The Falcons’ offense, their receivers and that Philly crowd

Julio Jones flashes past Philadelphia safety to score. (AP photo)

Julio Jones flashes past Eagles safety Nate Allen to score on a 63-yard reception. (AP photo)

1. Dirk Koetter called a lovely and measured game. The Falcons’ offensive coordinator mixed runs of different sorts (Julio Jones on a reverse) with passes of all kinds (deep balls, slip screens, even a shovel pass to Jason Snelling) to a coldly efficient end (392 yards, 30 points). The Philadelphia defense, in its maiden voyage under just-promoted coordinator Todd Bowles, had no answer. The Falcons scored touchdowns on their first three possessions and kicked field goals on the next three. They didn’t punt until six minutes remained.

2. The Eagles’ famous secondary couldn’t cover the Falcons’ receivers. Julio Jones ran past the All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on his 69-yard touchdown reception — in vain, safety Nate Allen attempted to offer help — and fill-in slot receiver Drew Davis was left unencumbered on his touchdown catch. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the other cornerback, was called for both holding and pass interference on the same play, which is tough to manage. Of Matt Ryan’s 17 first-half completions, five Falcons caught at least two. Those 17 completions were on 20 attempts, which left Ryan with a passer rating of 147.3 for Quarters 1 and 2.

3. Know how it’s said that hardy Northerners will brave any weather? There were a few thousand empty seats in Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, which seemed an indication that Philly folks had paid attention to the forecasts. Even though the rain that was forecast for the game didn’t arrive until the third quarter, the dire warnings regarding Hurricane Sandy surely had an effect on the gathering. Though not, it must be said, the disposition of those in attendance. The Eagles’ defense was booed after yielding a touchdown on the game’s first drive, and Michael Vick was booed after being sacked on the Eagles’ first possession. And more than a few disgusted patrons left at halftime, when the home team trailed 24-7.

Further reading: After winning in Philadelphia, the Falcons bear the look of a special team.

By Mark Bradley

51 comments Add your comment

come on

October 28th, 2012
5:10 pm

Answer This

October 28th, 2012
5:11 pm

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Bobby's Cox

October 28th, 2012
5:14 pm

Third!! wohoo!!

The Grinch

October 28th, 2012
5:16 pm

Nice to see another MeAngelo meltdown too.

Bobby's Cox

October 28th, 2012
5:16 pm

Great weekend everyone!! Doesnt get any better than this. YES!!!!!

Great Falconi

October 28th, 2012
5:16 pm

A very business-like win today in the face of some really shockingly bad betting trends (no wins in Philly since 1988, Reid perfect after bye weeks). Any fan who has a problem with this win has a problem with watching his team win football games, and that’s a problem that can only be fixed by extensive therapy and a strict regimen of prescription medications.

Bobby's Cox

October 28th, 2012
5:18 pm

Even Dallas is getting smoked…gotta love it.

banshee29

October 28th, 2012
5:18 pm

Best fans in the world? As Lt. Dan said…you call this a storm? Birds keep on rolling

John

October 28th, 2012
5:18 pm

A perfect day except for the injury to Spoon.

Hillbilly D

October 28th, 2012
5:19 pm

Ah yes, those great fans in a great sports town.

Claude Humphrey

October 28th, 2012
5:24 pm

Man was that a wonderful win! So good to be 7-0. Bring on those Cowboys. BTW, I believe that was Choke calling into 790-The Zone saying Matt Ryan was a “bomb”. If that was him, he is even stranger than I though. GO FALCONS!!!!

Meanwhile...a historical perspective

October 28th, 2012
5:26 pm

Seems like “maiden voyages” and ice (in this case Matty Ice) never turn out well, eh Mark?

By the way, “lovely and measured;” nice turn of phrase.

Sean

October 28th, 2012
5:26 pm

John Lynch is a below average color analyst. After halftime, when FOX showed the graphic about how the Eagles were 3-58 when trailing by 17+ points at the half, Lynch makes this gem of a remark: “You can always change history…” Actually, John, you can’t…

Later in the fourth quarter, just seconds after Lynch criticizes the Eagles for not even taking one shot downfield, he praises them for taking the short, 10-yard underneath passes that the Falcons are giving them. One cannot have it both ways: the reason the Eagles weren’t taking long shots downfield was that the Falcons’ DBs were playing way off the Eagles receivers, giving them 10+ yard cushions for the outside receivers. Added to that was the fact that the Eagles and Vick were trying to minimize turnovers/interceptions, so all of their throws were short and to their playmakers, trying to let them make something happen after getting the ball into their hands.

Could we please get better analysts? Ugh…

MarkATL

October 28th, 2012
5:34 pm

I’m just waiting on the Boys from Big B to come into town and get their butts handed to them! :)

air of mendacity

October 28th, 2012
5:36 pm

Who is Drew Davis – he looks pretty good. The game was really not as close as the score – and the score was not close. Offense is for real. Could be a special season.

observor

October 28th, 2012
5:37 pm

SEVENTEENTH!!!!!

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Meanwhile...a historical perspective

October 28th, 2012
5:49 pm

@observer when you take into account the Harris poll, you’ve actually moved up to 13th in the rankings.

Eric

October 28th, 2012
5:52 pm

Best secondary the Falcons have had in a long time #27 Mcclain is solid, what they gonna do with Grimes now?Dirk is the real deal, was worried when he was given the job.

atlspiderweb

October 28th, 2012
5:53 pm

As this game was going on I have to say I was thinking about all the sports casters like Donovan McNabb, Steven A. Smith among having to eat their words…simply picking the Eagles for their record after the by week. Its a shame…

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misslissasav

October 28th, 2012
5:54 pm

7-0. ‘Nuff said. Well done, gentlemen. GO FALCONS!

A True Fan

October 28th, 2012
5:56 pm

To all the nay sayers : Kiss my GRITS and RISE UP! Big D is next on the chopping block.

sam

October 28th, 2012
5:57 pm

Anybody heard an update on Spoon?

(J)ust (S)ome (S)ucka is a Troll

October 28th, 2012
6:04 pm

Hey, just to add to the list of things Matty Ice has now done as the greatest QB in Falcons History that the dog-killing felon never did:

Beat Philly IN Philly.

Let MCR and MV7 and all the rest CHOKE on that. Hahahahaha!

Gamer

October 28th, 2012
6:06 pm

ENDING REID’S IMPRESSIVE 13-O WINNING RECORD AFTER BYE WEEK……

GUESSING THAT THE FALCONS WILL BE CALLED A “WEAK 7-0 TEAM…….NO LOVE FROM SPORT ANALYSTS…….NO LOVE…..COOL, IT’S COOL.

Eddiein acworth

October 28th, 2012
6:08 pm

Vick talk in this town is officially over. matty ice just bombed philly. Suck it vickophants.

Martty O

October 28th, 2012
6:09 pm

Really excited to be at this game. Reality has hit trying to get the hell out of here. Go falcons.

PMC

October 28th, 2012
6:11 pm

7-0 with 4 ROAD WINS!

JB

October 28th, 2012
6:11 pm

Vick should serve notice to NFL teams not to spend a high draft choice on these slasher,running type college QB’s, who are great in College, but do not fit the pro game other than a highlight or two, black or white…see Tebow.

PMC

October 28th, 2012
6:11 pm

Congrats Coach Smith on 50 wins. I hope you make it over 100 here too.

phil

October 28th, 2012
6:16 pm

Great Falconi
October 28th, 2012
5:16 pm

A very business-like win today in the face of some really shockingly bad betting trends (no wins in Philly since 1988, Reid perfect after bye weeks). Any fan who has a problem with this win has a problem with watching his team win football games, and that’s a problem that can only be fixed by extensive therapy and a strict regimen of prescription medications.

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bull.

Three FGs is not a good thing. We lose in January with that garbage.

A nice, solid win though. Proud of the boys for kicking butt and shutting up the media, most of which went on and on all week about the eagles…..on and on and on and on and on.

phil

October 28th, 2012
6:18 pm

50 wins for Smitty….

Nicely done.

But Shula had over 200 so big deal.

Win a Super Bowl please!!!

phil

October 28th, 2012
6:20 pm

Vick wanted us to win….

He feels bad about stealing all those millions.

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
6:27 pm

Kudos, come on.

Stinger 2

October 28th, 2012
6:28 pm

phil: by you comments, you sound somewhat skeptical and not convinced the Falcins are for real. No offense meant, just an observation.

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
6:31 pm

Weatherspoon told D-Led he hurt his ankle but should be fine.

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
6:32 pm

phil

October 28th, 2012
6:35 pm

Boys have come roaring back…..

Sigh.

phil

October 28th, 2012
6:37 pm

Stinger, yes, i’m skeptical, but i’m still enjoying the heck out of it!

phil

October 28th, 2012
6:38 pm

Coughlin is too relaxed…

Fire the bozo.

MarkATL

October 28th, 2012
7:10 pm

Anyone checking out the Saints – Broncos game tonight? :)

Coach Killer

October 28th, 2012
7:22 pm

Where, where, are the Vick supporters?
Why did you leave us here all alone?
We searched the blog over,
And thought you would defend him again.
You watched the bum lose again and
Phht! you were gone.

MarkATL

October 28th, 2012
7:27 pm

Spoon is going to let his ankle sprain heal up. Expect him to practice Wednesday. :)

Bob W

October 28th, 2012
8:32 pm

Falcons still have to get better at putting teams away. 2 field goals in second half, no touchdowns.
Can’t make first downs at end of game to run out clock.

GFJacket

October 28th, 2012
9:30 pm

Until Falcons can win a playoff game under Matt Ryan they will be unimpressive, no matter if they finish the regular season 16 – 0. Their record so far is a good step to credibility. Keep getting better and work on the shortfalls, like a better power running game. Go get Dwyer from Pittsburgh…

Yellow Fuzz

October 28th, 2012
9:40 pm

Nothing matters unless we see W’s in the playoffs.

Enough of seeing everyone else win. Let’s make this the year.

Mark Bradley

October 28th, 2012
9:41 pm

Well, having a season that enables you to make the playoffs might matter. Unlike, say, the Eagles of 2011, who didn’t.

" ICE "

October 28th, 2012
10:11 pm

Bring on the 3-4 Cowboys.