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What happened to the Falcons team that destroyed the Redskins 38-14?


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On November 4th The Falcons absolutely dominated The Washington Redskins. We looked excellent on both sides of the ball. Our lines looked good. Matt Ryan looked like an MVP candidate. The Falcons showed how close the brotherhood is when they congragulated Julio Jones for scoring his first Touchdown. We looked like a team that could be a huge threat to the Saints, Rams, Chiefs or Patriots in the postseason. Than we went to Cleveland and played like trash and have played poorly ever since. What happened to that Falcons team that showed up on November 4th? 

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40 minutes ago, Falcons Fan MVP said:

On November 4th The Falcons absolutely dominated The Washington Redskins. We looked excellent on both sides of the ball. Our lines looked good. Matt Ryan looked like an MVP candidate. The Falcons showed how close the brotherhood is when they congragulated Julio Jones for scoring his first Touchdown. We looked like a team that could be a huge threat to the Saints, Rams, Chiefs or Patriots in the postseason. Than we went to Cleveland and played like trash and have played poorly ever since. What happened to that Falcons team that showed up on November 4th? 

Here's what happened:

  • Couldn't run the ball (52 rypg. Only had 100+ rush yards in two games this year. Won both)
  • Defense got run over (allowed 175 rypg)
  • Lost the turnover battle 8-3 (that usually gets you beat)
  • DTs, DEs, OGs and OTs got exposed (we gotta fix that)
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It's all a corporate conspiracy.   Ownership realized the tankers would stop buying 'Atlanta Falcon' subs at Publix if they kept trying to win football games, so ownership told the coaching staff to immediately make the team as sh*tty as humanly possible.  Steve Sarkisian was the mission director, and he came through with wonderful, horrible flying colors.  0-4 since the directive.

Sarkisian now has a coupon that gets him a free Atlanta Falcon sub for as long as he's employed by the Falcons.

He'll have to pay for his own subs again probably around Jan 5. 

 

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The Redskins are reeling now ever since all those injuries to their O-line which happened when we played them, and eventually their QB's. The Saints blew them out too (even tho the game was in New Orleans) so it's not like they were a great team all year. The Redskins do Redskins type of things, and they are the ONE franchise the Falcons have absolutely owned for the past decade or so. We have a 6 game win streak which is a streak I don't even recall having against any of our division rivals. We definitely haven't beaten the Cowboys or Eagles more than 3 straight times. 

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We caught lightning in a bottle. First we spread the Redskins out and attacked them on the edges and THEN ran the ball. On the other side, the Redskins lost like 4 O Linemen and once they fell behind, it was over.

The very next week, Cleveland figured out that we had no push up the middle. They basically played Cover 2 and made us move the ball methodically and we were exposed. The Aints, Cowboys and Ravens basically followed the same playbook - challenge our O up the middle and on the other side, they all ran the ball and controlled the clock. 

We basically have no answer for teams that challenge us in the trenches and play ball control. No answer.

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The Redskins have declined in recent weeks but a lot of this is due to the loss of their QB to a terrible injury.

The Falcons also played the Redskins after their bye week and were in great physical condition.  However, recent games every week have clearly fatigued the OL and other positions as well as prevented injuries/soreness from healing.  This is not an excuse, though, as it brings into question whether the coaching staff is preparing the team well enough.

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2 minutes ago, Doctor Kildare said:

The rare times the Falcons line dominates the opposing defense illustrates how easy offensive success is behind a strong line. It is a shame that aspect of the game seems an afterthought to a management always focused on speed and the perimeter and skill positions.

I would make offensive and defensive lines #1 priority this offseason.

 

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