Found September 26, 2013 on
New England Patriots
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After surviving injuries and inexperience to start the season 3-0, the Patriots now head into arguably the toughest three game stretch on their 2013 schedule. That stretch starts this Sunday night with a showdown against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. Here's a look at some of the matchups that could decide the game.
When Atlanta Has the Ball:
Ok, good news first. You are probably getting Atlanta at it's weakest, as the Falcons are almost as banged up as the Patriots. Atlanta's bell-cow back, Steven Jackson, is out with a hamstring injury. Also, star receiver Roddy White has been a shell of his normal, highly-productive self while fighting through a painful high ankle sprain. With those two out or limited, the Atlanta offense has still been decent, but has yet to live up to last season's lofty standards.
The bad news is that this is still, by far, the best offense the Patriots have faced this year. Aqib Talib did a solid job on Vincent Jackson (aided by Jackson...
BEST OF MAXIM
ATLANTA, GA- The Atlanta Falcons are now 1-2 and have dug themselves into a hole following a tough loss to the Miami Dolphins. With the unbeaten 3-0 New England Patriots on the slate for this Sunday, Atlanta will have to keep Tom Brady off the field with the balanced running attack they developed last week. Matt Ryan preparing for the Patriots. (Photo Credit: AtlantaFalcons.com)...
Falcons running back Steven Jackson made it clear on his personal website that he plans on taking his time to recover from a hamstring injury so he can give a 100 percent effort for Atlanta.
“I’m still new, and I’ve only really been able to participate in one game, so I have a lot of pressure on myself,” Jackson wrote. “I want to come in and make a huge impression on this...
On Thursday, mercurial Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel broke a self-imposed silence with the media that had been going since the early stages of training camp.
Samuel had good reason for speaking his mind. On Sunday, he faces the team the New England Patriots, the club that drafted him, developed him and put the veteran cornerback in position to win Super Bowls.
By all accounts...
Last week: 14 (-3)
I do have the Falcons a few spots higher than the Dolphins even though they lost in Miami, but I don’t really see much difference between these two teams. If they had played in Atlanta, the Falcons probably would have won. If they had played 100 times on a neutral field, the Falcons probably would win 55. However, at 1-2 in the NFC, Falcons fans should be nervous...
FOXBORO, Mass. — After facing the Falcons, the rest of the season may seem like a breeze to the Patriots’ secondary.
There’s no better 1-2 punch in the NFL at wide receiver than Julio Jones and Roddy White. And while Harry Douglas is not at the same elite level as Jones or White, he’s one of the more underrated slot receivers in the NFL.
There was plenty of criticism...
Hobbled Falcons receiver Roddy White (ankle) practiced Thursday, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.Fantasy Spin:White played 47-of-66 snaps Sunday against the Dolphins, a season high, but he still wasn't involved much in the offense. Fantasy owners would be better off going with another option again in Week 4 against the Patriots.
Yep, it was a fun ride...for a while. The fans rose. The Atlanta Falcons rose. Samuel L. Jackson's bank account rose.
But still no Lombardi Trophy.
Haven't even sniffed it.
Falcons fans, it's time to tell your team to close down the P.R. factory, shut down the hype machine, and get down to some good old fashioned nastiness on the field.
No more rise up....
Key players are hurting. Close games aren't going their way. Practices are now closed.
The Atlanta Falcons weren't counting on a start like this.
Surely no one is hitting the panic button - after all, the Falcons haven't lost back-to-back games since 2009 - but there are sure signs of a team feeling a bit of desperation.
Most noticeably, the Falcons (1-2) announced...
New England's Tommy Kelly doesn't expect Atlanta to run the ball that much Sunday night.
The Patriots defensive tackle is so certain the Falcons will primarily pass, he's focusing solely on quarterback Matt Ryan.
''That's their offense,'' Kelly said Friday. ''You got a top-five quarterback, two big-time receivers, Hall of Fame tight end,...
New England Patriots (3-0) at Atlanta Falcons (1-2)
The Patriots certainly have injuries, but the Falcons do as well. They are without starting running back Steven Jackson, talented linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, and have lost starting defensive end Kroy Biermann for the season. Meanwhile, Roddy White is limited with a high ankle sprain and has not looked anywhere near his normal...
FOXBORO, Mass. — The Patriots have opened the season against some top-tier defenses.
Now, as the rookie wide receivers finally appear to be rounding into shape, they’ll take on a weaker unit in Atlanta. Asante Samuel is still dangerous on one side of the field, but rookie Desmond Trufant has had his struggles on the outside, while Robert McClain has had up and down moments in...
FOXBORO, Mass. — The focus in the week leading up the Patriots’ matchup with the Falcons has been on New England’s secondary. But there’s just as much pressure on the Patriots’ pass rush to hurry Matt Ryan‘s throws to his impressive set of targets.
After facing quarterbacks in three straight weeks who are a threat to take off running, New England’s front seven can focus...
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