Battle for the NFC South – Falcons vs. Bucs

Six Searing Questions as “Best Team in the NFC” Arrives

Can Falcons Run on Bucs? (CCompton/AJC)

 Well, this game is certainly turning out to be much different many expected. Sure the Bucs would probably be better, but no one had any idea that they would be the “Best Team in the NFC,” and probably the “Best Team in the Entire NFL” after beating the Arizona Cardinals by 3 points. The fodder and talk should be good this week as Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Raheem Morris proclaimed his team the “Best Team in the NFC” after they beat the St. Louis Rams last week and said that “stats are for losers and only wins matter” or something like that. The Falcon don’t need any extra motivation to win at home, something they’ve done extremely well under Coach Mike Smith and playing a NFC South rival after having a bye week, but I’m sure that the coaching staff may mention once or twice this week. You have to respect the audacity that Morris exudes and if he can back it up than even more so, but the NFL isn’t known for having many coaches that bluster and talk. Maybe Morris will break the trend. Six searing questions as the “Best Team in the History of the NFL Arrives”, er I mean NFC………

1) Will the Falcons Be Healthy?

The bye week came at a perfect time for the Falcons as their injury and nicked up list continued to grow and grow. Although not having any major injuries, the Falcons were starting to accrue a list of walking wounded. Dunta Robinson was out for the Bengals game after suffering a concussion in his massive collision with Desean Jackson. Rookie Sean Weatherspoon is having a great season and was tied for the team lead in tackles, but suffered a knee sprain in Cleveland. Thomas DeCoud went out of the Bengals game with a minor injury and did not return. Curtis Lofton has been a little slowed the last few games with a knee tweak. Backup tight end Justin Peele won’t be returning, but the others should be ready to go. Even though the Falcons defense has taken their lumps, generally they have improved, become faster and more aggressive, along with definitely creating more turnovers. Will the bye week pay dividends?

2) “Stats Are for Losers,” but……..

A Tough Test for Roddy (CCompton/AJC)

Even though head coach Raheem Morris stated that “stats are for losers” when he proclaimed them to be the best in the NFC, it does give a decent snapshot on what the Bucs strengths are and if there are any weaknesses (surely not if you ask Morris). On offense, the Bucs are ranked 23rd in terms of total yards, 18th in passing yards per game, 23rd in passing TDs, 18th in rushing yards per game, and 20th in terms of rushing TDs. Morris is correct in that only wins matter and stats do not, but the Bucs offense is not necessarily unstoppable, at least according to the stats, which are for losers anyway. The Bucs rank 23rd in terms of total yards given up per game (ahead of the Falcons), 31st in run defense, 7th in pass defense, and 24th in points given up per game. Josh Freeman is obviously a very good quarterback that is having an excellent season (8 TDs, 3 INTs) and has run for 176 yards. The Bucs are getting excellent rookie seasons from wide receiver Mike Williams and LeGarrette Blount. Their pass defense is obviously their strongest point with perennial Pro Bowler Ronde Barber and former 1st round pick Aqib Talib manning the corner spots. Besides their pass defense, nothing really stands out, but wins are the only things that matter.

3) Have the Falcons Fixed their Issues?

Have the Falcons fixed their pass defense, which was seeming to progress, but had two poor showings against the Eagles and Bengals (even though they shut them down well in the first half). Dunta Robinson and Sean Weatherspoon were assets in the pass game and maybe that’s what will do it, or just the fact that they played two of the better receiving corps back-to-back. Who knows, but the Falcons can’t concede 300-400 yard passing games each week and expect to win consistently. Has Mularkey finally rid himself of his comas? When Mularkey’s on, then the Falcons are hard to stop, but when Mularkey resorts to the same old predictable and stale play-calling, then the Falcons look anemic. Keep the passing game going. Get Ryan involved early and often with the pass game. Keep taking the deep shots. Run the no-huddle. Use all the offensive weapons afforded. A screen pass here and there wouldn’t kill us either. Maybe some more Gartrell Johnson, Michael Palmer, and Harry Douglas. Also, when the Falcons protect Ryan, he usually has a good day, so let’s hope the Falcons continue giving him the time he needs.

4) Can the Falcons Contain Freeman?

The second year quarterback obviously has a bright future, but he is playing really well as a second year player. He has thrown 8 touchdowns coupled with only 3 interceptions with a very young receiving corps and not a superstar running back. He ranks 15th in terms of QB Rating in the entire NFL, has thrown for 1,500+ yards, has a 60% completion rating, and even has 176 yards rushing. The Falcons made him look like a future Hall of Fame QB last year in the Georgia Dome as a rookie when he torched the Birds for 250 yards passing and 2 TDs. Freeman boasts all of these stats with very young offensive weapons and without a stud running back. So much for the sophomore slump for Freeman. He’s tall and very athletic, similar to Ben Roethlisberger. If the Falcons let him get hot like last year, fans could be in for a long day.

5) Will the Falcons “Rise Up” to the Challenge?

We’ve seen the commercials, we’ve seen the promos at The Dome and on the radio asking the fans to “Rise Up,” so will the Falcons rise up to their own challenge? Not exactly the one that fans expected, but the Bucs are 5-2 and have won the last 5 games on the road. They are a young and talented team that obviously have plenty of confidence in themselves and definitely don’t seem intimidated of anyone (even though they’ve lost two games by more than 20 points), and seem to be winning the close games (3 points over Cardinals and Browns and 1 point over Rams). Although the Falcons did make a statement (especially at the time) against the Saints on the road, they failed miserably when facing their other big test at Philadelphia. It is true that the Bucs are young and not necessarily a powerhouse just yet, they are tied with the Falcons for the NFC lead. Simply no other way to “Rise Up” to a challenge than when the opposing coach claims his team to be “the best team in the NFC,” knowing another NFC South rival lays ahead in only two weeks with the same record.

6) Will the Crowd Be a Factor?

As several season ticket holders have mentioned, fans were ready, pumped, and in their seats for the Niners and Cardinals, but definitely were slow to fill in for the Bengals game after an embarrassing loss in Philly. The crowd obviously helped the Birds jump out to a huge lead, but then got a little listless and then very antsy as the Bengals erased the Falcons lead. The Georgia Dome doesn’t have the tradition of the Steelers for instance, but can definitely made life for the opposing team very difficult when they’re in the game. To their credit, the fans often pump up the team and try to grab the momentum, but the Falcons play in a few quarters has been hard to scream your hearts out for (first half of Niners game and 3rd quarter of Bengals game). Don’t think the fans will be hurting for this one as this one will likely receive top billing from Fox with the two teams tied for the NFC and NFC South lead. Every NFC South game is huge, but this one is shaping up to be one of the best of the season and the Falcons can use any and all help they can get. Although everyone points to the Ravens game four days later, these NFC South games mean the most in terms of a division title and playoff tiebreakers.

Your Turn

-Are the Bucs “the best team in the NFC”….the NFL…..in all of sports?

-Seriously, respect or disdain Raheem Morris’ comments?

-How big is this game?

-Will the Bye Week provide a big advantage?

-How much have Falcons missed D-Rob and Spoon?

-What are the Bucs strengths and weaknesses?

-Can the Falcons pass on the Bucs good secondary?

-Have the Falcons fixed their issues?

-Your expectations for offense: same old or turned a corner?

-How good is Freeman and can they contain him?

-How big is this game?

-Will the Falcons “Rise Up” to this challenge?

-What’s your take on the crowd so far this year?

-Will The Dome be rocking on Sunday?

343 comments Add your comment

Sarah B

October 31st, 2010
11:31 pm

Only one up!

Sarah B

October 31st, 2010
11:36 pm

“Best team in the NFC” LOL ha ha ha… What’s tonights quote “We only gave up 35 points to the Max Hall Cards”

Sarah B

October 31st, 2010
11:37 pm

RISE UP Indeed. Told you I was the only one up. But now it’s time for bed.

Bangkapi Ajarn

October 31st, 2010
11:37 pm

Give the poor man the benefit of the doubt, perhaps he meant the best NFL team on Florida’s left coast?

Bangkapi Ajarn

October 31st, 2010
11:53 pm

Lets take a late night shot at D3’s questions de Jour (up late sending out resumes, looking at a trainers position)–

-Are the Bucs “the best team in the NFC”….the NFL…..in all of sports? hahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahahaha
choke, sputter, snort–
hahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahahahhahahahaha

To quote triumph the insult comic dog — “That I can Poop on”!!!

-Seriously, respect or disdain Raheem Morris’ comments?
Trying to convince his team that they can maintain the momentum, and looking for an extension/raise before the bottom falls out, I suspect. But, give credit where credit is due, in a weakened parity driven league they ARE in the mix. I can buy that, he is doing his job his way.

-How big is this game?
Playing for undisputed possession of first place in the NFC South and tied for best record in the NFC?? Pretty big, I would say. And, with NO waking up and nipping at their heels (they play Carolina next week) the loser will likely be in a tie for second place with the Saints.

-Will the Bye Week provide a big advantage?
Yes in that Spoon, Dunte, and the others can heal, and hopefully come out refreshed and with a fire in the belly.

-How much have Falcons missed D-Rob and Spoon?
A LOT.

-What are the Bucs strengths and weaknesses?
They should be strong on D, but they had some injuries (those stud DT’s they rafted were banged up last I looked). They will be highly motivated. weakness SHOULD be their O, and we should have the opportunity for some turnovers. They have been giving up a lot of yards on the ground with their injuries (100+ yard rushers each of the last few games).

-Can the Falcons pass on the Bucs good secondary?
Yes, IF we do it right (stretch the field, check off receivers that are triple covered, etc.)

-Have the Falcons fixed their issues?
I doubt it, but then I was born in Missouri, the SHOW ME state.

-Your expectations for offense: same old or turned a corner?
sadly, same old.

-How good is Freeman and can they contain him?
Good, he could break one big one.

-How big is this game?
Very, see above.

-Will the Falcons “Rise Up” to this challenge?
I think so, but it won’t be easy.

-What’s your take on the crowd so far this year?
wait and see attitude possibly?

-Will The Dome be rocking on Sunday?

Same same.

From Parts Unknown

October 31st, 2010
11:58 pm

Uh er, if none of you just witnesssed New Orleans’ win over Pittsbugh,uh, er, I don’t think I’d sleep too well,if,I was in their division.Would we have beat them at home?Pittsburgh, Maybe.Would we have thrown over the middle at the end? NO,we would have tried to pound it.Kicked a field goal and lost.Beating the Bucs is not as important as beating an NFC East team like Philly.Beat Tampa,beat Carolina,beat NO,cool.Lose to AFC and NFC powers,not cool.

Bangkapi Ajarn

November 1st, 2010
12:00 am

One more comment on Raheem Morris’ comments – I can’t help thinking of Tarik Aziz blustering about the mother of all battles or some such. Same result??????????????

I am in the Teddy Roosevelt camp on this sort of thing, “speak softly and carry a big stick” – Then, shove it where the sun don’t shine!!

Hope Coach Smith looks like it similarly.

Sarah B

November 1st, 2010
12:06 am

FPU right after we lost to Philly they got their arses handed to them by the Titans. We already beat NO in their house. Quit dwelling on the Philly loss. Bucs have beat weak teams, no problem.

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Arizona Cardinals, Richard Baker, Probably The Best, Steven Diåz, Fantasy Tackles and others. Fantasy Tackles said: #IDP Battle for the NFC South – Falcons vs. Bucs http://bit.ly/bkrqEb #FantasyFootball [...]

GHunt

November 1st, 2010
12:21 am

The health of our defense is the key to this game. If Spoon, Decoud and Dunta are healthy we will win this game by 3 TDs. If not it will be a shootout. our pass defense must improve a lot over the way we played against the Bengals. The pass rush must put Freeman on his hinny. Abe, Beerman and Babs where are you?
I believe we will ” RISE UP” to the challenge.

GHunt

November 1st, 2010
12:32 am

Should Bucs beat us at home after a bye week, I will have no choice other than to agree with coach Morris that his team is the best in the NFC. However, he will be saying after his visit to the dome that the Birds are the best team in the NFL. Go Birds, rise up!

ATLJBO

November 1st, 2010
1:11 am

Whats up D3

Check out my latest 2 videos

Atlanta Falcons Defense
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3kI8FfGeSk

and

Roddy White
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hSbMsnHPW0

Ed

November 1st, 2010
1:29 am

Great work as always D3…if the season ended now IMHO Raheem Morris would be coach of the year. I don’t think anyone saw this coming. And yes, having the week off to heal up and get better mentally prepared is usually always a plus. Regardless of any changes made or not during the bye week I think you have to strongly favor Atlanta. This would be a really bad loss as I see it.

Game of the week!

November 1st, 2010
5:21 am

That Bucs @ Cards game was the game of the week. 35-38 WOW! Was fun to watch! The NFC South loser, wins the division every year. It always happens. This is the Bucs turn. Not to mention the Bucs have won more NFC South titles than any other team and a SB. This team is getting better every week. Didn’t the Cards just embarrass the Saints too a few weeks back?”

Samuel

November 1st, 2010
7:24 am

I think we can beat the bucks, but we have to play smart football and eliminate mistakes. They’ll have their hands full with pro bowler Roddy White. The run game should be on with Turner and Snelling rested. I’m still not satisfied wth how we use Harry Douglas. He needs the ball in open space.If the defense plays solid . I don’t see why we can’t beat this team at home. Vangorder needs to step his game up, similar to what Greg Williams did against the Pittsburg Steelers. Although to some this game and win probally aren’t significant as beating the Eagles or Pittsburg. But the bucks still have one of the best records in football. To get to the big dance you have to beat the teams with the best record. Go Falcons!

WR

November 1st, 2010
8:04 am

D3, nice write up, this Bucs game is truly an unexpected big game for the Falcons especially with the Ravens to fellow. Hype or not the team was feeling good during the bye week, considering their youth and getting everyone healthy they stand 5-2. The Bucs will offer a tough test, to be followed by another tough test, win both these games and I believe the team starts to really get that they could be special, split the games and their still in great shape, but lose both these games and I see a tremendous slide along with doubt creating in, I believe if they truly went into the bye and made corrections where they were getting hurt most, that plus getting everyone back healthy could end up being the catapult that springs this team into believing their the team to beat instead of just chipping away either way sunday will be exciting.

WR

November 1st, 2010
8:06 am

FFL note: JJ, funny how things workout for us, if your man can come through big tonight you’ll win, and if your man comes through big tonight chances are my men are too so I would come back for a win. I’m rooting bigtime for your man Shaub two teams are counting on him.

The Real Falcon

November 1st, 2010
8:16 am

When I show up at the game Sunday I will only hope the Falcons have a better sense of urgency than the NY Jets had yesterday after a bye week!
GO FALCONS!!

The Real Falcon

November 1st, 2010
8:19 am

The Falcons run screen plays?

DR. FALCON

November 1st, 2010
9:20 am

ENJOYED THE BYE WEEK, BUT, LETS GET BACK TO BUSINESS! WE WILL SEE WHO IS THE BEST TEAM IN THE NFC SUNDAY! WE ARE MONEY AT THE HOUSE! I LOVE OUR CURRENT ROSTER! BUT, I AM A FALCON HISTORIAN. MY FELLOW FALCON FANS, I MUST ASK? WHATEVER HAPPENED TO JEFF MERROW, JEFF YATES, TOM PRIDEMORE, BOB GLAZEBROOK, ALFRED JENKINS. AND BOBBY BUTLER? A BLAST FROM THE PAST!

Southside Lady

November 1st, 2010
9:20 am

I hope the Falcon’s defense makes Raheem Morris regret that he said the Bucs were the best team in the NFC. Come on VanGorder and Falcon’s “D”, make them remember November 7th as the day they ran into a brick wall at the GA Dome. And Ryan, Roddy, Turner and Gonzo, show them what a great offense we have. Roddy, please have a repeat performance of 11 catches, and I hope they are all for touchdowns. Somebody needs to have Mr. Morris eat his words, and the Dirty Birds are the one to do it. Come on Falcons and Falcon Nation, Let’s all “RISE UP!

LRD

November 1st, 2010
9:25 am

my usual statement: We must score on our first possession.
Hoping all our starters are back for this game. Spoon, I believe, was missed more than most expected.
Hoping bye week allowed Mularkey to “open up” the play book some more..to finally get passt the run run pass punt pages.
If our O line can keep Ryan clean, we win.
If D can make sure we do not give up the big play, we win.
Freeman stat that is most worrisome is his ability for comeback win in tight games meaning we either lose by 3 or win by 14.

FrontRow

November 1st, 2010
10:10 am

Good morning cage. Thanks for another great post D3; here’s my take:

Are the Bucs “the best team in the NFC”….the NFL…..in all of sports?
Not even the best team in the NFC South; Coach Morris forgot they got creamed at home by the Saints.

Seriously, respect or disdain Raheem Morris’ comments?
Neither. Bulliten board material for the rest of the NFC.

How big is this game?
Must win. All the home games are must win.

Will the Bye Week provide a big advantage?
Yes. It shortens the injury list and nobody took a beating last weekend.

How much have Falcons missed D-Rob and Spoon?
D-Rob was missed against the Bengals. Spoon could have used 2 more game’s experience; let’s see how he holds up against the NFL “wall”.

What are the Bucs strengths and weaknesses?
Strength: intangibles, which is dangerous for our team this week. Weakness – the defense is soft in places the Falcons are strong (run run run)

Can the Falcons pass on the Bucs good secondary?
Falcons can pass on anybody.

Have the Falcons fixed their issues?
No. There is no such thing as “fixing your issues” in the NFL.

Your expectations for offense: same old or turned a corner?
Revolves around the QB play. Matt is showing he can handle the playbook; can the coaches handle Matt with an open playbook?

How good is Freeman and can they contain him?
Freeman will get his chances. Falcons only need enough heat to get a couple of holding calls on the Buc’s o-line and the Bucs will fold.

Will the Falcons “Rise Up” to this challenge?
Yes….hopefully for a full 60 minutes.

What’s your take on the crowd so far this year?
LAME. I expect lame again as the crowd expects a blowout against the Bucs. If we get the blowout, we have a chance at a good crowd against the Ravens.

Will The Dome be rocking on Sunday?
Only if the results are in the home team’s favor. Unfortunately this town is nearly 100% reactionary.

waynester

November 1st, 2010
10:10 am

LRD
I absolutely agree with your initial statement. It’s imperative that we jump out to an early lead and never let up. If we can force them to play from behind all afternoon we’ll have a much better chance of putting another “L” on the Bucs. Heaven help us if we’re looking past these guys to the Ravens. The NFCSouth continues to be one of the most competitive divisions in the League and Morris really seems to have his team playing with confidence. Huge game….

FrontRow

November 1st, 2010
10:15 am

A little more on the home crowd: No excuses for showing up late or missing the 3rd quarter because of the bathroom lines.

This team has 3 losses in 3 years at the Dome under Mike Smith; only one loss with Ryan at QB. If that isn’t good enough to get you in your seat paying attention to the game instead of where you next beer is coming from or going then you should hand your tickets to somebody that cares.

Chop Buster

November 1st, 2010
10:31 am

-Are the Bucs “the best team in the NFC”….the NFL…..in all of sports? C’mon man. No!

-Seriously, respect or disdain Raheem Morris’ comments?
Respect it because he’s trying to build his young team’s confidence. You can’t fault him for that–most HCs just do it in the locker room.

-How big is this game?
BIG! We have to stay in first place within the NFC South. Ultimately has an affect on homefield advantage within the playoffs. We need to do everything we can to beat this team like they stole something. We don’t want to give them any confidence whatsoever in this game.

-Will the Bye Week provide a big advantage?
Only if we fixed the offense and defense issue from the first part of the season and everyone returns healthy.

-How much have Falcons missed D-Rob and Spoon?
A lot and it shows. Chris Owens is not ready to step in D-Robs spot and Spoon brings a lot of speed to the LB position. We need to pickup another CB (groom with Franks) and LB (replace Peterson) in the draft next year.

-What are the Bucs strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths: Freeman can throw an accurate deep ball, they may have a running beast in Blount, top passing defense (Ryan’s affinity for Ints), get turnovers and young speedy WRs. Weaknesses: Freeman still young and we may be able to confuse him with defensive schemes, don’t stop the run well, Tampa Two is vulnerable to passes up the middle of the field (TE or RB up the middle for us).

-Can the Falcons pass on the Bucs good secondary?
Yes. Throw deep early and often (watch for the underneath safety) and our TE/RB should be open up the middle.

-Have the Falcons fixed their issues?
I sure do hope so. They fix things and tend to resort to making the same mistakes later. Not consistent enough.

-Your expectations for offense: same old or turned a corner?
I hope we’ve turned a corner with the Bengals game. We have to come at all of our remaining opponents with a number of weapons and keep them guessing.

-How good is Freeman and can they contain him?
He is a big guy that has a lot of confidence. We have to get to him early with hurries, sacks, knock-downs to get him out of his rhythm. Lofton has to not leave any room for him to run up the middle.

-How big is this game?
Again, very big. We need to keep our lead in the NFC South on the Saints. We have to many weapons on offense not to score high on these guys. My concern is still our secondary.

-Will the Falcons “Rise Up” to this challenge?
If they want to be taken seriously as an NFC contender they’d better “Rise Up” to EVERY challenge.

-What’s your take on the crowd so far this year?
They’ve waivered. Only cheer when we’re leading, instead of making the noise level hard on our opponents. They need to be a full force with ear-deafening noise to disrupt the Bucs.

-Will The Dome be rocking on Sunday?
I say yes because our fans know how much is on the line in this game.

GO FALCONS!!!

Bangkapi Ajarn

November 1st, 2010
11:13 am

Morning cage –

Great comprehensive comments this morning by Front Row and Chop Buster on D3’s latest instant classic analysis. I should have waited until today to post mine, tired+sleepy=mistakes unfortunately.

Some interesting comments from CBS Rapid reports from the Bay Bucks (my comments in parenthesis)-

The Bucs tied a franchise record with their fifth consecutive road victory. Buccaneers RapidReports (no need to go for six then,they already have the record).

RB LeGarrette Blount rushed 11 times for 72 yards last week, including a couple of hard-nosed runs that got the team fired up. But he’s not having much success against Arizona. He has just 31 yards on 13 carries, and he had a costly fumble that gave the Cards momentum. Buccaneers RapidReports (sounds like we need to tackle the ball with this dude, might be productive)

After a shaky start, the Bucs’ patchwork OL is holding up well. The Cards can’t get pressure on QB Josh Freeman (zero sacks) and the Bucs offense is enjoying pretty good balance (13 runs, 16 passes). Buccaneers RapidReports (we NEED to pressure Freeman, time to step up guys, fluster Freeman, he is KILLING other teams in the 4th quarter – see the next clip)

QB Josh Freeman has now led four fourth-quarter comebacks this season and six in his 16-game career. Buccaneers RapidReports

CB Aqib Talib has been burned this season as often as he’s made big plays. It’s been more of the same vs. the Cards. He has a pick-6, and he just got beat on a 33-yard completion to Cards WR Steve Breaston. Buccaneers RapidReports (take note, MR,high risk high reward here)

The Bucs defense continues to force turnovers. Tampa entered the game tied for fourth in the league in INTs and already has two vs. the Cards. Both were returned for touchdowns. Buccaneers RapidReports

In each of the last four games, an opponent’s running back has rushed for more than 100 yards: Pittsburgh’s Rashard Mendenhall (143 yards), Cincinnati’s Cedric Benson (144), New Orleans’ Chris Ivory (158) and St. Louis’ Steven Jackson (110). Buccaneers RapidReports
(In yesterdays game, they improved – TB: L. Blount 22 ATT 120 yds 2 TD, Ari: Beanie Wells 16 ATT 50 yds 1 TD)

Bangkapi Ajarn

November 1st, 2010
11:16 am

It should be noted in the above post that several of the Bucks posts were DURING the game, hence Blounts stats improved by the end of the game

Bangkapi Ajarn

November 1st, 2010
11:24 am

THIS can definitely be a defining moment for this team, playing a team that has won 5 road games in a row, and is tied (with the Falcons) for the best record in the NFC, AND has shown a tendency to pull games out in the 4th quarter despite stats, etc.

This game will show us a lot, along with the next game just 5 days later.

SeenThisB4

November 1st, 2010
12:27 pm

One thing is becoming increasingly clear, the NFC South is the toughest division in the NFC. The NFC east is full of pretenders.

Tampa’s going to run at the falcan’ts, all day, and the bucs will preserve their unblemished road record, at least for one more week.

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

BT

November 1st, 2010
12:37 pm

The Falcons win by 10 extending their home winning streak and the Bucs get exposed as pretenders.

SWAT Native

November 1st, 2010
12:42 pm

I’m less concerned about the Bucs (I think the Falcons handle them in the GA Dome) than I am about having to come off of what will probably be a tough, emotional game and then having to turn around and play the Ravens a few days later.

Coop

November 1st, 2010
12:50 pm

Morning Cage (still mroning here) – First and foremost… ABSOLUTE MUST WIN. Don’t foll yourself by saying we’re 5-2, or it’s only one game, etc. This is a division matchup against an inferior (that’s right Rahim, I said it) team at home. Don’t get caught looking ahead at Baltimore. You can lose that game all day long, but this game is how you get to the playoffs. Stay focused and beat this group of kids like you ought to. I expect the Falcons to come out after a bye and beat a team that just traveled cross country and won a close one. I expect them to dominate and win by 2 TDs or more. Big question from last week, where is the mental focus of the coaching staff and players. Do they believe they are a playoff contender???

As for the trolls from other teams, I find it saddening that you all are of such woeful existence that you must come here, erase historical fact from your tiiny mind, concoct arguements of faulty logic, and brate our Birds to make you feel better about your own personal ineptitude. SeenThisB4, we already whipped you in your own dome. The Bucs have ZERO rushing game. Even if they did, the Falcons have shut down nearly every team it’s played against the run. Idiot!

Coop

November 1st, 2010
12:51 pm

Again, forget the Ravens. I don’t care if we lose that game. CANNOT lose to Bucs.

BT

November 1st, 2010
1:08 pm

I endorse Coops message.

The most important game on the schedule is the next one and that`s goes double for a divisional game.

wolverine

November 1st, 2010
2:18 pm

I really like reading this post and I am very happy that you posted it on this blog…

Kushion

November 1st, 2010
2:57 pm

Randy Moss just got waived!!

TheAntiMe

November 1st, 2010
2:58 pm

Stats are for losers.

No, I believe it actually is, Talking is for losers.

Wabe

November 1st, 2010
3:10 pm

I think Coop said it best…

I’m surprised by what the Bucs are doing, but the Falcons *MUST* beat this “group of kids” as Coop called them.

The Bucs are team on the rise and will be battling with the Falcons for the NFC South crown for years, but not this season. The Falcons can’t look ahead to the big game against the Ravens, they must take care of business against the Bucs.

If the Falcons get to 6-2, and I’m expecting them to, we’ll be sitting pretty for a week or so until we play those Ravens on primetime Thursday night football…

Wabe

November 1st, 2010
3:12 pm

And Kushion, good find.

I didn’t believe you when you posted it, but foxsports.com is reporting that Moss has been waived.

Incredible.

Back to NE?

PlanB

November 1st, 2010
3:14 pm

I believe this game is on Mularky’s back. If he lets the offense play, we should be able to beat the Bucs like NO did and the NFC South will still be between 2 teams. Atl. & NO. If he does like he has in so many games, it will be a toss up. What a shame we have to wonder which offense will show for the next game.

Kushion – what’s the deal on Moss. I wouldn’t mind getting him. He behaved pretty good in NE. He seems to be very dissappointed in the trade to a 2-5 team. I don’t blame him.

Kushion

November 1st, 2010
3:15 pm

We’re going up against a team we are very familiar with while coming off of a bye week and will be playing at home and everyone should be healthy. Oh and the winner leads the division AND we have bulletin board material supplied by jaheem norris. NO EXCUSES!!!!

Sarah B

November 1st, 2010
3:16 pm

This just became a Really Must Win game. Saints are nipping at our heels and I just took a look at their schedule: They get to play the PANTHERS next ugggg…

Kushion

November 1st, 2010
3:18 pm

Lack of effort and the idiotic post game comments by Moss surely did not help.

Sarah B

November 1st, 2010
3:18 pm

PlanB – he ran his mouth last night about how much he missed being a Patriot and wished he still was… ON TV no less.

Wabe

November 1st, 2010
3:21 pm

I’ll be LMAO if the Pats get Moss back…

They ended up getting a 3rd rounder when they traded him…
And then they get Moss back…

Seriously, that’s hilarious.
Good business.

BT

November 1st, 2010
3:22 pm

Moss obviously wanted out of Minnesota.

Wabe

November 1st, 2010
3:24 pm

Pats will have to wait it out till basically every other team gets a chance to claim Moss…

Kushion

November 1st, 2010
3:24 pm

The Rams probably could snatch him off waivers before anyone I think.

Kushion

November 1st, 2010
3:37 pm

Per Adam Schefter it’s first come first serve.