Live from the Dome: Big D against the overrated (?) Falcons

"Hey! You there! Are you the one calling us overrated?" (AP photo)

"Hey! You there! Are you the one calling us overrated? This next one's for you, pal. " (AP photo)

Rob Ryan, brother of Rex and son of Buddy, has predicted his Cowboys — Rob is the defensive coordinator — will beat the Falcons tonight. Falcons fans will probably take offense, no pun intended, but really, what’s he supposed to do? Say, “I’m guessing Atlanta wins by 10″?

For those easily riled, here’s another in the lengthening series of Atlanta-isn’t-as-good-as-its-record stories. (I know a bit about these, having written one myself.) In this one, Gary Horton of Sports Inc. declares on ESPN Insider (link requires registration) that the Falcons have issues running the ball and stopping the run — no news there — and wonders if this offensive line will hold up and if the defense can improve its red-zone efficiency. These are legitimate issues, no question, but still:

About here, I’m waiting for someone to predict that these Falcons are absolutely, positively going to tick off the ‘72 Dolphins by going unbeaten. Maybe I’ll get around to it, assuming Rob Ryan’s forecast doesn’t come to fruition.

While you’re waiting for toe to meet leather, here’s another little serving from ESPN Insider, this from Jeff Gold, in which he states his belief that the Cowboys are a great underdog play tonight. (They’re a 4 1/2-point underdog. They’re also a sub-.500 team.) And yet another from the Worldwide Leader, this from the Grantland imprint, wherein Bill Barnwell claims the Falcons are “a tad overrated” — how, I ask, can they be overrated if everybody’s writing how they aren’t all that great? — but figures they’ll finish as the NFC’s No. 1 seed and Matt Ryan will win MVP. (Barnwell does not, however, pick the Falcons to win the Super Bowl. He likes Green Bay.)

Oh, wait. There’s one more. From Jason York of ESPN Stats & Information, we learn that the Cowboys have beaten a team 7-0 or better three times since 1991 — and all three of those teams won the Super Bowl! So that presents a real dilemma, assuming you’re a Falcons’ fan: Do you root for 8-0, do you pull for history?

I’ll leave you to ponder that metaphysical stumper, but I hope you’ll return for tonight’s festivities. I’ll be watching and commenting, and I hope you’ll join me. And I thank you, as ever, in advance.

By Mark Bradley

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GEO

November 4th, 2012
7:31 pm

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Big Crimson 75

November 4th, 2012
7:32 pm

Go Falcons!!
8&0 after tonight.

Mark — don’t cheer too loudly, you don’t want to be “Hebert’d”!!

GEO

November 4th, 2012
7:32 pm

Let’s Play!

Old devil

November 4th, 2012
7:33 pm

Great! 2nd again!

Big Crimson 75

November 4th, 2012
7:35 pm

We have to lead the League in playing desperate teams this season!

TechBoy

November 4th, 2012
7:36 pm

You heard it hear first… Paul Johnson to Kentucky where he believes he can recruit SEC caliber players and prove his offense strategies. Just sayin! GO FALCONS!!!

Todd grantham

November 4th, 2012
7:37 pm

Mark, interesting intro. Remember frolic is just one letter away from frolic, as in Bill, former Falcon.

Mark Bradley

November 4th, 2012
7:37 pm

You mean Fralic?

Rise Up # 8

November 4th, 2012
7:38 pm

How about them 7-0 Falcons.

Todd grantham

November 4th, 2012
7:38 pm

Fralic. Oh how I hate this &@$&@ spell check.

Todd grantham

November 4th, 2012
7:39 pm

Yep, that’s the guy.

cptzzggyy

November 4th, 2012
7:40 pm

I’ll settle for the 8-0 & let the Falcons take their chances on winning the super Bowl.

Rise Up # 8

November 4th, 2012
7:40 pm

Falcons 40
Dallas 7

Todd grantham

November 4th, 2012
7:41 pm

I have as much use for spellcheck as Nixon did for Woodward and Bernstein

Herschel Talker

November 4th, 2012
7:41 pm

TO HECK WITH THE COWBOYS

LET’S GO FALCONS!!!

LOL at the Aints

November 4th, 2012
7:41 pm

Lets do this,, should be a great game. We like facing them desperate teams.

Billyho55

November 4th, 2012
7:43 pm

GOOD EVENING MR. BRADLEY! HOW’S EVERYTHING? EVERYONE READY FOR THIS DARN GAME? FEELS LIKE FOREVER WAITING ON THE START BC OF TIME CHANGE! LET’S GET THIS THING ROLLING EARLY TONIGHT FELLAS!

Eric C.

November 4th, 2012
7:44 pm

It’s another week and another team with a negative point differential is being picked to knock off the Falcons. It is the NFL and anyone can win, but…I guess the prognosticators don’t get paid to always go with the favorites. Everyone is going for the homerun. If by chance the Falcons survive tonight…there will be a few hundred talking heads that pick the Saints in NO.

Todd grantham

November 4th, 2012
7:44 pm

Not sure where Mr Fralic ranks but my top 3 Falcons of all time are Tommy Nobis, Jeff van Note, and Mike Kenn. Superb players and fine human beings as well.

Big Crimson 75

November 4th, 2012
7:45 pm

Doug Martin was about 40ish yards from breaking the single game rushing record today!!
Thankfully, Matt Bryant kicked that 55 yarder to save us the embarrassment of losing to Oakland.

Eric C.

November 4th, 2012
7:45 pm

I’d feel a lot better about this if Weatherspoon was in, but the Cowboys have some big injuries as well. This is one of those games going against a 3-4 where you hope Turner doesn’t get shut down.

Eric C.

November 4th, 2012
7:46 pm

It has been a while since the Falcons had a complete game at home…won by 6, 2, and 3…would be nice to win by 7+ tonight.

Billyho55

November 4th, 2012
7:47 pm

GOOD EVENING EVERYBODY! YOU GUYS READY TO GET THIS GAME STARTED OR WHAT? THIS TIME CHANGE COULDN’T HAVE COME AT A WORSE TIME, HUH? GOOD EVENING TO YOU AS WELL MR. BRADLEY, HOPE ALL IS WELL!

Eric C.

November 4th, 2012
7:49 pm

Ha, it’s hard to find a more passionate radio personality than Bobby Hebert. It is still hard to believe he played for the Falcons…the sight of him flapping his arms in a Falcons uniform must not be one of his favorite memories.

Rise Up # 8

November 4th, 2012
7:50 pm

Dallas is 28th in rushing yards allowed.

‘Burner Time’

Big Crimson 75

November 4th, 2012
7:50 pm

Luck continues to show why he was clearly the right choice for #1 over RGIII.
The Colts, with Coach Pegano are the best story in the NFL.

Todd grantham

November 4th, 2012
7:50 pm

Gerald Tinker

November 4th, 2012
7:51 pm

I can still outrun any player on either team but don’t expect me to catch the ball. Mark, can you see if Arthur Blank is at the game tonight? I think I’d like to drop a resume. What does Mr. Blank look like and does he ever go down on the field?

Willy

November 4th, 2012
7:52 pm

I heard Thomas Pynchon will be the Dome tonight.

MFranklin

November 4th, 2012
7:54 pm

All hail Caesar! We who are about raise hall, salute you!

Rise Up! Time to kick ass and avenge 1980 once again!

80sFalcon

November 4th, 2012
7:55 pm

If the Falcons should beat the Cowboys will this legitimize them as a top tier team? Or will the pundits say Dallas is just not that good of a team!

Billyho55

November 4th, 2012
7:56 pm

Big Crim,
YOU COULDN’T BE ANY MORE CORRECT SIR!

80sFalcon

November 4th, 2012
7:56 pm

I’m just sad Brooking isn’t here to be kicked in the NUTZ!!

MFranklin

November 4th, 2012
7:57 pm

80sFalcon – The Falcs could win the SB and they will never get the nod… that’s just how it is.

But, I don’t care anymore. Let the media jerks be jerks… I’m happy with this team.

Eric C.

November 4th, 2012
7:58 pm

Nope, the headlines would read how Jason Garrett is going to be fired.

MFranklin

November 4th, 2012
8:01 pm

Quote: “Live from the Dome: Big D against the overrated (?) Falcons”

Only Atlanta could produce a local sports writer that could torpedo the hometown team by questioning its legitimacy while being unbeaten.

Humphrey

November 4th, 2012
8:01 pm

If Turner runs that ball well, we’ll win.

Rise Up # 8

November 4th, 2012
8:02 pm

Jason Garrett is 16-15 as Dallas head coach.

Big Crimson 75

November 4th, 2012
8:03 pm

Lets not forget, Mike Peterson gave us a great game last year in Houston subbing for one of our starting LB’s.
He picked Schaub, which was overturned by a bad call/penalty.
I know it’s on Dent tonight, butt don’t be surprised to see the old man, QUICKLY!!!

DawgNole

November 4th, 2012
8:03 pm

80sFalcon
November 4th, 2012
7:55 pm

If the Falcons should beat the Cowboys will this legitimize them as a top tier team? Or will the pundits say Dallas is just not that good of a team!
____________________

Actually, Dallas really is “just not that good of a team!” But any Falcon win over any Cowboy team is something to be treasured. Go get ‘em, Falcons!

MFranklin

November 4th, 2012
8:06 pm

Let’s reword the headliner of this article/thread: Live from the Dome: Will the AJC fire Mark Bradley if the Falcons win once again?

JK

November 4th, 2012
8:07 pm

You heard it here first. The Falcons will win the National Championship.

Mark Bradley

November 4th, 2012
8:08 pm

Dan Weber of Yahoo! Sports here tonight. Good writer, good guy.

MFranklin

November 4th, 2012
8:09 pm

Dan Weber won’t save you :P

Pigskin

November 4th, 2012
8:10 pm

Lets dial it UP!

kingdaddy

November 4th, 2012
8:11 pm

Mark
to put this in perspective, how many undefeated teams have the Cowpokes LOST to since 1991, that have gone on to win the Superbowl???

MFranklin

November 4th, 2012
8:11 pm

Goooooooooooooo Falcons!

Mark Bradley

November 4th, 2012
8:12 pm

Beats the heck outta me, kingdaddy.

I know how many unbeaten teams have won it all, though: That number is holding at one

MFranklin

November 4th, 2012
8:12 pm

Yeah, just like that.

Eric C.

November 4th, 2012
8:13 pm

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