How would you rate the Falcons’ performance?

Time for the report card on the Falcons’ effort Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Rate the team on the following four categories: offense, defense, special teams and coaching.

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27 comments Add your comment

Footballfan16

October 18th, 2009
11:33 pm

Woo! GO FALCONS! Way to play with passion guys!

Joe

October 18th, 2009
11:41 pm

Jenzen

October 18th, 2009
11:42 pm

As much as I hate to say this, next week will be a bloodbath! Drew Brees will absolutely kill the porous Falcon “pass” defense (and I use that more of an oxymoron). Of course Chicago is not a chop liver team, they nonetheless should have won this game and as Falcon fans we should acknowledge that. BUT, a win is a win no matter how you get it.

Black in ATL

October 18th, 2009
11:47 pm

The d can’t stop diarrea with a case of AD! The saints wil KILL this squad!

TheManMike

October 18th, 2009
11:55 pm

Jenzen –

If you’re really a fan, then get it right – We play in Dallas next week. We are in NO in 2 weeks on Monday night. Come on now. You’re wrong on more than one level here. ;)

GO FALCONS!

Courtney

October 19th, 2009
12:01 am

Any win is a win. Good teams win the UGLY ones.

FalconFan

October 19th, 2009
12:23 am

Thanks Mike for clarifying that for the “fan” above you there. Great win for the Falcons, enjoy it tomorrow and get to work for Dallas next week.

Brian

October 19th, 2009
12:41 am

How are people bashing the defense? If anything, the offense should take the most heat after this game. The defense created 3 huge turnovers, two in the redzone, one on the GOAL LINE. All the yards given up doesn’t matter when you keep them out of the end zone. 14 points allowed is the only stat that matters.

The offense had an off night but they still got the W. That’s the mark of a good team.

Old Gator

October 19th, 2009
1:25 am

Good teams win games like that. In years past we would have lost. We still need someone to play corner if we are going “Big Time”.

Kirkwood Charlie

October 19th, 2009
5:25 am

Thanks, TheManMike for the correction. Falcon fans need to take it one game at a time and enjoy each win. [On any given Sunday remember Detroit].

Crossing my fingers until January

October 19th, 2009
7:34 am

First of all, I do consider myself a “homer” Falcon fan. I was excited as anyone last year when we took the field. But saying that, I am also a realist. I am getting concerned about Matty Ice bailing out of the pocket when the O line has done one helluva good job. That has happened on numerous occasions this year, and 5 times last night! I know I don’t want to see him take a big hit, but you limit your point of attack while running to the sidelines. If anyone TVO’d the game, take a look at those plays, there were receivers open. Hopefully, a little more experience will assist in creating that comfort level. I feel that our season will be defined in the next 2 weeks. With Romo and Brees attacking our “D”, we will learn quite a bit about how far we have come, be it good, or bad. Remember, we don’t want to just make the playoffs, we want to win a game or two. One last comment to Jenzen saying that we really should have lost. Re-visit the TD we lost by the Harvey Dahl “hold”, I watched it 5 times, it was not there! We ended up not scoring, so in a fair world we would have had a two TD lead, but alas, it is not a fair world, so we had to sweat a little bit.

the real Old Gold

October 19th, 2009
9:01 am

Just beat Dallas. My father in law is a Cowboys fan and I been ragging on Tony “choker” Romo since last year.

Zizzle

October 19th, 2009
9:07 am

Keys to Falcons beating the Saints in two weeks….1) Make them one dimensional. Don’t let them run the ball. Force them to pass. 2) Put up fast 1st quarter points to take the crowd out of the game. 3) Get them in long 3rd down situations. 4) Force turnovers. 5) Don’t let Drew sit in the pocket. Force him to throw the ball before he wants to.

GO FALCONS!

lexluther

October 19th, 2009
9:45 am

Did you guys watch the same game I did. The coaches did an excellent job adjusting to the Bears defense. The change of pace/no huddle was the right antidote for their defensive scheme. The offense adjusted and started moving the ball. The defense for Atlanta played hellasious. They proved that they are coming together extremely well. Special team play was excellent. They contained the two speedters that Chicago has returning the ball. All in all it was a great team effort. My hat goes off to the entire team, including the 13th man. Way to put on a nice show for national T.V.
Now, let’s start preparing for those COWGIRLS and get another W. Then it’s the BIG SHOW with N.O.
GO FALCONS……………..

T.C

October 19th, 2009
10:11 am

I hope the falcons keep proving me wrong.I have been a fan for a while and use to getting disappointed every time i think we have a chance.Looking at the stats of all sports,the falcons come in 1st place when it comes to consecutive years losing after a winning season and thats 43 years.I hope with this team rhat stat is broken and not just last year and this year,but years to come.The birds play two tuff games against dallas at dallas and the unstoppable saints.These games will show me what there really made of.M*R2(MATT RYAN)is a keeperand the D-FENCE looks to be improving.But ofcourse the falcons where at home.Lets see how they perform on the road.

Mark Bradley

October 19th, 2009
10:14 am

Uh….Why didn’t coach Smith challenge the first touchdown by Denver? Clearly the ball was bobbled and never under control.

Also, come read my blog where I do not contribute to anything in any way.

Hillary Clinton

October 19th, 2009
10:16 am

What part of your body itches the most?

Justafan

October 19th, 2009
10:37 am

The D has improved every game. The Players are playing as a team and the Coaching is great, so take it a game at a time.

Now the Flying Falcons have got to go ride a Cowboy…….I’ll take the Falcons.

NUMER 1 FAN

October 19th, 2009
10:41 am

N E 1 THAT THING THE FLACONS R NOT GOIN 2 SUPERBOWEL THIS YEAR IS NUTZ THEY R FINNALY DOIN GOD THINGS AS A TEEM AND IF NOT 4 THE REFS MAYKIN BAD CALS THEY WOOD BE UNDEFTED THEY JUST HATE THE FALCONS CUZ VICK USE 2 BE ON THERE TEEM

GO BIRDS

dixie yookle

October 19th, 2009
10:55 am

Good job guys ,you looking like a good NFL team

OneRascal

October 19th, 2009
11:08 am

Another thriller with Chicago! Mistakes made on both sides but Falcons made the most of them. Winners do. It wasn’t real pretty but war in the trenches never is. Besides this isn’t college, all that counts are the wins at the end of the season.
Dare I say this is the year we break the streak!!!

For some odd reason is seemed the D rush did better with the four man front. When they get pressure it allows the secondary to tighten up the coverage. Good things happen pressuring the QB. Not real happy with the man to man coverage with the blitz package. gave up to much when in it. DB need to step it up another notch or management needs to upgrade the talent again. (Yes that’s a challenge to the players)

The next two games will be tough for different reasons. I believe that this team will take it one game at a time and take care of business. Good coached teams do this.

JeffC

October 19th, 2009
1:40 pm

Just read on one of the other sports sites that Williams is done for the year with a torn acl. Let’s hope Chevis can step up better than he did last night on that second td play by the tight end!

Roblyn's Home Repair

October 19th, 2009
2:51 pm

I’ve been a Falcons fan since 1966 and watched te first game against the Pack with a 56-3 score. We have come a long way. Thanks to AB and mike smith for giving us a team we can be proud of and with that WE ARE GOING TO WIN THE NEXT 2 GAMES!!!!!

Dkchap

October 19th, 2009
3:04 pm

As a huge UGA fan it was nice to see a game where the defense could wrap up its tackles. I found myself flinching every time a falcon defender made a play (expecting a gaffe) but after quarter of nice plays I realized this wasn’t Martinez’ Dawgs it was VanGorders Falcons. Wish he’d come back home. Nice fundamentals!

Ken Herock

October 19th, 2009
3:42 pm

Does anyone realize that the Falcons are 4-1 largely without any contribution from their most recent draft: Jerry (was improving every week but out for year); Moore (hurt and probably can’t beat out DeCoud); Owens (??? what happened to this guy).

Ken Herock

October 19th, 2009
3:44 pm

If Williams is out for the year, would give a #1 to the Raiders for Nnamdi Asamugha? He is supposedly on the block. Although he comes with a three year guaranteed contract.

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