Falcons Hold Off Bengals

Film Review from the Cincy Game

Roddy the Man! (AJC.com)

***Editor’s Note***Apologies for the lack of new post this weekend, but internet is down at the house.

Well, it wasn’t beautiful (especially in the 3rd quarter), but the Falcons found a way to win the ballgame and now sit in the lead of the NFC South and tied for the lead of the entire NFC with a much needed bye week coming up to heal some injuries before the long stretch run to the end.

After blitzing out to a 24-6 halftime lead, the Falcons came out sluggish and tried their age-old (and mostly failed) policy of just sitting on the lead and running out the clock. Bad decision. The Bengals came roaring back with 22 unanswered points to take the lead. The Birds then of course responded by re-taking the lead and held on for dear life to win a big game. After an embarrassing loss, the Falcons rebounded and made fans feel good once again about this years prospects.

1) Roddy the Best WR in NFL?

Yep. Leads the NFL in receiving yards with 747 and has 5 touchdowns. Not to mention the fact that he’s a great blocker, team leader, and out-hustles many on the field. He went over 200 yards receiving yesterday with 2 touchdowns. Looks like Thomas Dimitroff made a good call basically locking Mr. White up as a Falcon for his career.

2) Passing Offense Was On Point

A Good Offensive Showing (CCompton/AJC)

The Falcons finally mixed it up and started airing out the ball. Even though most of the yards went to White, Gonzalez, Jenkins, Turner, Snelling, and even Finneran got in on the passing yards. Matt Ryan looked comfortable and it showed with 299 yards passing, 3 touchdowns, and a 9.1 yards per pass average. Running lanes were obviously there for Turner going over 120 yards rushing with 2 TDs. The Falcons went back to their old ways of doing things in the 3rd quarter and almost lost the game. They tried the deep attack (even though not as much as some had hoped) and guess what? It was a success. Keep airing it out.

3) A “Halloweenish” 3rd Quarter

On the post game conference, Coach Mike Smith said that the 3rd quarter was  “halloweenish” in lieu of the upcoming holiday. Being comfortably ahead at halftime, the Falcons came out totally flat and went back to their old trick of trying to sit on a lead instead of putting the opponent away. It almost cost them this time. The Bengals came roaring back with 22 unanswered points and actually took the lead. If the Falcons had come up short in this game, it would have been a total collapse or as one fan said in the stands “this is the season.” And it would have been a huge letdown and collapse if they would’ve lost this one. Instead of airing it out and spreading the ball, the offense went back to run-run-throw in predictable fashion. The defense softened up and let Ochocinco, TO, and Jordan Shipley gash them left and right. The Birds could’ve easily let this one slip away.  But they didn’t and credit goes to them for putting it together when they had to. However, they’ve got to learn from this and not repeat it, because the next time might mean a terrible loss.

4) Gashed and Thrashed Through the Air

Yes, the Bengals boast one of the most talented and brand-name receiving corps with Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, Jermaine Gresham, and Jordan Shipley, but the Falcons allowed Carson Palmer to eat them up in the second half. Dunta Robinson and Sean Weatherspoon were both out and that likely made a difference. The defense also appeared to soften up and allow the Bengals to work their way down the field with relative ease. Much of the passing came because the Bengals were so far behind and had to score fairly quick to get back in the game. Overall, Christopher Owens and Brent Grimes matched up pretty well on 85 and 81, but the receiving corps as a whole torched the Falcons defense in the secondary. It’s been an up and down year for the secondary (that was supposed to be better), but they have yielded large amounts of yards to good quarterbacks (Brees, Palmer, Kolb), while doing well against lesser QBs (Smith, Dixon, Delhomme/Wallace, Anderson). If the Birds have major postseason goals, that secondary will definitely have to tighten up.

More to come shortly…………..Until then add your own analysis.

268 comments Add your comment

waynester

October 25th, 2010
12:41 pm

Win ugly, win purty–just WIN!

Unca' Bob

October 25th, 2010
12:41 pm

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JeanE

October 25th, 2010
12:42 pm

First, oh my God, I’m actually first?! I was at the game with my husband & kids and it was really alot of fun (except when it looked like they might lose!). The Dome was really rocking, although there were too many Bengals fans there! I have to give Mularkey a fairly good grade on this game’s playcalling, he finally mixed it up and actually (gasp) threw on 3rd & 1! And, it worked! Yes, I knew as soon as they got the big lead they would sit on it, typical Falcons strategy and it blew up in their face but they dug in and came back. And what do you mean, even Finn got in on it, Finn is my favorite player and he ROCKS!!! We really need Dunta and ‘Spoon back, glad the bye is this week. Too many yards given up where they picked our soft zone apart. I hate that but overall, great game Birds!!!

JeanE

October 25th, 2010
12:42 pm

Dag, not 1st. Oh well!

waynester

October 25th, 2010
12:47 pm

All the sports sites seem to focus on Cincy’s fall rather than our rise. White and Turner are being mentioned but mostly the Falcons seem to be an afterthought. Hopefully, we can use that as “tacklin’ fuel” against TB in a couple of weeks. If Dallas wins tonight, we’ll be the sole leader in the NFC, yet, because of our up-and-down performances we still haven’t made believers of the rest of the league/media. Let’s use this much-needed bye to get well(mentally as well as physically) and come out firing on all cylinders vs Tampa and show that we really ARE the best in the NFC……

Screen Pass

October 25th, 2010
12:48 pm

Take your time D3, other than a hothead or two, we all know it will be worth the wait. I liked the debut of G. Johnson and hope to see him in our offense more. We got 2 weeks to hash it out and bash it out here on the boards. I’m gonna take it slow and easy today.

Unca' Bob

October 25th, 2010
12:51 pm

I like the balanced attack we brought yesterday. 33 pass attempts and 30 run plays. The Bengals had 50 pass attempts and 21 rushes. A clear indication of their being behind early and the futility of their run game.

LRD

October 25th, 2010
12:56 pm

Roddy White is the freaking man. And when we doubted his hold out, and his contract…well..I think we are starting to realize he may, just may, be worth it…

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Chop Buster

October 25th, 2010
1:48 pm

Good way to mix it up on the offense. Now let’s keep doing it weekly. The bye should give us time to rest and fix a few things in the secondary. Ryan should spend a little time getting his timing down with Michael Jenkins if we’re really going to attack teams.

Wabe

October 25th, 2010
1:54 pm

For the first time this season, it seemed we actually took our opening drive down the field and punched in a quick score. I know this is what Smitty and company envision when receiving first – but, it just hasn’t worked much for us this season. I’m happy we were finally able to overcome those slow starts.

It puts a lot of pressure on opposing offenses to match us, and I know our defense got torched (3rd quarter and on) yesterday, but, we’re capable of making plays on that side of the ball to get offenses off the field early (as we did yesterday). We’ve got to do a better job holding teams off, keeping our foot on the gas. But, all in all, momentum was established fairly early yesterday. And, that’s mainly due to the offenses ability to pretty much set the tone early vs. that Bungles defense.

5-2.

Atl king

October 25th, 2010
2:07 pm

The falcons are alright, but hold the superbowl parade. They are 5-2 and could easily be 3-4, if not for a missed 29 chip shot by the saints and nate clements (trying to go deion sanders) and fumbling the game winning int. The defense is not superbowl caliper. 412 yards to carson palmer, who has been playing awful all year.

blord

October 25th, 2010
2:19 pm

Roddy has put his game on another level. He has had a problem with drops in the past but those days are long gone. He has to be the offensive MVP of the NFC at the moment. He makes critical offensive plays and even made one of our best defensive plays of the year against SF. Plus he stays out of trouble and is a good team player.

blord

October 25th, 2010
2:30 pm

Atl king,
I don’t think anyone is starting the superbowl parade but I think you guys that say we could easily be 3-4 because of the SF game and the NO game are silly. Those statements are stupied IMO. On your New Orleans comment yes the guy missed a field goal that would have won them the game but under that same logic there was a fluke recovery on a punt that happend where the ball bounce off a guys ankle perfectly in the air. If that didn’t happen then the game would have likly never made it to OT. Also, under the same logic we could have easly won the Steelers game. Point being that this is the NFL where every team is good and can win on a given week. NO won several games last year by lady luck and ended up holding the trophy at the end of the year. The birds have not peaked and have plenty of room for improvement but this is all the more reason to be excited about being 5-2. Enjoy it.

SOMEBODY NEED TOO TELL THE TRUTH

October 25th, 2010
2:31 pm

I think the media and sports gurus have it about right, IMO, the Falcons are not great or consistant yet, we have some great and consistant players ie.. Roddy, Matt, Abe, Dunta, Babs and Lofton. Know doubt that the nucleus is formed, but our inconsistant play and players, have struggled to form the mass around it. IMO, we have struggled to gain an identity on both sides of the ball, Coach Smith and Mularkey put in some new wrinkles on offense and it proved to be successful, so will this be our identity on offense? I dont know.

We are a good top 10 football team and on the razors edge of becoming something more, but consistency and an Identity are missing. The Pittsburg Steelers, Patriots and Ravens are often mentioned as the best teams in the league, are you getting my point? because they are who teams think they are, you know what these teams will bring each week, tough hardnose football.

Sometimes a teams character and identity may take years to develope, winning and playing consistant on a frequent basis gets you there quicker. So when all the prognosticators dont give us a shoutout for beating a teams brains out, its not because they have something against us, The Falcons just hadn’t shown them we belong in the top tier.

We will make the playoffs with a 12- 4 record, yes you heard me, with loses only to Ravens and Packers. We will win our division and the NFC, who knows the possibilities when we host our rivals in the dome.

John Waynesworld

October 25th, 2010
2:34 pm

I saw Weems in the backfield yesterday! Ha, ha, and so did their defense. Open up the field to the speedsters and the running game will find daylight once the opposing defense backs off the line of scrimmage.

A much needed win followed by a much needed rest followed by a much needed home game in our division. It will be good to see the Bucs to test their much touted metal in the friendly confines of our Dome before we see them on their turf later in the season.

D3, I can almost feel how anyone who attended the game must be mentally exhausted even today. When the score suddenly went from 24-3 to 25-24 in nanoseconds, I immediately felt like calling in sick the next day. Thankfully Roddy, Ryan and the Falcons were NOT to be denied and saved me a vacation day. Yes the defense was like wet toilet paper in the middle of the field, but they really did bow up at times and gave a good effort with two, and then 3 major stars, DRob, Spoon, and DeCoud out. After this bye when we get these guys back we will be as stout as ever with the offense clicking.

Speaking of DRob, since we won, I have an idea that Dunta may have not minded being out of an additional game to make his case for appeal of his $50K fine. Either way he would have been paid for the game, but if he had played in yesterday’s game, and DeSean Jackson did not play in his (which he didn’t), it may not have looked good (as in fair) to the league Illuminati and they might uphold the fine on that principle. With his missed game now being considered, along with several ex-NFL players turned media pundits already having proclaimed Dunta’s hit as “not dirty”, Dunta should easily win his appeal. Just a feeling.

Troy Taylor

October 25th, 2010
3:15 pm

blord, thanks for the post. I hate it that people haven’t recognized the fluke punt bouncing off Decoud’s ankle as he was running out of bounds. I was thinking to myself, “Can the Saints get any luckier?”. We controlled that game and deserved to win it.

This is the most resilient Falcons team that I can remember. Winning close games is the sign of a good football team, and that’s what we are. Go Falcons!!!

Oh and Roddy is league MVP up to this point IMO. I’m glad he’s on our squad.

Wabe

October 25th, 2010
3:33 pm

I understand when you say we need to hold off on the Superbowl parade, because I was echoing the same tone last week after the Philly loss. But, the logic behind it is what’s a bit off.

I’d say we’re not ready for Superbowl talk *yet* because we don’t know what we’ll see from week to week. The offense has been relatively shaky for the majority of these first 7 games and the defense is still a work in progress. But, 5-2 is a great start, and the bye couldn’t come at a better time – gives us a chance to get healthy.

Right now, I think most fans are anxious to get to the playoffs. And securing the NFC South crown would help in terms of playoff seeding is concerned. I mean, if you look at the NFC up to now, there isn’t really a dominant threat standing in anybody’s way. It’s up for grabs. But, the Falcons have and will remain in the talk of “the best team in the NFC” – simply because their record has been tops for most of this season. If we can continue to reel off wins, and I remind you that the schedule is rather favorable – we’ll be in the mix for a 1st round bye come playoff time. A first round bye alone boosts our chances of getting to Jerry World in February. I also remind you to look around in the NFC at the moment.

NFC West – Seahawks
NFC East – Giants
NFC North – Bears/Packers
NFC East – Giants

Whose ready to annoint the Seahawks as the best team in the NFC?
The Giants are definitely in the equation.
The NFC North is a joke, IMO. But, IMO, the Packers ultimately win that division. We play the Packers down the road. Tiebreakers could play a role.

I think the winner of the East and South get the two first round byes.

We get the Bucs and then the Ravens – both at home. If they manage to pull out 2 W’s, I don’t see how the Falcons wouldn’t be considered the best team in the NFC. That would put us at 7-2 with seven games left. Barring an epic collapse, the Falcons would be sitting very pretty headed into the stretch.

11-12 wins isn’t out of the question.
10 gets us into the playoffs.
We’re half way there with more than half of the season remaining.

Still too early for all this though, but always fun to talk about – especially in a bye. Lets see how we fair in our next two contests againsts the Bucs and Ravens.

Wabe

October 25th, 2010
3:38 pm

Also, I think it’s a bit unfair to come down on the defense when you’re minus your #1 corner and your rookie that was tied for the lead in team tackles before the injuries caught up to him. The defense also lost safety Thomas DeCoud yesterday.

Minus 3 peices.

falcon hater

October 25th, 2010
4:09 pm

Who give’s a damm about the sorry a== fake as’ falcons. And what the hell AB during on the side line all the time keep your as’ in your suite and write the checks. What a wuss team with Miss Mattie Slush,

ymmotretsof

October 25th, 2010
4:18 pm

I think it is important for the team to keep it’s eye on the big picture right now. They shouldn’t get caught up in the hype of the big win and just look at the next game. The game yesterday should have shown them how important it is to keep focus on the task at hand. Big leads don’t hold up if you stop playing. There is no need to get in a shoot out with a team with that many weapons. With that being said I’m very happy with the win. We do miss spoon and yes I will admit it Dunta so the week off will do us good. Tampa is in two weeks and the only game we need to worry about right now.

Paddy O

October 25th, 2010
4:36 pm

This was a good win. Finally, our offense went to pass first, then run off that to keep the defense honest. Turner ran very, very well – Cinci does not seem to be too sound tackling, which Turner took advantage of. Also, loved the sweep toss play – heck, I was surprised by the play, so I would guess were the Bengals. Our defense – without Dunta, we reverted back to 09 play – just kind of running around without solid tackling. DeCoud is a LOT better than Coleman, who seemed to be olaying it. Question of Loftin – watched him get trapped at the line again – is he misplaying this or being coached up wrong? My notion is that he supposed to prevent the RB from a big gainer – keep it to 3 -5 yards – but by getting boxed off at the line, he is giving the runner too much space – plus, our D-line lines up so that the middle is wide open – I think that opposing coaches know if they run a slot guy across, our middle linebacker is poof – and the whole middle part of the field is open until the safety. Finally, Harry Douglas is how deep in the dog house? And, why can’t we use him like Wes Welker, would he take too much of a pounding?

1911A1

October 25th, 2010
4:54 pm

The “Ryan & Roddie” show has gotten lots of well-deserved love, but let’s not forget that Turner had a heckuva game as well. And I loved how the Predator closed out the game, turning Cincy’s final play into a “Hail M-OOOOOF!”

Coop

October 25th, 2010
5:26 pm

Afternoon Cage – Thought a lot about the game today. I have struggled to eloquently state my feelings about this team, but I just read Mark Bradley’s column and it is spot on. Please check it out. This team IS good enough now to win the Super Bowl this year. But as Mark said, I don’t think they truly know that to their core. Frankly, I don’t think the coaches know it. When they turn things loose, no one can stop them. It’s when they get timid and “scared” that they seem predictable.

Excellent article by Bradley.

Another point on the Shipley TD. It wasn’t fun watching us get smoked for a 64 yd score, but I still applaud the call by BVG. Be agressive! Blitz. Sometimes you’ll get burned, but I think we’ll learn more from that play then the 35 bend but don’t break plays.

I truly belive this team can win a Super Bowl now IF they start playing to win and dominate on every single play. They’re better when they play that way. Again, I’ll live with it even if we get blown out. Get blown out going for broke instead of playing soft and hoping not to lose.

I prey that the entire team reads Bradley’s article.

D3 – You continue to rock.

crabapplejoe – You do not rock. You and Brooking both blow rhino balls!

WR

October 25th, 2010
5:49 pm

SOMEBODY, where did that Matt as a consistent core player analysis come from, LOL, see what I mean, give the guy some decent protection and decent playcalling and wham bam, now he may be a core player. Honestly that is what I meant by the jury is out on Ryan still and it should be its only his third year, hard to see a guy in that position preform adequately with no protection and predictable play calling. That being said and not to sound like a know it all but I made the comment during the week that if White is to be considered amongst the elite you sometimes you just throw it up in his general direction and he should be able to make a play on it the majority of the time, for all the praise the one handed grab got, seeing him rise up around about three Bengals for the two point conversion pretty much confirmed where he stands in my opinion. Now again it might just be me and I know Gonzo is a future Hall of famer, but if I’m Ryan, when in doubt Gonzo isn’t the first thought in desparation, wherever White is, probably is where I’m throwing the ball, great WR’s make a living bailing out great QB’s, in my opinion White is on his way to greatness.

WR

October 25th, 2010
6:04 pm

Now as for the Superbowl talk, this one’s kind of iffy not because I don’t believe the talent is there but because its a young bunch, and a young franchise associated with success. Yes the Franchise has been around for years, but the aura of greatness has not become a fixture for this team. I say that for two reasons, part of me understands the logic of getting these players to believe they should win it all now, part of me understands the logic of at least convincing them that its beyond just a possibility, but as a young bunch that is part of a franchise not use to success I do fear them losing the game by game focus. Part of being great is taking it game by game, but as SOMEBODY stated it takes time to learn and understand the mindset of moving from a game to game focus to a belief and aura of believing every game is winnable no matter the circumstances. What separates the Steelers of the world, the Pats, the Baltimores is the culture that was built and has been established, call me crazy but I don’t even think the Colts have that culture. To better explain, if Peyton Manning goes down, how many of those guys do you think on that team believe they still have a legitimate chance, in comparison the Pats could loss Brady but the wheels will keep churning, we have already seen that with Big Ben, and Baltimore has never cared who they lose, they just plug someone else in and keep it going. Thats what I like about the Falcons, their building a culture of not one man is better then the team, we gasped when Ryan went down, but even with Redman we don’t completely lose hope and thats Redman, pretty soon thats going to be Parker’s job and I believe he’s up to, if not they will find someone else. But the concensus is that Matt Ryan is only the face of the franchise, he’s not the franchise, the team, the front office, and the owner are the franchise, thats what sustainability is about and I believe thats what the Falcons are building.

Questions

October 25th, 2010
6:08 pm

Where was Ovie? Snelling was in the backfield with Turner and he looked slow and could not block on runs and passes. Could not understand what was going on. Also, was there a pass to Douglas durning the game. Can’t believe he was open at all.

John Waynesworld

October 25th, 2010
6:39 pm

WR, I see your point. It is way too early to speak in terms of Super Bowl rings as much as it is 2 main goals, 1) get to the playoffs and 2) get home field advantage throughout. I know the players and coaches love to say one of the goasl is to win the division, but I call BS on that. The “Ring” is what they all desire. As far as great team models, you’re right again. Peyton is a NFL anomaly. He is the exception to the rule. Without him the Colts would transform into a perennial 8-8 team, maybe. The Pats and the Steelers are a great example of team that can, and have, weather QB storms and succeeded. The Ravens are close but with all their offensive firepower and the iconic Ravens defense led by Mr. Intensity #52, why do they let the lowly Bills take them into overtime in their own building, despite the return of Ed Reed? All these teams have flaws, but these teams you mentioned are the ones who will probably be there in the end for the AFC. In our conference it will probably be another upstart that will take the lead much like the Saints did last year. So why not us?

Mike

October 25th, 2010
6:51 pm

One concern I have other than the big plays given up by our D over the past two games, is that our running game is slow to get moving. MM wants to be a run first offense, but for some reason that does not seem obtainable with this team. Once the passing game gets going, we are able to open up running lanes. As far as Roddy bing the best WR in the NFL, I would challenge anyone to find one player in the NFL that is playing better than Roddy. As it stands now, he is having a MVP type season…(however even if he continues I believe many writers and analyst will still over look him). I do not know one player right now that has contributed more to the success of thier team than Roddy has. After the bye we have a couple of really tough home games coming up, however it seems we have played the toughest part of our road schedule. As long as we do not have a couple of breakdowns in games we definitely should win this year, we should be in really good shape come post season.

Moose

October 25th, 2010
6:52 pm

Ovie went out with a hammy……. Great time for a bye…..

Dunta Robinson, Sean Weatherspoon, Justin Peelle, Ovie Mughelli and Thomas DeCoud hopfully will be back and healthy…….

Next game is Nov. 7, at home vs Tampa Bay, and they don’t have to go on the road again until Nov. 21 when they play St. Louis. …..

FrontRow

October 25th, 2010
7:03 pm

I saw the game a little different for good reasons. This was a basic double a$$whipping; we whipped them, they came back, and we whipped them again.

This does not happen very often so I will enjoy it. If you were there, then you should have noticed that it wasn’t just the team – it seemed everyone in the stadium, excepting the Bengal’s partisans, took the 3rd quarter off.

So, if you are worried about an inability to seal the deal, don’t look any farther than the seat next to you. Perhaps one day this season the home crowd will give us 60 minutes of home field advantage.

JJ

October 25th, 2010
7:16 pm

Moose, great win, left you a message.

WR

October 25th, 2010
7:32 pm

JWW, great points as usual. Hey cage, we have all been frustrated with Smitty in some regards, one day its the D, the next its the O, but we all love what he has done/ if not is trying to do for the Falcons as a coach, but here’s two of by best reasons for liking the guy even though sometimes it I don’t get it (Da O): For as much as some dislike Farve because of the last few years and his on again off again idea of retirement, if your a real football fan you hate to see a head coach come out and throw his QB under the bus, that one should be handed in house especially considering all the team went through to get the guy in there in the first place, sorry but moron comes to mind as far as Childress goes, not saying he doesn’t have a point but you just don’t do that. Secondly and the one I love the most is Raheem Morris HC of Tampa Bay, now everybody and their mother knew Rex Ryan was crazy but he’s a defensive genius so when he boast about the Jets, yes we can say thats a bit over the top but Mr. Morris decided to proclaim the Buc’s the king of the NFC with the Falcons on a bye and facing them upon their return, some people want revenge games(Philadelphia) but I have always been one that likes a game that shuts an opponents month, OHCO this week, upon the Falcons return, sorry if this sounds bad but I want the birds to put a foot on there throat.

SOMEBODY NEED TOO TELL THE TRUTH

October 25th, 2010
7:32 pm

WR, I dont have a problem taking my medicine when I’m wrong, eating some crow on occassions, bulids character and keeps me humble.

Paddy O

October 25th, 2010
7:32 pm

OK: Some other casual observations: From this game, it appears WE WILL NEVER USE OUR LINEBACKERS TO BLITZ – somebody else noticed this a couple of weeks ago, but our linebacking corps plays 10-15 yards off – I assume to get a better view of the play unfolding. But, unless your front four are getting a lot of push & dominating, then you’ve taken your backers out of the pass rush. I was happy to see us use the safety blitz between Biermann and the rest of the line – you could probably do that twice a quarter, and give Biermann a better chance to reach the QB. Anybody else peeved at our regression in the 3rd quarter, regardless of the turnovers? We started run, run, 3rd & 9, pass again. I also wonder about using Douglas as a slot guy like Welker – is this possible, or will Douglas just end up back on the DL? For some odd reason, after the Bengels took the lead, I was not too worried – if we went back to pass attack, which we did. Now, question – how much did our success in passing open up the run? Turner did a whole lot of the work himself shedding would be tacklers, and did a great job on never stopping. How much of that is pass vs. bad tackling basics of the Bengels?

Moose

October 25th, 2010
7:33 pm

Thanks JJ, I still do not know what the helll I’m doing but I’m learning……………

What the hell happened to Trey Lewis, Cory Peters and Jerry ?…………… Vance had a big day and is starting to move in on the #2 spot…………..

Paddy O

October 25th, 2010
7:36 pm

One complaint on the blog this day – the TRUTH needs to get on the Ryan band wagon – he threw well – accurate with some zip. It is my opinion that it is the coaching staff (Zombie Mularkey) holding him back – I’d like to leave all the play calling to Ryan, myself. Stickler note: Gonzalez dropped another catchable pass yesterday.

Paddy O

October 25th, 2010
7:39 pm

Also, question about Loftin – noticed on one run he got nabbed in the line, and the runner just skipped to a hole to his left – is this Loftin being overly aggressive, or is he being coached wrong? Seems he should hold his position and let the runner determine his position vs. trying to tackle the guy in the back field.

SOMEBODY NEED TOO TELL THE TRUTH

October 25th, 2010
7:53 pm

Paddy O, I am not a fan, for the sake of saying I’m a fan. I will not trade my ray bans in for rose colored glasses, This is my team, but I will always criticize constructively. Matt had a solid game, should I stop in my critique of him, No. He still has a lot to learn, but he’s progressing quite nicely.

Paddy O

October 25th, 2010
7:59 pm

TRUTH – that is a start! I still see a young Manning in development – we have the receivers – I still think his progressions are a little slow & he has a tendancy to telegraph his throws, but hopefully he’ll iron that out. Also, would like to see some pump fakes ala McNabb & a few more look offs, but that may be by years 5. I am also happy to see the Falcons use more RB assistance to the O line, to give Ryan enough time to find a good target – the crossing route by White was a thing of beauty – as was the one hand grab that really should have had a penalty flag tossed for interference. But officiating these days is really hit or miss. I thought the turn over on the Benson dropped pass was a bad call – Benson looked like he was carrying a piece of ice.

Paddy O

October 25th, 2010
8:01 pm

final comment for tonight – next week is going to be a bit lonely with the bye. Just as well, going to Talladega – very good scheduling, actually!

Singletary

October 25th, 2010
8:15 pm

Coop — I think you are spot on. I thought the coaches were holding out NOT opening up the playbook because then we’d be predictable in the playoffs. (Playoffs? Thank you Jim Mora) My fear is the NFC East. I’m just not sure we can take Eagles, Redskins or Giants even on our home turf. They are just constructed differently. Playing the way we are now, I think we can handle the AFC North at least in the Dome

Sarah B

October 25th, 2010
8:20 pm

Maybe, just maybe MM had this secret plan all along: Play boring, consertive football just enough to leave that film out there for opponents but win games. Then WHIP OUT a playbook about the middle of the season and catch them all off guard. Because that was a whole different Enchilada yesterday. On the 3rd & 1 before any player subs were made, I leaned over to my fellow STH and said they’re going to give it to Snelling, sure enough Snelling trotted out on the field. Then BAM!!! Pass to RW. My jaw dropped so did the Bengals. Maybe, just maybe it has been trickery… Just a thought. But hell we’re 5-2 so who cares how we got there?

And ticket holders – can you get there BEFORE the end of the 1st QTR PLEASE!

Sarah B

October 25th, 2010
8:22 pm

Singletary Great minds think alike. I was typing my post when you put yours up.

From Parts Unknown

October 25th, 2010
8:23 pm

Poor Snelling,now regulated to fullback.Mike and Mike listen up.This guy deserves better.

John Waynesworld

October 25th, 2010
8:27 pm

Exactly WR. We will get first crack at the Bucs at home in our friendly confines where we have the 12th man. We may need it to figure out these young Bucanniños on our turf before having to face them down there on 12/05..

Sarah B

October 25th, 2010
8:30 pm

JJ Kenny Britt on the bench? OUCH!!!!!

Trainwreck

October 25th, 2010
9:01 pm

Roddy White is a beast!! Ok but seriously I don’t think the Falcons really let up, turnovers really killed them. The INT was a deep pass and Roddy got stripped on a pass. So, even though they did try to come in and get back to the run in the 3rd, I don’t really think they got TOO conservative. At least not on offense. Defense definitely played too soft in the 2nd half and Cincy took what we gave them and dinked and dunked their way down the field… save for the Shipley TD. But I liked the resilience shown by the team and think we are looking good going into the bye.

Screen Pass

October 25th, 2010
9:35 pm

I don’t buy the Mularkey holdout conspiracy theories at all. If he could “step on the gas” at will he would have done it at Pitt and Philly. I think a new OC was brought in quietly under the radar and behind the scenes as someone here predicted. Hope he will announce his new HC tenure at Cinci soon.

darrell starks

October 25th, 2010
10:03 pm

Great win falcons, but can we play better on the road and show consistency.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!