Heat Check: Keeping up with the Joneses (Julio and Jarvis)

Julio Jones celebrates with his quarterback, who apparently has mad hops. (AP photo)

The burgeoning Julio Jones celebrates with quarterback Matt Ryan, who apparently has mad hops. (AP photo)

Atlanta, city of winners! And our weekly Heat Check reflects as much.

FALCONS: Went to Missouri, faced an energized home team, still scored 40 points and won by 16. Heat Index: A mighty impressive opening victory.

GEORGIA: Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but … went to Missouri, faced an energized home team, scored 41 points and won by 21. Heat Index: A mighty impressive road-opening victory.

JULIO JONES: Best receiver on the Falcons roster? Yes. Best receiver in Falcons history? Maybe. Best receiver in the NFL? Maybe soon. Heat Index: That draft-day trade looks better and better, does it not?

JARVIS JONES: Best defender in the SEC? Yes. Best in the country? Probably. Best in Georgia history? With apologies to Bill Stanfill, Jake Scott, Ben Zambiasi, Terry Hoage, Champ Bailey and David Pollack … yes, maybe. Heat Index: Tell me his fourth quarter in Columbia didn’t resemble a latter-day Lawrence Taylor.

BRAVES: Really pitching now, and starting to hit a bit better. (Brian McCann and Dan Uggla did some weekend damage in New York.) Actually gained a game on the Nationals last week. Heat Index: From the attendance figures for last week’s Colorado series here, we can’t say the city is aflame with pennant fever.

KRIS MEDLEN: How long before Fredi Gonzalez tweaks his routine to make sure this guy gets to start the wild-card game? Heat Index: And to think, Medlen was reinstated as a starter only because Tommy Hanson got hurt.

GEORGIA TECH: Lost at Virginia Tech in overtime, beat Presbyterian 59-3. Which tells us the Hokies would probably be favored over the Blue Hose on a neutral field. Heat Index: Two big games (Virginia and Miami) upcoming, and they could well be the season’s pivot point.

VAD LEE: After waiting one full season and the first game of another to make his college debut, the redshirt quarterback threw a 82-yard touchdown pass (sixth-longest in Tech history) and broke a 79-yard quarterback draw (longest non-scoring run in Tech history) — in the span of three minutes. Heat Index: Not saying we’ve got a quarterback controversy here, but Tevin Washington might want to watch the turnovers.

GEORGIA STATE: Has been outscored 84-19 by South Carolina State and Tennessee. Bill Curry says he sees progress, though. Heat Index: On the plus side, the Panther basketball team starts practice Oct. 15.

DREAM: They’re 4-2 since firing coach Marynell Meadors on her birthday, but Friday’s loss at Minnesota was epic. The Dream led the reigning WNBA champs by 25 points but lost in double overtime. It matched the biggest comeback victory — or, put another way, the most egregious flop – in league history. Heat Index: The Olympian Angel McCoughtry, whose behavior led to her getting suspended and Meadors getting fired, has been reinstated, but the woman who leads the WNBA in scoring is playing as a sub.

By Mark Bradley

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Old Man Football

September 10th, 2012
7:46 am

FIRST! Go Dawgs!

Great weekend!

September 10th, 2012
7:49 am

GTT

September 10th, 2012
7:50 am

Fifth! Of whiskey.

Alfred Jenkins

September 10th, 2012
7:52 am

Best receiver in Falcons history? Let’s not canonize him after 18 games. Let him earn it. It’ll be more fun that way.

Goldenrod

September 10th, 2012
7:54 am

FIRST! Go Jackets – Mark you need to show us more love, we scored 59 points this weekend – WAY more than the mutts did and we’ve got the hot hand going into the meat of this ACC schedule!

We WILL Run This State!

GTT

September 10th, 2012
7:56 am

Georgia State is going to kill its program before it gets started by moving too fast with no success to pique anyone’s interest.

Arkansas Dawg

September 10th, 2012
8:01 am

Mark, did you really go 9 days between articles? Football season is no time to take a vacation.

CT_Jacket

September 10th, 2012
8:10 am

I’m not going to get too excited over Tech’s win. It’s nothing that top 25 teams haven’t done in the first two weeks against overmatched competition. I liked our effort against VT, but we need to easily handle UVA and Miami, two middling division teams, in the new two weeks.

I was more impressed by UGA’s defense in the second half, as much as I hate to say it. I thought that Mizzou’s spread offense would give them more trouble, and that was with three starters down. Of course, with Mizzou’s Big 12 defense, it will be a longer season for them than they realize.

dick whiskey

September 10th, 2012
8:18 am

the dream and ga state football,both go in the who gives a damn category

Mark Bradley

September 10th, 2012
8:27 am

Kudos to Old Man Football.

J-Bro

September 10th, 2012
8:30 am

Um, when were the Falcons ever trailing yesterday? Did you watch a different game than I did?

norman

September 10th, 2012
8:34 am

Can you remember a time in which all (exception Georgia State) were victorius on the same weekend?

Just Asking?

September 10th, 2012
8:37 am

Were the Falcons that good yesterday or was it a case of the Chiefs being THAT bad on defense? I know that Mat Ryan looked good, there’s no denying that, but was it all him or a large part due to the competition? Just Asking?

Willy

September 10th, 2012
8:42 am

In other news, novelist Thomas Pynchon read The Hunger Games and thoroughly enjoyed them.

Vince

September 10th, 2012
8:47 am

Julio—best receiver in the NFL? No. The man we should’ve drafted is becoming just that–Mr. A. J. Green.

dick whiskey

September 10th, 2012
8:50 am

and legendary bill curry gets another distinction,first coach to lose to father and son

old dog

September 10th, 2012
8:52 am

Out of town game with starters missing and deliverd an a$$-whoopin’…..you do the math!

GTBob

September 10th, 2012
9:13 am

Julio is the best receiver in the NFL and Jarvis Jones is the best player in college football? Did you slip a little Kahlua in your coffee this morning Mark?

Fladawg

September 10th, 2012
9:16 am

J-Bro…. I think a better question is… Did you read a different article by Bradley than I did. He never said that the Falcons trailed.

RTR22

September 10th, 2012
9:31 am

Throw the ball to Julio lol…. we did not enough at Bama lol. Roll Tide

lucky21

September 10th, 2012
9:42 am

I’m sorry Vince Megatron is still the best in the NFL. A J Green is good but Calvin is one of a kind.

Michael Veli a.k.a. Jim Donnan's financial advisor

September 10th, 2012
9:49 am

We need to knuckle up and beat Virginia and Miami, that would be a nice start in league play.

Dave

September 10th, 2012
9:55 am

Goldenrod is really starting with the sauce early. Comparing scoring totals when you played Presbyterian….PRESBYTERIAN and UGA went on the road to play a team that scored 62 points the previous week…..and UGA held them to 20 while winning by 21. Goldenrod…I spit upon thee…

Ebenezer Snerdberg

September 10th, 2012
9:56 am

AND TO THINK MEDLEN WAS REINSTATED AS A STARTER ONLY BECAUSE HANSEN GOT HURT!

AND THE FACT THAT HAVANA FATS IS BRAIN DEAD!

k

September 10th, 2012
9:57 am

Calvin Johnson, Bay Bay Thomas and Stephen Hill (2) all scored TD’s…and Dwyer led Pittsburgh in rushing

Bill Stanfill

September 10th, 2012
9:57 am

Wonderful weekend for GA sports fans (though some of the smaller schools didn’t do so hot–Ga State, Ga Southern, and that silly lil’ school from Savannah).

Braves taking command of the wild-card race. Could it even be possible that Uggla and McCann are going to . . . warm up?

Julio is something else–but I was most impressed with Matt Ryan.

Vad Lee may not be ready yet but Tech has got to get him him plenty of snaps. Tevin may be the better choice right now but Lee needs to get ready fast.

Jarvis is one helluva linebacker. But, Mark, there have been a heap of outstanding defensive players to come out of Athens, including some pretty good linemen. Just sayin’ . . . .

Quiz time

September 10th, 2012
9:58 am

What’s black and gold and loses at home?

Scotch tastes blech

September 10th, 2012
10:03 am

Are they still playing baseball? Oh….I thought baseball season was over at the end of August…..

Dave

September 10th, 2012
10:04 am

Enter your comments here

Dave

September 10th, 2012
10:05 am

C’mon, Scotch……some of us like baseball, too……just not as much as football…

dawgfan

September 10th, 2012
10:20 am

Congratulations to Georgia Tech for their big win over the Blue Hose of Presbyterian. That was an impressive showing. This team looks capable of posting some big moral victories this year and making it to another non-descript December bowl game in the middle of absolutely nowhere that nobody on earth cares about. Jackets fans have to feel good about where they’re at right now.

JB

September 10th, 2012
10:20 am

I don’t what is going on with Murray. Looks all American sometimes….and like a true freshman at others. Looking at history with a Richt coached team, they tend to improve as the season goes on.
The talent on this Georgia team outshines the coaching no doubt, but Carolina looks like the only real nutcracker standing in the way of 12-0, and the BCS will be hoping we get dismantled in the SECCG because we are not on the A list for them. They would like us to mosey on down to the Sugar Bowl. Just watch, at 9-0, we will still sitting at 5 or 6 in the country.

ct

September 10th, 2012
10:29 am

As a Gator alum i must admit that even with a marginal coach at best with Richt, You guys might have the best defense in the country along with LSU once you get all starters back from suspension.
Jarvis Jones is the best defender in the country I believe, still wondering why he came back to school and I hope he stays healthy all year…that guy is a top 5 pick no doubt. A true pass rushing freak which is what the nfl scouts drool over..he was unreal the other night against Missouri and was a man amongst boys..

jj

September 10th, 2012
10:30 am

Notice that Tech has no Jones. Just one insignificant Johnson.

bubba4dawgs

September 10th, 2012
10:36 am

The real test for the Vols comes this week with the Gators! I believe they are up for the task! I look for the Vols to turn it on against the Gators! They are hungry and fired up! Texas A&M may have taken some starch out of the gators! I hope so!! GO VOLS!

Left Coast Dawg

September 10th, 2012
10:42 am

Mark Bradley – i was thinking the exact same thing about Jarvis Jones looking Lawrence Taylor-esque in the game on Saturday night.

GT looked good in that church league game on Saturday.

Julio is rising rapidly and even the crew on NFL AM acknowledged that he is the next elite WR to be anointed. Megaton is #1, and AJ Green’s stardom is going to depend on whether Dalton keeps progressing as an NFL QB.

Left Coast Dawg

September 10th, 2012
10:44 am

Home team wins the UT vs. UF game this week, whoever it is.

Dawgdad (The Original)

September 10th, 2012
10:47 am

Man up here Mark, and admit that you didn’t think the Braves should “mess with things” and take Medlen out of the bullpen. Mark minus one! Hah!

Steve From Dalton

September 10th, 2012
10:55 am

Don’t forget West Georgia is 2-0 on this young football season

bulldogbubba

September 10th, 2012
11:04 am

Egregious? Wow

CamiloAtlanta

September 10th, 2012
11:09 am

hahahahaha… those dweebs from big easy got largely lubricated, if you ask me. SeenThisBeFool, Hyman Saint, Matt “Choke” Idiot, hahahahahahaha… where r u now??

The Real Question

September 10th, 2012
11:26 am

OK Mark, here’s a question for you: Say you’re on a sinking ship, but there’s a life raft. Only room for two in the raft. You happen to be with Jarvis Jones, Julio Jones and Chipper Jones – who goes in the raft with you in charge?

BulldogBen

September 10th, 2012
11:27 am

Jarvis Jones was the difference in the Mizzou game. He put the Dawgs inside the Tigers 10 TWICE in the 4th quarter. Without those plays, it’s a 1 score game late in the 4th.

Aaron Murray has still yet to show that he can be the difference maker in a big game.

JB

September 10th, 2012
11:37 am

ct…….cam appreciate the comments. I think all Dawg fans know that Mark is a good coach, not a great one, but he’s not a good MAN, he is a GREAT one. He walks it, not only talks it. I think we know we have SEC teams that NEVER have suspensions for some reason, even though we ALL recruit from the same gene pool ,all campuses have Wimmin’s, parties, beer etc…..THEY ONLY seem to get in trouble at certain schools…HUM? But, back to my point. Foley has always done Florida a good job, but why he hired an unproven head coach is beyond me. Don’t think Muschamp is going to satisfy the Gator Nation.

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

September 10th, 2012
11:39 am

Mark

You failed to mention what the Chief’s record was last season, and that 3 starters on defense was missing.

Peyton & Denver actually will embarrass this team on national t.v. and rip apart your weak prediction. :)

JB

September 10th, 2012
11:43 am

The lack of thrid down conversions for the Dawgs Saturday night is a big concern. It’s puts your defense on the field in the first half way to much and drains their tank for the second half. I’m just dumbfounded why we don’t try something a little more surprising on 1st down to keep us out of so may 3rd and 7’s. Screen pass, slat to a tight end, a reverse now and then…something.

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

September 10th, 2012
11:44 am

After Champ Bailey & Porter lock down Roddy & Julio, and Dumerville & Von Miller make CHOKE into a noodle special at your local noodle house and Peyton slice through that swiss cheese defense we will see how many cheerleaders are still waving their pom poms :)

Big Crimson 75

September 10th, 2012
11:44 am

As great as Julio is, Cleveland still could/would have gotten the better end of the trade on the number of picks we have up alone.
However, they completely blew this trade by taking Brandon Weeden.
Julio was well worth the top 2 picks the Browns got last year : NT Phil Taylor in the 1st round & WR Greg Little in the 2nd.
The Browns could have made the trade tilt to their favor had they not completely wasted our 1st rounder thi year on Chris Weinke Jr!!

Matt "CHOKE" Ryan

September 10th, 2012
11:45 am

Did you idiots see how easily Peyton put up 31 points on the number 1 defense?

Just imagine how many points they will put up against this defense.

We could be watching a worse beating than the one Aaron Rodgers delivered…ha ha :)

DIT

September 10th, 2012
11:45 am

Did not realize that the UT / UF game is this week. Pre-season I would have said that the gators take this one no problem. However, I’m very impressed on the way UT is playing. It’s good to see. I have a feeling UT will win this one. That’s not a knock on UF.