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Patriots-Falcons one-liners

The Patriots made good on Tom Brady’s plea to beef up the running game in a 28-10 win over the Falcons on Thursday night.

Wes Welker said it was important for him to get back on the field: “It’s something I’ve really been looking forward to and something I’ve worked my tail off to get to this whole offseason.”

Bill Belichick says Welker is as competitive and hard-working as any player he’s coached.

Tom Curran notes that Fred Taylor doesn’t look 34 years old, and the Patriots had great run blocking without G Logan Mankins.

New England’s rookie tight ends have quickly become a big part of the team’s offense.

Atlanta’s defense couldn’t get off the field on third downs.

It looks like the Falcons found a bookend to pair with John Abraham in DE Kroy Biermann.

Matt Ryan focused on throwing to his tight ends in the game.

Falcons WR Harry Douglas played for the first time since Atlanta’s playoff loss to Arizona after the 2008 season.

Falcons QB John Parker Wilson provided a late highlight, but wasn’t impressive overall, throwing for only 98 yards on 25 attempts.

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16 Responses to “Patriots-Falcons one-liners”
  1. HomelandDefense says: Aug 20, 2010 9:43 AM

    as a Pats fan I have to say I was very impresssed with Biermann. Would love to have him on my team. The Falcons have a lot of nice pcs, they may be just a year or two away.

  2. Falcon in NE says: Aug 20, 2010 10:14 AM

    It was hard seeing many of the same problems we had last year. Not tackling or getting off the field on 3rd down. The team looks fast and they got a few good hits on Brady, but man, I wished they had worked on tackling in the camp.

  3. JoeSixPack says: Aug 20, 2010 10:35 AM

    The Patriots defense has a lot of question marks and injuries but there’s a lot of young players who seem poised to surprise a lot of folks in the NFL
    But even if they are just average, the offense is going to drive opposing DC’s crazy… Brady had one of his best statistical years last year coming off ACL repair. With another season at full health, plus Moss, plus a healthy Welker, plus a Welker Clone in Edelmen, plus interchangeable healthy RBs, plus an OL that even without Mankins seems to be doing an excellent job in pass and run protection, plus TEs that can both catch and block, all of that makes for a tremendous upgrade on Offense.
    It’s looking like the Patriots can kill opponents in 20 different ways.

  4. tatum32 says: Aug 20, 2010 10:55 AM

    JoeSixPack says: August 20, 2010 10:35 AM
    “It’s looking like the Patriots can kill opponents in 20 different ways.”
    It looked like the Ravens killed you in one way in that playoff game. “Ray Rice is Running for the Ravens” – im not saying Pats wont make the playoffs, but 2007 was a LONG time ago….even with Wes Welker and Moss and Brady healthy.

  5. jj jones says: Aug 20, 2010 11:02 AM

    The Patriots drafting strategy is so good and yet so many teams have not figured it out. They stockpile picks and constantly trade picks to teams for a high round pick in the following year’s draft. This allows them to get young talent in there every year and when they lose veteran players, there is little dropoff.

  6. SomeFans says: Aug 20, 2010 11:16 AM

    It’s looking like the Patriots can kill opponents in 20 different ways?
    Sounds like a bit of a reach but they did look sharp and I like the new TE’s. Offense should do well…. as for the D, time will tell.

  7. rusH1023 says: Aug 20, 2010 11:16 AM

    # tatum32 says: August 20, 2010 10:55 AM
    JoeSixPack says: August 20, 2010 10:35 AM
    “It’s looking like the Patriots can kill opponents in 20 different ways.”
    It looked like the Ravens killed you in one way in that playoff game. “Ray Rice is Running for the Ravens” – im not saying Pats wont make the playoffs, but 2007 was a LONG time ago….even with Wes Welker and Moss and Brady healthy.
    _________________________________
    So is 2009 — different year, different identity, different players. Use the same conditions for your own arguments as you do for others.

  8. Mosi says: Aug 20, 2010 11:33 AM

    Brady loaded up, threw the ball 65 yards, and was still 5 yards short of Moss, who was well behind the DB’s. Moss… is going to be a monster this year. As usual for him, though, DB was draped on him before ball and no call. The man gets no PI calls.
    Loving the 2 tight-end sets and pounding the ball a bit. Hope Morris and Taylor can stay healthy, which seems like a reach. You know one or both of those guys is going to go down.
    Also know that if they suck it up and pay Mankins, he’s going to get hurt or otherwise suck this year. I can just feel it. Karma.

  9. GRpatriot says: Aug 20, 2010 11:35 AM

    It looked like the Ravens killed you in one way in that playoff game.
    That’s true and that asswhipping really affected how the team was put together this year!
    Things look good for the Patriots this year!

  10. CollegeToPros says: Aug 20, 2010 11:51 AM

    Exit:
    Springs
    Galloway
    Watson
    Baker
    Enter:
    Spikes
    McCourty
    Tate
    Hernandez
    Gronkowski
    our young guns looked like vets last night

  11. Deadeye says: Aug 20, 2010 11:59 AM

    The Patriots have been quietly rebuilding right under everyone’s noses. Talented young players will be stepping into the forefront for them beginning this season. The Jets will be rebuilding by the time the Patriots miss the playoffs again.

  12. scra22 says: Aug 20, 2010 12:07 PM

    Failcons.

  13. Zach says: Aug 20, 2010 12:47 PM

    “Tom Curran notes that Fred Taylor doesn’t look 34 years old”
    Maybe not, but he’ll be hurt before game 5

  14. Shadenfreuder says: Aug 20, 2010 3:43 PM

    The Patriots had a great draft this year. They needed it, because the previous couple of years their drafts were mediocre at best.
    The back end and middle of the defense is young, talented, and lightning fast. The big question is the D line. Vince Wilfork is a stud. But the DE position is weak. The Jets and Dolphins will have a much improved passing game. So, the lack of a pass rush may be this team’s Achille’s heal.
    I look forward to a dogfight between the Pats, Jets, and Fins for the AFC East crown.

  15. BCGreg says: Aug 21, 2010 1:38 PM

    @ tatum32
    While Rice’s 83 TD run was great in that playoff game, tell me what he did the rest of the game?
    No wait. I’ll tell you. 76 yards on 21 carries for a 3.6 yards per rush and a 1 yard TD and zero receptions for a guy who had 78 in the regular season. Not great.
    The Ravens trounced, but only because the Pats turned the ball over deep in their own territory in the 1st quarter twice, which led to easy, short field TDs. They ran for 234 yards on 52 carries, which is a 4.5 yards per carry average. Again, take away the one big run, and the numbers are 151 yards on 51 carries for a 2.96 yards per carry average. On top of that, they only threw for 34 yards.
    For the final 3+ quarters of the game, NE won 14-12. My point is that the Pats lost because of the 2 deep TOs in the 1st quarter, which were converted into two 1 yard TD dives.
    Hey, again, the Ravens trounced. No excuses. Just looking inside the numbers. I don’t think either team played particularly well. The Ravens made two great defensive plays that turned the tide of the game.

  16. tdub12 says: Aug 24, 2010 5:55 AM

    It’s so funny how you moron’s make posts like you have any idea what your talking about. Just because someone does a GREAT job in preseason doesn’t mean jack squat when it comes to the regular season and never has. The preseason is for guys trying to make the team not about Moss and White and Turner scoring a bunch of touchdowns. Gimme a fricking break. Fred Taylor??? The Falcon’s D is LETTING him run through them. Why in the hell would you try and tackle a guy in PRESEASON when he is trying to run full speed. LT is doin the same thing in NY.. WHEN HE REFUSED TO PLAY IN PRESEASON IN SD. Shut the hell up you idiots we will see what happens come regular season. GO FALCONS

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