The battle of the birds is set to kick off next week, as several teams have preseason games on Thursday of next week. Find out where we are placing our NFL picks in the preseason matchup between the Falcons and the Ravens.
The Ravens and Falcons haven’t met in
the regular season sine 2010, and since this game is in the Georgia Dome in
Atlanta, it will give both teams an opportunity to test their offenses on the
The NFL Odds
are typical for the preseason, as the line is only as high as -3 in favor of the
home Falcons, but you can also get it -1, and anywhere in between. Both teams
have established cores on offense and defense; so don’t expect the starters to
play more than a few series. However, both teams have some guys who are still in try-out mode, and this will ultimately decide who wins and who loses.
warheads? They were and still are one of the most intense candies I’ve ever
tried. They start out with an almost too intense burst of sour flavor, and if
you can stand that awful sensation in your mouth for several minutes, it
finally becomes sweet. That sensation is probably what the Ravens have been feeling
for the last six months, just without the sweet relief.
only 11 seconds remaining in the AFC Title game, Billy Cundiff had a 32-yard
chip shot to seemingly send the game into overtime. However, Cundiff shanked
the field goal attempt to send the Patriots to the Super Bowl. The Ravens even
outplayed the Pats in that game. Plus, Joe Flacco outplayed Tom Brady! Imagine
the sourest warhead you’ve ever eaten.
Something to prove
been rough for the Atlanta Falcons lately. They have gotten a lot of criticism over
their play. They have one of the most talented offenses in the NFC. They have
two problems. The first is the Saints, but they can’t do anything about that. Their
second, more glaring problem is their inability to win in the postseason. Under
Matt Ryan, the Falcons are 0-3 in the postseason in his four seasons, and he is
starting to feel the pressure.
Falcons did lose to the eventual Super Bowl champs last season in the playoffs,
but I don’t think that’s much of an excuse when you lose 24-2. Matt Ryan was
24-41 in that game with 199 yards and no touchdowns. The Falcons didn’t play
well as a team, so I don’t put it all on Ryan. However, in his career, Ryan has
never thrown for more than 199 yards in a playoff game, and has 3 touchdowns
and 4 interceptions total in the playoffs.
The Sharp Pick
blunders aside, this is the preseason; I’m getting way ahead of myself.
However, both of these teams should be anxious to get back on the field, and
prove to themselves and others that they are still very good football teams.
Both of these clubs are in the top half of the league in Super Bowl future
game, I like the Falcons for two reasons. One, they are at home. That was easy
enough. Secondly, and more importantly, they have a lot more depth than the
Ravens. Baltimore is a great team, but those great players won’t be on the
field longer than a few minutes, if at all. The Falcons on the other hand have
several young offensive players they need to take a look at. Plus, the Ravens
backup is Curtis Painter. Remember him? The Falcons backup quarterback is
veteran Chris Redman. Give me the veteran every time. I’m using the nice line
from 5Dimes for my NFL picks.
My Pick: Falcons -1