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Pat Y Says What... - Jesus - 09-19-2010 07:02 PM
Time to analyze Atlanta's 41-7 victory against Arizona.
What it means: The Falcons are quite alive and doing well, a week after a horrible season-opening loss to Pittsburgh.
What’s next: We’ll find out if the Falcons are closer to the dominant team they were against the Cardinals or the disaster they were against the Steelers next week. They travel to New Orleans and challenges don’t come any bigger than going against the defending Super Bowl champions.
Hindsight: A lot of Atlanta fans sent items to my mailbag last week saying I was too harsh on the Falcons for their loss in Pittsburgh. I understood the gripes, but this is the world of professional sports and the Falcons fell flat against the Steelers and there wasn’t any other way to spin it. Besides, I can assure you Mike Smith and his staff spent the week pointing out many of the same flaws I did. The Falcons truly rose up against the Cardinals and I’m singing their praises now. As I’ve said before, I can only work with what teams do on the field and the Falcons gave nothing but positives today.
Big revelation: At least for a day, the Falcons had a monster in running back Jason Snelling. After Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood were injured, Snelling ran for rushed for 129 yards and scored three touchdowns. Snelling did some good things last year when the Falcons had injuries in the backfield. In another positive development, Turner looked very sharp, averaging more than eight yards a carry before his injury and looked tremendously better than he did against Pittsburgh. The Falcons also said Turner’s injury was minor and he could have come back, but there was no need because the team had a big lead. Norwood’s injury could be more serious and his durability has always been a question. If there’s a lesson to be learned going forward, it’s that Atlanta’s running game might be at its best with Snelling getting a healthy dose of carries behind Turner.
Unsung Heroes: Safety William Moore and cornerback Christopher Owens, who each had interceptions. Moore was making his first career start in place of an injured Erik Coleman and could end up hanging onto the job. Owens is in his first full season as a starter.
What I liked: The way quarterback Matt Ryan bounced back after the Pittsburgh fiasco. He completed 21 of 32 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Ryan is always going to be extremely scrutinized due to his draft status and remarkable rookie year. Against the Cardinals, there wasn’t much to scrutinize and Ryan had the Atlanta offense operating the way the coaches expect.
RE: Pat Y Says What... - ChocTheFalconFan - 09-19-2010 07:05 PM
I don't think the season opener was Horrible at all! - It was a game of Defense! - A little disappointment on the O side but still a good game!
RE: Pat Y Says What... - The Falcon Jedi - 09-19-2010 07:06 PM
I HATE Pat Yansnskas.
RE: Pat Y Says What... - TomBradyMVP12 - 09-19-2010 07:06 PM
I honestly didn't read it, Pat doesn't even watch the games.
RE: Pat Y Says What... - NZFalcon - 09-19-2010 07:08 PM
Flip flop flip flop
RE: Pat Y Says What... - Dardan - 09-19-2010 07:09 PM
Good to hear Turner is alright. We'll need him next week.
RE: Pat Y Says What... - cooperbh - 09-19-2010 07:11 PM
I considered not reading any further after the words "horrible opening season loss." The word "disaster" just one paragraph later sealed the deal.
RE: Pat Y Says What... - USAF HART - 09-19-2010 07:13 PM
I wish he covered the Titans games..I would love to see what he said about the Steelers holding CJ2K to 34 yards rushing. He would probably make an excuse of Vince Young wasn't on his A game, and some other stupid shit. I bet he wouldn't say the Titans fell flat on their face. He would probably say, they just barely came up short. Nevermind the 7 turnovers the Titans had.
RE: Pat Y Says What... - Peyton - 09-19-2010 07:13 PM
(09-19-2010 07:11 PM)cooperbh Wrote: I considered not reading any further after the words "horrible opening season loss." The word "disaster" sealed the deal.
You and I disagree a lot, but we are in total agreement on this.
Last week I thought that the game would either be a tightly fought defensive battle that would come down to who made one play, or it would be a Steeler domination of the Falcons. It turned out to be the tight game, and it just turned out the Steelers made the play.
I have no idea how anybody could have thought that game was a disaster.
RE: Pat Y Says What... - kschreck - 09-19-2010 07:13 PM
(09-19-2010 07:05 PM)ChocTheFalconFan Wrote: I don't think the season opener was Horrible at all! - It was a game of Defense! - A little disappointment on the O side but still a good game!
That's exactly what my take on the game was too. It was the type of game you should expect against a tough, physical D on the road.