The last thing I want to sit here and say is what everyone else is saying, but, uh…
If Atlanta comes out of Sunday with a win, they’re very much still viable for a playoff position. If they don’t, well, there’s always next season.
There are two things every team needs to do well to be effective in today’s NFL–
Pass and rush the passer.
The latter the Falcons have struggled with all season and the former.. they’ve been wildly inconsistent at best.
Fortunately, game in and game out they have been able to count on Michael Turner pounding the turf for 100 + yard games. Averaging 4.5 yards per carry, Turner is the nucleus of Atlanta’s exceptional running game… but, he also serves a secondary purpose.. opening up the backfield by taking the heat off Roddy White and emerging superstar Julio Jones.
UNfortunately, the stud muffin rookie from Bama is questionable for Sunday. Jones has had ongoing hamstring issues and hasn’t practiced all week… super!
That being said, as long as Turner can get it done on the ground, that alone should be enough to squeeze by an uninspired Titans defense. As Cortland Finnegan (a man of few words that aren’t more than four letters) put it candidly a few weeks ago, “The intensity hasn’t been there”. Against the Texans, Tennessee’s run D was frankly embarrassing. Arian Foster racked up 115 easy yards and his back up Ben Tate, 104.
Equally atrocious was the Titans pass D against the Steelers. Big Ben had five touchdown passes that looked easier for him than picking up college co-eds at Georgia bars.
All things considered, the Falcons SHOULD win Sunday…pending, of course, they don’t walk onto the field looking like the poor-man’s version of themselves. You know, the Pop Warner squad that played against the Bears in week one.
There’s a few thing that can be taken from the debacle that was last week’s overtime loss to New Orleans, but the most important may be the simple fact that Atlanta has what is takes to run with the big dogs in the NFC. Look at their four losses.. Chicago, Green Bay, Tampa Bay and New Orleans. Four teams with winning records. Almost all shoe-ins for the playoffs. With the exception of the massacre (sorry to bring it up again) suffered by the Bears, the Falcons have been in pretty damn close games.
Atlanta has a great shot at meeting the playoffs*
*with a W on Sunday.
About the Author
Written by Nicole Flanary
I am a 23-year old female from Dayton, Ohio. I am without a shadow of a doubt one of the biggest football fans you will ever meet...no, seriously...I have a tattoo of a football and a flower on my shoulder. THAT big of a football fan. I ran track and cross country in college and sports have always been a huge part of my life. That being said, it was incredibly easy to decide what I wanted to "do with my life" when I got older. I combined the two things I am most passionate about in the world--sports and journalism-- and proceeded to pursue a career in sports entertainment. I have a pretty cold sense of humor, which I find translates well about 85% of the time. I apologize in advance for anything I say that may be taken as too blunt and/or brash. I am simply not big on sugar coating. Get. Your. Popcorn. Ready.