. One of the most joyous occasions of the entire year is here as the Atlanta Falcons travel up to Pittsburgh to take on the 2006 and 2008 Super Bowl Champions at Heinz Field. Anyone who thinks this game will not be a hard fought battle to the end because the Steelers are without their starting QB or LT may be in for a big shock. Ready your weekend plans, double check your remote’s batteries, and get your Sunday game menu prepared because the Falcons are back once again! Six searing questions as the Falcons travel to the Steel City to open the season…….

1) Will Dunta Robinson Have Any Major Rust?

The big ticket free agent acquisition at cornerback didn’t take a single snap in any of the four preseason games and that has caused some fans to worry that he won’t be use to game speed, be conditioned, or be in rhythm with his teammates. Its not all his fault because the coaching staff has been extremely cautious with Robinson in making sure that he’s 100 percent and ready to go for the real thing instead of risking injury during preseason. The new #1 cornerback swears he’s ready to go both physically and mentally. With Santonio Holmes being jettisoned to New York, Robinson will likely draw one of the most consistent and tough receivers in the game in Hines Ward. If Robinson does have any rust in his first live action as a Falcon, will the defense suffer? Will he have any rust or be ready to roll?

2) Is the Offense Finally Ready to Go?

Fans have fretted, worried, and been very anxious about the Falcons offensive woes in preseason. Even though fans repeat to themselves that it’s just preseason as a hourly mantra, it’s still hard for many Falcons followers to rationalize how out of sync the offense looked in preseason. The reasons come quick and fast from fans, coaches, and pundits alike about the staff not wanting to show too much or that you simply can’t put too much stock into preseason. The Falcons had their moments of efficiency for sure, but they also plenty of episodes of sputtering. Its easy to place the blame on Ryan, but the receivers, offensive line, running backs, and play-calling also looked suspect at time. They tell us that when Pittsburgh gets here they’ll be ready to go. Will they?

3) Can the Falcons Pressure and Confuse Dennis Dixon?

When the suspension came down for Steelers franchise QB Ben Roethlisberger and many realized that the Falcons would miss the Super Bowl winning signal caller, some immediately put the game into a winnable category. When news came out a couple of days ago that veteran backups Charlie Batch or Byron Leftwich wouldn’t be starting, than some notched in the much easier win column. In the words of Lee Corso, “Not So Fast My Friend!” We won’t confuse Dennis Dixon with the likes of Randall Cunningham or Tom Brady, but the guy is talented and has had big game experience. Dixon nearly led the Steelers to a big upset of the Baltimore Ravens last year and can count on one of the best defenses in the league to help him out. It will be up to the Falcons to pressure and confuse the young QB, because like Josh Freeman last year, if he’s allowed to get into a rhythm with his defense backing him up…watch out. Can the Falcons take advantage of the young Dixon?

4) Can Sam Baker and Co. Protect Matt Ryan?

James Harrison, Lamar Woodley, James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, and the list goes on and on. The Falcons offensive line will be in for one of their toughest fights as they open the season in Pittsburgh. Regardless of what the Steelers offense does, their defense is still one of the most feared in the NFL. Although the Falcons didn’t look spectacular in preseason, they absolutely will have to be on the top of their game against one of the most aggressive defenses in the NFL. Sam Baker will be matched up against 2008 NFL Defensive MVP James Harrison. He may have digressed a little last year, but he’s still one of the most feared linebackers in the league for his high motor and relentless pursuit of the QB. Sam Baker has certainly had his own up and downs, so the cliché will surely ring true that the Falcons offensive fate will rest on the offensive line’s ability to not only protect Ryan, but also give him enough time to find a rhythm. Can the Falcons OL keep Ryan upright?

5) Will Kicking Game Decide the Outcome?

Even though Matt Bryant allayed some fears by making several field goals in a row to close out the preseason, he was (and is still) giving many fans a recurring nightmare about a professional NFL kicker missing extremely easy field goals that could have swayed the game in the Falcons favor. Fans are on pins and needles that Matt Bryant isn’t Jason Elam 2.0 with no backup plan as devised by the General Manager, Head Coach, and Front Office. The weather forecast is calling for winds of up to 9 miles per hour for Sunday afternoon. Will the kicking game make the big difference in the outcome? Are you worried?

6) Can the New Look D-Line Hold Mendenhall Under Control?

Abe and Biermann Ready to Roll? (J.Getz/AJC)

The news that Kroy Biermann was finally awarded his much due starting position at defensive end came with immense delight from fans. Abraham, Biermann, Sidbury Jr., and Anderson will hopefully provide the pressure from the outside, but the real battle could be on the inside. The Falcons best defensive lineman of 2009, Jonathan Babineaux, will not be suiting up and Peria Jerry will make his first start since his knee injury last season. Trey Lewis not only shocked many in making the roster, but will starting alongside Jerry on Sunday. New draft pick Corey Peters and last years surprise Vance Walker will likely be in the mix as well. Jamaal Anderson also could play a huge role in the inside as well. Rashard Mendenhall is one of the fast rising running backs and the Steelers will look to pound the rock early and often to protect their young quarterback. The outside pressure will likely be better, but can the DT’s handle the Steeler’s running game?

Well here we go Bird fans, the 2010 Atlanta Falcons season is only hours away. What say you as the Falcons get ready to travel up to Pittsburgh to battle the Steelers on opening Sunday? Are you pumped and ready to go? Or are you a touch nervous as the Birds get ready to start the 2010 campaign?

The Bird Cage will of course be hyped and ready to go for Live Blogging during the Falcons-Steelers game.

Your Turn

-Give your take on the first issue of Six Searing Questions

-What’s your feelings as Sunday nears: fired up, nervous, or both?

-Will Dunta Robinson have any rust?

-Is the offense finally ready to go?

-Can the Birds put the pressure on the young QB Dixon?

-Will the Falcons OL protect Ryan against a stellar D?

-Are you sleeping at night with our kicker situation?

-Can the Falcons DL keep Mendenhall under control?

 

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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Sarah B

September 8th, 2010
10:46 pm

1 – NO
2 – YES
3 – Yes
4 – YES
5 – Don’t even want to think about it. But if it does – it better!!!
6 – YES

Come on Sunday!!!!!!!!!

Reid Adair

September 8th, 2010
10:47 pm

I think Dunta Robinson will be fine. I think the offense is indeed ready to go, especially with a healthy, leaner Michael Turner. I think the defense will put some heat on Dennis Dixon.I think Sam Baker and Co. will pass the test against a strong Pittsburgh front. I DON’T think it will come down to the kicking game. I do think the defense will control Mendenhall.

Oh … and I think The Bird Cage is off to a great start for the 2010 season. RISE UP, FALCONS!!

DHunt

September 8th, 2010
10:51 pm

Dunta will be fine. Offense will be fine, Defense will be better than anyone expects, and will make a statement against young Mr. Dixon. Look for at least 4 sacks and Pitt will not rush for more than 100 yards. Kicker? anyone’s guess, but let’s just pray that the Falcons don’t leave it up to the kicker this year.

Carlos

September 8th, 2010
11:05 pm

The defense and special teams will be fine. I hope the offense starts clicking…

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September 9th, 2010
12:56 am

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Big Ray

September 9th, 2010
1:34 am

D3 ,

Excellent stuff, as usual. I will attempt to answer your questions:

1) Yes, Robinson will be rusty. I think it’s somewhat unreasonable to expect otherwise. He himself said that the only way he can get into “game shape” is to play in an actual game. Having said that, I don’t expect the defense to suffer much because of it. Robinson strikes me as a guy with a lot of pride, as well as a lot of talent and ability. If he stumbles too much, watch for Grimes, Owens, and Williams to cover his spot. But I don’t think he’ll struggle too much. Again, too much pride, and he’s a veteran. He’ll be wanting to prove himself among his teammates, and justify his status as the #1 CB.

2) Great question. Answer: I don’t know. They had better be, though, as the Pittsburgh defense is one of the best in the League. Maybe this question is an extension of another – How will they react when the defense won’t give them what they want (to control the clock by running the ball)? What then? What is plan B? Plan C? Plan D? Here’s what I think: The offense is ready, but needs some tuning, needs to get into a groove. However, if things go to crap, Ryan will fall back to the no-huddle offense to try and shake things loose. At that point, it’s all on him. Which, by the way, is exactly how it’s going to be for this team, and this offense anyway…

3 Yes, they can get to Dixon. He’s got talent, no doubt. But there is something else to consider: the speed of our defense. With the emergence of Kroy Biermann, we have better speed and dilligence from the defensive end position. John Abraham is a force all by himself. How do you keep an eye on him when the extremely determined, speedy, and savvy Biermann is coming at you from the other side? Also, With the addition of Sean Weatherspoon, we’re better on coverage in the middle of the field, and he can get to anybody very quickly. That includes the QB. Add to this a revamped secondary featuring Robinson, and improved Owens, the emergence of Decoud, and the improved Grimes. Peria Jerry and Trey Lewis in the middle, looking to collapse the pocket? Dixon won’t be running wherever he chooses, and every hit he could conceivably take will be a hard one.

Dixon won’t be facing last year’s crippled and inexperienced Falcons defense. He’ll be facing a hungry and healthy defense.

4 Another good question. Another case of guys needing to have some pride. Few teams get after the QB the way the Steelers do. Dahl will be on it and would rather incur a penalty than let the Steelers have their way with Ryan or anybody else wearing a Falcons helmet. Have some pride (and some nastiness) and they will be fine. Don’t, and the Steelers will take it away from us every time. The idea is to punch hard first thing, then keep punching, whether we get punched back or not. PUNCH HARD. And don’t stop….

5 I can’t lie. I’m worried. I hate to go with the “guilty until proven innocent” attitude, but as far as I’m concerned, we do not have a reliable kicking game right now. Bryant must prove himself, and several made field goals and unimpressive distances during preseason do not gain my confidence. It’s not our fault that Elam went to pieces on us. But it’s not OUR fault that he looked like crap for too much of the preseason, to include missing that PAT in one game. Having the head coach mention your performance in a game should only happen when you make a big or key kick. Not when you miss something at point blank range. I remain unconvinced as of yet. Not of the decision-makers, of the kicker.

6 Yep. It can most certainly be done. Lewis adds some weight to the interior as a 315-325 pound guy. Jerry is strong and disruptive. The key is the backups. Peters is better than many of us thought, and he’s both focused and determined. Jamal Anderson has been adequate to decent against the run, so some depth is there. Vance Walker can play, too.

One more time: PRIDE. Lewis would like to prove that he is everything they thought he was. Jerry would like to prove that he was the right pick, and that he is back and fully healthy. JA98 would probably like to prove he’s a worthwhile contributor, rather than a guy the Falcons need to trade or cut. Peters and Walker would love to get further up the depth chart. But the main thing is PRIDE. Sometimes it’s the only fuel you have. Sometimes it’s the only fuel you need.

Ed

September 9th, 2010
2:31 am

Terrific work D3, and yes ther are some real concerns with our offense. Most all the attention has been paid to improving the defense while a lot of assumptions were made about the state of our offense. As a group our WR’s leave a lot to be desired, and I stand on my opinion we should have drafted Dez Bryant. Our O-line has to make a big turnaround from last year and Baker has to stay healthy along with improving. Ryan simply must have more time to look over the defense before delivering the ball.

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September 9th, 2010
4:16 am

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BT

September 9th, 2010
6:14 am

D3, good job

1. Robinson will do OK.
It`s not like he is facing Payton Manning and Reggie Wayne.

2. Smitty has been sandbagging with the offensive playbook but the fact they seem to be lacking in quality depth in the WR corps is bit of a concern.
Can they play from behind if, they have too?

3. The Falcons front 7 must play contain with Dixon, not letting him get outside with scrambles and force him to beat them with his arm.
I suspect, the Falcons will come out of their base D on passing downs (quite a bit) run the 3-3-6 with a spy, let William Moore be that spy a few times.
There is nothing like having pure lumber dropped on a running QB for keeping him in the pocket, instead of trying to run for the stick on 3rd down.

4. The Falcons O-line will do fine, three step drops, quick release with roll outs mixed in works real well at keeping MR2 upright.
Plus, more and better utilization of the screen pass will keep the Steelers D honest.

5. I am not too worried about the kicking game being a big factor if, it becomes a big issue?
Perhaps, not getting TD`s with red zone scoring opportunities is a much bigger issue?
Trying to win games 16 to 13 every week, generally does not work out with favorable results.

6. I am reasonably comfortable with the depth on the interior D line, they should be able to keep the guards occupied enough for the LB`s to to have the opportunity limit their running game.
IMO, the Steelers are not going to be able to beat the Falcons with their running game, either inside or outside.

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September 9th, 2010
6:47 am

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darrell starks

September 9th, 2010
7:17 am

TOUGH GAME IN HEINZ FIELD, STEELER D IS BACK.
FALCONS 13 STEELERS 20
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!

SuperBird

September 9th, 2010
8:11 am

Good Morning Cage Family! BT, we might need 12 men on defense to contain Dixon.

mountain_jim

September 9th, 2010
8:25 am

I am thrilled to have the season starting, and after last 2 years I assume nothing about how this year’s team will be until they show me on the field.

Samuel

September 9th, 2010
8:35 am

I think after the first Quarter Robinson should be right in stride, and the rust should be off. You probally could put eight in the box to stop that running game. If Peria can push the pocket, hence Beirmann and Abraham should be able to get several sacks. I don’t know if Sam Baker can potect Ryan – we shall see. Weems has to finally break one, if not keep us in good field position. I think our offense will be better with Harry Douglas in the line up. We’ll see if Matt Ryan has Improved and how effective he can be running the offense. But I do know he makes a lot of money. The main thing is to be Physical and not let the crowd or the steelers Intimidate us. Go Falcans!!!

chelf

September 9th, 2010
9:13 am

rough week thus far. im due for some nfl football, and a falcons win in particular. im hoping robinson is good to go, but i worry about ward’s steady hands and the big play threat from wallace. safety play will likely be key, and im not in love with what ive seen there.

one hopes that bryant isnt the next vanderjagt. he’s been remarkably accurate for his career, and he isnt that old, but he wouldnt be the first guy to suddenly lose it.

and as always, we have to win the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. gonna need to see abraham get off to a solid start this year, hopefully with some help from the other side. o-line would protect better if the burner is truly in shape and gets off to a better start than last year as well.

and finally, i wanna see spoon and lofton become anchors for the defensive unit. nothing is more fun than watching young guys become studs

dennis dixon was scary good in college, but lets hope that hideous throwing motion doesnt translate to nfl success, and we can get him flustered early.

very ready for sunday. lets keep our current undeafeated record in tact.

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September 9th, 2010
10:10 am

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CBrass

September 9th, 2010
10:20 am

I think this is the perfect game for D-Rob to knock the rust off. He doesn’t have to chase a speedster around so that’s a huge plus. I can’t wait to see our D. I think we will handle Mendenhall just fine. The strenght of out D is stopping the run. We have to stop the run and force Dixon to pass.

Arno

September 9th, 2010
10:21 am

Most concern about 3rd down efficiency on O and D. Control clock for the win.

Carl Thompson

September 9th, 2010
10:41 am

I feel that Matt Ryan will cause us to lose this first game.

LRD

September 9th, 2010
10:45 am

again, master of obvious here, but Steelers first offensive series contains a bootleg for Dixon to spread the D, then pass attack at Dunta to see if there is any rust… 2nd series is running it down our throats…. I believe though that Beertruck or Abe totally flattening Dixon… and will lead then to a pick by our DB;s. Again, prediction is 2 sacks for Beertruck and one pick by DBs.
1) Honestly, I am a bit concerned about Dunta simply because we havent seen him play. Trust in TD, but again need to see some of the proof.
2) Is our O ready. I would love to see us come out and immediately go into no huddle/hurryup offense. Keep the D changes down to hurried minimum and I think we all agree that it seems that Ryan operates better in that mode. I believe the Burners will be turned on, Tony will get his 1000th, and White will get his first TD of the year.
3) No doubt on containment on Dixon…and like it was stated previously, pop the guy a couple times and hopefully his propensity to run decrease. Our D appears to be faster this year, and VG does need to gamble on some blitzes.
4) Hope, want to say yes, but I am just hoping at this point. Remember run first.. but we gotta keep Ryan on feet so he is just not always looking to dump down to TG. Curious how many passes out to Turner/Mughelli/Norwood we will see in this game.
5) Bryant, kicking in the wind and the elements of Hines Field…. enough said there….
6) Run stop. as others stated, I am not as concerned on the run stop. We have the bodies inside, we get to see if Jerry is the real deal, Trey stepping up, Jamaal rotating in…

Steelers are known for smash mouth football. We are known for our running game, that too being smash mouth. Y’all going to see a total slugfest this sunday…
Too bad I wont get to see this game. i am bummed. May have to try and find local bar, or listen on xm… stuck in FL.. yuck.

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September 9th, 2010
10:50 am

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Breesus

September 9th, 2010
10:51 am

“Breesus can you turn these paper bags into a 2nd lombardi trophy?” Breesus responds ” No but I can turn that tap water into some Johnny Walker!!!”

Breesus

September 9th, 2010
10:53 am

“Breesus can you turn this fish into bread?” Breesus responds “No but I can make that booty clap!!!! ”

It’s game night suckas, BREESUS is going to baptize the dirty birds on Sept. 26th

BT

September 9th, 2010
11:18 am

Yeah Superbird,
My higher math is fuzzy at 6:20 AM..LOL

Unca' Bob

September 9th, 2010
11:23 am

Big Ben was sacked 50 times last year. If we stop the run Dixon will be in for a very long game. With their starting LT out, look for JA55 to have a large game.

LRD

September 9th, 2010
12:18 pm

UB, me being master of obvious again, but after last years showing of only 5.5 sacks we need him to have a large game.
Looking at his stats.. there is a cycle pattern.. where he has 2yrs of avg 10 sacks, then a drop off year, then backup to the 2yr cycle.. Now if this pattern holds, he should be due for upswing year.

Unca' Bob

September 9th, 2010
12:27 pm

LRD,

While he didn’t have many sacks he still was among the league leaders in pressures and hits. I’ve seen the same pattern and yes, he’s due.

theriddler

September 9th, 2010
1:23 pm

This league is QB driven. Watching Matt Ryan’s results will be very telling. He either has it or he doesn’t. No grey area anymore, He has to be a championship caliber QB now or never. No excuses, OL this and WR that. IMO this will determine how far this team goes.

Screen Pass

September 9th, 2010
3:04 pm

” He has to be a championship caliber QB now or never. No excuses, OL this and WR that”

Troll much? Maybe it’s plain ignorance or the lust to scrub your face with M. Vick’s jockstrap? Lol, we will see just how good our new D and OL are in this game. Been on the Steeler’s blogs, they think we will be a pushover and an easy win. I think it will be a low scoring power-running slugfest that is decided by FG’s. I don’t have alot of faith in our kicking game yet. Hopefully this game proves me wrong.

RealisticFalconFan

September 9th, 2010
4:12 pm

This is gonna be a good game but the Falcons will need to do more offensively than just throw it to Gonzalez and settle for field goals and first downs less than 20 yds. Troy Polomalou and Co. are too smart of a defense to allow that kind of predictability from the Falcons offense and plus we DON”t have a legitimate deep threat… Also, if the Falcons allow Mendenhall to run the ball all over them like they did in preseason with the Patriots please understand this is gonna be a long season and not a good one….I love my Falcons…but I have to be realistic with the personnel(including offensive/defensive coordinators) and what they’ve shown and that’s not enough yet…

LRD

September 9th, 2010
4:19 pm

So is it mean spirited to hope that 1) Saints lose badly tonight 2) Favre gets pummeled?

SeminoleWarrior

September 9th, 2010
5:25 pm

LRD, I am with you 1000%!!! I want the Saints to lose and I want an ambulance on the field to cart the Punk off the field. Sorry, but I can not stand the guy and he is a manipulating piece of work.
The Vikings will soon realize that they were taken for fools.

JJ

September 9th, 2010
5:26 pm

SW, gotta put meach in buddy. Minn db’s not to healthy.

JJ

September 9th, 2010
5:29 pm

How ’bout 2 qb’s pummeled? Never wish injuries on any players, but look for J. Allen/Williams to seek revenge on brees for the beating NO gave grandpa 7 months ago.

SeminoleWarrior

September 9th, 2010
5:30 pm

Just checking to see if you or WR would catch that. LOL. I will update before kickoff..

JJ

September 9th, 2010
5:31 pm

SeminoleWarrior

September 9th, 2010
5:31 pm

I respect Brees…do not want him to beat us but I want him to handle the Vikiings. As far as the Punk, take him out!!

JJ

September 9th, 2010
5:32 pm

I know how you roll my friend, want to wait right before kickoff before your starting lineup, lol.

SeminoleWarrior

September 9th, 2010
5:36 pm

Questions:

1) Robinson rust: Yes, but the Steeler receivers will not be much of an issue this weekend I think outside of Ward and Miller.

2) Offense ready: Yes. Look for the running game to be on display as we control the clock and the Pittsburgh crowd. This will also keep Ryan safe from that aggressive Steeler defense. But we will have a fair share in the passing game.

3) Pressure: The Bier Truck arrives this week on the national stage. His THREE sacks will result in him being the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for week one. DL will perform admirably.

4) Protection of Ryan: See note 2.

5) Kicking game: Praying here. I hope Bryant is up to the task. If he missed any attempts during this game, the cries will be loud and must be given some consideration. NOTE: Hauschka is STILL available after a very impressive preseason with the Lions.

6) DL: See Point #3.

Falcons 24, Steelers 17.

SeminoleWarrior

September 9th, 2010
5:39 pm

Another note: The increased defensive speed will be critical in containing a QB like Dixon who is blessed with incredible mobility.

SeminoleWarrior

September 9th, 2010
5:48 pm

JJ, nice article. The Bleacher staff does great work. I posted my score before I saw theirs. Great minds thinking alike…LOL.

CBrass

September 9th, 2010
5:52 pm

SW,

You’re better than that. You should never wish injury on any one. I’m really disappointed to hear/read you say that.

Cane Pole

September 9th, 2010
6:01 pm

21 TO 14 ..FALCONS WIN

JJ

September 9th, 2010
6:14 pm

SW, lol, yea right. Bet you make another switch before sunday!

JJ

September 9th, 2010
6:22 pm

Dave Matthews on NFL channel, they have a great pre game set up in NO. Some of you dont have it (sorry) but I’m sure you can stream it live from nfl.com.

WR

September 9th, 2010
7:21 pm

Alright, YES, its that time again, WARNING, the birdcage has its own fantasy league, twenty dollars to get in or for a mouth full of crap we’ll slide you in the BACK DOOR, wait that doesn’t sound right we actually had a team last year called Bendover, funny thing the team was in the FFL superbowl, hmmmmm, I wonder how that happened, well the team lost, something must have not been tight, I mean right, whoa we’re getting off subject, yes the birdcage FFL is back for season 2, Here at FFL weekend predictions we try to extend courtesy to fans that don’t give a sh@t about fantasy football, alright enough with the courtesy we need that finger to type, but honestly if you would like to skip over this section thats okay its a birdcage FFL thing you wouldn’t understand, we don’t either. On to the games:

This week in a rematch of the first birdcage FFL superbowl, The Makers (Lil dave we think or one of those mysterious criminals from CSI) takes on Smackdown (WR, yeah I stole it, you smell what I’m cooking) but seriously the projections favor the Makers, those same projectors picked Ryan Leaf as the #1 overall pick, that turned out about as well as this match up will, with the Makers being the first in a long line of Smackdowns for the season.

The War Eagles (JJ) takes on the Calvary (D3) hey boss what happened to the arsenal, isn’t the calvary supposed to bring the Arsenal, you would have had to be there to understand, the Calvary is favored by 56, but thats mostly because the War Eagles are tired of being folded up in people’s back pocket, doesn’t matter, the Calvary will bring it, not the arsenal but enough to get a win.

Next up we have the B@tches, wait their now the Avengers( Sarah B), thats all the world needs is a pack of vengeful b@tches, well the Avengers take on the Maulers ( Moose) well I know its clique but nothing like a woman scorned and this one looks pissed as Maulers are Mauled.

The Gullah Geechees (Stirg-rarely seen in the cage) vs. TeePee City Posse, did the Posse actually draft a team, we’re not sure beyond the man crush on Aaron Rogers, of course the Geechees are up to their old tricks with willie wonka type trades that everyone except Charlie fall for, where’s Charlie when you need him, he definitely wasn’t in the TeePee, Geechees cruise in this one as TeePee City looks to regain its rightful place in the FFL cellar.

Lastly we have the Raptor( Unca’Bob) vs. The Frogtown Black Talons (BT) Tony Soprano has nothing on the Talons, this mafia driven team is always loaded with talent but going up against the dirty harry of the league may prove detrimental. The Talons are loaded, they were last year, but the Raptors have serious experience on their side, trust me, its serious, as usual this ones hard to call but the Raptors actually take this one going away.

SeminoleWarrior

September 9th, 2010
7:36 pm

Keep it coming, WR. Just keep it coming.

JJ

September 9th, 2010
7:41 pm

LOL, great job WR, waited too long to see your humorous weekend projections. Of course, their wrong most the time but thats not the point. Thank you for keeping the offices open again. It really is a highlight for us on (usually) sunday am, and your a hell of a writer…got to be a lawyer I’m guessing. You did realize I dumped my bench off the bench right? Just did it a few hrs ago after watching SW lineup tonight, lol. It’s all good. Hope to buy you a beer/wings on sunday!

SeminoleWarrior

September 9th, 2010
7:42 pm

I’m sorry, CBrass. Forgive me on that one but I simply can not stand the guy. He is full of himself. When he flops this season, which he will, he will blame his bum ankle, the play-calling, and anyone else that he can BUT himself. There is no team in this guy, selfish and ego-manic. I just can not bring myself to accept him. Forgive me my friend.