Heat Check: Hot Falcons, hot Dawgs – and then there’s Tech

"Don't worry, guys. I know exactly what I'm doing." And he does. (AP photo)

"Don't worry, guys. I know exactly what I'm doing." And he does. (AP photo)

Our weekly Heat Check finds that a warm front has settled over the area. With certain exceptions.

FALCONS: There are three unbeaten NFL teams. This is one. I’d argue that this has been the most impressive one, but sometimes I get carried away. Heat Index: How many times does a team fly across country on a short week and win a game by 24 points on a day it was slotted as a three-point underdog?

MATT RYAN: Leads the NFL in passing efficiency. Just presided over victories in which the opposing quarterbacks were Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers. Heat Index: Yeah, it’s early. But he’s looking a bit like an MVP candidate, is he not?

GEORGIA: Beat Vanderbilt by 45 points and looked great doing it. And it’s not always easy to beat Vandy — ask South Carolina — or look good in the process. Heat Index: The comprehensive nature of Saturday’s victory recalled the Georgia teams of 2002-2004, when great talent was buttressed by attention to detail.

BRAVES: Magic number to clinch a wild card is two. Have crept within 4 1/2 games of Washington, which is the closest they’ve been to first place in the NL East since August. Heat Index: No collapse — epic or otherwise — this time, folks.

MIKE MINOR: Remember when he looked like the worst starting pitcher in baseball? He’s 3-0 in September with an ERA of 1.09. Heat Index: He might just start Game 2 of the Division Series, assuming the Braves get there.

TOMMY HANSON: He’s 0-4 since returning from the disabled list. His ERA in September is 4.57; in August it was 5.74. Heat Index: Not sure he’ll make the postseason roster.

GEORGIA TECH: It’s difficult to score 36 unanswered points in a game and not win it. But the Jackets just did. Heat Index: It’s likewise difficult to yield 609 yards to a Miami team that managed only 262 in a 39-point loss at Kansas State. Leave it to Al Groh, though.

GEORGIA STATE: Lost to Richmond by three touchdowns before the smallest announced crowd in Panther history. Heat Index: If GSU doesn’t win at William & Mary on Saturday — the Tribe is also 0-4 – Bill Curry’s final season could end without a victory.

DREAM: Finished third in the WNBA East after their usual slow start. Will open the playoffs at Indiana on Friday. Heat Index: It hasn’t been a smooth ride — after the month-long Olympic break, the Dream fired their coach and suspended their best player — but they have a track record of showing up in the postseason.

By Mark Bradley

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September 24th, 2012
11:40 am

Dawgs 4 and 0 - Conyers

September 24th, 2012
11:40 am

Great games by both the Dawgs & Falcons!!

LMREO at techies

Goldenrod

September 24th, 2012
11:42 am

Mark, it is not fair of you to pick on Georgia Tech football after a tough loss.

Mark my words though, we WILL be back in ACC competition and will SHOCK THE WORLD when we beat the mutts in November!

THWG! Go Jackets!

Mark Josey

September 24th, 2012
11:45 am

Mark Josey

September 24th, 2012
11:45 am

Tech fan in Savannah

September 24th, 2012
11:47 am

ICE ICE BABY!!!

DIT

September 24th, 2012
11:51 am

I still have hope that tech will find a way to beat Clemson again. Hey if Miami can find a way to beat y’all 4 in a row when you had the better team I know GT will find a way to beat Clemson 4 in a row.

Won’t happen against the Dawgs though.

Taxi Smith

September 24th, 2012
11:52 am

Good for Georgia. Good for the Falcons, Good for the Braves. Don’t know what to say about Tech other than “WTH?” Too bad, in an otherwise great sports weekend.

robodawg

September 24th, 2012
11:54 am

Dawgs are hot. But so is South Carolina. They escaped an away game at Vandy in the 4th quarter in the first game of the season, we were in a nailbiter at Mizzou in the second week until we took over the 4th quarter . South Carolina utterly dominated Mizzou at home a month into the season, while we utterly dominated Vandy at home. I think we’re looking pretty comparable, and we play them in their house. I’d say they should be about 3 point favorites.

Yogi

September 24th, 2012
11:56 am

So many third-and-longs…. It did not even seem to be a problem to the Hurricanes. Just makes you shake your head.

Dawg Bite

September 24th, 2012
11:56 am

Hey Goldenrod, don’t bet the house on your November prediction. Murray will pick your secondary apart as did the Hurricanes. That being said, I hope the Jackets have a successful season the rest of the way. Saturday after Turkey Day being the exception. Have a great fall day everyone!

slimG

September 24th, 2012
12:01 pm

Ever heard the saying “play for the win on the road and the tie at home” CPJ? These fourth down blunders are killing morale. Players are tiring of everything being their fault. Grow a pair and take some of the blame…….

Joe

September 24th, 2012
12:03 pm

GoldenRod……ahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha….silly jackette…….WOOF!!!!

tooltime234

September 24th, 2012
12:03 pm

As a Tech fan, any tech fan that thinks we will beat UGA is absolutely delusional. I have a good feeling about the braves though. Hopefully they can put together a solid postseason run.

GTGrad

September 24th, 2012
12:05 pm

Goldenrod, I love the Jackets and I hope we recover, but Mark speaks the truth about Tech this past weekend.

GTGrad

September 24th, 2012
12:05 pm

Goldenrod, I love the Jackets and I hope we recover, but Mark speaks the truth about Tech this past weekend.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 24th, 2012
12:05 pm

Yes Dawgs looked good. I wouldn’t read too much into the SC/UGA v Missouri games and the scores. We were without 1/2 our defense plus Missouri didn’t show too much their first game of the season. So that didn’e give us a whole lot to look at on tape. SC had the benefit of our game to watch what Missouri would be doing. Regardless SC looked pretty good Saturday. Dawgs did too even though it was Vandy. Next week will be a better barometer but if all our D is back I think we are in good shape right now.

DIT

September 24th, 2012
12:07 pm

Agree tooltime. I would love to see the Braves come up and get hot like ST. Louis did last year and win it all on Chipper’s last year.

Columbus Dawg

September 24th, 2012
12:07 pm

Just a thought, but my opinion of Mizzou is that UGA welcomed them to the SEC, then Franklin got hurt, then had to come back against another strong D, maybe a little timid? I do not know , but i still think the Dawgs shut down Lattimore, (slow him down anyway), and make Shaw win it. I don’t think he has it in him. Dawgs roll!

Henry

September 24th, 2012
12:09 pm

No way in hell Georgia Tech beats Georgia. Not in Athens, Not in Atlanta, not in my backyard. No where will GT beat UGA. We got them in Athens too? Hell no. UGA smashes Tech by 30 points.

Henry

September 24th, 2012
12:10 pm

Oh and Georgia will roll past both Tennessee (no running game) and SC (no passing threat). Look for UGA to go undefetated. If we beat SC and Florida, we will.

DIT

September 24th, 2012
12:11 pm

Fellow Dawgs – why on earth are we talking about SC! Focus should just be on the UT game. The only part of this Saturday I worry about is that our Dawgs have not played back to back strong games in a long time. I have visions of several years ago when LSU came into Athens and we spanked them good and then UT, a very weak UT team, came in and beat us by 4 and ruined our season.
I’ll worry about SC next week. It’s all about UT this week!

Don Waddell

September 24th, 2012
12:16 pm

No mention of the Thrashers? Mark, you disappoint yet again.

Henry

September 24th, 2012
12:17 pm

We gonna give Tennessee and SC the blues till they navy

falconsfan0126

September 24th, 2012
12:19 pm

Gotta love Matty and the Falcons!

harold

September 24th, 2012
12:21 pm

THIS WEEK WILL BE A CAKEWALK AS DOOLEY AND THE VOLS “STRUGGLED” AGAINST THE AKRON ZIPS. UGA PLAYED SO WELL AND TENNESSEE IS SO BAD THAT RICHT SHOULD GIVE UGA A DAY OR TWO OFF.

UGA HAS A SHOT AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. PULL THE STARTERS OUT AFTER UGA GETS A LEAD SO EVERYONE WILL BE READY FOR THE SOUTH CAROLINA GAME.

INSTEAD OF GATORADE RICHT SHOULD SERVE UGA PLAYERS MILLER LITES & BIRTHDAY CAKE ON THE SIDELINES AS THE DAWGS MAUL DOOLEY & THE VOLS—-55-3.

GT fan for life

September 24th, 2012
12:21 pm

d radakovic made a huge mistake hiring this ignorant mountain man, this triple option garbage will take years to recover from after they wise up and fire this fool CPJ

JoeFan

September 24th, 2012
12:22 pm

Paul Johnson makes the decisions, so the loses to Miami and VT fall right at his feet. He has had five years to get things on a firm foundation at GT and the best he can do is put poorly coached teams on the field. Whether its poor special teams play, consistently awful defensive play or an offense that plays not to loose, Johnson is ultimately responsible. His book of work says he can’t beat the good teams, which means its time for a change, unless GT just wants to be average.

Sam Houston

September 24th, 2012
12:23 pm

Still not clear to me the ruling on Orwin Smith k.o. return. They were saying it all depended on where the ball was. If the ball was still in the end zone, which they determined, I thought that was a touch back. If it crossed the line, I thought it would be spotted where the ball was down. Was it ruled that he crossed the line and came back in the end zone? Still not sure what the ruling was.

Billy

September 24th, 2012
12:26 pm

Matt Ryan puts a nice spiral on that ball.

GSU Panthers

September 24th, 2012
12:26 pm

WTH, Panthers? Curry and the crew need to knuckle up, and Levick should be fired immediately!! Winning is the cure for what ails the program, and losing is the last thing a fledgling program needs.

GTBob

September 24th, 2012
12:32 pm

Goldenrod, I thought Mark was being pretty nice considering how horrible our loss was.

Falconfan

September 24th, 2012
12:32 pm

It was no secret Washington was going to run ball on 1 yard line, everyone watching knew it, the defense knew, fans knew. He always calls his on #. DA.

slimG

September 24th, 2012
12:34 pm

They don’t call it the flats for nothing

UGA red dawg

September 24th, 2012
12:34 pm

Goldenrod,

I have to admire you for sticking up for your team. But Bradley was not really picking on them. Giving up that many points and some of Coach Paul Johnson’s play calling was inexcusable. And I really have doubts about that triple option, against a good fast team.

cdog

September 24th, 2012
12:35 pm

wait before we leap too high with the dogs.they still have to beat tennessee, florida and south carolina.the jury is still out on Aaron “rubberlegs” murray. can he win the big games?that kicker is going to lose them some games unless he gets his act together.all he has to do is kick during the week.there is no excuse for him to botch kicks and then grin about it.

UGA red dawg

September 24th, 2012
12:38 pm

Goldenrod,

Have to admire your defending your team, but Bradley is not picking on them. Just telling the sad truth. A horrible defense, and some questionable play calling by CPJ. But at least it’s early in season, so maybe you guys can snap back.

tooltime234

September 24th, 2012
12:38 pm

SlimG I agree. You have to kick the field goal and make them score a TD. As for the Orwin Smith debacle, I didn’t have a good look at it from where my seats are but it shouldn’t have been an issue anyway. That was the most stupid thing I have seen in a game ever.

Ed

September 24th, 2012
12:39 pm

Sports weekend utopia for me Falcons win, Dawgs win, couldn’t care less about Tech.

C

September 24th, 2012
12:43 pm

JoeFan

September 24th, 2012
12:44 pm

Is the SEC excluding Alabama really living up to its hype? Just look at the remaining schedule for UGA:

UT (3-1) Very unproven, and lost its only real test of the season.

#6 USCe (4-0) Has played nobody. Mizzou is a sham.

UK (1-3) Lost to W KY. SEC, baby!

#11 UF (4-0) The most interesting team left on UGAg’s schedule.

Ole Miss (3-1) Beat 3 patsies and got demolished by Texas. SEC baby! (pt. 2)

Auburn (1-3) A pitiful team. An overtime win against UL separates them from 0-4. SEC, baby! (pt.3)

GA Sou (2-1) Lost to the Citadel.

GA Tech (2-2) Demolished two bad teams and lost to two good teams in OT.

USCe or UF might slip up on them, but UGAg’s conference schedule for the 2nd year in a
row is a set-up for a division champ but in all honesty will UGA really be tested by the mythical beasts of the SEC until its championship game?

Reid in EAV

September 24th, 2012
12:47 pm

To: Jackets
From: Fans and foes
Re: Consider playing defense next time

Msg: All the points in the world won’t matter if you can’t stop anybody. Just sayin’.

jarvis

September 24th, 2012
12:47 pm

@JoeFan, “GA Tech (2-2) Demolished two bad teams and lost to two good teams in OT.”

Who are those second two teams you speak of?

Ted M

September 24th, 2012
12:51 pm

Mark – I know you were on another assignment but I’m wondering you a chance to review the Tech Game.

Paul Johnson clock management at the end of the first half was so bad it is hard to even imagine. Special teams are still making egregious mistakes, the offense could not execute at all when it had to.

It simply was a lot worse then the stats would indicate.

ColumbusDawg

September 24th, 2012
12:52 pm

Hearing bad rumors that more suspensions are coming this week? Please let this be rumors and nothing more. We can play Tennessee with our second string and win but we need everybody for the stretch after that. Anyone else heard of more suspensions?

Paul in NH

September 24th, 2012
12:52 pm

I was surprised that GT punted to give Miami the ball with 2 mins to go. Make the 1st and the ball game is over. Then going for it in OT?

In other Heat Chack news
Everton is red hot – won 3-0 at Swansea to be 2 points behind Chelsea in the EPL
Liverpool is frigid – 1-2 home defeat to ManU to remain winless. This was the first home game after the Hillsborough report – there are far more important things than the result of a game.

WDE

September 24th, 2012
12:53 pm

@JoeFan Mizzou would beat Bug U by two TD’s or more….

Rick James

September 24th, 2012
12:54 pm

@Goldenrod

Mark, it is not fair of you to pick on Georgia Tech football after a tough loss.

Mark my words though, we WILL be back in ACC competition and will SHOCK THE WORLD when we beat the mutts in November!

THWG! Go Jackets!
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I dont think Mark went far enough..Four games into the season and Tech is out of the division race,half of the ten people that will be at the game Saturday will be MTSU fans.If you were playing any ACC team you would more than likely lose.If fans are giving up on CPJ soon it will be the team and at that point the season will get longer.There is no upside to CPJ.The only shocker in November will be another Paul Johnson Walmart zinger.Georgia may score over 50 on Tech and as you saw Saturday Georgia was up by 40 points and Grantham still had his starters in the game.This is the killer instinct that had evaded Georgia coaching and I’m glad to see it.

oreo speedwagon

September 24th, 2012
12:55 pm

lol at ga tech..lol

shankit

September 24th, 2012
12:56 pm

Sorry Bama chest thumpers, but the Bama/LSU game has
now been surpassed by the Georgia/South Carolina game
as the biggest game in the SEC this year.