Falcons Win Posted September 14, 2011 Share Posted September 14, 2011 Look, I know you don't want to hear it's 1 game, but that's the truth it's 1 of 16, did it look bad, at the surface absolutely but look deeper at what was going on out there.We played week 1 on the road on a field that the NFL should come in and say is unfit for play and force them to play their home games on the road until it's replaced, and we lost by 18 points.EIGHTEEN POINTS!!! Holy crap, what a devastating loss! Then you look into it and you see what happened. Matt Ryan played the game any heady QB would have played the game. He was hitting his sure things trying to keep the chains moving against a Cover 2 that forces that sort of thing. Then they took advantage of his mistake. Urlacher made one of the best plays of his Hall of Fame Career Sunday on that insane interception that many WRs and TEs couldn't have made. So that's mistake 1, we're down but we're fighting back and cruising the ball down field and bam, derailed.Okay well, it had to have been more than that going wrong for a team to get blown out that badly, well, next thing you know Michael Turner is breaking off some decent runs, and on a pretty good one he gets hit perfectly and coughs up the ball, it lands at his feet, and Chicago wraps it up. Dang, now the team is deflated and the defense is feeling really really good about itself. This snowballs, well Matt Ice goes out there and leads the team into position for 1 final toss into the endzone from about the 50 yardline, and guess what, the refs decide they don't want to give him a chance with the ball. So at this point the game still hasn't played 60 mins, we're at 59:58 in terms of total time. Pretty crappy.But look further into it, then Matt Ryan fumbles the ball after getting rushed out of the pocket on a really nice move, but he forgot the ball on the turf, which ended up being bumbled around by Peppers (who was credited for a sack and FF on the play *scratches head*) and then ran into the endzone by Urlacher. Just another absolutely fluky play. Those turnovers allowed the Bears to score 17 points, which would have made this a much much different game. How about stack on top of that the fact that our Pro Bowl return man looked like Allen Rossum back there, costing us countless yards in field position and making horrible decisions. Stack on top of that our defense forced 3 turnovers, only 1 of which we didn't screw up. It's sad when your defensive end has better hands than your Safety.That would have been a total of 3 turnovers forced by our defense and put us easily in the drivers seat in that game. Instead we're forced to pass block with 2 new offensive linemen, first time starters, and the Bears are allowed to play ragdoll with Matt Ryan, including hitting him in the head twice and getting away with it. All the rules about defenseless players went out the window, and even false starts against the Bears weren't called. I mean it's not 1 thing that cost us the game, so you don't blame the refs, you just fire them and move on cause they were horrible. But it's 1 more thing piled on the snowball of everything going wrong.Our defense early was very impressive holding the Bears to field goals and forcing them to not do what they wanted. They couldn't run the ball on us, period, and in a game that doesn't have every ball, every call, and every thing go against us (much like the Green Bay game) we'd have housed the Bears.So we're 0-1 instead of 1-0, oh well. We've got a game with the Eagles this week, which before the season started we all put down as a big fat L, and ya know what, we may be right. But even at 0-2 doesn't mean the season is over, and I don't care about the 9.8% of teams making the playoffs after starting 0-2 since 2000, we weren't supposed to turn around this franchise for half a decade, and it happened in 5 months, so even if we do start 0-2, it doesn't mean this isn't a 11-12 win team. Some games suck and you get hosed, some games you get beat. Sunday was mostly the former which turned into the latter. Don't freak out guys, hang in there and in a few weeks you'll all be like, oh I guess I was wrong.290 days, that's a baseball stat, cause you're throwing out wins in order to make it look worse, horrible fake stat you've created there, and truth is this team hasn't won a game for 4 days. That's the truth, because that's when this season started. We've started out 6-2 and missed having a winning record, who's to say we can't start 0-2 and end up with a 12 win season? No one, this story isn't written yet. Just wait, you'll see what happens when the Falcons spread their wings.Matt Ryan completed 2 passes or more to SEVEN different targets on Sunday, you know how much of a nightmare that is for opposing Defensive Coordinators to deal with? You think the Eagles are looking at that tape and seeing, sheesh these Falcons are a joke? Absolutely not, they're seeing a team that just had a couple bad plays out there, and an offensive line that became overwhelmed because our offense became totally imbalanced. Turner is at 10.0 YPC, and if he does even half of that this Sunday in the Dome, Eagles better look out. He's got 2 explosive plays, Julio has 2 explosive plays, and TG has an explosive play. So you want them, we're going to get them. Just watch when we're against man coverage this week, and watch what Matt Ryan does if he's given time, and watch our big playmakers come out.We may not win this week, but you'll see a different team out there Sunday, and you'll see this team grow into something fantastic by the end of the season. Remind me, how well did last year's Green Bay Packers start off, they didn't even win their freaking division. You guys will see. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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