Can the Atlanta Falcons take advantage of Bounty Gate and overtake the embattled New Orleans Saints organization and win the NFC South in 2012?
Falcons Week 1 NFL Pick
By: Jordan Sharp
Falcons have a pretty tough test in Week 1, as they have to travel to Kansas
City to face a very under the radar Chiefs squad. Atlanta will continue its’
focus on the pass, while I expect the Chiefs to try and run the ball down the
Falcons’ throats. The Falcons come into this game as only -1 road favorites,
with a total of 40 ½ points.
game will be very close, but I like the looks of the total and the over. The
Falcons will take shots down field and they will test Brandon Flowers’ health
early and often. The Chiefs will try and run the ball, but I feel like the
Falcons will get the early lead, forcing the Chiefs to put the ball in the air.
With a total so low, I like the value that the over gives us.
My Pick: OVER 40 ½
Asante Samuel Remains a Bird
By: Jordan Sharp
the biggest news out of Atlanta this past week has been the newly acquired
Asante Samuel. Samuel went from one team of birds to the other this offseason,
as the Eagles traded him to the Falcons. Philadelphia is very deep at corner,
and now Samuel has a chance to continue to play at a high level for a team that
really needs him.
season with the Eagles, Samuel didn’t have a typical season. He wasn’t on the
field as much after the Eagles acquired Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique
Rodgers-Cromartie, and it showed. After the five seasons between 2006-2010
where Samuel averaged just over seven interceptions a season, he only had three
INTs in 14 games in 2011. He will definitely add to the corner depth in
Atlanta, and he will be good alongside Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes.
Falcons news, Atlanta seems to have an offensive line battle going on. Rookie
tackle Lamar Holmes might challenge Sam Baker for the reserve job at left
tackle. Holmes is dealing with a toe injury right now. The Falcons also drafted
OC Peter Konz with their first overall pick in the second round. Atlanta was
top ten in giving up sacks last season, and it really hurt Matt Ryan. Keeping
him healthy and upright is crucial for him to get the ball to his wealth of
Falcons To Lead The NFC South?
By: jordan Sharp
Saints being hampered by sanctions and suspensions, the Falcons will have one
of their best shots in years to win the NFC South. This is going to be a turning
point season for the Falcons if they choose to take advantage of New Orleans’
have shown that they have what it takes to win, yet they have not been able to
get deep into the playoffs. They have the offense, which is led by world class
slinger Matt Ryan, and their defense is improving. Even though they were
bounced by the eventual Super Bowl champs in the playoffs last season, the
Falcons did not show up for that game. Ryan was only 24-41 with no touchdowns
or interceptions, while Eli Manning was 23-32 with three touchdowns.
game, the Falcons gave up 449 yards, and only had 263 of their own. Beating
little guys weren’t the problem for Atlanta; it was beating the big boys. The
Falcons were only 1-4 against playoff teams last season.
Flying Under The Radar
By: jordan Sharp
Atlanta Falcon NFL odds to win Super Bowl XLVII: 25/1
Falcons didn’t exactly improve last season, as they went 10-6 in the regular
season, but were held to just 2 points in the NFC Wildcard game against the
Giants, and now are going into this season with a chip on their shoulder.
However, things are looking up for them because of the offseason issues facing
the Saints. It has yet to be determined if any Saints players will face
suspension, but the Falcons haven’t even started their voluntary work outs, and
already they have a leg up on their NFC South competition. Will they be able to
cash in and possibly win the division?
Free agent/trade news
the Falcons have been active in free agency, they have been more active in
bringing back their own free agents. There is a long list of free agents that
the Falcons have signed, so to make it easier, I’ve listed them below for
Walker DT (restricted FA)
players were more important to resign then the two defensive ends, Biermann and
Abraham. These two guys make the Falcons D go. Their defense against the run is
stellar, and their offense should continue to grow this season. Those two
resigning, along with the acquisition of linebacker Lofa Tatupu, should improve
upon an already great defense. If they can get a few impact draft picks in the
secondary, this defense could be one of the best in the NFL this season.
Falcons have the small problem of not having a first or fourth round pick this
season because of the deal that brought them Julio Jones in last year’s draft. The
Falcons gave up a lot to get Jones last season, so it will be telling this
season not having those picks - if indeed they made the right move. They will
have to be extra meticulous in selecting their picks this year. Since they
don’t pick until 55th overall, most of the immediate impact players
will most likely be gone. However, they still might be able to find some guys
who could work themselves into some playing time.
the names that have been floated as potential picks for the Falcons at 55th
are CB Dwight Bentley, TE Dwayne Allen, DE Vinny Curry, just to name a few. The
Falcons will need to draft a tight end this season. Even though Tony Gonzalez
is still one of the best tight ends in the league, one injury, or if this is
the year he falls off, could put the Falcon offense on hold. Other than that,
defensive tackle, cornerback and offensive line could be other targets for the
dirty birds in this month’s draft.
Falcons were 20th in the NFL last season defending the pass; playing
the Saints twice a year will do that to you. However, this was a weak
secondary, and I think that is the direction they will go with their second
round pick. The signing of DeCoud will help, but they need depth at corner, so
that is my pick on what way the Falcons will go with the 55th pick.