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The Falcoholic Dec 10, 2017
The Falcons need to start collecting more turnovers to finish 2017 on a high note

The Falcons need to start collecting more turnovers to finish 2017 on a high note

Deion Jones, save us. The Atlanta Falcons have made everything harder than they need to in 2017, which makes their record all the more remarkable. But few things have been more dispiriting than this team’s lack of turnovers, and the number of unlucky turnovers they’ve had to date. What the Falcons need, unquestionably, is more plays like Deion Jones’ leaping interceptions, which essentially sealed the victory for them Thursday night. What they do not need is the fumble that they nearly lost on their last drive, or the three Matt Ryan interceptions, regardless of whether you can...
The Falcoholic Dec 9, 2017
Reactions and celebrations from Falcons - Saints

Reactions and celebrations from Falcons - Saints

Our staff is pretty jubilant after the victory. Cory Woodroof It’s okay to breathe now. Thursday night’s rollercoaster victory underlined one of the major things that Dan Quinn promised when he came to Atlanta -- finishing. This season, the team has been up-and-down in that department. They finished close games against New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Seattle and Tampa Bay. They didn’t finish against Minnesota, Buffalo, Miami and Carolina. Thursday’s win was against a depleted Saints team, but you take the wins you can get, especially when Matt Ryan isn’t on. Atlanta is...
The Falcoholic Dec 9, 2017
Falcons snap counts from that win, you remember the one, against the Saints

Falcons snap counts from that win, you remember the one, against the Saints

Parsing the snap counts from Week 14. Offense Matt Ryan: 74 Jake Matthews: 74 Ben Garland: 74 Alex Mack: 74 Wes Schweitzer: 74 Ryan Schraeder: 74 Julio Jones: 54 Mohamed Sanu: 54 Devonta Freeman: 51 Austin Hooper: 50 Levine Toilolo: 43 Taylor Gabriel: 31 Derrick Coleman: 24 Tevin Coleman: 24 Justin Hardy: 22 Marvin Hall: 10 Ty Sambrailo: 5 Dontari Poe: 2 The weird and wonderful sight of Dontari Poe and Ty Sambrailo running a route was one of the many odd things we saw on Thursday night, and I don’t necessarily think it’ll be the last time we see something like that. Poe keeps defenses...
The Falcoholic Dec 8, 2017
3 takeaways from Falcons vs Saints

3 takeaways from Falcons vs Saints

The NFC playoff race has gotten really interesting It wasn’t pretty - and Matt Ryan had his ugliest game of the season - but an ugly win still counts and the Falcons made sure they would be in the playoff conversation for another week. At 8-5, they control their own destiny and can still win the division, showing how important the win against the Saints truly was. Here are some key takeaways from the critical win. Thursday night games are the devil The NFL can say what they want, but Thursday night games are hurting the league. The short-week is leading to sloppy games that appear to be...
The Falcoholic Dec 8, 2017
Falcons vs. Saints recap: Take skill and resilience, add luck, blend until smooth

Falcons vs. Saints recap: Take skill and resilience, add luck, blend until smooth

Atlanta’s 8-5 thanks to a hard-fought, absurd win. Every Falcons-Saints game winds up being wild. That usually is because these two teams are engaged in a shootout that is light on defense and heavy on offense, which means high scoring and a lot of fun and stress for both sides. Thursday night’s game was a different beast entirely. Matt Ryan threw three picks and almost threw a fourth, including a truly bewildering end zone lob to Julio Jones that no one on earth thought was a good idea. They backed themselves up and screwed up a couple of drives with penalties, as they are wont to do....
The Falcoholic Dec 7, 2017
Falcons 20 - Saints 17 final score: Thursday Night Football at its finest

Falcons 20 - Saints 17 final score: Thursday Night Football at its finest

Atlanta wins a truly ugly, bizarre game, and we’ll take it. We are going to be processing this game for a long time. The Falcons overcame three Matt Ryan interceptions and plenty of sloppy play to win a three point game, while the Saints were injured, penalized heavily, and undone by a handful of mistakes along the way. It was ugly, atrocious Thursday Night Football, but the Falcons won. At the end of the day, we’ll take that. Here’s the drive-by-drive breakdown of this one, which was deeply bewildering. So glad the Falcons are still alive. First Quarter The Saints started the game...
Cincy Jungle Dec 7, 2017
NFL Week 14 2017: Thursday Night Football

NFL Week 14 2017: Thursday Night Football

An NFC South battle on Thursday evening Tonight, the Saints take on the Falcons at 8:25 p.m. ET in Atlanta, Georgia at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This could determine who ends up taking the division so it should be a hard fought game. Will Drew Brees come out and light it up, or will Matt Ryan continue to try his form from last season? Will the Falcons be able to contain emerging star, Alvin Kamara? Will their own running back duo in Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman be a force to reckoned with? Can Julio Jones replicate the game he had a couple weeks ago? We shall find out soon. Let the...
The Falcoholic Dec 4, 2017
Third down woes and lack of possession prove costly for the Falcons in a defensive slugfest

Third down woes and lack of possession prove costly for the Falcons in a defensive slugfest

A combination of poor execution and self-inflicted mistakes doomed the Falcons in a hard-nosed battle. The narratives about falling short in close games came to light yesterday. From converting on third down to playing disciplined and winning in the trenches, it’s how close games can be decided between two very good teams. That ended up being the three major deciding factors in the Falcons’ defeat. They struggled to make plays when it counted. Even when it appeared they found a rhythm offensively, Matt Ryan couldn’t make the decisive throw to get them in the end zone. As the defense...
The Falcoholic Dec 3, 2017
Falcons quarterback coach Bush Hamdan set to leave team at end of season

Falcons quarterback coach Bush Hamdan set to leave team at end of season

Atlanta will have yet another quarterbacks coach to start the 2018 season. When you’re a veteran quarterback with experience in a lot of different offenses, you probably don’t need a quarterbacks coach the way a younger player would. That’s a good thing for Matt Ryan, because boy has he had a lot of different quarterback coaches to this point. The latest, Bush Hamdan, was hired away by the Washington Huskies, effective at the end of this season. He was the team’s wide receivers coach in 2016 (and is a former Boise State quarterback) before joining the Falcons to whisper sweet...
The Falcoholic Dec 3, 2017
Matt Ryan’s streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass ends at 28

Matt Ryan’s streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass ends at 28

It has been a streak-ending season for Ryan. Earlier this year, Matt Ryan’s historic streak of games with at least 200 yards passing came to a screeching halt. It was sad to see the streak go, but hey, the Falcons still win, so it wasn’t anything we were particularly bummed about. Losing a 28 game passing touchdown streak while losing to the Vikings, though? That stings. That’s exactly what happened Sunday against Minnesota, as Ryan and this offense put together one of their most inept performances of the entire season, aided significantly by Minnesota’s excellence. Ryan had a few...
The Falcoholic Nov 30, 2017
A Closer Look: Julio Jones puts on a show

A Closer Look: Julio Jones puts on a show

The superstar wide receiver torched his old friends in a stunning display. The Falcons have revitalized their season by winning four of their last five games. During this positive stretch, Matt Ryan has played at an extremely high level. His early season struggles marred by overthrows and wasted opportunities is long behind him. When Ryan starts finding a rhythm, one outcome is bound to transpire. Julio Jones will be involved. That usually translates into some monster performances. Based on Jones’ past success against Tampa Bay, it seemed fitting that he would finally be “unleashed”...
The Falcoholic Nov 30, 2017
Pro Football Focus: Matt Ryan is NFL’s highest rated quarterback since Atlanta Falcons bye week

Pro Football Focus: Matt Ryan is NFL’s highest rated quarterback since Atlanta Falcons bye week

Fact: Matt Ryan never peals his own bananas Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been forced to endure some unfair criticism this year. Three and a half weeks ago, the Falcons were 4-4, and pundits couldn’t stop talking about how much the offense had regressed in Kyle Shanahan’s absence. The word “disorganized” was bandied about. Nearly one month later, the offense is humming, and Ryan has the believers believing again. Since an early week five bye week, the Falcons are 4-3, which isn’t all that impressive on its face. It’s more about momentum, specifically regained...
The Falcoholic Nov 29, 2017
Falcons - Buccaneers snap counts: The scramble to replace Desmond Trufant

Falcons - Buccaneers snap counts: The scramble to replace Desmond Trufant

How the Falcons utilized C.J. Goodwin should be a clue for how they’ll navigate life without their top cornerback. Offense Matt Ryan: 64 Jake Matthews: 64 Andy Levitre: 64 Alex Mack: 64 Ryan Schraeder: 64 Wes Schweitzer: 54 Mohamed Sanu: 52 Julio Jones: 46 Austin Hooper: 44 Tevin Coleman: 44 Taylor Gabriel: 42 Levine Toilolo: 29 Justin Hardy: 25 Terron Ward: 20 Derrick Coleman: 14 Ben Garland: 10 Eric Saubert: 3 Andre Roberts: 1 Big note: Julio Jones was targeted on nearly a third of his snaps Sunday. He destroyed the Bucs, and it was fun. The Falcons interestingly got Ben Garland...
The Falcoholic Nov 28, 2017
The Falcons averaged 8 yards per play Sunday for the seventh time in team history

The Falcons averaged 8 yards per play Sunday for the seventh time in team history

It was a stellar effort by the offense, and one that bodes well going forward. The Falcons had inarguably their best offensive game of the season against Tampa Bay, piling up more than 500 yards of total offense and averaging over eight yards per play. Incredibly, it’s just the seventh time in franchise history they’ve managed that particular feat. The Falcons did most of their damage through the air against a truly putrid Tampa Bay pass defense, with Matt Ryan and Mohamed Sanu combining to throw for over 350 yards and three touchdowns. It was a crisp, efficient performance keyed by a...
The Falcoholic Nov 27, 2017
Feeding the beast puts the Falcons on course heading into December

Feeding the beast puts the Falcons on course heading into December

Heading into the most crucial part of the season, Julio Jones assured everyone that the Falcons remain as dangerous as ever. As the Falcons offense started clicking over the past two weeks, they have gotten contributions from a plethora of different weapons. Taylor Gabriel had arguably his best game of the season against Dallas. Justin Hardy and Terron Ward were immense in a huge win over Seattle. The usual contributions from Mohamed Sanu and Austin Hooper proved to be helpful as well. Both victories were based on offensive efficiency and stellar play from Matt Ryan. While the offense...

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