LIVE from New Orleans, as Falcons go for the upset

If John Abraham is doing this to Drew Brees, the Falcons have a chance against New Orleans. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

If John Abraham is doing this to Drew Brees, the Falcons have a chance against New Orleans. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

NEW ORLEANS –Good morning. I’m looking forward to actually watching some football today since I really didn’t see any last night in Starkville.

The good news for the Falcons is that no matter what happens in today’s game against the New Orleans Saints — and I do believe they have a legitimate chance to win — they will be fine this season. That’s not the case at Georgia, which not only lost last night at Mississippi State but had yet another player — freshman linebacker Demetre Bakerarrested this morning for underage possession of alcohol and DUI. That makes 10 arrests for the Bulldogs since the spring to pair with a 0-3 record in the SEC.

By comparison, the Falcons are Camelot.

There obviously were some good signs in last week’s 41-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. The Falcons ran the ball effectively, with Jason Snelling having a breakout game (three touchdowns) after Michael Turner left with a groin strain. Quarterback Matt Ryan also was sharp.

But the Saints are at another level. Ryan will face a stronger pass rush and play in a tougher environment in the Superdome than last week.

The biggest step up today must come from the defense. In the first two games, the Falcons faced a third-string quarterback in Pittsburgh (Dennis Dixon) and a last-resort starter against Arizona (Derek Anderson).  Today, the opposing quarterback is the MVP of the Super Bowl, Drew Brees.

The New Orleans offense has not been as explosive as a year ago. The Saints have won their first two games by scores of 14-9 and 25-22. But Brees has completed 74.3 percent of his passes (55 of 74) for 491 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. It’s imperative the Falcons get pressure on him, and that starts with John Abraham.

The lone starters out for the Falcons are wide receiver Michael Jenkins and safety Erik Coleman.

That’s it for now. I’ll check back shortly. How do you feel about the Falcons’ chances today?

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Enrico Palazzo

September 26th, 2010
12:19 pm

Jeff,
Do we know who is singing the National Anthem today?

Enrico Palazzo

September 26th, 2010
12:20 pm

First does not matter. Singing does.

Mike Broderick

September 26th, 2010
12:26 pm

Jeff,who is the emetgency QB today since Wilson has been deactivated?

Mike Broderick

September 26th, 2010
12:26 pm

sorry,emergency QB

tan salon

September 26th, 2010
12:27 pm

who dat they say my football team is in disarray?

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 26th, 2010
12:36 pm

I do believe that Ella Fitzgerald is singing today.

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mountain_jim

September 26th, 2010
12:39 pm

Go Falcons! Hope for better luck and less officials help the other way this year.

Jeff Schultz

September 26th, 2010
12:40 pm

Enrico Palazzo — Elvis, I believe.

Eric

September 26th, 2010
12:40 pm

Jeff,

Do you think Robinson will have an impact today vs. Brees? These NO/Atl games are historically tight and the Falcons played Brees and company pretty close last year. Just wondering if the adjustments to the defense in the offseason will produce results?

Jeff Schultz

September 26th, 2010
12:41 pm

Mike Broderick — It’s Wilson. Third QBs always are inactive.

5150 P.O.A.D.

September 26th, 2010
12:42 pm

The UGA replay is on CSS, Titanic is on TBS, and now the Falcons are going to lose. Boy what a great day to enjoy the rain and take a nap. Maybe when we wakeup the Braves will be in the playoffs, UGA will make Richt the lifetime coach, and the Falcon can find some running backs.

Enrico Palazzo

September 26th, 2010
12:42 pm

Ledbetter says Fitzgerald.
Schultz says Elvis.
AJC synergy!!!

5150 P.O.A.D.

September 26th, 2010
12:44 pm

Enrico it has to be Breez doesn’t he do everything in NOLA?

Frozen Rope

September 26th, 2010
12:44 pm

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Timely

September 26th, 2010
12:45 pm

Pam Oliver’s report on Tony Gonzalez.
4 catches this year, right?
Did like the October Gonzalez cameo.

Enrico Palazzo

September 26th, 2010
12:47 pm

5150 P.O.A.D., excellent point! Lol.
I think he’ll be too busy cheerleading at that point, though, and ripping off military chants.
Maybe he’ll push his kid out there to do it…typical stage dad.

Tom Pridemore was tuff

September 26th, 2010
12:48 pm

hopefully this will be a “happy blog”…..as opposed to last night…if the Falcons can run they get it done….

Working Today

September 26th, 2010
12:51 pm

Anyone know where I can listen to the game online?

willy

September 26th, 2010
12:54 pm

Tokyo Rose

September 26th, 2010
12:56 pm

Kman

September 26th, 2010
12:57 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 26th, 2010
12:58 pm

Some dude named Jeremy Davenport is singing the anthem.

Frozen Rope

September 26th, 2010
12:58 pm

No Turnovers,, I do believe we have a very good shot at the upset,,,

All Eyez on Me

September 26th, 2010
12:59 pm

Jeff,
Any idea how did Turner look in warmups?

Enrico Palazzo

September 26th, 2010
12:59 pm

Great job, D!!
Jeremy Davenport? Harumph!!
I’ve heard better.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 26th, 2010
12:59 pm

He didn’t sing. He played it on his trumpet.

5150 P.O.A.D.

September 26th, 2010
1:00 pm

D.O.L where are you? are you at the game with Jeff? Damn the AJC spent money for both of you to go to the game.

Jeff Schultz

September 26th, 2010
1:01 pm

All Eyez on Me — Hard to tell in warmups. Also hard to tell with groins until a player tries to explode off it in game.

Antonio Gramsci

September 26th, 2010
1:01 pm

Falcon fan, born and bred, but writing to you from deep in enemy territory (the 7th Ward) in New Orleans. PLEASE, please, Birds, I am begging you to knock the smug off the faces of these Ain’ts morons!

Jeff Schultz

September 26th, 2010
1:02 pm

5150 POAD — 2 at a road game is not unusual for us. Back in the day we used to send 3 or 4 for a normal game.

Cheech & Chong

September 26th, 2010
1:02 pm

Will this be a joint blog today?

Jeff Schultz

September 26th, 2010
1:04 pm

Forgot how loud this building was.

5150 P.O.A.D.

September 26th, 2010
1:05 pm

Maybe the RED & BLACK BIRDS will do better than the pink & black dawgs did last night.

5150 P.O.A.D.

September 26th, 2010
1:06 pm

Review that catch please

willy

September 26th, 2010
1:06 pm

5150 P.O.A.D.

September 26th, 2010
1:08 pm

I like college where they watch all the plays in the booth. Pro is a joke making a team risk being right or wrong when the refs should get the call right for the good of the game.
I can’t bet real money on sports anymore because a ref can change the outcome so easily.

Manny

September 26th, 2010
1:08 pm

Matt Ryan can sure throw that out pass.

DHunt

September 26th, 2010
1:08 pm

First play is the roll out that never ever works. Like I said, the LB’s have to bite for that play to work and they don’t bother because they know that their defensive linemen can run Ryan down

ReddJonn68

September 26th, 2010
1:08 pm

Please no remarks about the dead Dawgs today !!!

willy

September 26th, 2010
1:09 pm

DHunt

September 26th, 2010
1:09 pm

bad choice to review. no way Smitty saw a good angle on that catch. and a waste of a timeout. go defense

Jeff Schultz

September 26th, 2010
1:09 pm

So much for taking the crow out of it early — weak coverage on punt.

Manny

September 26th, 2010
1:10 pm

Vinings

September 26th, 2010
1:10 pm

"Chef" Tim Dix

September 26th, 2010
1:10 pm

Pie and Braves updates on the house.

Stizz

September 26th, 2010
1:10 pm

Damnit. Mike Smith needs to start asking his players before just tossing out the flag. And great job on special teams there.

Frozen Rope

September 26th, 2010
1:10 pm

just what we didnt need,, we froze our coverage team with the impossible review