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Hi again. I’m Beerguyrob,
Way back in the recent past – September 3rd, to be precise – the truthiest of truth bombs was dropped on this-here site: The Atlanta Falcons are made up of mostly cheap beer.
If you don’t believe me, just look at their record so far:
- three wins – over Carolina, Tampa Bay & the Giants, by a combined 15 points
- four losses – to the Eagles, Saints (OT), Bengals & Steelers, by a combined 40 points
They are right where they should be – #UpForWinning.
Finishing third in their division last year gained them a relatively easy schedule, which they should be able to cruise through given the talent they have. BOY WAS I WRONG! The opener against the Eagles was just an awful game to watch. The Saints were always going to be a tough out, and Drew Brees is playing like he wants to retire after winning ring #2. The Steelers & Bengals are not as good as the Falcons, but that’s how the phrase “shit the bed” was invented. As for their wins, they beat Tampa because their QB rotation isn’t very good; beat the Panthers because Cam wore the wrong hat to the stadium; and only beat the Giants because they found a competent replacement after their kicker got hurt.
As for the rest of the starting lineup, think on this: Julio Jones
doesn’t have a receiving touchdown yet this year. NONE! If I played fantasy, I’d be dead. Matt Ryan has the most gifted receiver this side of Antonio Brown and he doesn’t yet have a receiving touchdown. That might be ass passing or ass playcalling, but whichever it turns out to be, the answer still comes up butt.
Actually, it seems the failure to establish the running game is more likely the cause behind Atlanta having to rely more on the pass. Their 83.3 average ground yards/game ranks them 31st in the NFL, trailed only by the Arizona Cardinals – another team doing its utmost to ruin a potential Hall of Fame running back. Hell, Matt Ryan has one fewer yard & two more touchdowns than Devonta Freeman at this point in the season. They can’t keep anyone in their backfield healthy, and rotating through blocking backs
doesn’t help spread the offence around, leaving it in the predictable hands of Matty Ice, a man who never met a deep ball he shouldn’t throw.
The defence is equal amounts of ass. They rank 30th in the NFL at yards allowed per game (417) and points allowed per game (30.3). They are averaging 2 sacks per game (14/7), and have only six interceptions on the year thus far. The only thing that has helped them is opposing incompetence on third down; teams have only converted 54% of their third-down attempts against the Falcons. Without that grace, they have the effectiveness of empty beer coolers.
They have already played five home games, and have gone 3-2, meaning they have more road games remaining and fewer in the friendly confines of Megatron’s butthole.
However, given the food options & pricing structure,
perhaps it is better they avoid what comes across as a cursed relationship.
Coming out of their bye, their season rests on winning more than two-thirds of their remaining games. (Going 7-2 gets them to a 10-6 record & a shot at the playoffs.) Breaking the final nine games down into thirds, they come out of the bye to face the [Redacteds], Browns & Cowboys, teams nowhere near them on talent. Yet the Falcons have chosen this season as the one where they will play up, or down, to the level of their opponents. They could easily go 3-0 if they remember who they are, or go 0-3 if they aren’t paying attention.
After those softballs, they then go to NOLA, play the Ravens at home, then travel to the frozen tundra. Of. Lambeau. Field. This is where their mettle will be tested, and 2-1 or 1-2 are equal chances. The final third of their season involves facing the Cardinals at home & finishing on the road against Carolina and Tampa Bay. Their record up to this point will determine the effort they put into closing out the season. If they are close enough for a wild card, they will likely play like world beaters; if they’re out of the race, they’re playing for pride.
Commentists & commentrixes, I present to you the Atlanta Falcons,
We’re all still mad at them for blowing that Super Bowl.