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Atlanta Falcons fans were very happy to see the sad and pitiful look on New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s face after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw the game-winning touchdown Sunday. It wasn’t just about the everlasting feud between the Falcons and the Saints, it wasn’t just about Falcons fans enjoying watching the Saints lose, it was about seeing the Saints fall to a 5-1 record instead of going 6-0. In a weird way, the Saints loss gave the Falcons hope for their season.
Looking at the standings in the NFC South, if the Saints were still undefeated their would almost be no way in “h-e-double hockey sticks” that the Falcons would be able to climb their way to the top of the division. The Falcons would just be trying to catch up and the Saints would keep “marching on” as they say. Ugh.
But no siree, that is not the way that Mr. Bill Belichick would have it and the Patriots, who are also suffering from injuries, beat the Saints.
I’m not saying that the Saints are no longer leading the division, but the Falcons have a chance now of at least catching a sniff of first place. This would likely require the Falcons to beat the Saints on Thursday night, November 21st, but that’s another story. We’d also have to look for the Saints to slow down some this season like they did against the Patriots. But now that the Saints have lost at least one game all this seems possible and in reach.
Still, never bet on a team to lose games for you. Atlanta has to take care of business and not worry about their divisional rivals until they come to town.
We can also learn something from Brady’s win. Even in the wake of nearly all their receivers being injured, the Falcons’ quarterback has to step up or in Atlanta’s case, “Rise Up,” and make game-winning plays. Tom Brady is a comeback king, but Matt Ryan isn’t far behind. I think Ryan officially knows the passing game is really dependent on him now that Julio Jones and Roddy White are out.
On the bright side, he can keep calm because he still has Tony Gonzalez at tight end.
Look for a three game win streak starting this Sunday and also send a special thanks to Tom Brady for helping keep hope alive this season; it was definitely needed.
BEST OF MAXIM
Roddy White hasn’t gone into hiding.
The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver made his presence known every day this week by strolling through the locker room shirtless wearing a stoic expression on his face.
His limp is noticeable -- a product of the hamstring injury he suffered in the last game coupled with the high-ankle sprain he endured during the preseason. But White couldn...
Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White will miss the first game of his nine-year career on Sunday.
The four-time Pro Bowl selection was one of three starters listed as out on Friday's injury report.
White, Atlanta's career-leading receiver, played the first five games with a right ankle injury, catching only 14 passes for 129 yards. He hurt his left hamstring in a Week 5...
The Atlanta Falcons ruled out wide receiver Roddy White for Sundays game against Tampa Bay, meaning the four-time Pro Bowler will miss the first game of his career, ending the sixth-longest active streak among non-kickers.
White had played in 133 straight games, but a seasonlong right ankle injury, combined with a left hamstring malady, will keep him out against the Buccaneers....
The Atlanta Falcons have ruled out receiver Roddy White and running back Steven Jackson for Sunday’s game against the last place Buccaneers. White has been plagued by an ankle injury all season and recently picked up a hamstring issue to go along with it. Jackson has been out of action since the second game of the season with his own hamstring problems. As ESPN’s Adam Schefter...
Falcons wideout Roddy White (hamstring, ankle) has been ruled out of the team's game against Tampa bay in Week 7.Fantasy Spin:At least fantasy owners don't have to wonder whether to start him anymore. White aggravated the ankle injury in Week 4 against New England and added a hamstring injury to his list of issues in Week 5. This will be the first missed game of his career.
Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez is expected to be Matt Ryan's No. 1 receiving target with Roddy White and Julio Jones out of the lineup Sunday against Tampa Bay. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionFantasy Spin:White (hamstring) technically hasn't been ruled out yet but even if he does play Sunday, he figures to be very limited. It's a dream matchup for Gonzo as the Buccaneers...
The news keeps getting worse and worse for the Atlanta Falcons who are already without superstar wide receiver Julio Jones. It is now official that veteran wideout Roddy White will also be out against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend.
White, who has never missed a game in his career, has been suffering from an ankle injury the past few weeks along with hamstring issues and the...
The ailing Atlanta Falcons returned to practice Tuesday following their Week 6 bye but without some familiar faces Atlanta hoped to have back now. Wide receiver Roddy White and running back Steven Jackson were unable to participate in practice, reports D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Jackson attended the open portion of practice, but didn’t have his helmet...
All of these wide receivers are dealing with some sort of injury according to the Week 7 official team reports. However, in some cases, their injury...
If you thought the Falcons offense was going to have an easy time when it faces the winless Buccaneers this weekend you might want to rethink that idea.
You already know that Julio Jones is out for the season but there was more bad news for Atlanta on Friday when the team announced that Roddy White has been ruled out with hamstring and ankle injuries. Along with White whose streak...
Roddy White (ATL) WR: White has been ruled out after a week without practicing. Atlanta’s bye week was a good opportunity for him to recover from ankle and hamstring injuries, but he will nevertheless miss his first game of the year on Sunday.
Steven Jackson (ATL) RB: Jackson hasn’t played since he suffered his hamstring injury in Week 2, and fantasy owners who have stuck with...
The injury bug has bitten the Atlanta Falcons badly this season, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Falcons have ruled out four offensive players for Sunday’s contest against divisional foes, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Receiver Roddy White will miss the first game of his career due to lingering hamstring and ankle problems. Offseason acquisition Steven Jackson will...
Roddy White’s streak of 133 consecutive games will end this Sunday. (Daniel Shirey)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White will miss the first game of his NFL career as he was ruled out for Sunday’s game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
White’s streak of 133 consecutive games is third in franchise history behind centers Todd McClure (144) and Jeff Van Note (155).
According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Falcons wide receiver Roddy White and running back Steven Jackson will not play this week against the Buccaneers.
Both Steven Jackson and Roddy White will be out this week
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 18, 2013
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Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports that the Atlanta Falcons will be without RB Steven Jackson and WR Roddy White for Week 7′s game against the Buccaneers.
The Falcons have since confirmed that both players will be out this weekend and added that OT Sam Baker will be out as well.
Atlanta has been dealt a rash of injuries this year, which has resulted in their 1-4 record. This will...