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The Falcons are sitting pretty at 12-2. Tonight, they look at the Lions for a chance to hit 13-2. During the preseason I thought this team was good enough to be a contender this year but I wasn't sure how good our new identities would look on offense and defense. To my surprise, the Falcons look damn good. This week I want to give you my favorite players of the season. The holidays are about lists and here are the top 10 Falcons I am thankful for and in no particular order,
#1 Matt Ryan - our un-denied leader. On the verge of leading three different receivers to 1000 yards... Wow!
#2 Sean Weatherspoon - He is the leader of this defense, he swarms the football, he wears the green dot on his helmet, but most importantly leads D-block into a-lot of their youtube antics.
#3 John Abraham - The Predator. Enough said.
#4 Sam Baker ? He has stepped his game up this season, from goat to ballplayer in less than three months.
#5 Thomas Decoud - Six interceptions leads the backend of the Falcons defense.
#6 William Moore- The Mizzou Hammer. Four picks. Two forced fumbles, and a hell of alot of bang-bang plays.
#7 Tony G - Over 850 yards and he is how old? Tony is the best tight end in the NFL right now and probably the best to ever do it.
#8 Asante Samuel- He delivers week after week. He is the key in January to come up with big plays. Mr Pick Six has lived up to his name in Atlanta.
#9 Julio/Roddy - These two guys are irreplaceable, both over 1,000 yards. Both playing injured and fighting through it. The lead the most dynamic receiving threat in the NFL.
#10 Jacquizz Rodgers- 35 receptions, 60 rushes, and multiple huge conversion plays. The fans have been wowed this year by little Jacquizz and his change of pace style running, but we demand more. He has outplayed #33 this season and in my opinion should be the main option in the backfield come January.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Falcons are playing Saturday night and can lock-up home field throughout the playoffs with a win against the Lions.
Now that we're in the last two weeks of the season, the playoff scenarios are starting to come into focus.
Here's a look at the scenarios and my predictions:
AFC - Playoff Scenarios
HOUSTON TEXANS - Playing Minnesota
Atlanta Falcons safety Chris Hope was fined $30,000 by the league for a helmet-to-helmet hit against New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger reported Friday. Hope was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play in the third quarter of last Sunday's game. Hope told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier in the week that he thought he...
Tweet The Atlanta Falcons gave up quite a few draft picks in an effort to select Julio Jones and so far he’s proving to be worth it. The second-year wide receiver has improved on his 54 reception, 959 yard, 8 touchdown rookie season with 69 catches, 1,071 yards (6th in NFC), and 9 receiving [...]
Last week: 4 (+1)
Net points per drive: 0.71 (4th)
DVOA: 11.7% (9th)
Weighted DVOA: 7.3% (12th)
Atlanta finally got that one signature win last week, blowing out the Giants, even though the Giants might not even make the playoffs now. You can question their talent all you want and I think they might be the least talented of the top-5 teams, but their home field advantage...
Although safety William Moore did not practice all week making it three weeks since he last practiced or played in a game the Falcons ruled him questionable for Saturdays game at Detroit when the team issued its status report for injured players on Friday.
Moore injured his hamstring in a Nov. 29 game against New Orleans and has missed the last two games. He had two interceptions...
Falcons wideout Julio Jones has learned the value of avoiding the trap game after the Falcons were caught sleeping against the Panthers to register their second loss.
Jones told the league’s website that Atlanta can’t afford to look beyond their upcoming match-up against the Lions.
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The Atlanta Falcons came out roaring in their Saturday night game against the Lions. The Falcons took a 21-3 lead and held on to win 31-18. A regular season win is nice but more significant is that the Falcons have clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
On a night where Calvin Johnson would break Jerry Rice's individual single season receiving yard...
Tonight the Atlanta Falcons travel to Detroit to play a Lions team that is realign as their season gets more and more depressing. On paper, this should be a blowout, but as the Texans found out on Thanksgiving, the Lions are no push over.
For those of you that are fans of NFL betting over the internet, the Falcons aren't a heavily favored team in this game, being given the...
Calvin Johnson reeled in 11 catches for 225
yards in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons to move his season total to
1,892. Rice’s record of 1,848 had stood since 1995.
Johnson became the first player to ever go over 100 yards receiving in
eight straight games and catch at least 10 passes in four straight.
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DETROIT (AP) -- Matt Ryan got what he wanted.
Calvin Johnson was forced to settle for what he could get.
Ryan matched a career high with four touchdown passes, two to Roddy White, to help the Atlanta Falcons beat the Detroit Lions 31-18 Saturday night and earn home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
"It's great," Ryan said. "Our confidence is high...
The Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions kicked Week 16′s high-stakes action into swing on Saturday evening.
Sunday’s slate of games features plenty of cupcake contests that will affect the 2013 NFL Draft order, like the Raiders (4-10) at Panthers (5-8), Bills (5-9) at Dolphins (6-8), Chargers (5-9) at Jets (6-8) and Rams (6-7-1) at Buccaneers (6-8).
A handful of playoff hopefuls...
Atlanta Falcons (12-2) Detroit Lions (4-10)
Normally I like going against huge line movements because I hate week to week overreactions. This line was Atlanta -1 last week and now it’s at -4.5, skipping over two key numbers of 3 and 4. At first glance, this appears warranted. The Lions got blown out by the crappy Cardinals in Arizona, losing 38-10, while the Falcons got a huge...
Here is the latest injury report for tonight's Week 16 clash between the Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions:
DT Jonathan Babineaux (ribs), T Tyson Clabo (thigh), DE Cliff Matthews (hamstring), S William Moore (hamstring), CB Christopher Owens (hamstring), WR Roddy White (knee)
WR Harry Douglas (ribs)...
The final Monday Night Football game of the season will take place on Saturday when the Falcons head into Detroit with a chance to clinch the top spot in the NFC.
Detroit is reeling after six straight losses, which puts them in a far different situation than last year when they were fighting for a playoff spot.
The Falcons lost only their second game of the season...
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It’s time for some Monday Night Football on Saturday night, as the Atlanta Falcons, the top birds in the NFC, cruise into town to take on the Detroit Lions. It’s time to officially put this particular match up in the category of games that looked better when the schedule came out last spring. The 12-2 Falcons have held up their end of...