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  1. Cincy- We win, but not by much and once again we will be called lucky by all. We are injured and Cincy is coming of a bye. We beat em WIN TB- Coming off our bye, we should be a fresh, healthy bunch. We play extremely well coming off the bye. WIN BAL- Our third game at home, we are riding the momentum coming off two wins in a row. Both team have lathargic offenses with good running backs. Game of defense and...well Bmore wins that battle. LOSE @STL- This one is gonna be closer than you expect. STL's got some offensive fire these days and a middle of the road defense. Still we are clearly a better team and its an indoor game. WIN GB- Wow, this is tough to call. Packers O-Line still seems to be suspect but then again, our whole offense is suspect. They do though, appear to be taking some steps back but i really cant call this. But since both teams are even in skill ill go with the home feild advantage WIN @TB-always close games in tampa. this one kicks off a three game road trip but i still think we are too much for them. The saints beat em 24-6 in their house so we are more than capable. WIN @CAR-We haven't won in carolina for a while now, but this year, they are not anywhere near who they were last year, which was an 8-8 football team. WIN @SEA-Upset time. This is our third road game in a row and we're traveling to the West coast..not to mention in a cold icy stadium which is next to impossible to win in. LOSE NO- Well simple logic says if we beat them on the road, we can beat em at home. Still, this is one of the greater rivalries in the league and it will like before come down to the final 2 minutes. WIN CAR- Will they even have 5 wins at this point? We will have a playoff spot but will more than likely be competeing for homefeild advantage or the division title. So we will be giving it our absolute all against a very weak team at home. WIN So i have us going 12-4, but it could easily be 11-5 with that toss up GB game. Either way, division winners or not, we will make the playoffs, especially with how weak the NFC is this year.
  2. yes i wrote most of it..but never hurts to get assistance
  3. I’m not sure it’s that we need to enter games with the intentional strategy of using Turner less… it’s that we need to have a contingency plan ready for when Turner isn’t going anywhere. It makes perfect sense to try and establish the run with your #1 back… but what seems to be happening is that when we enter a game and Turner can’t get more than a yard or two per carry, we look just completely shell shocked and have no alternative plan ready. I mean the stat that continues to baffle me more than any other from yesterday is that when our #1 back wasn’t working, we gave our #2 back a grand total of TWO carries. I like Turner a lot, but our coaching staff needs to start being realistic about what he is. There are going to be games where he isn’t clicking, and if we don’t have something ready in those situations, we’re going to be screwed.
  4. The official campaign I tried to get started like 4-5 weeks ago has now increased it’s membership to a grand total of..EVERYBODY!!!!!! Hey CMS, If by some chance you do read these boards – If you don’t fire MM, he’s gonna cause you to get fired!! This is a business, do what is best for the Falcons and your job, replace him immediately!! Believe me when I say, WE will NOT be angry about it and we will support your decision 100%. Thank you, Your Falcon Loving Fans
  5. As I watched every game this season, I’ve seen Turner make bad decision on which whole to pick. Some times its not the offensive line block and the whole closes up quick, some time its him making dumb jump cut right into a defender. In a 3rd in one we are not looking for a big play so dont look for one, just bury your head into the defense and hope everyone gives a good plus and pick up the first. Big plays dont sustain drives but converting 3rd & one does. I wouldnt take away carries just yet but its something to look into after the bye week
  6. I don’t think it would matter who gets the start. Snellings yards per carry could just as easily go down with more carries. I like both guys. They are big bruisers whom are pretty fast for their size. I still think that getting TG into deeper routes, around 10 yards past the line, passing deeper more frequently during the game and running some screens will loosen up the running game. It’s hard to get yards when the opposing D gets tweets from MM saying run, run, pass and punt. D’s can sneak a safety up into the box putting Turner/Snelling against 8 defenders.
  7. Turner’s stats are somewhat “victimized” by the predictability of our offense. Snelling, being a “change of pace” back, benefits to an extent. I hate seeing Snelling being underused this way, though. I’m not saying Turner’s dogging it, but Snelling seems to want the ball more. He appears to run with more aggression / urgency IMO. The Snell also has the better hands, as mentioned
  8. I just don’t know what that might be.It seems to me Turner gets the carries but it seems like a lot of them are coming and they seem to know it.That might be one problem.Another touches on the momemtum thing.I don’t know, it just seems we give him a try or two then we pass the ball, when it doesn’t work then all of a sudden they catch on and its up.Its the line also obviously.Still play calling might be it or a combo of all of the above!!
  9. HIGHLIGHTS The run defense continues to be a standout. If you had told me before the game that LeSean McCoy would've averaged just a hair over three yards a carry and his backup, Eldra Buckley, would've averaged under four, I would've bet on the Falcons. That would have been a mistake. Still, this defense is showing me a lot. The Falcons have an active front seven and they do a fantastic job of limiting opposing grounds games. That should serve them well against Cedric Benson next week. Big Michael Jenkins returned and hauled in five passes for 99 yards. It was not a spectacular performance, but it could have been: Matt Ryan and Jenkins failed to connect on six other throws, largely because Ryan had nanoseconds to get off his passes. Encouraging performance, though, and a sign that he'll be asked to shoulder some of the burden in the passing game. Curtis Lofton is my hero. The Police put up 14 tackles, 11 of them solo, and tipped the pass that William Moore intercepted. He also got hurt near the end of the game, but it looked like it was relatively minor. The Falcons need him. William Moore had a dumb penalty late in the game, but that was a nice pick. Despite not starting the entire year, he leads the team in interceptions with three. I'm anticipating a monster year when all's said and done. Peria Jerry finally made an impact, notching the team's only sack of the game. Kudos, Peria! From here, the individual achievements need quantifying. Roddy White had six catches for 83 yards, but unfortunately most of that came later as the game was unraveling before our eyes. It was still a nice performance. Considering he was under more pressure than Captain Nemo, Ryan deserves props for putting up even reasonably decent numbers yesterday. He had some bad throws and I'm not willing to excuse those entirely, but the guy barely had time to snap sometimes before Trent Cole was punching him in the throat. Tony Gonzalez is a red zone weapon, even if he didn't do much else. Nobody screws with Gonzo in the end zone. This isn't a highlight, per se, but I've limited myself with this format. Don't excoriate Brian Van Gorder for this one—at least not for things he doesn't deserve. The Falcons generated no pass rush against a merely decent line, and clearly he should've adjusted in-game. For those that think he was magically going to stop Jeremy Maclin (a rising star in the NFL, in my opinion), DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant and Brent Celek by waving his Scheme Wand of +10 Stopping, you need to recognize how talented the Eagles offense is. It didn't get any easier for BVG once the Falcons lost Dunta. I love me some Chris Owens, but he and everyone else were being toasted. We thankfully do not have to face a passing attack of the Eagles' caliber every week, but I did think they put in a game effort. The D just wasn't good enough to stop them. BVG and the Falcons defense will get back on track. Bank on it. LOWLIGHTS Going to touch on the Dunta Robinson hit on DeSean Jackson first. I don't for one second believe there was malicious intent on the part of Robinson. If you watch the hit a few times, you can draw your own conclusions, but it looks to me like Dunta picked a very bad time and way to brace for impact. I'm sure the NFL and many others will debate the angle Robinson took there, and the penalty will be debated, but if it's not malicious that's not what concerns me. What concerns me is the aftermath, which was horrific for both teams. DeSean Jackson has a severe concussion and some memory loss, and that's awful. My thoughts go out to Jackson and Eagles fans, who are understandably angry but should probably stop wishing harm on Dunta because A) he's already hurt and that's more than a little cruel. I'll be anxiously awaiting news on his condition, because he looked like he got his bell rung pretty badly. On the football end of things, the Falcons will miss Dunta a lot if he has to sit out games, which is likely. Expect to see a lot of Chris Owens. God, the offensive line is excruciating. The Falcons won't have to face Trent Cole every week, but they utterly failed to protect Ryan throughout the game. He was sacked three times and harried on seemingly every other pass. The protection has to improve, and the Falcons need to take a more active role in preserving their franchise quarterback's health, not to mention avoiding the kinds of fumbles that result from him getting trucked over by a giant lineman. Have Jenkins throw a couple blocks if the team believes he's so good at it, for Christ's sake. The run blocking didn't seem much better. Michael Turner once again turned (!) in an uninspiring performance, but he was nailed in the backfield a couple of times, which certainly didn't help. Speaking of Turner, it's become apparent to me that we're probably never going to see the same back that ran roughshod over the league in 2008. Whether he's a step slower, a little less decisive or just aging at three times the rate of normal humans, Turner's not getting it done. It's time to start working Jason Snelling (three carries, 17 yards) into the rotation more. Matt Bryant missed a field goal. Isolated incident, hopefully, but a disappointing one. What a crappy game from Michael Koenen, who was obviously struggling with the wind at times. His usually strong leg faltered on numerous occasions in this one, leaving the Eagles with good field position. I don't have to tell you how that turned out. The matchups were bad, but the secondary got eaten alive. The Thomas DeCoud of last year is mysteriously absent, replaced by a body double with the soul of Bruce Pickens. And yes, I'm aware they play(ed) different positions. I blame the entire team, from Mike Smith down to Shann Schillinger, for their pathetic showings in first halves this season. It should not take Smith dropping F-bombs and stacking furniture with the team to make them realize that hey, they're a professional football team and they need to show up for work. I'm truly baffled as to why this team can't seem to extract its collective head from its collective *** before they head to the locker room for the first time. At a fundamental level, this game confirmed everything we knew about the 2010 Falcons. They're a team with poor pass protection, an inconsistent running game and a penchant for allowing big plays on defense. It's foolish to pretend these problems don't exist. Dismissing critics of the team out of hand when they deserve criticism is expressing blind faith while your car drives down an embankment. The Falcons need to spend the Bengals game and the bye week figuring them out. At the same time, people who act like the season is over are beyond foolish. I know I've said that at least once in this post alone, but let's get a **** grip. This team will win at least one more game, I promise.
  10. Underneath the respectable number of 4.3 yards per carry, Michael Turner is having a poor season. He destroyed the weak Cardinals' rush defense, of course, and he lit into the Cleveland Browns for an average of 7.4 yards per carry. That was inflated by two long runs, one of them 55 yards, which still count but tend to skew the numbers. In all other games and excepting a handful of long rushes, he's averaging well under four yards per carry. The guy who bulled in 27 touchdowns in two seasons has one this year, and he just can't seem to get going. The answer isn't more carries, because he's had plenty of those. A total of 108 in six games puts him on pace to go well over 300 again in 2010. Take a look at Jason Snelling. In basically half the carries Turner's gotten, Snelling is averaging 4.7 yards per carry. To be fair, his season long is 30, and he's unlikely to break the huge runs that Turner sometimes gets because he's so unstoppable with momentum. But it's clear that Snelling is doing more with less, and he's a more capable receiver out of the backfield. All of which leads me to my potentially unpopular point: Turner should get less carries than Snelling. This should start immediately. I think the Falcons are a forward-thinking football team. I want to get that out of the way now, so the series of punches I'm about to land will feel a little softer. To me, this situation is beginning to feel like a classic problem of the Two Moes: Money and Momentum. Because Turner is the team's highly-paid back, the Falcons seem to feel obligated to some extent to ride him even when he's struggling. There's also the idea that a back like Turner needs more carries to get into a rhythm (aka momentum), but we're just not seeing the proof of that in 2010. With the exception of the Browns game, every time Turner has gotten 15 or more carries, he's averaged under four yards. I'd like to think the coaching staff has a better reason for trotting Turner out there game after game, but I've yet to hear it. The Falcons rely heavily on the ground game to open up things through the air for them, and thus far they can only watch in horror as Turner butts up against linemen over and over again. You have to blame the offensive line and Mike Mularkey for this, to some extent, but it doesn't explain why Snelling has been so much more effective. In my mind, it's about Snelling's versatility. For all his battering ram gusto and howitzer-sized legs, Turner basically runs forward. When he's good—like 2008—he's picking up a lot of yardage doing nothing more than that. When he's not so good—like now—his struggles are glaring. Snelling is able to make something happen with a pass in the flats and he's a nice little burst of speed that serves to punch him past the line, especially when he's asked to go outside. I'm not saying Turner can never be effective again. He still needs to get carries and supplement Snelling. But I do believe that until the team figures out why he's not effective, they need to give Big Snell the majority of carries, money and momentum be damned. There's not much point in using a guy like a workhorse back when he isn't playing like one.
  11. not btchin at all jus statin the obvious..i predicted this win so call me wat u want robinson in my opinon has not lived up to his name but has appeared nothing more of a above average CB in coverage..case closed but good win
  12. Exactly ppl talk to much these days -_- -_- but BEER man...LETS GO!!!!!!!
  13. I think that and our defense jus earned us enough recognition to last us to the eagles game...good one BEER-man
  14. I am a little on the edge excuse my spelling but me and u both know that is besides the point..so please, showcase your over-dramatical opinon about the game of football..enlighten me! Dunta Robinson has been clearly dissapointing so far this yr...Debate that please sir
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