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Falcons take care of business against Colts

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Any attempt to be effusive in praise for anyone involved in a victory over the Colts will be met with an obvious retort.

“Well, yeah, but it was the Colts.”

So we’ll save our breath, outside of pointing out Julio Jonestwo gamebreaking touchdowns in the first half, and simply say that the Falcons did exactly what you’re supposed to do when faced with a team of the Colts’ quality. They dominated from the opening minutes, forcing a Delone Carter fumble on the first drive of the game, and never took their foot off Indy’s throat for the remainder of the contest. The 31-7 victory might not have been as eyepopping as the way the Saints humiliated the Colts, but the end result leaves Atlanta with a shot to take over first place in the NFC South when they meet the Saints in Atlanta next week.

That’s not to say they came out of the game without any negatives. Matt Ryan had a good second half, but his poor performance in the first half is a sign that he is still looking for the consistency of his first three seasons. Ryan completed just 5-of-14 passes in the first two quarters and had an interception returned for a touchdown. Against other teams, that could be disastrous.

Against the Colts, it’s just worrisome because Indianapolis isn’t a team that can seriously threaten anyone right now. Curtis Painter completed less than half his passes and threw for just 98 yards before getting pulled for Dan Orlovsky when the game was out of reach in the fourth quarter. Chris Polian was already feeling some heat for the job he did putting this team together and it figures to get even worse after another lopsided home loss. The only silver lining is the Miami victory, which gives the Colts the inside track on the first overall pick.

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8 Responses to “Falcons take care of business against Colts”
  1. purplegreenandgold says: Nov 6, 2011 4:23 PM

    all that had to be done is:
    1. board plane in atl
    2. plane land in indy
    3. bus ride to stadium (show up)

  2. robolundgren says: Nov 6, 2011 4:28 PM

    No way Polian should keep his job after this season. Unfortunately for Colts fans, Irsay seems like he might be stupid enough to keep him around.

  3. hillzmickelzon says: Nov 6, 2011 5:52 PM

    Is the NFL going to let the colts really lose every game in order to draft Andrew luck? Are they tryin to win?

  4. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Nov 6, 2011 6:59 PM

    If Chris Polian is honest he would resign at the end of the season. He was the key decision maker for the team and they’re absolute crap. I was at the game and the fan frustration is palpable. At least the Super Bowl will offer Indy one “home” win this year.

  5. beckzhere says: Nov 6, 2011 7:19 PM

    Sadly, it looked like the Colts were actually trying to win. The look on their faces on the sideline was depressing.

  6. idkid1980 says: Nov 6, 2011 8:06 PM

    So if the Colts get to 0-13, does this mean they will sit their starters to protect their perfect record?

  7. omega49 says: Nov 6, 2011 9:04 PM

    “Well, yeah, but it was the Colts.”
    ————————————-
    But it was the Colts. Right now I could probably beat the Colts as long as Manning not playing.

  8. stevenfbrackett says: Nov 6, 2011 9:20 PM

    At first I was glad the Colts were getting the reality check I’ve thought they needed for awhile. Now I just feel kinda sorry for them.

    At least let a game or two be close.

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