Found November 24, 2012 on
It's been a slow week here at the Grits Blitz as we've been filling our bellies full of turkey and hoping that the Falcons can pull out of this funk that they have been in recently. That sounds weird for a 9-1 team, doesn't it? I bet the Jets (4-7) sure wish that their funk had a 9-1 smell to it.
Anyway, this is a big divisional game with the Bucs. The Falcons come into this game 1-1 in the division and the Bucs are 2-1. Basically the Falcons and the Bucs are a combined 3-0 against the lowly Carolina Panthers and 0-2 against the Saints. It's an important game because with a win the Bucs can pull to within two games of the Falcons in the NFC South.
One of the more interesting things in this game is that it pits strength against weakness in two different areas. First, the Bucs are 9th in the league at 128.9 yards rushing per game and the Falcons are 26th at stopping the run. The Falcons will have their hands full in stopping the Bucs running attack and rookie Doug Martin, who is fourh in the NFL with 1000 yards rushing on the season. Sean Weatherspoon could be a big key for the Falcons in this area. He returned to practice earlier this week and Rotoworld says he's on track to play. The Falcons will have to at least contain the Bucs running game to keep the defense fresh and to get the ball to Matt Ryan and the offense so they can take advantage of the Bucs secondary.
The second area is a positive for the Falcons. The Falcons are 4th in the league in passing yards at 292.9 yards per game and the Bucs are 32nd in the league giving up 312.6 yards per game. As of the latest information, Julio Jones is questionable for the game and NFL.com speculates that the more points are put on the board, the more we will see Jones play on Sunday. A no-brainer for the Falcons is that Matt Ryan needs to limit his INTs, which he had 5 of last week! Look for a bounce back week this week for Matty Ice.
This should be a typically tight divisional match-up. Out of the last six match-ups in this series, five of the games have been decided by ten points or less. The good news for the Falcons? We have won six of the last seven in this series. Let's hope we can make it seven of eight.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Falcons have not performed in the playoffs with Matt Ryan at QB. This is the season to show what this team is really made of.
After going a red hot 13-1 in week 11, I went 2-1 on Thanksgiving day. For the season that makes it 106-57. I'm still in striking distance of .750 for the season.
Let's take a look at week 12.
Minnesota at Chicago - The Vikings...
Atlanta receiver Julio Jones and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon are active for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay after being limited in practice because of ankle injuries.
Jones has been bothered by a sore right ankle for the past two weeks. Weatherspoon returns for the first time since spraining his right ankle four weeks ago at Philadelphia.
Quarterback Dominique Davis, receiver...
TAMPA, Fla. -- Matt Ryan threw for 353 yards and overcame two big turnovers by leading another late touchdown drive to give the Atlanta Falcons a 24-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Ryan teamed with Julio Jones on an 80-yard TD in the third quarter, but the NFC South leaders found themselves trailing 23-17 after the Bucs marched for a touchdown, then forced a...
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was a full participant in Friday's practice. He's been dealing with a left finger issue.Fantasy Spin:Ryan suffered through his worst game of the season last weekend, throwing five interceptions and zero touchdowns, but the Falcons still won the game. Facing the Bucs' underperforming secondary, Ryan should return to top-five fantasy form.
The Atlanta Falcons expect wide receiver Julio Jones to start today against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a key NFC South divisional matchup on Sunday, although he may be limited. It is being reported that Jones is likely to be active, although the number of snaps he plays is a giant question mark.
One report said that Jones may play as needed. If Atlanta can build a lead or keep things...
The Atlanta Falcons have listed wide receiver Julio Jones as
questionable for today’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he continues
to deal with a lingering ankle sprain. The amount of playing time he receives
and the role he plays in the contest may depend on the pace of the matchup,
reports Jeff Darlington of NFL Network.
NFL Network's Jeff Darlington reported...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Ryan threw for 353 yards and overcame two big turnovers by leading another late touchdown drive to give the Atlanta Falcons a 24-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Ryan teamed with Julio Jones on an 80-yard TD in the third quarter, but the NFC South leaders found themselves trailing 23-17 after the Bucs marched for a touchdown, then forced...
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who has a sore right ankle, started Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The ankle has been an issue for two weeks but Jones played through it during last week's win over the Arizona Cardinals. Jones has 47 catches for 736 yards with five touchdowns this year. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon returned after missing four games because...
The Falcons extended their NFL-best record to 10-1 with a win in Tampa Bay on Sunday. But while the standings may tell you Atlanta is the team to beat in the NFC, some glaring flaws could keep them from realizing their championship dreams.
Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ passing attack rebounded from the five-interception performance of a week ago, airing it out for 353 yards on the...
*This article was originally written for AccuScore.com
At the midpoint of the NFL season, two of the biggest surprises have been from two NFC South teams, the Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Though the Falcons have made the playoffs three out of the previous four seasons, no one expected the Mike Smith coached team to sport the league’s best record while winning multiple...
Atlanta Falcons (9-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-4)
The Falcons may be 9-1 and the Buccaneers may be 6-4, but the Buccaneers are playing better football right now. They’ve had 5 wins by a touchdown or less against sub .500 teams, including 4 at home. Denver is the only team better than .500 they beat and that was back week 2 before Denver got hot. Despite their 9-1 record, they...
If week 11 in the NFL had one name assigned to it, it would be Houdini. The smoke and mirrors used by Houston, Dallas, Tampa Bay, and Atlanta to magically pull victories out of strait jackets is nothing short of miraculous. The top suicide picks all managed to inch out wins in dramatically late fashion: Matt Ryan throws five interceptions yet the Falcons fly passed the Cardinals...