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This week the Atlanta Falcons take their 6-0 record to Philadelphia to take on Michael Vick and his Eagles. The importance of this game cannot be understated… Atlanta is undefeated and coming off a well-deserved bye week.
Michael Vick is on the hot-seat… He is turning into a turnover machine, and Philly head coach Andy Reid is putting the pressure on his starting quarterback in ways only Mark Sanchez has felt this year. Reid is 13-0 coming off a bye week, and Smitty is 6-0. The turnover battle will be key this week. At 6-0, the Falcons are a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
Or are they? Most people would argue that the regular season means nothing concerning Atlanta, because in the playoffs the Falcons are 0-3 under Matty Ice. I would argue that the Falcons have something different this year. The Mike Nolan defense is causing havoc on opposing teams, while the explosive passing game of Matt Ryan has led the Falcons back from lurking doom in multiple weeks. Matt has completed 67.8 % of his passes for 1,756 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. There is no question in the eyes of the NFL experts that Matt Ryan is on the cusp of being an “Elite” quarterback, but nobody can lay claim to that title until the playoff woes end.
Now for the bad, two weeks ago Atlanta hosted the Oakland Raiders and looked about as poor on both sides of the ball as I have seen in a while. This is concerning because the schedule only gets tougher from this point on. The offensive line has to find a way to block. Atlanta is at the bottom of the league in rushing statistics. This is odd because the passing game should be opening massive holes for Michael Turner. They’re not. I have watched back a few of the games and noticed a common trend… Turner is going sideline to sideline way too often. The north-south run game that we are accustomed to has not shown up this year. Perhaps the off-week can bring forth a rebirth, but if not, it is hard to imagine Atlanta to continue winning at this pace.
Keys to victory:
*Establish the run early to set up the deep ball
BEST OF MAXIM
Michael Vick and The Humane Society of the United States attacked in national media outlet.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
While Michael Vick is struggling on the field, an organization named HumaneWatch has gone to great lengths to criticize the NFL QB for now owning a dog, and the Humane Society for supporting Vick’s decision to do so.
Players have been disappointing their teammates and fans since long before you or I were born. The difference in todays game is the amount of money some of these disappointments are making. Players like Mario Williams and Michael Vick are making tens of millions of dollars and trapping their team under the weight of their contract. So, if these players don't perform they...
This Sunday, the Falcons (6-0) travel North to Philadelphia to face the Eagles (3-3). Both teams are coming off byes and are looking to improve their records.The Eagles are a difficult team to figure out. They have lost 2 straight games and are looking to earn a big win against the Falcons on Sunday. There are a lot of problems surrounding the Eagles and many of them are centered...
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Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles face another tough test in Week 8 when they take on the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons in Battle of the Birds Part II. If the defense can take away the middle of the field, they’ll not only win the game, but they’ll cover the one-point spread on the game as provided by SportsBetting.ag.
The Falcons have a dynamic, well...
Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham indicated that the team firing coach Juan Castillo was a necessary move based on some of his in-game coaching strategies.
The 6-0 Falcons play the 3-3 Eagles today at the Linc and all eyes will be on Hurricane Sandy. The approaching storm could and should play a big part in todays matchup with wind gusts expected to reach 35 mph. As we all know, turnovers have plagued the Eagles and Michael Vick all season. Without them, todays game could have been hyped as two 6-0 teams battling for the NFC’s top...
This week is going to be, to put it mildly, interesting.
The Eagles are coming off a bye week in which Andy Reid replaced his DC and there are widespread rumors of problems in the entire front office.
The Falcons, also coming off a bye, are the only remaining undefeated team.
Andy Reid has never lost the game the week after the bye, including the infamously disastrous 2005 season...
Offensive LineTags: Andy ReidHoward MuddJason KelceJason PetersLeSean McCoyMarty MornhinwegPhiladelphia EaglesThere’s a good chance Sunday’s game will be played under rainfall. The ball will be wet, the field will be wet, the wind will be blowing and that environment will make it harder to throw the football down the field. Andy...
The first half of the season is coming to an end, and a few key points have become abundantly clear:
Mike Vick is done.
Tom Caughlin hates fumblers.
Jerry Jones is the next Al Davis (in the bad way).
RG3 will have the shortest, most exciting NFL career.
Atlanta is finally good. For real.
Cam Newton isn’t the next RG3.
Having a coach is kind of important.
Linebacker Casey Matthews hinted at what he thought of Juan Castillo’s coaching when he summed up the first meeting of the Philadelphia Eagle defense in the Todd Bowles era on Monday: “We’re not going to be predictable anymore.”
Brandon Graham took those comments further on Wednesday by blaming Castillo for the Eagles defensive woes in the games of which he presided. Graham...
Coming off their week 7 bye, the upcoming home game against the Atlanta Falcons hopefully marks the turning point for the Philadelphia Eagles. In the wake of their collapse at home against the Detroit Lions in week 6, Head Coach Andy Reid terminated defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and replaced him with secondary coach Todd Bowles, formerly the Dolphins’ interim head coach....