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Hi all, after the hit on Redskins TE Jordan Reed. Some may have been trying to label Safety Keanu Neal as a dirty player. I wanted to talk about. And would like your take as well.
Of course in 2009, Matt Ryan was injured, which was the reason we probably went 1-3 vs. the NFC East, but in 2012 we had a complete 4-0 sweep over the NFC East in the year we went 13-3 and also played the AFC West, and all of our 3 losses came with splits against our divisional rivals that year. 2012 was Mike Smith's best team, and we played Andy Reid's worst team (4-12) in Philly for our first win down there since 1988, we beat the eventual NFC East champs the Redskins (10-6) in Washington with RGIII for a little bit until we knocked him out and Kirk Cousins played the rest of the way, we beat the Cowboys (8-8) in a grinder defensive battle for our best 8-0 start in franchise history, and finally we got sweet revenge over the Giants at home in an exciting shutout to complete our first sweep. Keep in mind, since we've been in the NFC South, 2012 is the only year we've made the playoffs with the NFC East on our schedule, which is weird considering we've had success over this division. Our second sweep over the NFC East came in 2015 when 4 of our first 5 games were against that entire division. The first game was Dan Quinn's first ever game as our head coach against the Eagles (7-9), and we won in a thrilling 2 point victory where everyone favored the Eagles prior to the game, and that was our previous win over the Eagles on our home turf when Chip Kelly was still the head coach. In week 2 we beat the Giants (6-10) in a come from behind victory that included a key Kroy Biermann fumble against the Giants in the redzone that helped us comeback and prevail. We took down the Cowboys (4-12) in Dallas again where Julio Jones had a really big day and it was a good preview of what Kyle Shanahan was going to do with the offense the following year, then finally, we beat the eventual division champs Redskins (9-7) again for another 5-0 start which was an ugly game all round but we were still able to escape in OT somehow someway. Unfortunately, the 2015 Falcons did not capitalize off their easy AFC South schedule and we struggled against our own division for a disappointing 8-8 finish. So let's look at our 2018 opponents in the NFC East this year. We are facing Doug Peterson and a much better Eagles team in Philly who are defending Super Bowl champs in 2 days, and it's going to be nationally televised on NBC. We are at home facing a rebuilding Giants team on Monday Night Football who should be improved from their terrible 3-13 season last year, but they still won't be world beaters or anything, still a year away. We shouldn't have any trouble beating the Giants, even if it's a 7 point game and not the 2012 shutout again. We face a Redskins team who just upgraded at QB with Alex Smith, however, we've won the previous 5 over the Redskins (even tho all previous 3 were close) and Jay Gruden can't be trusted in clutch moments with a mediocre organization. Washington is never an easy place to play by any means so still can't take them lightly. Then of course, we have the Cowboys, and we are 3-0 vs. Jason Garrett which is good, and the Cowboys still have a lot of question marks in Dak Prescott's 3rd year and Ezekiel Elliott having a bounce back year. Thankfully we have them in Atlanta again, but their O-line is going to make sure they come out a lot more physical against our D-line so don't expect as many sacks as last year. If Matt Ryan claims this is his best team ever, then with the tough NFC South we have to face, a very talented AFC North, and us drawing the Packers in Green Bay in December, I think it'd be very good if we swept the NFC East again and for the 3rd straight time just like 2012 and 2015, what do you think?
I've got three of my boys going with me to the game; none in which are Falcons fans. They aren't 'Skins fans for that matter. I remember a couple of ppl talking about going to the game. I don't know how to pull up old threads. Can someone help a brotha out?