New Orleans puts voodoo on Falcons

The streak is overBy Jannah Bolds

I don’t even want to hear anything about “Who dat?” You know why? Because that was simply a terrible terrible performance by the Atlanta Falcons. So many things went wrong for Matt Ryan’s team; and hot damn, what a match-up for things to go sour.

The injury to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was not even evident that night against Atlanta. Brees found the weak spot in the Falcon’s defense, and ran with it all the way till the clock hit 0:00. The weak spot you ask? Atlanta’s secondary of course. Brees and the offense made a point that they were taking advantage of Atlanta’s off night.

Lets not single out just one group on Atlanta’s team that performed horribly; it was a group effort, with the exception of a few. Offensively, Atlanta struggled, with three turnovers and a couple sacks. The offensive line missed a few assignments last night which lead to those mess-ups.

The Atlanta defense were effective in stopping New Orleans’ running game, but when Brees put the ball in the air, it was all she wrote. That made it had for the Falcons offense to catch up in the end.  

Oh well, such as life. The two southern rivals will meet once more at the end of the season, this time in the Georgia Dome, to settle things once and for all. Meanwhile, the Falcons are still under the Carolina Panthers in the NCF South, but that may change once the Panthers face the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday at 4:00pm.

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Falcons topple Texans 48-21

By Jannah Bolds

Rolling on momentum from last week’s come-from-behind win over Dallas, the Atlanta Falcons collect another “W” over the Houston Texans today in the Dome.  

Week four brought an astounding performance for Atlanta and nothing but confusion for Houston as they struggled to find a rhythm through the game’s entirety. The strong performance lead the Falcons to 243 passing yards and 135 rushing yardage. The Texans on the other hand, recorded more passing yards, 374 to be exact, but, were able to rush for only 54 yards.

Let me tell you what went wrong for the Texans, but leaned in favor of the Falcons at the end of the day; the inconsistency in Houston’s offense. Point. Blank. Period. That team was not in sync with each other the entire game. If it wasn’t one thing, it was another. 

Although Houston’s passing yardage exceeded Atlanta’s, I think that’s it’s safe to say that the Texans need to straighten out their offensive issues ASAP and iron out their inconsistencies quarterback wise. Their starting QB, Ryan Mallett clearly struggled offensively and couldn’t seem to click with receivers the first three quarters on the field; completing with only 12 completions and one interception.

However, when the Texans made a QB switch with Brian Hoyer, the game changed. Well, let’s say this, either putting Hoyer in at QB was a key factor for the Texans’ offense, or the Falcons switched out to their second string defense. Either way, this resulted in the Texans putting points on the board and eliminating the possibility of a shut-out.

But nothing will top the highlight of the day, talk about the icing on the cake in the final seconds of the game, the Falcons’ defense come up with an 80-yard fumble return to tack on another six. The Atlanta offense didn’t bother with the extra point attempt, since the game had already concluded. That, to me, was one of those small signs of sportsmanship; good job Falcons. 

Although it seemed like this was an easy win for Matt Ryan and his team, I’m sure the Atlanta coaches still found some assignments that were not met. So, the team will have a week to stay pumped before they meet the 2-2 Redskins October 11th at 1:00 pm in the Dome. 

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