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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Week 3 brings victory for Falcons

By Jannah Bolds

A somewhat challenging week three for the Atlanta Falcons as they lassoed the Dallas Cowboys 39-28 in a come-from-behind victory  in Arlington, Texas today.

Falcons quarterback Matt “Matty Ice” Ryan, along with his most talented backs and receivers pulled off a come-back in the second half to upset the Dallas crowd. This win goes down in the record books as the first team to score its third consecutive come-from-behind win.

The Falcons struggled a bit in the first half, letting the Cowboys score first and not capitalizing on their next couple of snaps. However, the team did get the chance to squeeze in a field goal in the final seconds of the first half to cut their defecit to 11 points.

“Obviously the second half was huge, but I thought getting three points up before half time was big. That was a huge momentum changer for us offensively,” said Ryan. 

After the second half buzzer rang, the Falcons seemed to have turned on the heat as they went on score three more touchdowns and keep their opponents scoreless the entire half. The Atlanta defense did some pretty good things for the team’s overall performance. If it wasnt for Justin Durant and the defense keeping their opponents scoreless, Ryan and the offense would have had a more difficult time overcoming the deficit. 

The star for Atlanta’s offense today was running back Dovonta Freeman who rushed for 141 yards with 30 carries. Teammate receiver Julio Jones finished the game with 12 recpetions for 164 yards.

Offensively and defensively, the Falcons were well balanced and were able to persevere when necessary to  top the 2-0 (now 2-1) Cowboys.

Next Sunday, the Falcons are set to take on the Houston Texans (1-2) at 1:00pm EST. 

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To jinx, or not to jinx

 By Jannah BoldsOpinion Column

As sports fans, we know that the game is all about statistics; especially if you’re big on fantacy football. A player’s stats can make or break them when it comes to their athletic career. But, how do fans get access to their favorite player or team stats when watching an event at home or on the go? Commentators. Oh, those voices, those perfectly tuned, know-it-all, “anti biased” voices. Those voices were hired to give their audience the perfect picture of what’s going on when fans aren’t there to see for themselves. 

But…

What happens when it just seems like the commentators are commentating just a bit too much? Too much to the point where statistics precede a series of unfortunate events; AKA jinxing. For a semi-supersticious person like myself, this can become extremely irritating, especially in those stressfull, nailbiting situations. 

It never fails! 

“Falcon’s QB, Matt Ryan has yet to throw an interception this season.” BOOM! There goes an interception. 

-or-

“Atlanta wide receiver, Julio Jones, 0-7 in receptions today from Ryan.” WOOP! That’s a fumble.

There are plenty of irritating things out there, and this may qualify as one of them. I’m sure there are plenty of others who can testify. 

Dont get me wrong, I’m not complaing about how these guys are doing their jobs, but maybe we (the commentators) can come up with an alternative way to broadcast those stats without the possible compromise of the game. 

How about this, instead of talking about passing percentages and quarterback sacks in the midst of an offensive drive. I mean, I get it… talking about whats going on right then and there is more impactful, but damn. Why not wait until the offensive drive is over to talk about all the technical stuff. Just do it for fans like myself who believe in the jinx.

That is all.

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