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The Bird Flu

Posted By Nicole Flanary On Oct 10 2011 @ 11:31 am In Atlanta Falcons | No Comments

I hate to admit it…but, I was watching Sunday night’s game and just waiting. For what? I wasn’t too sure, but I did know that the Green Bay Packers were a much better team than the way they were playing and I also took into consideration the pattern of behavior the Falcons have displayed this season.

In two possessions, Atlanta had two touchdowns. Wait, what? Against THAT defense? (In my best Jim Mora voice…) “Are you kidding me?!”.

Matty Ice engineered an 80-yard drive to open the game and after a Green Bay turnover, the Birds went 60 yards to the endzone. 14-0 against the defending champs? We’ll take it.

Both initial drives looked like the 2010 finesse Falcons team we know and love…but, what seems to good to be true usually is.

Atlanta’s D was able to chalk some sacks up to the ol’ blackboard Sunday, but still appeared a hot mess on the field. Allowing possibly the best QB in the league to complete 65% of his passes will not win a football game.

The Falcons completed their first three third-down conversions and missed their next six. Despite the mistakes Green Bay was making and the uncharacteristic blown coverage (where was Charles Woodson on White’s first grab?), Atlanta was unable to capitalize.

There’s something to be said for a team getting fired up in the pre-game and coming out of the tunnel expending almost TOO much energy to start a four-quarter game. I can understand that, especially after getting thrown out of the playoffs last year by a red-hot Rodgers who did seemingly whatever he wanted with the Pack’s passing game.

Giving up 25 unanswered points? Nope, don’t get it.

When Rodgers hit Jones for a 70-yard play to open the half, I would imagine the pit in my stomach rivaled what Jennifer Aniston felt watching Mr. & Mrs. Smith for the first time. You always had an inkling you knew what was going on, but never wanted to admit it.

Green Bay picked up where they left off last year and embarrassed the Falcons in the Dome where they have seen so much success in the past.

Stacked with one of the top 5 QBs in the NFC, a game-changing running back and a couple Pro Bowl receivers, theĀ  Falcons are both underwhelming and underachieving. After the first loss, you can look at it and think “it was a hiccup”. But sitting at 2-3 after being defeated in that fashion on your home turf, there is no denying.. this ain’t no cough, this is the bird flu.

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