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Falcons loss was worst in regular season with Matt Ryan

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Yes, it was only one game.

Atlanta’s 30-12 loss to Chicago on Sunday doesn’t mean the Falcons won’t defend their NFC South crown or that they are suddenly a lousy team.  Still, there were a number of reasons for serious concern.

1. The loss was by the biggest margin of any Matt Ryan started in the regular season.  (Of course it wasn’t quite as bad as last year’s playoff loss to Green Bay.)  The Falcons only lost one game by two scores in the regular season last year.  Including the playoffs, they have now lost their last two games by a combined score 78-33.

2. Probably the best thing about the Mike Smith Falcons: They do the little things well.  On Sunday in Chicago, they couldn’t tackle, they turned the ball over, and they had a ton of penalties.  The game included a lot of unforced errors.

“Stunned is an understatement,” linebacker Mike Peterson said.

3. Atlanta wants its offense to be more explosive.  It scored six points Sunday. The offensive line couldn’t pass protect.  Matt Ryan has been inefficient going back to the preseason.

4. A few positive notes here: The Falcons only have four more games on grass all year.  The entire NFC South lost Sunday.

Still, the Falcons have to get their house in order quickly with the Eagles coming to town or last year’s 13-3 No. 1 seeds could start 0-2.

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54 Responses to “Falcons loss was worst in regular season with Matt Ryan”
  1. drshankenstein says: Sep 12, 2011 10:15 AM

    I love how the attitude is more about what the Falcons didn’t do, as apposed to what the Bears did do.

  2. lbpackfan says: Sep 12, 2011 10:21 AM

    Last game of last year and first game of this year…looking good, Atlanta!

    But wait, Matt Ryan is like 22-2 at home.

  3. skinsfandcdan83 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:21 AM

    Matt Ryan could be amy fantasy league bust this year

  4. infectorman says: Sep 12, 2011 10:26 AM

    when will this team show us something away from a Domed stadium in Georgia?

  5. phillyisinvading says: Sep 12, 2011 10:26 AM

    Wait till Vick comes to town this week.

  6. supashug says: Sep 12, 2011 10:30 AM

    my fantasy bust too

    I which I had grabbed Flacco

  7. catchhester23 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:30 AM

    Welcome to the nfc north. You just got schooled by the two best teams in the nfc. Don’t give me the eagles dream team crap either bears schooled them last year also and get to do it again this year.

  8. calloustongue says: Sep 12, 2011 10:30 AM

    Smart move by the Falcons not to address their secondary after getting lit up in the playoffs. Man, did that offense look good though! Oh wait..

  9. bearsblow says: Sep 12, 2011 10:31 AM

    This team is over rated!!!

  10. flavordave says: Sep 12, 2011 10:33 AM

    Yeah but it was a great day to watch the Steelers and Cowboys lose.

  11. beckzhere says: Sep 12, 2011 10:34 AM

    That was very uncharacteristic football by the Falcons. The game this weekend will be pivotal to how the season will unfold in Atlanta.

  12. gmsingh says: Sep 12, 2011 10:37 AM

    Only an ass would refer to Atlanta as committing “unforced errors”–the Bears defense was incendiary. Idiot pundits need to start giving credit where credit is due.

  13. jutts says: Sep 12, 2011 10:38 AM

    The Best Devision in football… The NFC ‘North..

  14. pilot2011 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:38 AM

    week 1 performances in NFC south:

    Cam Newton>Drew Brees>Josh Freeman>Matty Ice

  15. nolahxc says: Sep 12, 2011 10:40 AM

    Good thing they got Julio Jones!

  16. mdd913 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:44 AM

    Welcome to the nfc north. You just got schooled by the two best teams in the nfc.

    —————————————————————-

    Riding the Packers’ coattails, huh?

    Anyway, the Packers and Saints are the best two teams in the NFC. They showed why. If the Saints played the Bears instead of the Packers that game, they win by 2 scores.

  17. rajbais says: Sep 12, 2011 10:56 AM

    This is Week 1, but the Bears showed why the Falcons are too premature of a pick for the Superbowl.

    Don’t the Falcons know anything about defense???

    Ray Edwards: 1 tackle. Some “big move”!!!

  18. dogluverssuck says: Sep 12, 2011 10:59 AM

    Hey DOG LOVERS how is that post Vicky era working out?
    HA HA HA

  19. jamaltimore says: Sep 12, 2011 11:07 AM

    Wow, were’s all the matty ice is soooo much better than flacco even though his TEAM has never won anything that mattered. Joe Cool looked the part yesterday

  20. pilot2011 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:08 AM

    Matty Ice is a more accurate Jimmy Clausen… little dink and dunk passes has to be annoying. Grow some balls Matty Ice.

    hey I bet Tony Gonzalez has a “Super Secret, Im Perfect, Your Fat, Whole Foods Smoothie Concoction” that can fix that for ya Matty Ice.

  21. falconfrenzy says: Sep 12, 2011 11:10 AM

    people kill me chicago shut down atlanta O! look still had 100 yards rushing and matt threw over 300! lets be real atlanta gave the game away! chicago is not a better team than the falcons period! falcons had a bad day….eagles coming to the dome sunday….time to rise

  22. kayotiicdat says: Sep 12, 2011 11:10 AM

    Matty Water has been overrated and so have the Failcants.. they can’t win a big game they’re offense is one dimensional and well their defense is suspect.. and coaching?? well we saw that these past 2 games and the draft, your defense gets torched and you give the house up for a WR and claim you will outscore everyone.. Where was that?? Oh well for outscoring everyone, they need to just focus on scoring in general.

  23. bearzfan says: Sep 12, 2011 11:17 AM

    Anyone looking for a sarcastic puny Fantasy football name could transform Matty Ice into Mattymelt. mmm. hamburger

  24. rajuncajun28 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:17 AM

    the hubis and bravado coming from the bears fans is a bit much – one game and you’re the best team in the nfc? give me a break…i dislike the falcons as a Saints fan, but it was one bad game by the dirty pigeons….you stand no chance against the Saints or the Packers….back to junior varsity and stay classy, boring azz midwesterners….

  25. bearzfan says: Sep 12, 2011 11:19 AM

    mdd913 says:
    Sep 12, 2011 10:44 AM
    Welcome to the nfc north. You just got schooled by the two best teams in the nfc.

    —————————————————————-

    Riding the Packers’ coattails, huh?

    Anyway, the Packers and Saints are the best two teams in the NFC. They showed why. If the Saints played the Bears instead of the Packers that game, they win by 2 scores.

    _____________

    We’ll see next week when the Bears shut down the Saints, unlike the Packers almost blowing it.

    Besides, how is Clay Matthews going to make it past HGH testing?

  26. pack15forever says: Sep 12, 2011 11:20 AM

    The Falcons for some unknown reason were being picked to win the Super Bowl by a lot of the “experts”. They got Julio Jones but did nothing to improve their defense. Falcons are way over rated.

  27. asublimeday says: Sep 12, 2011 11:21 AM

    How’s that crow taste, rosenthal? Bear down!

  28. asublimeday says: Sep 12, 2011 11:24 AM

    Hey DOG LOVERS how is that post Vicky era working out?
    HA HA HA

    ———————

    How many rings does Vick have?

  29. rpiotr01 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:28 AM

    “Matty Ice is a more accurate Jimmy Clausen… little dink and dunk passes has to be annoying. Grow some balls Matty Ice.”

    Not a matter of balls, it’s a matter of talent. He doesn’t have the arm to get the ball deep with enough velocity to get out over defenders. One of T. Williams’ picks against him in the playoffs was on a play where he tried going deep to the corner of the endzone and just couldn’t get the ball back there.

    He’s done a good job of managing the game, scoring when they have the chance and not making mistakes, but he won’t take that next step unless he works on arm strength.

  30. spawnsacs says: Sep 12, 2011 11:31 AM

    Tell me….when is Matt Ryan going to win a big game? All we hear is how great of a young QB he is, how great of leader…yet in the big games, he melts down (pun intended).

    Please see Brees, Brady, Rodgers, Manning for elite QB status.

  31. relaunche says: Sep 12, 2011 11:36 AM

    Ryan is not all he is cracked up to be …. Sorry people

  32. comeonnowguys says: Sep 12, 2011 11:36 AM

    the hubis and bravado coming from the bears fans is a bit much – one game and you’re the best team in the nfc? give me a break…i dislike the falcons as a Saints fan, but it was one bad game by the dirty pigeons….you stand no chance against the Saints or the Packers….back to junior varsity and stay classy, boring azz midwesterners….

    You have to forgive them. They’ve been listening to Lion fans pumping up their forthcoming “dynasty” nonstop, while fans of other NFC North teams declare Chicago a dying third-place team or dead last-place team all summer, and they are responding in proportion.

  33. geniusfan says: Sep 12, 2011 11:38 AM

    If I’m the Falcons I’d be nervous about Vick coming to town but I’d be even more nervous about the Eagles pass rush coming to the Georgia Dome.

    This Falcons offensive line is going to get Matt Ryan killed against an Eagles pass rush that sacked Bradford five times and knocked him out of the game.

  34. deke952 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:40 AM

    I would say that reaching down and setting the ball on the ground could be considered an unforced error.

  35. jimmysee says: Sep 12, 2011 11:46 AM

    I’m a lifelong Packers fan going back to the days of Lombardi and Starr.

    Let me give you one piece of advice.

    NEVER underestimate the Bears.

  36. drexelvol says: Sep 12, 2011 11:51 AM

    Anyone who watched the Eagles game yesterday knows that all Atlanta, or any team, needs to do is just run the ball against the Eagles.

    Don’t even bother passing, the Eagles can’t stop the run in any way, shape, or form.

  37. deadeye says: Sep 12, 2011 12:10 PM

    I hate to point out the obvious, but because everyone refused to acknowledge the obvious the last few seasons, I have no choice:

    1) You don’t rebuild around a running back. Turner was great, but he has worn down through overuse, and now he looks like he will never regain his speed from early in his career. The Falcons will see a huge drop off in the running game because of his decline. A back with turner’s skills is difficult to find.

    2) Trading a second rounder for Gonzo was a mistake. They could have used the second rounder on Gronkowski, Hernandez, Jimmy Graham, or Dennis Pita. Now those guys are coming into their prime as Gonzo winds down. Why did everyone praise this obviously bad trade?

    3) Trading all those high picks for Julio was a mistake. They could have simply used their own pick on Greg Little, and all the ones they traded on some offensive linemen. There were too many holes to justify that many picks for one skill player. Now they won’t be able to address those holes (o-line, secondary, and pass rush) until two drafts from now. Dumb trade Atlanta.

    The Falcons took short cuts to become a good football team. But those short cuts will prevent them from becoming a team great enough to win the Super Bowl.

  38. comeonnowguys says: Sep 12, 2011 12:14 PM

    I would say that reaching down and setting the ball on the ground could be considered an unforced error.

    That large, angry defensive lineman hot on his heels would disagree.

  39. cwmorga says: Sep 12, 2011 12:26 PM

    @pilot2011 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:38 AM

    week 1 performances in NFC south:

    Cam Newton>Drew Brees>Josh Freeman>Matty Ice

    How was Cam’s performance better than Brees’?

  40. stanleyhalas says: Sep 12, 2011 12:33 PM

    Bears smoked the falcons. Whatever the circumstances, they got smoked. And lovie hasn’t lost to Sean Peyton or the aints. I’m liking our chances against the saints.

  41. jaggedmark says: Sep 12, 2011 1:06 PM

    He’s Matty Ice. He’s frozen in mediocrity.

  42. bobnelsonjr says: Sep 12, 2011 1:16 PM

    In the playoffs he earned the name Matty Puddle.

  43. bdert says: Sep 12, 2011 1:28 PM

    The last time the Bears won a superbowl, I wasn’t even born…so whats all this palaver?? u won one game, @ home…Your QB is still streaky & is guaranteed to let u down when it counts…I’ll bet anything the Lions beat u twice…

  44. greenbay4ever says: Sep 12, 2011 1:54 PM

    Failcants….that has to be the worst insult nick name I have heard for a team. Weak to who ever posted that.

  45. tmar1961 says: Sep 12, 2011 1:54 PM

    week 1 people, they will right the ship and you will see the true capabilities of the Falcons

  46. rodgerthat says: Sep 12, 2011 2:10 PM

    Life long packer fan here, but I have to give the bears credit. Didnt see that coming. I dont think the Falcons did wrong I think the Bears did right. Gonna be a tough year in the NFC north.

  47. goawayeverybody says: Sep 12, 2011 2:14 PM

    The Eagles are going to mop the floor with the clueless incompetent Falclowns.

    You can write it down.

  48. axespray says: Sep 12, 2011 2:27 PM

    bearzfan says:Sep 12, 2011 11:19 AM
    “Besides, how is Clay Matthews going to make it past HGH testing?”

    wait a sec, you’re a fan of a team that has Brian Ur’oider and Julius “Another Breed of Animal” Peppers and you’re only jab at us is accusing one of our dudes of potential HGH use?

    ….that’s almost as funny as James Harrison and The Steelers accusing another team of “Cheapshottin’.”

  49. bunjy96 says: Sep 12, 2011 2:43 PM

    2 beat downs in a row!

    The Falcons weaknesses (and there are many) have been glossed over for years.

    Ryan is nothing more than a Dilfer type when he was in Baltimore. Just play not to lose.

    If yesterday says anything, the Falcons have a long way to go. The Saints will kill them this year. They barely beat the Bucs last year, not so sure they will do it this year.

    Bears, Eagles, Saints and Bucs. They may not even win 9 games this year. Newton is a gunslinger and with the Falcons poor defense, I wouldn’t be surprised if they split with the Panthers.

    See no easy “fixes” short term and they gave up draft picks for Jones next year.

  50. pigskinswag says: Sep 12, 2011 3:48 PM

    Good news: The FalCONs LOST
    Great news: EVERYONE in the NFC South LOST
    Bad news: The Bears wiped the field with the FalCONs and they head down to New Orleans to play my Saints, and we’re already without Colston and possibly Lance Moore will be out again. With the way that defense looked, we need all the weapons we have on the field.

  51. thridandlong says: Sep 12, 2011 4:19 PM

    Proud Bear Fan here.

    Say what you will about the Bears, you are entitled to your opinion.

    I am confident in saying this, when your home team see’s the Chicago Bears on their schedule, they know they’re in for a hard hitting, anyone’s game !
    And they will mark it on the calendar for this fact, no gimme game here.

    I’ll take that respect anytime !

  52. kennyrogerschicken says: Sep 12, 2011 4:50 PM

    bearzfan says: Sep 12, 2011 11:19 AM

    mdd913 says:
    Sep 12, 2011 10:44 AM
    Welcome to the nfc north. You just got schooled by the two best teams in the nfc.

    —————————————————————-

    Riding the Packers’ coattails, huh?

    Anyway, the Packers and Saints are the best two teams in the NFC. They showed why. If the Saints played the Bears instead of the Packers that game, they win by 2 scores.

    _____________

    We’ll see next week when the Bears shut down the Saints, unlike the Packers almost blowing it.

    Besides, how is Clay Matthews going to make it past HGH testing?

    ———————————————————-

    The game isn’t in Chicago, so I’d expect the Saints to win by at least 50.

    By the way, congrats on winning the division last year – that Lombardi trophy definitely pales in comparison.

  53. liltmac2003 says: Sep 12, 2011 7:41 PM

    Did anyone think that maybe the Bears played some good football? They deserve some credit.

    Also for point number three, Atlanta actually scored 0 points on offense.

    They had 2 FGs (speacial teams) and they got a Pick-6 in garbage time (defense). Their offense was on the field for a 2-point conversion, but that failed.

  54. ppdoc13 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:42 PM

    Joe (4-3 on playoffs and in playoffs every year of career) Flacco>>>>>Matty Ryan (yet to win a playoff game)

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