Live from Falcons-Panthers: Is the Dome now Cam’s house?

If this happens again today, it'll be a grim Monday in Flowery Branch. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

If this happens today, it'll be a manic Monday in Flowery Branch. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

When last Cam Newton played here, his team won 56-17. When first Deion Sanders, who’s being inducted into the Falcons’ Ring of Honor at halftime, played here as something other than a Falcon, he cut in front of Andre Rison to steal a pass, pranced downed the sideline to a touchdown and afterward uttered the immortal phrase: “This is my house.”

Another victory in this building and I’m thinking the Camster will be at least a joint tenant.

Another victory by a visiting team — should Carolina win today, that’d make two in eight days — in this house and Arthur Blank’s public stance of “We’ll figure it out,” might give way to something like this: “Do your figuring as you head for the unemployment office.”

This figured to be the first easy game on the Falcons’ schedule, but they’ve made such a hash of the first five weeks that they no longer appear all that eminent, and the Panthers, who are technically 1-4, are a scary 1-4. They’re playing everybody close, and the famous Westlake product is playing like he was still working under Gus Malzahn and running through South Carolina’s defense.

No matter. The Falcons had darn well better win today, and it wouldn’t hurt if they looked good doing it. (Been a while since they’ve truly impressed anyone, has it not?) But any team with Cam has a puncher’s chance, and already Auburn leads Alabama 1-nil in the hot rookie race: Cam’s out there readying himself, and Julio Jones is inactive.

And with that, the floor’s again open. Please join me as we try to make sense of Mike Mularkey’s play-calling. (Might want to bring a sack lunch.) And I, as ever, thank you in advance.

By Mark Bradley

701 comments Add your comment

J.J.M.

October 16th, 2011
12:42 pm

J.J.M.

October 16th, 2011
12:43 pm

oh yea and first!

D.Ellis

October 16th, 2011
12:55 pm

What up Mark B!!!!!

swampdonkey

October 16th, 2011
12:58 pm

may as well be Cam’s house, it certainly isn’t Ryan’s. Alabama teams have better records there than the birds.

David

October 16th, 2011
12:58 pm

There’s no making sense to Mularkey’s offense, Mark. If that’s your goal today, good luck.

Really hope to see a lot of no huddle offense. It seems to be the only time we actually move the ball down the field.

kong

October 16th, 2011
12:59 pm

Ain’t no way, Jose. Panthers prevail.

Mark Bradley

October 16th, 2011
1:00 pm

Kudos, J.J.M.

Andy

October 16th, 2011
1:02 pm

Prediction: Falcons win but look shaky doing so. Cam throws for 300+ yards but has 2 picks.

J.J.M.

October 16th, 2011
1:02 pm

spoon needs to QB spy cam

Mark Bradley

October 16th, 2011
1:03 pm

Falcons get the ball first. Mularkey on the move!

Andy

October 16th, 2011
1:03 pm

I live those red helmets. cool as heck.

Mark Bradley

October 16th, 2011
1:04 pm

First play: Play-action, nobody open, Ryan to Reggie Kelly for 7 yds

J.J.M.

October 16th, 2011
1:04 pm

oh man we got yards on first down!

Andy

October 16th, 2011
1:04 pm

Mark

How many people in the house? Looks half empty.

Mtn Falcon

October 16th, 2011
1:05 pm

Need to link this to the front page! Rise up!!!!!!!!

Mark Bradley

October 16th, 2011
1:05 pm

Turner for 14 up the middle.

Mark Bradley

October 16th, 2011
1:05 pm

It is half-empty.

Bonez

October 16th, 2011
1:07 pm

Matt Ryan Leaf is pitiful

J.J.M.

October 16th, 2011
1:07 pm

wish ryan would use all his WRs I saw someone else open

Mtn Falcon

October 16th, 2011
1:07 pm

Mtn Falcon

October 16th, 2011
1:08 pm

Matty Ice is great, just give him time to get settled.

Andy

October 16th, 2011
1:08 pm

That’s how you want to start the game! Kidding.

J.J.M.

October 16th, 2011
1:09 pm

half empt as in everyone hasnt showed up yet?

DHunt

October 16th, 2011
1:09 pm

3rd and three and Roddy is running head down towards the endzone, and Ryan dumps it like it’s a comeback route, not a back shoulder throw. wth?

Mark Bradley

October 16th, 2011
1:10 pm

Panthers hold on a screen pass. See? That’s why you shouldn’t try screens.

J.J.M.

October 16th, 2011
1:11 pm

super late flag

J.J.M.

October 16th, 2011
1:12 pm

good call though..

J.J.M.

October 16th, 2011
1:14 pm

Mark Bradley

October 16th, 2011
1:14 pm

Cam scramble!

Darth Wingnut

October 16th, 2011
1:15 pm

Throwback unis got me looking for John Zook and Roland Lawrence.

Bonez

October 16th, 2011
1:16 pm

Cam>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Matt Ryan leaf

Falcaints

October 16th, 2011
1:17 pm

Are the Falcons even a 500 team

Mark Bradley

October 16th, 2011
1:17 pm

Cam stands in, converts on third and long. Impressive rookie

J.J.M.

October 16th, 2011
1:17 pm

still no pass rush….all day to throw

Falcaints

October 16th, 2011
1:18 pm

This game won’t even be close the Falcons are shown for what they are, average.

Manny

October 16th, 2011
1:18 pm

Cam Newton looks for real. He’s what the Falcons wanted out of Mike Vick.

jcatl

October 16th, 2011
1:19 pm

Falcons players look like they’d rather be somewhere else. This team is dysfunctional.

Bonez

October 16th, 2011
1:19 pm

LMAO @ the Matt Ryan Leaf fans

Mark Bradley

October 16th, 2011
1:19 pm

I’m on record as saying Cam Newton is the second-best college player I’ve seen (behind Herschel Walker), but I had no idea he’d move so seamlessly to the NFL.

J.J.M.

October 16th, 2011
1:20 pm

so is cam the 2nd best qb in the nfc south?

jack

October 16th, 2011
1:21 pm

If we could tackle,, we might be a good football team.

SHOW UGA&FALCONS FANS WHAT A REAL QB IS CAM

October 16th, 2011
1:21 pm

LETS GO CAM (HOMETOWN)

Thom

October 16th, 2011
1:22 pm

Defense looks terrible…hopefully the offense can break out of this funk because I have no faith in the defense so far

Mark Bradley

October 16th, 2011
1:22 pm

Falcons in arrears.

Bonez

October 16th, 2011
1:23 pm

Yes he is J.J.M.

Cam>>>>>>>>>>>>>Matt Ryan Leaf

jack

October 16th, 2011
1:23 pm

@ Mark,, I agree, he was a GREAT college player, but in reality he shouldn’t have been allowed on the field. When his daddy tried to pimp him out, he should have been ruled ineligible, and for longer than 2 days.

Manny

October 16th, 2011
1:23 pm

I want Cam to do well, but lose- as usual. Matt Ryan needs to win this game. More than anyone- Matt Ryan and Mike Mularkey needs this win.

J.J.M.

October 16th, 2011
1:24 pm

guess tebow was the 3rd best you ever seen

Mtn Falcon

October 16th, 2011
1:24 pm

Why is the dome so empty?

SHOW UGA&FALCONS FANS WHAT A REAL QB IS CAM

October 16th, 2011
1:25 pm

MARK RICHT AND MIKE BOZO SAW CAM NEWTON AS A TIGHTEND? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

LETS GO FLORIDA BEAT UGA SO MARK RICHT WILL GET FIRED!