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Falcons 34, Buccaneers 20

 

1. Nice to see you, Julio Jones! Atlanta's star receiver emerged for the first time in 2017 in a big way Sunday, catching 12 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns. His play was reminiscent of his 300-yard game against Carolina in 2016, and it came at a time when Atlanta really needed it. As a result, the Falcons looked as good offensively as they have all season -- until they started to rest on their laurels in the second half, which almost cost them. Fortunately, Atlanta woke up and sealed the victory with an 11-play, 82-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth.

Credit is due to offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who has been under fire for his unit's lack of production, but has seen an uptick in output in recent weeks. For the first time in 2017, I was wowed while watching Atlanta's offense (with much credit due to Jones). It's a great time for things to start to come together for the Falcons.

2. Watching Ryan Fitzpatrick is maddening. He has the obvious experience and wisdom to execute the offense efficiently, and at times, he puts passes right where they're supposed to be. On a few occasions, he squeezed throws into the arms of Chris Godwin and DeSean Jackson. But much more often, his throws were errant -- outside and wide when they should have been on the inside, or well short of receivers running down the boundary. Tampa Bay's quarterback situation is a microcosm of its season: budding with potential but too often failing to fulfill it. With Winston sidelined, the Fitzpatrick-led Buccaneers just don't bring enough of a consistent punch on offense. Against a team that appears to be nearing its peak, that was too much to overcome, even if the Buccaneers gave a valiant effort.

3. I made the point a couple of weeks ago, and it didn't take all that much for it to be reinforced on Sunday: Tevin Coleman deserves just as large of a role as Devonta Freeman when both are healthy. Coleman again was the engine of the Atlanta running game, taking 19 totes for 97 yards and two touchdowns, including the final score that put the game away for the Falcons. Coleman's speed brought another dimension to Atlanta's rushing attack, serving as the difference on that final run and making him a constant threat that Tampa Bay had to honor. As FOX analyst Mark Schlereth said after the final score, it's just unfair for a running back to have such speed and vision. If Atlanta wants to continue creeping closer to its historic output of 2016, Sarkisian would be wise to keep putting the ball in Coleman's hands.

-- Nick Shook

It is frustrating how much the National Media appreciates Tevin Coleman yet some members of our fanbase continue to compare him to Jerious Norwood.  Coleman is far and away one of the better backs in the league and being able to pair him with Freeman is a blessing!  Hope to see him more involved in the passing game once Freeman returns.

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2 minutes ago, The Vent King said:

If it is so what they are dumb arses...I’m on this msgb all the time and haven’t seen that. If it’s in ONE thread so be it, not enuff to call out the whole fan base bruh like it’s a popular opinion. I KNOW that’s not true 

There is a whole thread on it called  What's up with Coleman ALWAYS slipping?.  The point being that Cloeman is a significant piece for the Atlanta Falcons and doesn't get near the respect that he deserves.  I love Tevin Coleman as a RB and as a reciever and agree with Sker....he will be missed if he leaves during FA. 

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4 minutes ago, lostnmexico said:

There is a whole thread on it called  What's up with Coleman ALWAYS slipping?.  The point being that Cloeman is a significant piece for the Atlanta Falcons and doesn't get near the respect that he deserves.  I love Tevin Coleman as a RB and as a reciever and agree with Sker....he will be missed if he leaves during FA. 

Okay so TWO threads...wgaf? Most know wassup with Coleman, not about to spend one more second arguing with idiots who don’t. Not saying you are one of them, but my point being, it’s not enuff of the fan base to warrant the idiot who wrote that article calling any of us out. It is NOT what most ppl believe and u know this

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2 minutes ago, caponine said:

i hope soo too, pay him as a reciever , 3 mil maybe ?? what you think ??

Sounds reasonable to me. I doubt they can pay him as a wr but they can pay him as a very important #2 RB. But 3 mil sounds good. The key will he getting him extended before he’s a FA. 

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3 minutes ago, youngbloodz said:

Lol ain't no way Coleman staying for $3 mil a year. He can get $6 mil a year on the opening market easy. I hope like heck we keep him though. TD needs to make it work

if he wants to play for a championship team , he will lol . It makes sense though when you think about it. 

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Just now, Butudontseeme™ said:

Coleman would be the everyday starter on all but 4-5 teams in the league. 

How much would GB, Seattle or the Giants like to have him?

and thats what worries me lol imagine if he goes to GB or SEA ?? or even NE. Man oh man lol Giants with all those weapons too??

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1 minute ago, Butudontseeme™ said:

Coleman would be the everyday starter on all but 4-5 teams in the league. 

How much would GB, Seattle or the Giants like to have him?

The thought of him on Green Bay makes me sick.  Well, Seattle too.  ****, any other team.  Got to figure out a way to keep him if at all possible.

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1 minute ago, caponine said:

and thats what worries me lol imagine if he goes to GB or SEA ?? or even NE. Man oh man lol Giants with all those weapons too??

 

Just now, Mescalito said:

The thought of him on Green Bay makes me sick.  Well, Seattle too.  ****, any other team.  Got to figure out a way to keep him if at all possible.

Yep. Imagine how dangerous Rodgers would be with the type of back that produces on the ground AND is super dangerous in the passing game... talk about scary. 

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