Sometimes I use an old saying. “If it costs a dime to go around the world, then I couldn’t get outta sight.” To turn it around, “If I had a dime every time the Falcons disappointed, I could afford to go around the world!!!”
Yes, we lost, and that is disappointing, The penalties on the defense were very costly. The Matt Ryan turnover only cost us 3 points. Losing Neal and Grady was also not a good thing.
But, let’s take a deep breath. Remember, the run they made towards the Super Bowl? They started and lost some games that frustrated the fans. We are still in week #3, and the season just started. We all felt that the schedule out of the gate was tough, and some of you even pointed a 1-2 start.
Well, we are 1-2 and that is the narrative. The Falcons are 1-2 and tied with the Bucs and Panthers and only 1 game behind Saints.
First, let’s look at the schedule. We have Titans, and then on the road to Houston and Arizona. Then, we finish this stretch with two home games against the Rams and Seahawks. The Falcons could finish 4-1 in this stretch. I believe the offense is coming together and OL will get even much better. The OL need to negate holdings and we should be okey. Freeman and the running game finally got going and this is huge going forward. This should be a confidence builder for Freeman who has missed a lot of games. This should balance the offense. Ito might be out next week, and we will probably activate Q or Hill or both. Freeman’s confidence and running will help the passing game and play action schemes.
In the 2nd half, the offense played almost a flawless game with the OL called for some holdings. Matty Ice was precise and he was in-sync with Julio and Sanu. Hooper is going to have a breakout season and he is going to end with a 700-800 yard season. This game reminded me of how we came back in the 2nd half in 2016 and almost beat the Seahawks on the road. We lost that game by a small margin.
On the defensive side, I see more disruption from our front 4 and VIC is playing good. He is making more plays. Oliver is really gaining traction and making some of you look foolish for calling him a bust and a weakness. We stopped the Colts rushing offense which was a positive take. Finally, our 2nd half of our season is fully loaded with division games. We could easily go 5-1 or 4-2 in those games.
The biggest caveat will be that Matty Ice and the offense will be more in-sync with DK play calling. We have the Jags and 49ers on the road. The Niners are a decent team, but they haven’t really beaten anyone good. They still have to play 4 games against the Rams, Seahawks, and the Saints.
To suffice, guys relax!!! It is too early to throw the flag and calling for the firing squad. We have to stay positive and understanding the big picture. The next few weeks will tell us whether the Falcons will play for the division, wildcard, or miss the playoffs. I will change my outlook after the bye week.
So far everything has gone down as I predicted.
A rough, ugly start in first 4 games where we experience growing pains from all the changes , message board apocalyptic insanity with demands to fire coaches, folllowed by....
Well, that’s so far all that has happened.
I also predicted us to go on a tear in second half of season when we play our division games and earn a playoff birth. (revised to a division title after Brees went out)
So far I’m batting 1000%
I mean I get the frustration, truly I do. I think if you are a Falcon's fan you know that frustration is a staple of our diet...I do not blame anyone for that. But man some of these posts are borderline depressing. Declaring player x is terrible, coach y is awful, calling for heads, saying the season is over. Like, it may very well end up that way but to @vels post, it's too early to tell so just let it all play out.
Fans are emotional beings But some of these emotions are just way over the top at this point.
Guys, don’t sleep on Carter. I was actually very high on signing or drafting in the 7th a couple years back. His coverage is inconsistently average, but he hits a ton and has that fire we’re missing. Let’s see what we can get out of him before we get too low. He’s not going to be worse than Ishmael who is a huge MB favorite.