So, here’s the thing…as much as I love sports, (sigh) I also happen to love romantic comedies. I hate to admit it, really I do..but I legitimately get excited when I look at my TV Guide and see “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days” is on.
I DON”T get excited when I’m watching Sunday Football and see “How To Lose a Huge Lead” starring the Not-So-Dirty Birds from Atlanta. I don’t know which is more predictable… the Matthew McConaughey/Kate Hudson chick flick or the Falcons’ tale of two halves.
Mike Smith said to reporters after the game, “Did we make it exciting enough for you?”
Mike, no offense, but it isn’t your job to entertain us with a roller coaster of emotions. As fans we don’t want you to let a team come back to “make it interesting”. Where is that warrior-like mentality? Instead of allowing fourteen points in the second half, I want to see a defense fired up, playing for pride and holding the shutout (cue USC’s 50-0 statement win against UCLA).
… I’M JUST SAYING.
If Coach Smith were writing a romantic comedy script, at least he penciled in a happy ending. Atlanta held off the Vikes and looked like a team that is really coming into their own at the best possible point in the season.
With Week 13 around the corner, Roddy White appears to finally have his feet up under him, Matt Ryan tossed three touchdowns Sunday and clearly has groove back, Tony G caught nine balls and Spoon played like an absolute beast.
We’ll take it.
Atlanta’s defense dominated the first half against Minnesota starting with the first play of the game where Stephen Nicholas blasted Percy Harvin for an eight yard loss.
Sidbury and Spoon had huge lights out hits on Christian Ponder, including a 2nd and 8 play in the second quarter that I’m sure the boys have watched a time or two in slow-mo in the film room.
All things considered, probably the best all-around play by the defense this season… but they still let their foots off the gas in the second half! Sure, they might be able to pull out a win in the fourth but, is that really going to work against playoff contending teams?
Call me Captain Obvious but, there’s a HUGE difference between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers and this habit of pumping the breaks after building a lead is going to catch up with this team if they aren’t careful.
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.