Bradley’s Buzz: The Falcons look down on the Patriots

This is a clip-and-save moment: The Falcons head to New England ranked ahead — repeat, ahead — of the Patriots. And that’s not a minority opinion. It’s nigh-unanimous.

Don Banks of SI.com has the Falcons No. 7 to the Patriots’ No. 9 in his power rankings. Adrian Hasenmayer of FoxSports has the Falcons No. 3 — No. 3! — to New England’s No. 8, and so does Pete Prisco of CBSsports.com, who covered the Falcons’ game against Carolina.

ESPN.com has the Falcons No. 4 to the Pats’ No. 10 in its overall survey. Diving deeper, we note that all four of ESPN’s participating analysts have the Falcons ahead of New England, and Paul Kuharsky has them No. 2 overall — No. 2! — behind the Giants.

And then we move to NFL.com, where seven of eight experts have the Falcons ranked ahead of New England. Pat Kirwan and Joe Theismann have them No. 3, which is the high. The low comes from Michael Lombardi, who has the Falcons No. 11 to the Pats’ No. 5.

Seeing as how the NFL named a trophy after Michael Lombardi, I guess he knows a bit about football. But I think I’d have the Birds in my top 10. Just saying.

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Eric P.

September 24th, 2009
12:35 am

Eric P.

September 24th, 2009
12:36 am

Back in ‘98, Falcons went to Foxboro and won 41-10 on their way to the Super Bowl. Look for the same treatment Sunday. Go Birds!

Singletary

September 24th, 2009
12:41 am

We haven’t earned it until we’ve won it. Go Falcs!!

As an aside, I heard from several friends and family in the Boston area that after Brady went down — and even though Cassel is very good — there was at least one screen devoted to Ice if he was playing that day. Those folks do love their BC.

Whopper Dawg

September 24th, 2009
1:39 am

Yeah, all that is well and good and we are trying to get to +500 for the FIRST time. Vegas has us 4.5 dogs and that may be a little light, can you say Houston/Moss match up?

Ostrich Racer

September 24th, 2009
1:57 am

Bad week to fly north -
Brady gets his mojo back.
Twelve and four this year.

JTH

September 24th, 2009
2:10 am

Falcons 33-17

Heath

September 24th, 2009
2:46 am

The bloom is off the rose for NE. Now that they can’t cheat and steal the other team’s plays they resemble a circus act more than a football team.

Dr. Warren

September 24th, 2009
4:26 am

Power Rankings are made more on whim and instinct than close examination. It’s been two games. The Falcons just lost a big stopper-whopper in the middle for the season–Jerry. The defense already looked liquid against the Panthers. Let’s not curse them with praise just yet, MB.

Vick Supporter

September 24th, 2009
5:36 am

Mike Vick makes his return to the NFL. Now thats some real news

midnite

September 24th, 2009
6:42 am

Playing to the extremist bloggers blew up in your face didn’t it? By the way how was your crow? I think you missed a spot of egg on your face. LMAO

NorthWonTheWar

September 24th, 2009
6:43 am

Stupid comment Heath. The Falcons had a dog killer on the payroll and you’re crticizing the Patriots for a silly little camera.

Your D is gonna get crushed by Brady & Co.

BL

September 24th, 2009
7:08 am

I do think Moss and the NE passing game represents some real issues for our secondary. Having said that, NE isn’t exactly stifling anybody witht that rebuilt defense of theirs. Assuming our offense looks one step ahead of theirs right now, I say The Birds fly in a squeaker 31-28.

BigDawg63

September 24th, 2009
7:10 am

Hey Vick Supporter,

Aren’t you on the wrong site. You should be on Philly’s site carrying his jock strap,,,Right???

Go Falcons!!!

DJ

September 24th, 2009
7:10 am

The Pats will be singing the same tune as the Panthers. Yes, they will finally score a touchdown, the locker room will be happy they played better, but on Monday they will be wondering how and why they lost.

BigDawg63

September 24th, 2009
7:23 am

Just my opinion, but I beleive the Falcons have too many weapons to defend.

Falcons win 27-14.

The Ghost Of Norm Van Brocklin

September 24th, 2009
7:37 am

Personally, I like the old uniforms better. The red helmets. Plus, the new jerseys look too much like cheaply designed bowling shirts.

Just my opinion.

Mike Vick Fan Club

September 24th, 2009
7:40 am

You rednecks keep buying ammo and hunting deer and getting beer bellies. We will keep buying our MV 7 jerseys. MV 7 forver!

now that's funny

September 24th, 2009
7:58 am

This is going to be our coming out party. Matty Ice outduels Tommy B in his home stadium.Go Falcons.

Ed-Covington

September 24th, 2009
7:58 am

GO BIRDS!!!

Nice to know that Leavenworth didn’t crush mv7’s ego. Now he claims to be the “originator” of the “Wildcat”. Puhleeeeease…!

Gravy Train

September 24th, 2009
8:25 am

It’s awfully hard to go against Tom Terrific and Randy Moss. The Pats have a retooled D, the same as the Falcons. My heart wants to say the Falcons win a close one unless Welker plays. N.E. has too many offensive weapons if that’s the case and my gut says the downward trend magnifies for BVG and company. I don’t see anyone on the Falcons roster who can cover Moss in man, so that means he’s doubled. That leaves Welker and Watson free in the middle. I like Matty Ice a lot, but Tom Terrific is still the man.

Nativebird

September 24th, 2009
8:26 am

Never take these Pats lightly…that said, our birds really have a chance this week to make the preverbial “statement” to the league. Let’s hope they avoid being the Falcons of old and consolidate their earnings to date and not go out and give their critics the chance to continue the “same old Falcons” routine. It doesn’t matter how, but as the once-great Al Davis famously said, “Just Win Baby”.

humble(1)

September 24th, 2009
8:26 am

Looking forward to a great game Sunday. I think it could be a shootout with the score being 35-30. Both teams have the chance to be in 30s. We have to be able to get Turner going so that we an control the ball and the clock. I’m concerned that our pass rush is such that Brady will have time to pick us apart, so ball control is going to be key for us to win.

3-0 baby, lets go Falcons!

Dean

September 24th, 2009
8:33 am

3-0 sounds pretty good down here. Then if ATL wins their next game, 4-0 doesn’t mean squat. Ask the Detroit Lions. “Another One Bites the Dust” was their theme. They were 4-0 coming in. They bit the dust when they left ATL 4-1. Missed the playoffs.

Vick Supporter

September 24th, 2009
8:34 am

The Great Mike Vick Has Returned

Vick Supporter

September 24th, 2009
8:35 am

December 6th is the day…………

Vick Supporter

September 24th, 2009
8:39 am

Pats 37 Falcons 10

Vick Supporter

September 24th, 2009
8:41 am

I can’t wait to get back to Atlanta so i can buy my Vick jersey….too bad the ones here in japan are fake. i can get the real thing in the city that Vick ruled/still rules.

Vick has returned

DJ

September 24th, 2009
8:52 am

Vick supporter. I’ll sell you my tickets to Dec 6 and throw in the MV7 jersey. Put your money where your mouth is.

Marima

September 24th, 2009
8:54 am

You’re going back to ‘98 for a Falcon’s win as motivation? Brady was still in college, and Matty was only 13 years old. That’s a long time in football years man.

Eric

September 24th, 2009
8:54 am

Enter your comments here Hey Vick supporter, if Mike Vick is so good why is he not even going to be the starter this weekend if Mcnabb can’t play. I’m just saying that Kolb is garbage so what does that make Vick.

Vick Supporter

September 24th, 2009
8:55 am

@DJ

I already bought my tickets to the game the first day Vick signed. The Falcons will lose that game

Vick Supporter

September 24th, 2009
8:59 am

@Eric

What QB do you know that can come in and start an NFL Game after not playing for 2 years? At least Vick can get on the field…Ryan wouldn’t be able to throw 10 yds if it were him…hell…he can barely throw 10yds now,lol

Will

September 24th, 2009
9:04 am

Mark, why are you local guys so quick to get excited about what national media says about the falcons. If they lose on sunday, they’re gonna recant everything, and you and the rest of your half reporting ajc staff, will jump ship too.

DJ

September 24th, 2009
9:04 am

Hmmmm…let’s see Matt NEVER started a NFL game, never mind in 2 years, and Vick was in jail losing the “stripes vs. solids” game. Oh yeah, did Vick change his name to KOLB? Vick hasn’t started – yet – and when and if he does there will be 11 guys there to slap the ball out of his hand. Just like old times eh?

F-105 Thunderchief

September 24th, 2009
9:05 am

I think we’re seeing a much improved Matt “Red” Ryan, more mature and in command. They got that pick right.

GAboy

September 24th, 2009
9:09 am

Vic Supporter…now your talking out of your buttocks. Ryan is far better at being a quarterback than Vick would ever dream of being. Yea, Vick sold tickets cuz of his running abilities. But Matt Ryan has learned how to be a pocket passer. Vick couldn’t hit water jumping out of a boat.

EDGE

September 24th, 2009
9:13 am

put finneran out there to cover moss-beats the alternative!

Vick Supporter

September 24th, 2009
9:15 am

@GAboy

You will eat your words. Guranteed. Vick took this team to levels that this town has never seen. Say what you want about Vick, but I bet your ass was at the games cheering when Vick was here.
Vick is going to shine again and you people know it….thats why you keep talking about him on your blogs CONSTANTLY.

COON DOG

September 24th, 2009
9:15 am

Hey Vick Supporter…. why don’t you go apply for a job and get off of the well-fare checks? Oh yeah, that’s right, you’re a vick supporter….that’s all that needs to be said!

Tim Hudson has a sweet compact swing

September 24th, 2009
9:16 am

I hope the defense is more stout than it was against Carolina last week. Jake Delhomme looked like Phillip Rivers out there … thanks to the Falcons (and Steve Smith). Also, Deangelo Williams ran through them like hot roast beef through a goose.

Ostrich Racer

September 24th, 2009
9:19 am

“What do you mean, ‘You people’?”

Cannonball Butler

September 24th, 2009
9:19 am

Will. We were already pumped about our Falcons and this near unanimous confirmation is notable. Thanks for that bit of wisdom about sports analysts not favoring teams who lose. Great info, glad you shared that.

Vick Supporter

September 24th, 2009
9:20 am

@COON DOG

If I was on welfare, i don’t think I would be in Japan right now. You need to do better than that, my caucasian friend

MattyIce b!+ch slaps dog killer

September 24th, 2009
9:20 am

What kind of asinine world do you live in to think the dog killer is even good enough to be a starter in this league to even say he’s better than a qb in his second year thats allready in the top 10! Quit pulling that ignorant race card too, you just stooped to that level with the redneck crap. You are the racsist and your the reason there is still racsism, you cant help but think the only reason you like the dog killer is from the way you were born but its ok nobody has tought your people any other way live and that its not ok to kill dogs… like anyone would have to! Yeah not so nice coming back to you right. So if I were I would shut up and be thankful that you can see your fav dog killer play instead of watching him on a homemade porn from a jail cell.

Iceman

September 24th, 2009
9:23 am

Vick Supporter is quite insane.

Vick Supporter

September 24th, 2009
9:24 am

@MattyIce b!+ch slaps dog killer

Man where did you go to school?!?! You can’t spell or write worth a sh%t

Claude Humphrey

September 24th, 2009
9:24 am

The Falcons can look down on the Patriots if/when they beat them. The Pats will be home and desperate for a win. I’m guessing you’ll see a much better Pats team. If the Falcons are impressed with themselves, they will get blown out.

I’ll bet the people compiling those rankings are mostly picking the Pats to beat the Falcons.

INDIAN BIRD

September 24th, 2009
9:24 am

All week I heard how good the throw back jersey’s looked. Me, I think that they looked like the cleveland browns until the camera zooms in, man they were ugly. I think are current dark red home jersey’s are the best looking in the NFL. And if you havn’t noticed some of are most dominating games have come in the current red home jersey’s, they are starting to symbol dominance.

Vick Supporter

September 24th, 2009
9:24 am

Vick Supporter isn’t even close to insane.

MG

September 24th, 2009
9:29 am

MV did not take this team to levels that this town has never seen. The Birds have been to the Super Bowl with Chandler at QB, not MV. Please get your facts straight.