Falcons Pull Away from Rams

Five Film Reviews from Road Win in St. Louis

 It looked as the though the Ravens Hangover was going to be official when the Falcons came out sluggish and unfocused against the feisty Rams playing at home. After a good defensive stop, the offense fizzled when Roddy White got the offense slapped with a big 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalty, followed by a weak punt and then the Rams drove right down the field to an easy touchdown. Memories of the 49ers game were fresh in fans minds. After struggling early though, the Falcons came back and absolutely wore the Rams defense to a nub, dominating the time of possession and turning on the burners at the end. William Moore’s interception on the 2 yard line of Sam Bradford’s shovel pass pretty much put the game out of reach. Michael Turner’s late game burst for a long touchdown made it official. The Falcons won on the road and improved to 8-2, still owning the NFC’s best record with another enormous game next week when the 7-3 Packers visit the Georgia Dome. Each game is not always pretty, but credit Coach Smith’s squad once again for keeping composure when they were losing. Five film reviews from the Falcons victory in St. Louis…….

1) William Moore is a Playmaker

After struggling through a rookie year where he couldn’t stay on the field, the second round draft pick from 2009 is making a huge impact on the Falcons defense with 4 interceptions, great ball skills, and a good ability to thump the opponent. After taking over for Erik Coleman following his injury, Moore hasn’t looked back in dominating at the strong safety spot. He has been the bright spot in an otherwise pretty mediocre secondary to date. His interception on the 2 yard line with the Rams looking to draw closer on third down was one of the most heads up plays of the year. He is turning out to be every bit of the playmaker that fans thought of when Dimitroff drafted him two years ago.

2) Offensive Line Deserves its Due

The much maligned offensive line (at times at least) has played exceptionally well recently. They were named the Offensive Line of the Week by John Madden with their performance against the fearsome Ravens defense and had another great game against the surprisingly tough and aggressive Rams defensive line, with them owning one of the highest sack totals in the NFL. Matt Ryan is flourishing in no small part to the protection he is getting. He’s able to go through his reads and use his full arsenal of offensive weapons. The OL is very uncertain going forward with as many as 3 of them being possible free agents (Tyson Clabo, Harvey Dahl, and Justin Blalock) and another being on the verge of retirement (Todd McClure), but they’re playing very well right now and that’s all that matters. The Falcons offensive line will have yet another huge test coming up with the Green Bay Packers coming to town with one of the more aggressive defenses in the league. They’ve already proven they can rise to the competition.

3) Early Struggles Against Another Rookie Quarterback

Not sure what the deal is with the Falcons defense facing rookie QB’s, but they sure do allow them to get into rhythm and have a good day. Sam Bradford is having a great year to be sure, but the ease with which he was able to go down the field at times was frustrating to watch. The Falcons couldn’t get much of any pressure on Bradford and he picked the secondary apart at times. They did the same thing with Josh Freeman last year and nearly lost that game in the Georgia Dome because of it. To be fair, Bradford and Freeman are both very good quarterbacks who have done that to many teams and perhaps that’s all it is, but the Falcons will be facing the best quarterback they’ve faced this year in Aaron Rodgers. They did tighten up towards the end of the game, but they can’t allow Rodgers to have that same success and expect to win the game without getting in a shootout.

4) No Abe, No Pressure

The Falcons are very sporadic in terms of their pressure. They rarely blitz and when they do, many times they don’t get there or make a difference on the play. There was a clear drop off today when John Abraham didn’t suit up. Chauncey Davis is a very solid backup and Kroy Biermann has potential, but the Falcons need to figure out ways to get pressure on the QB and the backfield without depending solely on John Abraham. Granted, the Falcons defensive scheme seems to be closer to the hated “bend-but-don’t-break” philosophy rather than the “all-out attack” philosophy, but the Falcons and particularly Defensive Coordinator Brian Van Gorder need to start getting more pressure with the speed they have on defense. The interior line appears to be getting better and better with Jonathan Babineaux, Corey Peters, Jamaal Anderson, and Peria Jerry, but they need more help from the outside.

5) Nice Spreading of the Football

The Falcons got almost every offensive player the ball against the Rams and the array of weapons was impressive. Roddy White of course got the most looks, but Michael Jenkins got a ton of catches as did Brian Finneran, Eric Weems, Justin Peele, and Tony Gonzalez. Michael Turner grinded and grinded down the defense and finally popped one at the end and Jason Snelling got a good number of passes and made the most of them picking up several huge first downs. Even though Harry Douglas didn’t get a catch, he was instrumental in running defenders off and away from their coverage of other receivers. Fans have been clamoring for the offense to use its array of weapons and they have the last few weeks and it’s paid off. When Ryan is on-target and he’s spreading the ball around like he did today, than the Falcons offense will be hard for many teams to stop.

Bonus Reviews

Nice to see rookie OLB Sean Weatherspoon back on the field after missing the last number of games. It may take him a little time to get back up to game speed, but his return is coming at the perfect time…..Both OLB’s Mike Peterson and Stephen Nicholas had their issues in the pass game, but Peterson’s was worse when he got torched by a rookie tight end for a touchdown…..The Falcons still own the best record in the NFC and control their destiny, but the Saints and Bucs are right on their heels both at 7-3, even though the Falcons still hold the head-to-head tiebreaker against both teams…..Another special teams gaffe with the 33 punt return which set up a touchdown…..Justin Peele made his presence known with a nice touchdown catch and received a personal foul that wasn’t called when a Rams defender gave him a cheap shot 4 yards well into the end zone…..Dunta Robinson was burnt yet again for another touchdown, even though the ball was perfectly thrown by Bradford and the receiver made a good catch….Tony Gonzalez dropped another potential touchdown pass (which is very rare for him)….Hope Vance Walker is OK from his injury, who was having a very good game at DT before that…..What’s up with Lawrence Sidbury Jr. and Dominique Franks? Neither has seen the field after having pretty good training camps.

Your Turn

-Give your thoughts on the Falcons win over Rams

-Impressed with road victory or just a decent game?

-How good is William Moore?

-Has the offensive line turned the corner or just a couple good games?

-What’s the deal with the Falcons facing rookie QBs?

-Is the defensive line getting little pressure or is this incorrect?

-How nice was it to see the ball being spread?

-Do Mike Peterson and Stephen Nicholas have coverage issues?

-Special teams gaffe awful or just one error?

-Worried about Dunta Robinson?

-What’s the deal with media’s lack of respect?

168 comments Add your comment

CBrass

November 21st, 2010
9:08 pm

Nauti-boy

November 21st, 2010
9:21 pm

Second.
Looking forward to GB.
The next games against TB & Saints are going to be huge.

waynester

November 21st, 2010
9:26 pm

The lack of red-zone touchdowns is worrisome. Great win on the road, but should have been a true butt whoopin’. Our “D” will have to really step it up this week vs the Pack–we can’t make the same kind of errors against GB and hope to keep our home win-streak alive…relieved to be 8-2–hoping for 9-2!

Nauti-boy

November 21st, 2010
9:30 pm

Offense – Falcons are doing awesome controlling time of possession, spreading around to all receivers, good play calling from the box & from MR at the line – Hard to complain about the offense now, but a bit worried about Turner even tho he ended up with 130 yards – like to see Snelling get a bit more involved.

Defense – Looks sluggish and not agressive enough, kinda get the feeling they’re not too worried because our offense is doing so well – but the have come up with some great stops when we needed it & look great at times – would like to see them shut down a team for 60 minutes, as hard as it is to do in the NFL.

Yo Vince

November 21st, 2010
9:33 pm

Ryan just looks like he is one step ahead of the defence. Roddy is the man on third down. Great game for Jenks and Burner. Go Falcons. Saints fan smells like Frnch Quarter.

LRD

November 21st, 2010
9:33 pm

Grimes better be getting rested and ready. Rodgers is going to be targeting his side of the field come sunday. Conversely, Dunta better earn his pay next week. Fully expect to see Spoon back.
Jenkins is had another good game. As much stuff we give him, he is having a good season. Kinda bummed Roddy didnt have more yards as he has slipped down to #2 on the overall rcver listing.
8-2… dang…

JB FALCON

November 21st, 2010
9:37 pm

Seven times in the red zone. FOUR field goals, two earned TD’s and one gimme. The Rams are improved but they are not Grren Bay or Matthews or Aaron. BUT, we’re at home and it’s one game at a time.
We could have used Abe but to win without him is a bonus. A good team does not win or lose a game because of one player.
Our offense is getting better every game. Less Mularky and more Ryan. Dunta is not worth the money and the media is like me caring what you think of me. We are what we are and what the media thinks is not relavent, except to them and their ratings. I’m sure they will all jump on when we continue the “process.”
BTW, whatever happen to SW?

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LRD

November 21st, 2010
9:45 pm

Already looking ahead.. steling this from Banks at SI..

In the Packers’ past three games, they’ve given up 0 points to the Jets, 7 to the Cowboys and 3 to the Vikings. Ten points in three games. The Green Bay offense has totaled 85 points over that same span, averaging more than 28 points per game.
(we have our work cut out for us.. eh?.. this may be the proof game more so than the Ravens game was..)

JB FALCON

November 21st, 2010
9:49 pm

LRD, they say, to be the best , you gotta beat the best. We’re at home and we have the artillery to get the job done. It’s gonna’ be a game, for sure.

LRD

November 21st, 2010
9:50 pm

Congrats to Roddy with 1000yds this year!!

BigLou

November 21st, 2010
9:51 pm

Only real win on those three games stated is over the Jets. Cowboys(Wade was still coaching) and Vikings are going under. Offense will score, more worried about our pash rushing and secondary.

Van's Note

November 21st, 2010
9:56 pm

Congrats to the birds!!! Hope Vance Walker is okay. D3, I too am curious about Sidbury. He appears to have great potential. Go Falcons! Beat the Pack!

Arno

November 21st, 2010
10:04 pm

Rams were one of ten in third down efficiency, while Falcons were better than 50%. Those are very good numbers.

Sportaree

November 21st, 2010
10:04 pm

D3
You did a great job by getting a very informative post up in such a short time. Keep up the good work.

Mike Franklin

November 21st, 2010
10:25 pm

The Falcons are really playing above themselves in some regimes just due to the fact that they are lacking talent to fill them. Abraham is undoubtedly a master at his position but his age has slowed him down just enough to thwart the fear factor he once brought to the game. Tony G is another master craftsman in his position but again, age is taking away some of his edge.

The Falcons cut some good vets in the process of instigating a youth movement, with Grady Jackson and Keith Brooking being two of the notables that were replaced with younger players.

In essence, the Falcs need size and speed on the D line to take the battle to opposing backfields. This should be found in the draft and free agency over the off season. They could also use some true depth at DB. Seeing Tye Hill in a Rams uni today was a reminder of just how many of the old timers and oft-injured have come and gone.

But for 2010? The Falcons are playing extremely well and it looks like it is finally time to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Georgia.

LJ

November 21st, 2010
10:38 pm

At best, Franks would only be playing special teams, but to activate him, who do you deactivate? That’s the problem. Say what you will about the secondary, I don’t see how a 5th round rookie is better than any DB we have.

Same thing with Sid, there must be something he’s not doing in practice, or they have a plan in place for him down the line. Again, barring the injury to Abe, who do you deactivate to activate Sid. They always have 8 D-linemen, and JA98 can play both tackle and end.

I think 2011 (if there’s football) will the the coming out party for El Sid. Brian Williams will be gone and Franks steps in.

With the team 8-2, the fact that Sid and Franks aren’t playing suggests the depth of this team presents a “good problem”

Sarah B

November 21st, 2010
10:44 pm

LRD I’m not making much of those last 3 scores by The Pack. The Jets are all over the place and the other two teams seem to have quit on the season = irrelevant…… Bring them on I say…

Ed

November 21st, 2010
10:52 pm

Terrific stuff as usual D3…William Moore is the real deal and is going to be a beast for the next number of years if he can stary healthy. We need a Moore up front to wreak havoc at the point of contact to take some heat off the secondary. The Falcons did what they needed to do though and hammered out a solid game against an opponent we should beat. Now comes the big test against the Packers and if they come in ready to play the Falcons will have their hands full. A victory next week would be a real statement to the rest of the league that Atanata has arrived.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

November 21st, 2010
10:59 pm

D3 – Great article and analysis….AS USUAL!!!!

I thought today’s victory was a great road win. It wasn’t always pretty, but a win is a win.

Also, props to the offensive line. I was one of those folks dogging them out at the start of the season when they weren’t doing a good job of protecting Ryan…particular Sam Baker. However, recently they have turned it around and are playing extremely well as a unit. Congrats to them on the Madden recognition.

Hopefully the Dome will be rocking for the Packers…the 11th man needs to show up and be LOUD ALL GAME to help the defense. We need home field advantage for the playoffs!!!!!

Paddy O

November 21st, 2010
11:17 pm

I predicted 35-17, not too bad. However, we left 12 points on the field, which was aggravating. Got lucky on the interception. Right after the interception, what do we do? Back to Zombie Mularkey ball – I was pumped for a long bomb to ice the cake, instead we run, run, pass. That game was still in the balance at this point – Mularkey crawling back into his safety shell. Maybe Mularkey needs to be called Terrapin from now on. Spoon looked a little slow on Bradford’s 17 yard scramble, but did make a nice play breaking up a pass – very good to see him back. Regarding SW, his granny is very sick, and he is taking care of her. I agreed with Smith – we play up to the demands – score when we need to, mail it in when we have a decent lead. But, liked Ryan calling audibles – the noise in St L did not seem to affect him too bad. A tad worried about Gonzalez – this is about the 4th game in a row he dropped a catchable ball, but as a future HOF, how much complaining do you really do? This game had the smell of a trap in the 1st quarter, but we slowly righted the ship and from there it was fairly smooth sailing. When Bradford gets some good receivers, such as the guy from GT in Detroit, he should become a force. Still stunned about the gimmick play that we intercepted – they got a little too cute for their own good – they could have won this game. Too many injuries – hopefully, none serious. Talk to you folks tomorrow – GOOD WIN FALCONS!!! (PS: Everybody gets to be a Cowboys fan for a week – everybody start working on cheering the Cowboys to defeat the Saints for the 2nd year in a row!)

Sarah B

November 21st, 2010
11:19 pm

Mike F – Brooking let himself go with the whiff on 3-13 play in the playoff game against ARI. “Wow that guy ran right by me????” WTF??? Grady just to old – done.

We are ready to take the next step!!!!!

Wabe

November 21st, 2010
11:21 pm

A few points…

Was pleased to see the Falcons win a game they were supposed to win. For a second there at the start of both halves, it seemed the Falcons wanted to play with fire – but once they settled down, we managed to take control.

Matt Ryan was steady once again. He’s a legitimate MVP candidate (as is RW84) up to this point. Doubt he’ll win it with all the other big names out there, but, there were plenty of critics of Ryan’s progression for a season and some change, but he’s managed to silence most of them with his play to this point. He had one questionable throw today (keying in on TG in the endzone), but outside of that, he was steady.

One quick point about the offense as a whole, Michael Jenkins return has clearly benefited this entire offense.

Defensively, we didn’t really get to Bradford today. There were also times where it seemed Jackson gashed us. But, we did just enough and managed to do what we needed to do on defense.

The one point that I emphasized after last weeks win vs. the Ravens that I want to repeat – I don’t know what Smitty and BVG are thinking at the end of games. Well, I know what they’re thinking, but I don’t know why they are. What’s the deal with these weak zones paired when we establish a healthy lead toward the end of games? I mean really, I was pi$$$$$$$$$$ed that they went back to that again this week seeing how it nearly cost us last week against Baltimore. I mean, Sam Bradford is a good looking *rookie*, but he’s still a *rookie* with no real threat at receiver – but he was 5-5 on his way down inside our 10. That’s mainly because we applied absolutely no pressure with our front 4 and we were dropping back into these “prevent-type” zones. It’s so soft and pi$$$$$es me off.

Smitty and BVG can thank William Moore for the play he made on that shovel pass. Actually, thank Babs + Moore + Bradford (for making a dumb choice at that critical juncture). All three had something to do with this play, but you guys get what I’m saying. Had the Rams gotten any points there, we would’ve been going down the stretch again – mainly because we take our foot off the gas and let a *rookie* nearly drive his team back into the game. And trust me, had the Rams scored, all the pressure would’ve been on us – not them.

Just pointing this out because we need to quit that ish ASAP and play with our foot on the gas start to finish.

Overall, 8-2.
Huge game against GB next week.
Something tells me Smitty and company used some of that extra time we had with the 10-day layoff to get started on the GB preparations.

HUGE GAME COMING UP!

Sarah B

November 21st, 2010
11:23 pm

S&T that would be the 12th man…. and last night on Falcons Face to Face C. Lofton ehrn asked about the main thing about the Ravens game said “The Dome was Rocking – I couldn’t hear a thing”…… We will bring it again Sunday!!!!

Sarah B

November 21st, 2010
11:23 pm

when asked… Sorry typing to fast.

L.A. Mont

November 21st, 2010
11:25 pm

Hey Falcons Fans, let’s give some love to Matt Bryant. He looked like he was going to get cut before the season with the struggles he had in pre-season. But since the season started, he looks like an all-pro. Yes, the offense needs to score more TDs, but no doubt having a reliable kicker can change your offensively philosphy. I was worried about this game because teh Rams have been tough at home, and the Falons were coming off an emotional win and 10 days off. But they perserved, and came up with the win, And now it sets up the game of the year in the NFC thus far this year, Falcons-Packers! Let’s get it! Happy Thanksgiving.

Sarah B

November 21st, 2010
11:25 pm

Their fans said BOOOOO when we went for 2 and made it….

GO COWBOYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah B

November 21st, 2010
11:28 pm

If there is a “Trap Game” on our schedule it is Tampa Bay @ Tampa Bay…. just sayin’

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Sarah B

November 21st, 2010
11:32 pm

Nice game D3 – it seems none of my offensive players decided to show up this week. Except MR #2.

That was FFL Speak.

Sarah B

November 21st, 2010
11:34 pm

L.A. Mont. we were all ready to cut him after the PITT Game. But he has redeemed himself.

Sarah B

November 21st, 2010
11:44 pm

Phuck – WR/FFL Predictor – Stop being right…. or come cash in your ticket at the window for God’s sake….

JBird

November 21st, 2010
11:49 pm

Solid game. Beautiful balanced offense, no turnovers, O line gives up no sacks against one of the league’s leaders . Well conceived game plan. Note how Mike Smith and staff always seem to have a handle on things. There’s no confusion in the huddle or on the sidelines. Ryan has become masterful at doing what it takes to win. Usual good games from Turner and Snelling as well as Roddy and entire receiver corps. Defense had it’s moments but came through when they needed to. Bradford is something else – another Matt Ryan in the making. Green Bay will be a challenge but the Birds should rise to the occassion. Getting Spoon back is a plus. Hopefully, Abrahan will be back by Sunday. Thanks, Arthur Blank, for hiring Thomas Dimitrov and Mike Smith. You’ve brought us a team Atlanta can be proud of!

Sarah B

November 21st, 2010
11:49 pm

I have a 4 day weekend….

Sarah B

November 21st, 2010
11:52 pm

EEEEE GAAAADS! Looks like we will face Philly again in the Post Season unless something big happens – let’s just hope it is here in the GA Dome – OUR HOUSE!!!!!!

Sarah B

November 22nd, 2010
12:17 am

Dion Sanders just said he wnts to see M Vick and the Eaglesin the NFC Championship Game in the ATL Dome – I say bring it on if it is in OUR HOUSE!!!!!!

Nookah

November 22nd, 2010
12:17 am

Greetings Cagers!!

Nice blog as usual D3. You are the man. I really appreciate your efforts and I can’t say it enough. Nuff respect!!

8-2 baby, leaders of the NFC and home field advantage. However, let’s celebrate tonight and get back to business this week. We have a big challenge next week with GB coming in with that Capers 4-3 defense. How will we contain “Bloodline”? We all know he’s a beast and will have to be accounted for on every down.

I did not get to see the game but a win on the road in the NFL is worth it’s weight in gold. Like Mastercard, it’s priceless. I dream of the day when we’ll have a very aggressive and dominating D. We have to somehow find a way to be more effective on defense.

William Moore is the real deal. He has a nose for the football and always seem to be in the right place at the right time. Apart from that he brings the wood on every play. TD is finally being vindicated (as if he needed any more vindication). I hope he continues to stay healthy and we will be set at that position for a while.

Our OL has been stellar over the last couple of weeks and I commend them. However, this upcoming game will be the real test as this defense will be coming at Matty from all directions and they are playing at a very high level. However, let’s look closer at the numbers. At the point of writing this they are 13th in the league in overall defense not including today’s game and we know those stats improved tremendously today. They are giving up 14.6 pts/game including today. Falcons are 17th and giving up 19.2 pts/game including today’s game. However, where they really make game changing plays is with their takeaways. They are like +12 or 13 and Charles Woodson is a big part of that. He is a real ball hawk. So much for GB as I digressed.

D3, I don’t think it is so much us having a problem with young QB’s but more like we have faced some very impressive young QB’s and you named 2 very good ones in Freeman and Bradford. If I was a fan of either of these 2 teams I’d be very expectant about the future.

I’ve seen a few of our games this season but I’m not very impressed with our pass rush especially if JA55 is not there and we had the sequel to that today. This is TD’s off-season project, to find a pass rusher or two. We need some ends in the worst way. Our DL has been playing pretty well and getting decent pressure but very little coming from the ends except in a few cases. That’s where we need some personnel.

Matty has been getting better and better. His performances on the road have been getting more solid and that’s a good thing. So far for the season he’s thrown 20 TD’s and 5 INT’s. Folks this is 4:1 ratio. I’ll take that any day. His decision making has been top draw. He threw to 8 receivers today although Turner had a catch of -4 yards. This is due in no small part to our stable OL. They have been allowing him enough time to go through all his reads and they really deserve credit. Just a FYI, Matty had a 101.7 rating today………………. on the road folks!!!

MP and SN do have coverage issues but hey, our entire secondary has coverage issues so I won’t be too hard on them. However, I hope TD and Smitty do realize we need lots of help in this area.

In a previous blog I along with many other bloggers mentioned our pathetic ST’s. We have to get this fixed or it can become our achilles heel. Is it personnel, is it coverage or the lack thereof? I’m not sure but we need a desperate fix, plain and simple. This is not an aberration but a trend and it’s very worrisome.

Speaking of worrisome…Dunta. He’s not playing up to his contract. However, I’m patient and I hope he’ll be able to turn this thing around. He has got to make very big plays for us even if the opposing QB throws an impeccable pass. That’s what we brought him here for.

The media’s lack of respect is nothing new. Let’s face it folks we are not known as a winning franchise. We are 44 years old and have only had two (now make it three) back-to-back winning seasons. Apart from that our fan base is made up of “fair weather” transplants who only support when it’s convenient. They are not “blue-in-the-blood Falcon fans like the Cage Members are. Those are some of the reasons why we are disrespected. This present administration and group of players are trying to change that perception. Unfortunately some of these so called analysts hardly ever watch our team play. We are totally disrespected on the national front but that’s OK. All we have to do is to continue winning and they will have no choice but to pay attention to us. Frankly, I could not care less whether we are disrespected or not. I’ll plagiarize Al Davis and say….just win baby!!!

Go Falcons!!!

Nuff respect everytime!!!

Stirg d'Nahsif

November 22nd, 2010
12:18 am

Hey Shawty B. Good game today, heh?

Stirg d'Nahsif

November 22nd, 2010
12:21 am

Sarah B

November 22nd, 2010
12:32 am

Hey Stirg – yes great game!!! Off to bed now! Love this! GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nookah

November 22nd, 2010
12:36 am

Stirg, whatup bro? Long time mi breddren!!!

Nuff respect!!!

Sarah B

November 22nd, 2010
12:36 am

Bench Favre – sorry if you can’t hand off to AP then let TJackson play…

Wabe

November 22nd, 2010
12:53 am

Surprised to hear Deion Sanders givin’ us some love here…

The panel on NFL network was posed a question:

“Whose the best team in the NFC…?”

Irvin went with the Iggles.
Deion actually went with ATL.
Mariucci dodged the question, but mentioned the hype that would be surrounded by a Eagles/Falcons NFC Championship game in the Dome…

drmondo

November 22nd, 2010
1:02 am

Happy with the win. These last few games Matt Ryan has really impressed me. He’s making the throws, reading the Ds well and controlling the game as well as anybody. He’s looking like a player we’ll be talking fondly for years…maybe even breaking out HOF curse!! The DLine reminded me of last year’s line. They’re getting pressure but it’s a second too late without JA55 there to spark things. I’m a bit disappointed/concerned about Sidbury. He was supposed to be the guy to take some pressure off Abraham. Did he even see the field today?
Despite some less than stellar moments, the team played well overall. At least now we’re looking for the draft and FA to tweak our team as opposed to revamping whole sections. I wish BVG would keep the pressure up. MR2 seems to know when to take the game into his own hands, so MM isn’t as much of a negative factor. Keep it up team! It’s great to have a team to be proud of again…having survived the 80’s and 90’s as a fan that’s a really big deal.

drmondo

November 22nd, 2010
1:03 am

should be …”our HOF curse.”

Box

November 22nd, 2010
2:27 am

Seminole Warrior,
I have experienced the “dealing with detente” that you are presently experiencing. As long as you keep your mission about what your Angel raised you to do, you cannot go wrong. Our prayers will always be with you and yours, as well as all in the Cage Family.

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Samuel

November 22nd, 2010
6:11 am

I like Moore he seems to always make plays, however Thomas Decoud, and Dunta Robinson are a diappointment. How can you pay Robinson that big contract and every game he doesn’t show up. Pieria showed he can play, I thought he had a good game. To beat the Packers we have to score touch downs in the redzone. Some how we have to get a pass rush. and we have to find ways to be a better pass defense. Our weakness is on defense Vangorder has to do a better job of getting the best out of what little talent we have.

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RMikel58

November 22nd, 2010
7:16 am

Still Atlanta Falcons will get little respect. Somehow in sports Atlanta Franchise Teams never seem to get any respect and im not sure why that is. They have more coverage on Brett Favre than they do Matt Ryan.
I tell you im so proud of Matt Ryan and the way he carries the team and he’s such a great example on/off the field as a person. He reminds me alot of Elway and Joe Montana taking Atlanta down the field to win the game.
Roddy White the “Jerry Rice” type of deep threat recievers. There Defense is amazing swarming to the ball and putting pressure on the QB. You can be as effective putting pressure on a QB without getting a sack.
8-2 with 6 games left gives me hope in the fact that they have 2 games with Carolina 1 with New Orleans here and 1 at Tampa.
Their Offensive line was incredible sunday and didnt allow 1 sack and that says something playing in St. Louis. The Falcons seemed hungry out there for a win. Blocking was incredible and the tackling amazing.
Now things will get really tough. Green Bay here is certainly better than going there (4-1) and their
7-3 with 4 wins in a row. Hopefully Abrams will be back because he has 8 of 19 sacks for Atlanta.
Then off to Tampa Bay (7-3) and 3-2 at home but lost to Pittsburgh (7-3) New Orleans (7-3) at home and Atlanta beat them by 6 pts here.
At Carolina (1-9) where we should win and then at Seattle (5-5) and (3-1) at home. Hopefully by the time we play New Orleans we will be 12-2 with a good chance of finishing 14-2. Wow!
Good luck Falcons