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4 Remaining Playoff Teams Have 1 Thing In Common


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4 hours ago, JDaveG said:

You need both.  And notably, all four teams have good defenses.

Honestly, I think the Rams are well situated to beat the Saints.  I'd hope the Chiefs are as well (I like their defense), but the Patriots are ranked higher in PPG and their offense is really, really solid.  I hope for 2 opposite game plans:

1)  KC/NE -- KC needs to score early and often and put New England behind the 8-ball needing to score to win.

2)  LA/NO -- LA needs to run the ball down their throats and keep the offense on the sidelines, making them more one-dimensional.  They also need to let those big DTs eat -- Brees hates having pressure up the middle.

You also need to pound the ball when you need to run the clock out.  We haven't had that since the early Turner days.  We need that back with a stout defense. Our offense (up in the air about the rushing attack) should be fine. 

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2 hours ago, E. T. said:

All 4 teams have built up their defenses too.

Starts with trenches.

And thats where Falcons lose everytime.

In offseason and F.A.....look at past 10 years. 

In all highs and lows.....few things have been common issues.

- Lack of physicality upfront

- Unable to FINISH games late in 4th qtr (most cases DEFENSE never shows up in 4th quarter...all PRESSURE is on Ryan/Julio) 

- No threat in Special Teams

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Just now, mattyicefalcon said:

We too too soft upfront.  

And last offseason when defensive line was a need what did Quinn do?

Let Poe, Clayborne, and Upshaw walk and draft a WR, CB, and one DT.

I may be simple but to me the math doesn't add up.

Quinn covering up for his mistake at OC hurting the team long term.  

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22 minutes ago, Sun Tzu 7 said:

And last offseason when defensive line was a need what did Quinn do?

Let Poe, Clayborne, and Upshaw walk and draft a WR, CB, and one DT.

I may be simple but to me the math doesn't add up.

Quinn covering up for his mistake at OC hurting the team long term.  

I agree....but, honestly in hindsight its 20/20

I do not believe ANYONE in Falcons brass thought it could have got rhis worst.

 

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3 minutes ago, FalconFanSince1969 said:

This is why nobody takes the Sark haters seriously. 

Empty back set on 3rd or 4th and short

Shovel pass to Coleman for loss of yards

Critical pass play in 4th qtr start FORCING it to Julio

That is why NO NFL DEFENSIVE Cordinator Had to game plan for Falcons offense.

It was like having a bye week.....

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1 hour ago, JDaveG said:

LOL...I’m always wrong so glad I lucked out on this one

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1 hour ago, Sun Tzu 7 said:

Yes.  Even when healthy.

You are forgetting the pass rush.  This is where the Falcons defense has been lacking and most of the teams in the playoffs excel.

If we were one of the remaining 4 teams and had  last years defense, we would have the best defense of all the teams left.  

That same defense held Philly to 18 points Week one.  In their previous 23 games that defense allowed 18.6 ppg.  That’s the defense I expect to see in 2019 and it’s enough to win a SB

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http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25754896/most-exciting-nfl-final-four-ever-why-patriots-chiefs-rams-saints-2018-nfl-playoffs-case

 

According to Barnwell's article. These are the 4 best offenses in conference game history but they're also the 4 worst defenses in conference game history. I would be great to have both but right now it's more favored towards the offenses.

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6 hours ago, Stryka said:

If Im not mistaken KC and NO have top 5 sack numbers.  Rams Im not sure but I think they are top 10-15 due to having Donald get 20 sacks this year on his own.  They go hand and hand as its usually offensive leads that lead to more sacks, its also sacks and turnovers that get the ball back to your offense so they can score.  What you see is top offenses along with complimentary defenses.  Pats not big sack numbers but they are tied with Rams for #3 in INTs.  They also have a bevy of guys who can get to the QB led by T. Flowers. Then you look at the OL.  The final four teams are all ranked in the top 7 of Sacks given up.  That's allows your defense to rest, offense to stay ahead of the sticks and indirectly leads to more points and potentially more sacks due to game situation.

Yeah these days total defense can be somewhat unnecessary but sacks, stops, and turnovers are huge. It really stinks to have so much money in Truffant who is usually pretty good in coverage but absolutely terrible at getting turnovers. 

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6 hours ago, Stryka said:

If Im not mistaken KC and NO have top 5 sack numbers.  Rams Im not sure but I think they are top 10-15 due to having Donald get 20 sacks this year on his own.  They go hand and hand as its usually offensive leads that lead to more sacks, its also sacks and turnovers that get the ball back to your offense so they can score.  What you see is top offenses along with complimentary defenses.  Pats not big sack numbers but they are tied with Rams for #3 in INTs.  They also have a bevy of guys who can get to the QB led by T. Flowers. Then you look at the OL.  The final four teams are all ranked in the top 7 of Sacks given up.  That's allows your defense to rest, offense to stay ahead of the sticks and indirectly leads to more points and potentially more sacks due to game situation.

 

Turnovers, not sacks. Sacks have very little impact on the game. It's turnovers that make a huge difference in games.

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Your defense doesn't have to be good. Just good enough to stop the other team more than they stop you.

 

Also seriously jealous that the Pats get to have a young creative offensive mind who no one will ever touch for a HC job again. Every other team, that guy gets poached.

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53 minutes ago, Falconsin2012 said:

If we were one of the remaining 4 teams and had  last years defense, we would have the best defense of all the teams left.  

That same defense held Philly to 18 points Week one.  In their previous 23 games that defense allowed 18.6 ppg.  That’s the defense I expect to see in 2019 and it’s enough to win a SB

No because last years defense was a different team.

The players were different and the teams they were playing were different.

People think just because a team did something last year that means they should be able to do it again this year.  If everything was exactly the same but that’s not the case.  Different players, different coaches, players age, opposing teams are different.

By your own logic last years team should have been able to rip through the Eagles because of the 2016 offense.  Wrong.  It doesn’t work that way.

Even if everyone would have stayed healthy the defense would have been closer to average because of the attrition up front and change in depth and rotational players.... oh yeah and the regression of both starting corners. 

The defense wasn’t going to be as good as people hoped.  Injuries just help mask that

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