Falcons Carve Up Colts

Birds Pull Away in Indy

Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones is chased by Indianapolis Colts' Jerraud Powers (25) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, in Indianapolis.

JJ's Big Day (AP)

The Atlanta Falcons took care of business and then some up in Indianapolis against the hapless (and winless) Colts. It wasn’t the most perfect game they’ve ever played (that interception on the 1 inch line being particularly atrocious), but the Falcons took control early on and the game seemed much farther out of reach than the score indicated. The Birds did what they needed to against an inferior team and now must get ready for one of the biggest games of the year as they host the NFC South leading and most hated New Orleans Saints. A look at the needed win up in Indy….

1) Is the Trade Justified Now?

Yes, it was only one game, but fans looking for a breakout game from the heralded rookie Julio Jones finally got one. The detractors will surely always be there and it was just one game against the worst team in the NFL, but the “explosion” that everyone had been waiting on finally came to fruition.

The first long touchdown was a thing of beauty. Matt Ryan threw a long bomb to the tune of almost 57 yards in the air (so much for the weak arm argument) and the ball appeared to be doomed where 3 Colt defenders were right around the ball. Jones found the ball in the air, dove, and found a way to come down with the ball. The ruling on the field was initially called incomplete, but after urging Coach Smith to challenge the play, it was ruled a catch and a touchdown.

The next one was just as spectacular where Jones caught a quick slant and turned on the jet burners for beautiful 80 yard touchdown catch and run. It was just one game and he’ll always have “the trade” hanging over his head, but no one can argue about his production and potential. In only 6 games played, Jones has 489 yards receiving, three 100 yard receiving game, and 2 touchdowns. He also has plays of 49, 50, and 80 yards. To be sure, Dimitroff gave up a lot, but if early returns are any indication, it was well worth it.

2) Great Opening

Another Good Day by Grimes and Spoon (AP)

The Falcons did what they were supposed to and got off to an excellent start against a sub-par team. They gobbled up a fumble on the first series of defense and drove down a short field to score a touchdown without putting the ball in the air. The defense had another great day on 3rd downs and the Falcons were quickly up 14-0 and then 21-0 with Julio Jones fireworks. Even though the one interception was beyond egregious, the game never seemed in any doubt whatsoever.

3) Ryan Up and Down

Matt Ryan generally had a pretty good day with almost 300 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. However, Ryan still isn’t looking the sharpest he’s looked. Not just including the awful interception, there were several balls that could have or should have been picked off. He had some moments of excellence including his 3 touchdown tosses and several good and long 3rd down conversions, but he has 9 interceptions at the halfway point compared to 12 touchdown passes. Maybe it’s the scheme or maybe it’s just Ryan having a less-than-stellar year, but his overall play will need to improve if the Falcons want to reach their goals.

4) Rushing Load Split

Turner Solid (AP)

Michael Turner looked good early on and finished with 71 yards and a touchdown before they reduced his workload as the game was out of reach. Speaking of Turner, he’s up to almost 700 yards rushing with 7 touchdowns at the halfway point. Jacquizz Rodgers got 10 carries in the game and didn’t disappoint with 44 yards rushing and chipped in a nice 16 yard catch out of the backfield. Jason Snelling even got 8 carries in the contest and Julio Jones ran for 33 yards on 2 reverses. The loss of Ovie Mughelli was a terrible blow, but it appears that an upside may be Rodgers and Snelling getting more playing time.

5) Another Good Defensive Day

It was against officially the worst team in the NFL, but the Falcons defense continued their good work by limiting the Colts to no offensive points and held them to a 28% third down conversion rate (4-14). They got one interception from Kelvin Hayden and had their hands on several more. They got two more sacks courtesy of Jonathan Babineaux and Corey Peters (who now has three on the year) and good pressure from Abraham, Edwards, and Nicholas. They had glimpses of going back into the hated soft zone, but that was probably a product of the game never being in doubt. They’ll get another huge test against Brees and Saints next weekend, but they have improved almost every week and appear to be the defense fans have been waiting on. They now own the NFL’s longest streak for getting at least one takeaway at 27 games, which is impressive all on it’s on.

6) Falcons Pull Away

Peters Now with 3 Sacks (AP)

Fans probably started to feel that same sinking feeling of allowing their opponent back in the game when Ryan threw that terrible interception right before halftime and allowed the Colts to cut the lead to 21-7. The Birds under Coach Smith have had tons of examples of allowing teams to get into rhythm and get back in the game, but much to their credit they put this one out of reach. They came out in the second half and had a forgettable series and had to punt. The defense got the ball back to the offense and the Falcons went on a 73 yard scoring drive to make it 28-7. The Falcons definitely let off the gas towards the end, but the game never seemed to in doubt and that’s something they’ve had a problem with in the past.

7) How Big is Upcoming Saints Game?

Next up of course is the Falcons biggest rival: the New Orleans Saints. The Saints just beat the Bucs to send them to a 4-4 record and it appears that this game is even bigger than it once was. The Falcons can take the division lead with a win over the Saints on Sunday, with two more home games and easy patch of a schedule coming up (Titans, Vikings, Jaguars). Conversely, a loss would be a major blow to a team that seems to be hitting a stride and away games to the Saints, Panthers, and Texans. Any Falcons-Saints game is always huge, but with their respective records and the way the schedule is setting up, this one is even bigger.

Your Turn

Have a go at the Falcons 3rd win in a row over the hapless Colts………

688 comments Add your comment

Jason

November 6th, 2011
7:19 pm

JB FALCON

November 6th, 2011
7:19 pm

After seeing the results of the NO game I think they better bring their lunch next week.

BigLou

November 6th, 2011
7:20 pm

I cannot wait for the Falcons to smack the Saints in the mouth next week. Great game. Go Falcons!

FalconFan

November 6th, 2011
7:22 pm

The Aints are not a physical football team. The Falcons are. Point blank.

JJ

November 6th, 2011
7:30 pm

D3, great post my friend. The upcoming saints game is as big as we all knew. Split the aints games and win out should get us the div. Lose to houston and split with the aints, its hard to see us in the wild card. By the way, Ive been on here for over 10yrs (yea get a life Jeff) and Ken has always been the optomist. So for you new folks, take a chill pill. I used to raise almighty he_ll about he who wouldnt turn his fn head around and Ken would say with the addition of PJerry, they would improve.

2 yrs later and lotsw of injuries, weve found out c.houston aint to bad up in detroit. Could it be coaching and scheme? Too many of us bash the falcon FAN who just blogs his opinion, while forgetting hes still the biggest fan of our falcons. He just has the balls to tell it as he sees it. That I commend, thank you and keep it up ken, but maybe in a diff. tone.

This is JJ, weakest link in the bird cage FFL that everyone wants to meet (haha, beware) and IM OUT!

Arx Ferrum

November 6th, 2011
7:31 pm

The Colts were not really a good yardstick to gauge this Falcons team. Next week will be the calibrating. The birds are in a good position to reclaim the NFC South but there has to be flawless execution, physical tackling (and not bouncing) and imaginative coaching. We have to be able to adjust to the moment and fill holes when they develop where we didn’t expect them. That will be the test.

FalconFan

November 6th, 2011
7:38 pm

Our offensive line will wear the Saints down. We’re one of the most physical teams in the NFL.

falcon21

November 6th, 2011
7:56 pm

Mr. Ken, just as JJ said keep it coming and don’t change a thing. Anyway, we have 5 wins and 3 have been on the road, that is the mark of a good team. The Hawks and Colts are nothing to brag about but it was on the road. Next week is the biggest game of the season thus far, a win will put us in full stride, a loss will trip us but we have the team to regain momentum!!!

Big Ray

November 6th, 2011
8:00 pm

To answer the questions:

1) I don’t know that there will ever be a “justification” of the trade. If you were willing to buy it before, you only feel a bit vindicated now. If you never liked it, you’re probably not going to change your mind. If you’re willing to play “what if” on the players we might have had instead, then good luck because your crystal ball and ability to see into the “could have been” past and future is way better than ours. And if that’s the case, then you should be playing up in Wall Street and rich as all get out…..’nuff said there.

However, if you think there was any WR we could have gotten elsewhere in the draft that can do what Julio is doing right now…..then I think you’re nuts. This guy comes in and makes many #1 WRs look like #2 WRs.

Julio justifies the fact that we got him. He’ll never justify 4-5 draft picks unless he has a game like this EVERY game. This trade was all about moving to the SPECIFIC piece that you wanted. And the front office knew what it would have to do to get it. That’s all there is to it.

Wait until Julio becomes more polished. You’ll forget all about the trade. And you’ll just be glad we have the ability to explode the way we do now.

By the way, any and all who had jokes about Julio being injured and Julio not being explosive….we’ll put your crow on ice for ya if you don’t have the balls to step up and eat it right now. There’s more where that came from.

2) It was a good opening. It’s said that the Falcons need to start fast to win games. I agree in general, but I also think that holds true of the best teams. Of course, teams like that are also able to win games late as well.

3) I’m not sure what’s up with Ryan, but he has some work to do. The offensive line gave up one sack, but Ryan was largely pressure free most of the game. He did make some good throws, but I counted SEVERAL throws that were just plain bad. If not for the Colts having butterfingers or not turning their heads quite quickly enough…Ryan’s 3 TDs could easily have been matched by 3 INTs. I’m thankful things didn’t turn out that way, and maybe he’s having a rough early/mid season patch. He’s still my guy. Need him to play better against NO.

4) Have to give the CS credit, the rushing load split was great. Good to see Quizz get the ball more and do what he has shown himself fully capable of doing. Miss Mughelli, but it seems the offense didn’t.

5) The defense was aggressive and more than solid. One of the unsung parts was how the DEs pushed the pocket from the outside, and that allowed 2 sacks by the DTs. Peters and Babs got good penetration, but you don’t get sacks on the interior if the ends are stacking the blockers up. Good job by the front four.

Our linebackers were simply fantastic. Loft, Spoon, and Nicholas all made plays. Lofton led the way in tackles, and it was Spoon who seemed to be everywhere at once. That kid has some serious swagger, the opposite of the taciturn Lofton. We need that.

Secondary was more than solid, missed a couple of INT opportunities, but was really on it. I realize the opposing QB was nothing special, but after watching us get torched by a “nothing very special” Tavaris Jackson earlier in the season, I’m not gonna look a gift horse in the mouth, ya know? Solid man-to-man was a help.

6) Pulling away and finishing off was definitely important. We needed to build on that 21-7 lead and leave no doubts whatsoever. Coming back and having a good drive really helped that. Score should have been 38-7 probably, but it’s all good. You fix the little things as you go along. What was good about it was the balance of plays between passing and running. We never got too far away from running the ball, and we didn’t try too many crazy things in the passing game. Best of all, we caught on to them jumping our pass routes and changed things up, going to TG…nice adjustments.

That’s called making the defense pick its poison, and is probably a bigger boost in confidence than we think. After all, that was part of the original complaints when we were losing – lack of adjustments when there are so many weapons on hand.

7) This is a big game. We get to test ourselves against a legit contender team, the kind that looks to win double digit games and make noise in the playoffs every year. Is it the biggest game of the year? I’m not so sure. But it does figure largely in a number of ways.

7)

uga_b

November 6th, 2011
8:06 pm

Julio was out for two weeks and we went back to a more balanced running attack. He comes back and we maintain the balanced attack and score 31 points and get him 2 TDs. Personally, I feel this is a better approach than throwing the ball 70% and his hamstring injury forced us to realize that. And we still won those 2 games. Now everyone wants to gloss over these events.

Clearly the team is better with Julio when they remember their offensive identity instead of being starstruck. Now he can truly have the impact he was drafted for: to make the team better.

uga_b

November 6th, 2011
8:11 pm

D3, I really wish you had mentioned how well we did eliminating penalties since that was one of the bye week foci. The other two: better 1st down efficiency (check) and third down defense (check).

Once again, this team has improved from last game. The coaching staff was able to hit on its points of emphasis. I saw a lot of brilliant OC calls and great balance. Plus a complementary and opportunistic defense. 27th game in a row with a turnover to lead the NFL.

Chop Buster

November 6th, 2011
8:24 pm

For once I’d just like to see the Falcons beat the Saints down and not let up from kick-off to the final whistle blows.

Wabe

November 6th, 2011
8:28 pm

Sorry for looking ahead so quick…

But, D3’s dead on about the magnitude of that Saints game. These past 3 games have been setup games to get us to this game. Luckily, with some help, the standings have shaped out in favor of the Falcons. Don’t get me wrong, we handled our own business. But, after the start we had, I don’t think anybody round here would’ve dared to say the Falcons would have a shot to take sole possession of 1st place following the Saints game. I’m sure we’ll disect this game from every angle throughout the week, so I’ll leave it there for now.

Regarding the game today, I didn’t get a chance to watch it in its entirety yet, got it DVR’d. I was at work listening to it on the radio though. Excited to see Julio get into the endzone. I’m sure that’ll end the Julio + TD’s talk. From what I heard on the radio, it seemed our Falcons were getting into some trouble with 3rd downs early? But I guess we cleaned it up as the game went on? Gotta watch the game fully to know exactly what happened. Regardless, we held their terrible O to 0, which is exactly what you wanna see. Defense is gaining steam. Offense worked Julio back into the fold really well. Was also happy to see Quizz get some work in (was hoping he could’ve popped that TD in on the pitch, but he’ll get his eventually). Hope to see them find some creative ways to get Quizz more involved in the passing game. That’s something to watch in the coming weeks.

Got done what we needed to get done. Beat the Panthers with our backs up against the wall. Went to Detroit and beat the upstart Lions to finally string together back to back wins. Beat up the lowly Colts. Now come the Saints. Should we win this upcoming game, I think the bus is officially rollin.

Back later.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

November 6th, 2011
8:28 pm

D3…..great article!!! Hopefully VanGorder will watch the film and utilize what other teams have successfully used against the Saints offense.

Samuel

November 6th, 2011
8:29 pm

Kudos to Julio Jones he showed his explosiveness with those two touch downs. Being that said I’m looking for Matt Ryan to have a near perfect game. How about starting it with the Saints. Go Birds!!

ANTMAN

November 6th, 2011
8:42 pm

If Matt Rhyn plays one of his better games, we’ll have a good chance of putting ourselves in a position to win. If not it’s going to be a long day.

uga_b

November 6th, 2011
8:44 pm

Yes, by scoring a TD, no one can say he hasn’t scored a TD. Strange how that works.

Furthermore, now we can’t say the coaching staff or offense is incapable of giving him the opportunity to score a TD based on the route, blocking, and throw. Which I also think is nice.

Wabe

November 6th, 2011
9:15 pm

No disrespect intended here whatsoever uga_b.

It’s just, when you’re listing every rookie WR that has gotten into the endzone and then mention the fact that Julio hasn’t, it just came off and still does, at least to me, that you were really voicing displeasure with Julio himself. I mean, when you mention receiver after receiver without listing anything about coaching for those other guys, it just came off as if you were pointing to how there were other guys that could’ve been had…

That’s just how I took it. Maybe I misread you. It’s just when you’re mentioning things like “Add Jonathan Baldwin to the list of rookies that’s scored a TD…” – - pointing to every other rookie receiver to have a TD under his belt without ever referencing ‘how’ they got into the endzone or without mentioning a single word about other coaches/schemes, it just comes off a different way.

And again, you’re free to voice your opinion if you did think the price for Julio was too steep. Not gonna knock you for that either. But, I will make Julio detractors eat that crow when I get the chance : ). By the way, where’s clockwork at?

Wabe

November 6th, 2011
9:16 pm

blog monster!!!!!!!!!!

D3

November 6th, 2011
9:22 pm

Great Win Day Cage Fam! :eek:It’s a win that’s necessary, but not necessarily the most fulfilling. That being said, we looked good today overall. And let’s also be honest in that we totally took the foot off the gas in the 4th quarter, which I think is a pretty classy move by Smitty. The game was never in doubt and there was simply no need to run up the score on a disheveled team. Speaking of, I can’t really fathom why they are THIS bad. I mean, they have Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Austin Collie, and Pierre Garcon on offense. Kind of their own d@mn fault for not going out and getting a better quarterback than Curtis Painter or Kerry Collins (hello David Garrard!). Anyway, back to some random thoughts on our Birds………

Really liked the way we came out today getting the fumble and promptly taking it down the field to score. I’ve seen our Birds waste huge opportunities like that on field goals. Sometimes, its more about mindset more so than just points.

Even though not looking like Jake Long just yet, I like the way that Svitek has stepped up and in for Baker. Two starts against two of the better DE’s in the game (Kyle Vanden Bosch and Dwight Freeney) and he’s done well. I think they should look at trying Baker at the RG position. Look, there’s no shame in it whatsoever because it happens all the time with franchises drafting guys high in the first round only to become RT’s or G’s. Robert Gallery, Jason Smith, and Chris Williams to name just a few.

Hope the injury to William Moore isn’t serious. We need his thumping ability for the Saints game coming up.

Remember the Saints running their mouths and taking pictures on our field in a mocking manner (and reportedly pissed on our logo) after they beat us at home after x-mas? Wonder if that’s going to be some bulletin board material this week. Not that they’ll need any extra motivation for the hated Saints.

Looks like we may have finally found our true complementary combo in Turner and Quizz. With Snelling not taking as many snaps from Quizz as the #2 RB and 3rd down back, its great to see both backs bring their own style and finally have some versatility in the run game. It will be good for Turner as much as anyone because he will be able to preserve his body much more and play longer. Mike Cox added nothing for me at FB. Just put Snelling in. Whatever blocking he lacks, he surely makes up for it in his pass catching and running ability.

Sure happy to see JJ with his breakout day. Hell, he’s already almost got 500 yards in only 6 games. BTW, Roddy has 501 yards himself, so the possibility of two 1,000 yard receivers in one year is a very real possibility.

I know this is greedy on my part, but I just wish that the inclusion of JJ wouldn’t necessarily mean the exclusion of HD. I know that the argument will be that Gonzalez has preference over HD in order, but I sure would love to see more 3 WR (Roddy, JJ, and HD) sets with Gonzo. Also saw Eric Weems in on offense quite a few times.

Also liked seeing Michael Palmer getting in on the mix of catching, even if it was only 1 catch. He may not be Gonzo’s true heir at TE (as I had hoped), but he surely is an excellent #2 TE and should be for a long, long time. Still think that Gonzo’s going to go another year or two and allow us to develop his true replacement.

Loved the fact that Hayden has appeared to completely take over the CB nickel spot. Was a little afraid that they may put Chris Owens back in just because. With Franks, Owens, and Walls on the bench developing, it appears that CB may finally be somewhat of a source of strength. Also loved seeing Sidbury getting in on some action and had that one really nice tipped pass.

Just now saw this……….http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/joe-hawley-breaks-into-1218978.html

I thought that Hawley was starting in place for McClure for a little bit, but he actually started in place for Garrett Reynolds at RG. This is where the theory of cross-training OL really pays off. The question I have is this: What in the hell happened to Mike Johnson?. He was the highest OL taken since Baker and hailed from some serious Alabama pedigree where he paved the way for a Nat’l Title and Ingram’s Heisman. So now both Hawley and Reynolds have got the nod over Johnson? Wish I knew what was up with that……..

Have a great night Cage Family! Be back in for more tomorrow…………. :!:

Wabe

November 6th, 2011
9:23 pm

uga_b,

No disrespect intended here whatsoever. It’s just, the way your comments about Julio came off, it just seemed as though you were really voicing displeasure at Julio/the choice to get Julio rather than voicing displeasure with how we’ve incorporated him.

I mean, when you’re mentioning every single rookie receiver that has managed to get into the endzone this season and compare them to Julio’s 0 TD’s, it just came off as though you were trying to say that there were other receivers that could’ve been had for a better price that could’ve provided the same ‘bang’ we were looking for.

Again, when you mention things like “add Jonathan Baldwin to the list of rookie receivers with a TD” without mentioning a word about ‘how’ he got in the endzone or about their respective coaches/schemes, it just came off as a shot at Julio.

It’s whatever. You’re entitlted to your opinions. Even if that’s how you felt or still feel, it’s cool. But, I’ll make sure Julio detractors get to tasting that crow on days like today. I probably misread you. Happens.

By the way, where’s my man clockwork at tonight?

Wabe

November 6th, 2011
9:23 pm

blog monster killin me here

D3

November 6th, 2011
9:24 pm

From Smitty……..

“Nothing is permanent in this league, but right now that’s the way that we will be going moving forward,” Smith said. “Joe will be playing the right guard position.”

uga_b

November 6th, 2011
9:25 pm

Mike Johnson is injured and I think he might be on IR.

D3

November 6th, 2011
9:25 pm

Wabe — Post released from the crappy blog monster :neutral:

Hamad Meander

November 6th, 2011
9:34 pm

That’s the game we’ve been looking for from Julio, but Matt Ryan still needs to sharpen up to get this team deep into the playoffs. The defense was tenacious today! Love to see them get after it like they did.

The thing about Julio’s day is finally defenses HAVE to defend him in a way that will open up other options on offense. I like our chances to get this offense flowing next weekend.

waynester

November 6th, 2011
9:34 pm

D3
awesome win today. Hawley did great on the right side, taking everyone by surprise since there’s no film on him at Guard. (BTW, Johnson is on IR) Svitek is holding his own so far and kudos to the coaching staff for taking action–if it’s broke–fix it! I believe we can take the Saints in a close one next weekend but we can’t let it slip through our fingers making dumb mistakes. The most hopeful sign today was the lack of penalties. If we can continue this style of disciplined play, we’ll go a long way this season. Our DBs have got to make those picks that they dropped today when NO comes in…we MUST win the turnover battle…Brees will put a few up for grabs and we can’t whiff on those opportunities. Excellent work across the board today!

uga_b

November 6th, 2011
9:35 pm

The point I was trying to make is that other teams were getting more impact out of their rookie WRs when I thought we had the most talented one (might be tied with AJ). We were using him as a possession WR and mainly scoring with our old offensive players. Even when we picked Julio, I have never said anything bad about Julio and have gone out of my way to compliment him.

I was more interested in how a staff could be so committed to getting more explosive on offense trade up for two quality additions that bring the table, but then do better when they only used their old pieces. Not Julio’s or Jaquizz’s fault because they brought the work effort and talent. It is like the team was surprised it got what it asked for and then didn’t know what to do.

Coop

November 6th, 2011
9:38 pm

D3 – I think we lost Johnson to IR.

D3

November 6th, 2011
9:42 pm

waynester — Thanks for the update on Johnson. Totally missed that one. Shame for the guy.

Coop

November 6th, 2011
9:45 pm

D3 – Great write up and great game. As huge as the Philly and GB games were, let’s all be real… NO are the two biggest games EVERY year. I hate those guys!

We have 4 easy games and 4 difficult games left. We should and therefore MUST win against MIN, TEN, JAX, and CAR. Only road game is CAR so we should win these and be at 9 wins. Even though we have 3 NFC losses, 10 wins should get the WC and 11 should win the division. So we need to find a way to win 2 from NO, NO, TB, and HOU. We should be able to beat TB at home.

That leaves next week against NO in our house for 11 wins. HOU and NO on the road aren’t out of the question, but I don’t like the NO game late in the season on Monday night.

Bottom line, next week is HUGE. We win and we are in the driver’s seat. In fact, we could make a push for a bye and home filed advantage. Lose and we are most certainly scrambling all year for a WC slot.

BTW, today’s win moved us into the last WC slot.

BobbyDawg

November 6th, 2011
9:45 pm

We didn’t get burned by the long bomb today for a change. I’m thinking our d secondary is gonna get a full workout next week.

LRD

November 6th, 2011
9:50 pm

JJ = WOW. Nice snag, nice run, and for once we did that stupid reverse.. and it worked.
Cbrass…. did you see that… I about fainted myself.

Spoon has really come into his own, and we need him to have a huge game on Sunday.
Quizz.. man I wish he would get his first TD. Kid is impressive.
Svitek played a good game. OL over all played good against a quick D.

Ryan: Curious what is up… he should have given up 3 INTs today, so lucky on that point. But that is just leading him up to having big/huge game on sunday.
Cant wait to hear the roar of the dome….

Paddy O

November 6th, 2011
9:58 pm

well. b4 I read any comments, quick recap: Excellent outcome. JJ played fantastic. Crossing patterns can be productive. Spoon is a YAC annihilator. Ryan played mediocre. Play calling at our own goal line, where the Colts scored their only points, was horrible. THAT is the exact place you try going deep. Obviously, that quick slant – with the TE going over to the other side, is known by all of our opposition. Now, we can prepare for a mighty test. HOwever, games a blowout – why not run a few patterns to Meier? What do we have against that guy?

Paddy O

November 6th, 2011
10:01 pm

“Dimitroff gave up a lot” – but is it anything we will miss? All we are genuinely missing is a stout LT, and even with 2 excellent book ends, Svitek played well. Anybody notice NO Reynolds? Hawley playing RG?

Paddy O

November 6th, 2011
10:02 pm

Our new fullback laid on a picture perfect block to spring I believe Turner.

Wabe

November 6th, 2011
10:05 pm

Appreciate it D3.

And understood uga_b. Again, I misread you. But regardless, now we can all put this talk about TD’s behind us. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more days out of Julio like the day he had today, at least I hope.

Wabe

November 6th, 2011
10:06 pm

Saints @ Falcons

I’m already stoked about that game next week.

painter

November 6th, 2011
10:08 pm

I was awake at 3am (Japan time) to watch us win. I’m concerned with Ryan’s inconsistency, but the two throws to JJ overshadowed the poor INT, still wander what the heck happened. I liked the runs by Turner and kept waiting for him to bust one and he nearly did. The handoffs to PopQuiz were mostly positive gains. I really like the look of our offense now and the defense too. Special teams play was pretty good and even our punter pinned them down and had a couple touchbacks on kickoffs. But granted, we weren’t exactly playing world-beaters and I’m looking forward to this week leading up to the Saints game. I hope we smack them good. Gonna watch that Rams game and the TB game today to see where those guys are. Still liked how we slowed it down in the 4th. Never kick a man when he’s down. But what if it were the Saints down big? We would probably tack on a couple more scores for good measure. Oh, and I wander if there’s gonna be a twitter war like last year. Probably so. But hope not.

Coop

November 6th, 2011
10:11 pm

Paddy – I love having JJ, but we do have a ton of depth we could’ve addressed. That said, they would not have had the combined impact that JJ is having. But we will need to continue to improve on the OL, at DE, and the secondary. Will need a TE and RB in the not too distant future. Again, JJ provides a bigger impact than all those players could combined, but think how thin we are in places when it comes to injuries.

As for FB, I think Cox played well also. Probably needs more time to develop and learn the book, I saw a nice seal on a Turner run. That brings me to Snelling. IMO, play him at FB and rotate Turner and Quizz at RB. Snelling can catch and block, but he’s a slower Turner. Quizz provides the change we need.

darrell starks

November 6th, 2011
10:24 pm

HE’S BACK
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

November 6th, 2011
10:25 pm

darrell starks

November 6th, 2011
10:26 pm

Paddy O

November 6th, 2011
10:32 pm

Coop – I concur, for the most part. I am gathering that TD did the math, calculated our perceived depth (apparently the O line factor was a bit off – both Johnson & Reynolds have not worked out, but that can be fixed), and went for the trade – which today, provided HUGE dividends. I just hope Roddy is not too pissed – I think he could just about do what JJ does, if we gave him the routes to run. I’ve been pushing for a Quizz & Snelling/Turner I – worked out pretty well. However, that 5 yard loss screen pass to quizz was just about the dumbest play we’ve drawn up – Ryan’s current major failure is the use of the pump fake, then throw to the genuine target. I was highly impressed with our D line – I am beginning to think that it may be the BEST in the NFL – our depth is remarkable, on both the DT &DE – anybody see Biermann can pancaked somewhere in the 2nd quarter by Castonza? Sidbury had a beautiful play – got us a penalty & loss of yards. Babs & Peters – both had sacks – if we can get our DT’s sacks & our DE’s properly contain, we should have a potent QB pressure scenario. This was darn fun game to watch. We played poorly in the 2nd quarter, but had that sew the game up drive in the 3rd, which was perfect – then ran the clock out in the 4th. ONE STATEMENT ON THE COLTS: This is why I consider Caldwell to be a low quality coach – he MUST have known that Peyton was out for most of the year – instead of giving Painter quality time the first few games, they turned the team over to RETIRED Collins – which essentially pissed all over painter. Once the Colts realized they puked 4 million – 4 MILLION on retired Collins, they restarted Painters, thus leading to this. One scumbag Colt fan had a LUCK jersey on. I am beginning to think the Colts fans don’t deserve Manning. It would be karma if they cut Manning, draft LUCK and he turns out to LEAF. GO FALCONS!

Paddy O

November 6th, 2011
10:38 pm

No TRAP game today, folks. We are hitting a good stride. D – I dont’ think I can complain too much – let up a few more running yards than I expected -but, we have a good quality QB pressure & opportunistic defense. Bosher is really starting to perform – a lot of bad field position starts for the Colts today. fun game. GO FALCONS!

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DHunt

November 6th, 2011
11:19 pm

Julio pickup will go down as a master stroke in Falcons history. You don’t have to believe but you will bear witness. The kid is damn near unstoppable now. Wait until he actually learns the game.

Fast start on defense and offense. That first scoring drive was all runs. And not the same old same old running plays. Colts defense was on notice right then it was going to be a long day.

I have a whole dissertation on Ryan. I’ll break it down over the next few days. But if you review the tape, look at the incompletions. I believe only one was an intentional throwaway. Most of the other incomplete passes looked like he rushed the throw. When his footwork gets suspect, his accuracy gets suspect. I like how the coaches talk about drilling down on substandard performances. I think that will happen with Ryan’s performances, and we will see more improvement. One way to do this quickly is to give him a better outlet option when his first option isn’t there. He’s not resetting well, and he needs a RB or TE always ready to be that second option.

Defense gets the A+ today. No points allowed is an automatic A. keeping the takeaway streak alive, and dominating an inferior opponent gets the plus. Spoon and Lofton will be a premiere LB tandem for years to come. Nicholas is pretty darn good as well. Hopefully BVG will keep putting them in positions to dominate games.Defensive line and secondary are steadily improving. Extra kudos to the secondary for great coverage, and especially for coming up and laying some big hits all day long. Fast and Furious is the way they played today, and if they keep it up, they will be the big story of the 2011 Championship season.

Question 6 requires that we give kudos to the coaching staff. They had the team ready to perform at a high level, they called a much better game, they made some adjustments, they were aggressive, and they kept the foot on the gas just long enough to make the right statement, but not pile on the hapless Colts. The coaches have been improving as well, and they deserve credit for it. Still need a bit more from Mike Mularkey. It’s not good for HD to disappear, and we have to be much less predictable in personnel and play design. Balance on offense is fine, but keeping the defense off balance is better.

If this team wants to be a Super Bowl team, they have to keep that winning attitude. A loss won’t destroy the season, but reverting to old bad habits just might. A consistently high level performance, will get the results we want. GB is the only team in the league playing like world beaters right now, and we’ve already shown we can hang with them. Tampa is falling off, and the Saints and Texans are more suspect than people think. Curtis Lofton said he sees no reason why we can win every game left on the schedule. I don’t either.

Screen Pass

November 6th, 2011
11:31 pm

“Ryan’s current major failure is the use of the pump fake” – Paddy O

Pump fakes are not used on 7 yard quick slants…unless it the slant and go variety that cunning OC’s use. That was a blind throw to a spot, blaming it on M. Ryan is silly. Our not so cunning OC seems to not have had a clue that teams have found the obvious “tell” in that play and others…or even worse he doesn’t care. The replays clearly show the defender hand signalling to let his back up know he was cutting the route. The announcers broadcast and clearly outlined the “tell” for the whole audience and world to see. I hope next week we use the exact same play…if MM has a brain we will see some sort of deception using the old tell…if we do the same damn thing then rumors of MM having a functioning brain will clearly be dispelled.

uga_b

November 6th, 2011
11:40 pm

Torrey Smith is really dynamic, but man does he need to make some catches and stop dropping balls. Maybe the small hands DID matter.

uga_b

November 6th, 2011
11:42 pm

We will need to continue to score points on the Saints and take advantage of that defense. I think if we can contain Sproles, we can have a good day on defense.