LIVE: Falcons try to provide some relief for Atlanta fans

The weather in the Washington D.C. area has been similar to mood of Falcons' fans: gloomy. (AP photo)

Weather in the Washington D.C. area has been similar to mood of Falcons' fans: gloomy. (AP photo)

LANDOVER, Md. — Good morning. It’s the Sunday of what is shaping up as one of the worst sports weekends in Atlanta sports history. (I don’t want to declare it as the worst. Too much competition.)

On Friday, the Braves lost their wild card playoff game to St. Louis 6-3. On Saturday, Georgia got bodyslammed by South Carolina 35-7 and Georgia Tech lost to Clemson 47-31.

Today, it’s the Falcons’ turn to . . . well, what exactly?

They face the Washington Redskins. On paper, this is a game they should win. The Falcons are 4-0 for only the third time in franchise history (1986, 2004, 2012) and have one of the best offenses in the NFL. The Redskins are 2-2, their only wins this season have come over New Orleans (0-4) and Tampa Bay (1-3) and they have one of the worst defenses in the the NFL (29th in total defense, 31st in pass defense, 27th in scoring defense).

But if the backdrop of the Atlanta Sports Weekend From Hades isn’t enough reason to cause concern about today’s game, here are a few things that might:

• Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (RG3) can make plays and has been remarkably efficient for a rookie, completing 69.4 percent of his passes with four touchdown passes and only one interception in 124 attempts. He is averaging 250.8 yards passing per game, but he has been sacked eight times. He also is rushing for 58.5 yards per game (and has four touchdown runs).

• The Falcons’ pass protection, a question coming into the season, was a problem against Carolina last week. Quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked seven times. It needs to be better today, especially given that it’s a road game and crowd noise could become a factor.

• It’s not easy to stay undefeated in the NFL, no matter who the opponent is. That was reaffirmed in the Carolina game. The Panthers, particularly quarterback Cam Newton, were emotionally down and beat up coming into the game. But the Falcons were fortunate to get out of the Georgia Dome with a 30-28 win — only because of a last-minute field goal drive, helped by a 59-yard pass from Ryan to Roddy White.

For what it’s worth, it has been cold and drizzling in the Washington D.C. area, so we’ll see how that affects the two teams today.

What to look for? Mostly whether the Falcons come out firing against the Washington secondary, which includes our good friend (slight sarcasm), DeAngelo Hall. Hey, maybe Hall and coach Mike Smith can rumble again.

That’s it for now. Do you think the Falcons win today to end the sports misery in Atlanta, or do the Redskins complete a sweep?

I’ll be here all game to chat.. The cyber-venting lines are now open.

By the way, I just received the Falcons’ inactive list: QB Dominique Davis, CB Terrence Johnson, FB Lousaka Polite, T Lamar Holmes, TE  Michael Palmer, DE Jonathan Massaquoi and DE Cliff Matthews.

By Jeff Schultz

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Dawg Haus

October 7th, 2012
11:41 am

Please save us, Falcons!

Riddle me this

October 7th, 2012
11:41 am

How does an individual live not twenty minutes away from Washington DC and not get the Falcons-Redskins game on tv?

TrishaDishawareagle

October 7th, 2012
11:47 am

Lets go Matty ICE lets go Julio And Roddy and PLEASE lets go O-line today :)

Defense, smoosh the little guy on the bootleg!

BTW dawg fans..click clack

(yeah I know AU sucks this year, to save you the time of telling me)

Tonia

October 7th, 2012
11:49 am

I don’t like that inactive list AT ALL. We need Dom and Polite back on the sidelines. It comes so easy to get sucked into the gloom since we’re so used to it, but I think these guys can do it. I’m putting it all (win or lose) on the O line. They MUST show up today.

Big Crimson 75

October 7th, 2012
11:55 am

I should get the nod as Fan of the day.
I’ve benched RGIII, in favor of Christain Ponder(Yikes) on my Fanasty Team.
There can be NO dual interests!!
Go Falcons.

JSS

October 7th, 2012
12:01 pm

@ Jeff Schultz…
Did you hit Ben’s Chili House yesterday?

Oh yeah, friendly reminder for the Cart Before the Horse crowd…
http://blogs.ajc.com/jeff-schultz-blog/2010/12/24/falcons-can-lead-way-to-an-atlanta-sports-grand-slam/?cp=7

Blue Flame

October 7th, 2012
12:01 pm

Would like to have FB for sloppy field, in case we depend on running game.

JSS

October 7th, 2012
12:03 pm

“Gray and drizzly in Washington D.C. this morning. Probably like the mood of Atlanta sports fans.”
Absolutely not, it is sunny out and maybe the sports world can deliver that last nail to cap the weekend!

Mindbender

October 7th, 2012
12:08 pm

I was telling my coworker this exact same thing last night. Typically when Atlanta suffers a bad weekend in sports, the Falcons follow suit. You can all blame me if the Falcons lose today; I know my coworker will

TrishaDishawareagle

October 7th, 2012
12:14 pm

I have a bright and cheery disposition because our 4-0 Atlanta Falcons are about to make it 5-0 against the Washington Redskins. Do you think lessor sports like baseball or lessor teams like UGA can somehow affect the mighty NFL falcons? Pishaw.. In life there are few constants but NFL supremacy over all other sports is one of them.

The only things standing between the Falcons and 5-0 is their own execution of the playbook. They are clearly the more talented and veteran team. We have the better coaching staff and we have the better QB. All we have to do is execute..and After last weeks lackluster first half, I think we will!

Falcons

October 7th, 2012
12:16 pm

College football is lame. Baseball is the most boring thing that exists. Falcons are the only team worth following.

TrishaDishawareagle

October 7th, 2012
12:16 pm

P.s. I ain’t bright and cheery that damn often so it is important to seize the moment!

Sonny Clusters

October 7th, 2012
12:17 pm

Jeff, it has been a brutal weekend so far but don’t worry about everybody because right now somebody is probably all snuggled up in a deer stand eating some bratwurst sausages and spitting some seeds and scratching and lifting off the seat and getting ready to shoot something through the ears. Class act.

JSS

October 7th, 2012
12:19 pm

Clusters vindication tour day 3 is officially on!

Falcons

October 7th, 2012
12:21 pm

Top sports:

1. Futbol
2. Tennis
3. Volleyball
4. Football ( football is the best sport to watch, not play)

All other sports don’t make the list.

dh

October 7th, 2012
12:25 pm

What is William Moore’s status? I’ve been seeing he is questionable.

phil

October 7th, 2012
12:25 pm

TrishaDishawareagle
October 7th, 2012
12:14 pm

I have a bright and cheery disposition because our 4-0 Atlanta Falcons are about to make it 5-0 against the Washington Redskins. Do you think lessor sports like baseball or lessor teams like UGA can somehow affect the mighty NFL falcons? Pishaw.. In life there are few constants but NFL supremacy over all other sports is one of them.

The only things standing between the Falcons and 5-0 is their own execution of the playbook. They are clearly the more talented and veteran team. We have the better coaching staff and we have the better QB. All we have to do is execute..and After last weeks lackluster first half, I think we will!

**********
boy are you delusional! Odds are quite good that we lose today.

It’s what our Georgia sports team do best when facing a chance for glory, or a record-setting start in this instance.

Give up now!!

phil

October 7th, 2012
12:26 pm

Falcons = manure for brains

Dawg Haus

October 7th, 2012
12:31 pm

Riddle me this, I’m in Arlington. Is it not on FOX for you?

Jeff Schultz

October 7th, 2012
12:31 pm

JSS — Now why you gotta be that way. Should I write once a year?

Jeff Schultz

October 7th, 2012
12:32 pm

Sonny Clusters — Thanks, as always, for the good cheer!

phil

October 7th, 2012
12:32 pm

Jeff Schultz

October 7th, 2012
12:33 pm

WARNING TO ALL (and this means you: “JSS is a Troll”) — Please avoid screen name stealing in any way, shape or form.

Big Crimson 75

October 7th, 2012
12:33 pm

Trisha — Love the optimism. Don’t let these dwags rain on the Falcons parade!!
Falcons are gonna roll today. Forget this “lost weekend” junk. Birds win 34-17.

Sorry about the Barn. It doesn’t make US happy watching little bro struggle.

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

October 7th, 2012
12:34 pm

Rain, Wind & 1st playoff atmosphere…………..

You do the math…………

HA HA :)

phil

October 7th, 2012
12:37 pm

Jeff, you’re needed on the DOB blog…..some goof was stealin em left and right the last few days.

Where did “rise up” come from? And shouldn’t it be “don’t fall down….again” ?

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

October 7th, 2012
12:38 pm

Hey guys, you know rain and wind is not old NOODLE ARM’s best friends

and throw in the feel of fall and the 1st round of the playoff weather

this does not bode well for CHOKE aka Meltdown……….

HA HA :)

Jeff Schultz

October 7th, 2012
12:40 pm

Phil — I’ve got enough problems playing Kindergarten Cop on my own blog.

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

October 7th, 2012
12:44 pm

What? Falcants LOSERS can’t hijack screen names?….ha ha.

That is like CHOKE winning a playoff game…..

HA HA :)

falconsrus

October 7th, 2012
12:45 pm

Well remember when we went to Washington and they didn’t cover the field before the game, in the rain in the playoffs,because we had Deion and a bunch of speed guy’s?Today the field is coverd. Do we get pay back and go 5-0 for the first time ever does the worm turn? I say yes and thanks Jeff for all you do

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Robert Harmon

October 7th, 2012
12:48 pm

I have 4 tickets to todays redskin game…I can email them to anyone interested…

You Know Who is a Troll

October 7th, 2012
12:49 pm

How am I “stealing” that troll’s name, Jeff?

Am I posting as him?

Do I even want to be associated as him?

No, I’m correctly pointing out how he is a TROLL.

You’re doing absolutely nothing to disprove the rest of us sick of his trolling the fact that that journalistic failure is your Blog Pet.

falconsrus

October 7th, 2012
12:49 pm

Cherk is back all hail the inane n insane cherk and his keyboard of fun

Big Crimson 75

October 7th, 2012
12:51 pm

The Ryan Ryan segment on Fox was stupid til the girls showed up(excluding, Michael “bucktooth” Strahan).

Jeff Schultz

October 7th, 2012
12:51 pm

Matt “Choke” Ryan — Don’t get too excited. I never said people couldn’t call you an idiot (within reason). :)

Jeff Schultz

October 7th, 2012
12:52 pm

Falconsrus — Thanks.

YouKnowWho is a Troll

October 7th, 2012
12:52 pm

Looks like the Troll of the Blog has slunk out from under his bridge to bring more of his philosophy of failure, creed of ignorance, and gospel of envy to the masses. Seriously, JSS was a complete failure and now he comes on these blogs to troll everyone here who just want to have a good time and talk sports.

And he thinks he’s better than US? What kind of a miserable waste of a human being gets his jollies off of trying to make other people feel bad? They say misery loves company, and because JSS was a miserable failure, he’s doing everything he can to take everyone else down with him.

Look at this complete failure of life. What a sad, pathetic little man, walking through life, a shrinking circle of people who still put up with him, fired from job after job the last few years (oh, I’m sorry, “downsized”), always wondering out loud how someone as “brilliant” and as “wonderful” as him is completely unappreciated by all of the stupid “normals” around him, yet secretly, in the back of his mind, knowing how utterly lacking he is in every aspect of existence.

What a piece of work, to have to come on these blogs and make him self feel better by trying to cause misery in others. Or, at the very least, mild annoyance. How sad.

And even more sad: how the Troll needs to have others fight on his behalf when called on the carpet for his trolling.

falconsrus

October 7th, 2012
12:55 pm

NFLN all picked the birds and R showing us mad love

Jeff Schultz

October 7th, 2012
12:55 pm

You Know Who Is A Troll — My blog. My rules. And sorry but I don’t ban readers for being obnoxious or “trolling” or disagreeing with you. I ban for profanity, race-baiting, etc. If you don’t like what somebody writes and want to avoid a second-grader’s debate, ignore it.

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

October 7th, 2012
12:56 pm

@Jeff

or you being STUPID – Right?

Thanks buddy :)

phil

October 7th, 2012
12:57 pm

Yes, Jeff, kindergardners indeed! Lol

YouKnowWho is a Troll

October 7th, 2012
12:59 pm

Sigh. Fine. Fine. This screen name will work.

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

October 7th, 2012
12:59 pm

30-24 48-21 24-2

Hey guys I may have lost on Mega but CHOKE got killed…..

HA HA :)

phil

October 7th, 2012
1:00 pm

I know that you know that he knows that you know that he is a troll…..

Try that name next….. :roll:

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

October 7th, 2012
1:00 pm

34-46 is the combined 2011 record of the Falcants 1st 5 2012 opponents………

Elite baby I tell ya!

HA HA :)

SeenThisBFalcon

October 7th, 2012
1:01 pm

5-0 BABY FOR THE FIRST TIME..RISE UP!!!!

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

October 7th, 2012
1:02 pm

72-23 is CHOKEs opponents outscoring him in the last 2 playoff games.

I wouldn’t say that is elite………..

HA HA :)

oldfart

October 7th, 2012
1:02 pm

I’ve been on the internet before it was called the internet and it is real simple people. Don’t feed trolls and they don’t receive their vicarious thrills.

Jeff Schultz

October 7th, 2012
1:02 pm

Washington won toss and deferred. Falcons get ball first.