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Posted By Nicole Flanary On Sep 27 2011 @ 10:25 am In Atlanta Falcons | 2 Comments

And we thought it was bad before…

Atlanta’s O-line was heavily scrutinized going into Sunday’s game against the Bucs. Although I was was 100% in agreement with this criticism, I also had firm belief there would be a noticeable improvement in the Falcons bout with Tampa Bay.

I couldn’t be more wrong.

Watching the Falcons play the Bucs on Sunday was the equivalent of watching a train wreck in slow motion or an episode of Jersey Shore. I don’t know what is uglier, Atlanta’s protection (lack there of) or Snooki’s hairdo.

Let’s be honest….this entire game wasn’t pretty. The Falcons lost to a team whose quarterback only racked up 180 yards, had zero passing touchdowns and two interceptions… Really?

Matt Ryan didn’t have a horrible day, but his performance was nothing to jump up and down about either. Unfortunately for Atlanta, there wasn’t really ANYTHING to jump up and down about.

The Bucs held Michael Turner to 20 yards on Sunday, roughly 100 less than he’s used to getting. For a team that relies so much on the run it’s no wonder that they came out of the game 1-2.

I keep hearing people talking about how “they still almost won”….well they didn’t. Bucs fans keep saying… “A W is a W” and you know, they’re absolutely right.

No disrespect to Tampa Bay (who I gave ample credit to in my previous article) but Atlanta is a much better team and should have gone in Sunday, executed their running game and play action offense and put a fork in the Bucs.

I still believe the Falcons have the talent and playmaking capabilities that will send them deep into the playoffs, but it’s time to push the panic button. It’s all fun and games until you lose two of your first three and start the season 0-1 in an extremely competitive division. Things have to change and they have to change now.

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