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Cardinals stick a fork in the Falcons

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Last year, the Falcons were the No. 1 playoff seed in the NFC. This year, we can rule them out of playoff contention just seven games into the season.

The Falcons traveled to Arizona and took a good, old-fashioned butt-kicking from the Cardinals, losing 27-13 and dropping to 2-5 on the season, ending any glimmer of hope that any Falcons fan could realistically have about this team turning things around and making a playoff run.

With receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White both injured, the Falcons simply can’t make big plays on offense. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw four interceptions and got sacked four times, and the Falcons’ rushing offense was even worse than their passing offense: Steven Jackson had 11 carries for six yards.

The Cardinals’ defense also deserves a lot of credit: This is a tough, physical unit that doesn’t make it easy for anyone to move the ball. And although the Cardinals’ offense still has its problems, it found a big-play back in rookie Andre Ellington, who carried 15 times for 154 yards. Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was far from spectacular, but he was effective and threw two touchdown passes.

So while the Falcons are out of it, don’t rule out the Cardinals making a wild card run. This win runs their record to 4-4, and after their bye next week they get back-to-back winnable games against the Jaguars and Texans. This Cardinals team can legitimately consider itself a playoff contender. The same cannot be said for the Falcons.

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40 Responses to “Cardinals stick a fork in the Falcons”
  1. NotoriousKDV says: Oct 27, 2013 7:49 PM

    So who is the most underachieving team in the NFL so far this year? Atlanta? Washington? Giants? Steelers?

  2. unfkwthabl says: Oct 27, 2013 7:51 PM

    trade tony back to KC for a 7th

    thank you

  3. bucrightoff says: Oct 27, 2013 7:51 PM

    Free Tony Gonzalez.

  4. jason1980 says: Oct 27, 2013 7:52 PM

    Falcants losing in grand style. Wait until daddy comes to town on Nov. 21th. Window closed. No Superbowl, EVER! Talk about salary cap issues going forward. WhoDat!

  5. whereyaat says: Oct 27, 2013 7:59 PM

    The haters are going to pretend they didn’t read this, “This Cardinals team can legitimately consider itself a playoff contender.”

  6. proudliberal85392 says: Oct 27, 2013 8:00 PM

    Break up the Cardinals!

  7. trojanrabbit2 says: Oct 27, 2013 8:08 PM

    Oct 27, 2013 7:49 PM

    So who is the most underachieving team in the NFL so far this year? Atlanta? Washington? Giants? Steelers?

    As an Eagles fan I would have to add the Eagles to the list… Unless I can just count the whole NFC East as a group.

  8. osiris33 says: Oct 27, 2013 8:11 PM

    They were 13-3 with the weakest schedule in the NFL last year. Smoke and mirrors.

  9. biggestsaintsfanever says: Oct 27, 2013 8:16 PM

    But Atl. has a 20 million $ QB !!……LMAO

  10. andyreidisabeachedwalrus says: Oct 27, 2013 8:17 PM

    That’s a wrap on Matty melts and hot’lanta. Season over.

    That was a big pickup of Steven Jackson in the offseason tho, 11 carries for 6 yards…

  11. carolinadude7 says: Oct 27, 2013 8:18 PM

    Can’t wait for next week……hello Carolina!

  12. cardsfann1 says: Oct 27, 2013 8:22 PM

    The Falcons looked very bad today. Getting Washington back at linebacker has been huge for the Cardinals. Palmer is still not the answer at qb. If they find an answer soon they will be a force to be reckoned with…

  13. dcapettini says: Oct 27, 2013 8:22 PM

    You know it is a great week when the Steelers, the Washington franchise, the Cowboys and the Falcons all lose and it is particularly delicious when they lost because of poor QB play.

    “Matty Ice” huh? Ice cold maybe. And stop whining about who is injured. Everybody has injuries. Look at the poor Bills. They can’t keep a QB for more than a game.

  14. bullethead527 says: Oct 27, 2013 8:35 PM

    Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson say hi!

  15. stuartscottslazyeyeball says: Oct 27, 2013 8:41 PM

    Matty Ice = Natty Ice Beer.

  16. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 27, 2013 8:42 PM

    Yeah… Palmer was “far from perfect”.

    112 QB Rating.

    Fifth highest in the NFL this week.

    Please be fair and stop attacking players when they succeed just because it is the popular thing to do.

    These writers are a bunch of high school sheep.

  17. beastmode5150 says: Oct 27, 2013 8:48 PM

    You lost to the Cardinals? Bwhahahahahahhhahaaaha!

  18. jimmywalker78 says: Oct 27, 2013 8:49 PM

    The curse of Stephen Jackson! Never played on a winning team, never will! WHO DAT!!

  19. bmorefalcon says: Oct 27, 2013 8:59 PM

    It looks like the season is over. I guess that I will just have to be happy that I don’t live in a swamp and am educated enough to know that “dat” is not an actual word.

  20. fordmandalay says: Oct 27, 2013 9:00 PM

    The people I feel the worst for are HOFers Tony Gonzales and Stephen Jackson, classy pros who struggled with bad teams their whole careers, came to Atlanta hoping to finally have success….and wound up like this. They deserve better.

  21. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 27, 2013 9:01 PM

    The Falcons should have sealed the deal last year. They had Sean Payton sitting out and the superbowl was in New Orleans.
    Destiny will never line up so perfectly for them again.
    The next five years will be a search out of futility and salary cap hell.

    What exactly is their excuse for this pitiful season? Everyone has injuries. Atlanta still has it’s starting QB right?

  22. boisestatewhodat says: Oct 27, 2013 9:08 PM

    If the proverbial fork was stuck today Michael…the SAINTS born the ‘fork’ in week one(won)! Another WHO DAT beatdown coming soon boys…get ready for big brother!

  23. realskipbayless says: Oct 27, 2013 9:19 PM

    ordmandalay says:
    Oct 27, 2013 9:00 PM
    The people I feel the worst for are HOFers Tony Gonzales and Stephen Jackson, classy pros who struggled with bad teams their whole careers, came to Atlanta hoping to finally have success….and wound up like this. They deserve better.

    I wouldn’t call Stephen Jackson a HOF’er. But yeah its a shame fir gonzo though.

  24. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 27, 2013 9:37 PM

    Ryan is garbage without his safety outlets

  25. boisestatewhodat says: Oct 27, 2013 9:38 PM

    Hey bmorefalcon…consider this from WHO DAT NATION: Dat is a word…it’s short for ‘that’ and the NFL wages war over the rights to it every year. What’s your lousy club got? Only thing that comes to mind is Dion Sanders…man he was good….ummmmm, what else? Help an illiterate WHO DAT brother out! LMAO at your failure once again!

  26. MostlyRight says: Oct 27, 2013 9:48 PM

    Gonzales should skip the flight home and tell the boss go ahead and trade me to the Cardinals. The Cards need a TE like him and believe it or not will be a better team than the Falcons for the rest of Tony’s career.

  27. 504in860 says: Oct 27, 2013 10:11 PM

    bmorefalcon says:
    Oct 27, 2013 8:59 PM
    It looks like the season is over. I guess that I will just have to be happy that I don’t live in a swamp and am educated enough to know that “dat” is not an actual word
    —————————————

    You live in Baltimore though. Not exactly paradise.

    P.S. Rise Up! Bwahahahahahahaha!

  28. seenoland54 says: Oct 27, 2013 10:18 PM

    We all saw this coming last year. The line on both sides of the ball didn’t even rate a passing notice let alone a hint of priority. All the “weapons” in the world are useless without a line, that’s where it all begins and a basic truth in the game. I remember the days when the Cowboys would always place a priority on a big, good line and would win consistently and keep their “weapons” healthy and effective for years. I dumped my season tickets and glance at a game from time to time, about the only thing I say now is “man, I’m sure glad I’m not paying seven hundred dollars a game to see that!” I feel sorry for all the folks that got caught in the ever rising Blank ticket increases and have to watch their hard earned money flushed down the toilet on Sunday. The good news is I get to take the money I saved not buying season tickets and enjoy ten days first class in Paris and Rome. See ya later suckers.

  29. stampnhawk says: Oct 27, 2013 10:29 PM

    Couldn’t happen to a more arrogant coach. Ryan’s contract is also likely far too rich and will have to be restructured so they can get help in other areas. Seahawks blowing that divisional game in last minute last year have the Falcons an inflated opinion of themselves.

  30. wwttww says: Oct 27, 2013 10:41 PM

    Can’t spell Almost without ATL.

  31. jacobslatter says: Oct 27, 2013 11:12 PM

    What do the Falcons & the Affordable Care Act have in common?

    They never should have been considered good in the first place.

  32. saintsvstheworld says: Oct 27, 2013 11:44 PM

    Twice as much talent as more than half of the NFL…and yet…still flounders. We catch a lot of those down here yonder in Southeast Louisiana…where Champions are born. We know lil brother won’t ever taste that type of pedigree but…as a southern gentleman, you’re welcome to come see our trophy anytime you like…RISE UP, until the SAINTS tell us to SIT DOWN!!

  33. axespray says: Oct 28, 2013 12:10 AM

    Rely on Free Agents – you fall apart….

    Always draft – don’t throw away picks for “A player” – get a lot of players.
    DEPTH.

  34. droyer85 says: Oct 28, 2013 3:09 AM

    And now we see the real Matty Ice, you take his playmakers away and he looks like Matty Barkley.

  35. raideralex99 says: Oct 28, 2013 4:27 AM

    Palmer was “far from perfect” … yes I noticed you keep attacking him on this site.
    Seriously if Palmer threw 4 TDs and completed 28 of 30 passes you would comment about the 2 incomplete passes … give it a rest.

  36. computojon says: Oct 28, 2013 5:19 AM

    Sorry but I just can’t feel sympathy for the longtime successful teams who are temporarily down. Let’s all cry for Atlanta, Pittsburgh, et. al. Boo-hoo. Waaaahhhh.

    Try becoming a Rams fan, a Browns fan, or a Jaguars fan. Then you’ll realize that “frustration” with your Giants or Redskins is merely a manifestation of a sense of perpetual entitlement.

  37. bmorefalcon says: Oct 28, 2013 6:51 AM

    Boisestatewhodat and 504and860:

    I can appreciate that you are enjoying your teams success. I certainly enjoyed my team’s last year. The difference is that I was not going to Saints articles and rubbing it your face every week. When you hear a reference to Saints fans having no class, that is pretty much what we are talking about.

    Also, I suppose that I should remind you that your franchise was one good free agent signing away from becoming the Los Angles Saints. If Drews shoulder did heal correctly or, if he chose Miami, you would have to watch football on Saturday and not Sunday.

    The next time you want to gloat at another teams misfortune, think of Aaron Brooks. The rest of us still remember those days.

  38. thedownwardspiral says: Oct 28, 2013 9:08 AM

    Man, that Matty guy is sooooo clutch. What’s his nickname again?

    And nobody wants to trade for any Ioften the crappy Falcon players. If you were stupid enough to sign there, suffer the consequences.

  39. nyjetsfan08 says: Oct 28, 2013 12:46 PM

    He’s sure living up to his new contract, huh? The owner should’ve waited until the end of the this season and could’ve saved some money. Instead, Matt Ryan looks like a thief who got out just in the nick of time. He doesn’t have his two playmakers, but that’s the difference between a $100M QB and an average or less than average one. Brady with no one throw it to is still 6-2 and would’ve beaten the Cardinals yesterday.

  40. 504in860 says: Oct 28, 2013 3:50 PM

    Yes BMoreFalcon, I remember Aaron Brooks. I also remember Brooks having the same number of playoff wins at Matt Ryan.

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