Monday, December 27, 2004

Game Notes

from the official site of the Atlanta Falcons
Rookie QB Matt Schaub got his first NFL start in place of regular starter Michael Vick, who is nursing a shoulder strain suffered in the thrilling OT win over the Panthers.

Four of Matt Schaub's first six passes were dropped by the intended receiver.

Free agent veteran FB Fred McCrary started in place of regular starter Stanley

Pritchett, who went on Injured-Reserve this past week after breaking his thumb on the first play of the win over the Panthers.

TE Eric Beverly got his first start at tight end for regular starter Alge Crumpler, who is nursing a sore knee.

The Falcons and Saints combined for five punts in the first quarter.

The Falcons incurred their first safety of the season when QB Matt Schaub was sacked in his own end zone in the first quarter. It was the Falcons first safety since a 10/13/03 game at St. Louis, when RB T.J. Duckett was tackled in the end zone.

RB Warrick Dunn's 59-yard second-quarter reception was his longest of the season, and the second-longest for the Falcons in 2004. It bested Dunn's 56-yard reception at Kansas City. The longest reception of the season was FB Justin Griffith's 62-yard reception vs. St. Louis.

Dunn's 16-yard third quarter run gave him nine on the 2004 season, a new career best.

Pro Bowl LB Keith Brooking continued to assert his big-play sensibilities with his third interception of the season, a career-high for the seventh-year pro. Brooking's pick and 27-yard return to the Saints 11-yard line was the longest of his career.

Newly-signed rookie CB Christian Morton (Illinois) entered the game in Falcons nickel packages and even played some man-on-man. Prior to the game, the Falcons waived DE Junior Glymph and signed Morton.

DT Travis Hall registered his second sack of Saints QB Aaron Brooks in the second quarter. It was Hall's first two-sack game since 12/5/99. Hall's career high in sacks per game is three, which he accomplished on 10/12/97.

Saints return man Michael Lewis returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown given up by the

Falcons since 10/15/2000, when Tony Horne ran back a kickoff 103 yards for St. Louis.

Lewis' 96-yard touchdown was one yard shy of his career long kickoff return for a touchdown (97 yards - 12/15/02).

Falcons DE Patrick Kerney notched his 12th sack in the fourth quarter, tying his career high, which he also amassed in 2001.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Duckett to undergo knee Surgery

from the official site of the Alanta Falcons
Running back T.J. Duckett will have minor arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Tuesday and will miss the Falcons upcoming contest against the Carolina Panthers this Saturday night.

His status for the Falcons December 26 game against the New Orleans Saints will be updated next week.

Last Sunday Duckett established new Falcons single-game franchise marks for scoring, touchdowns and rushing touchdowns with a four-touchdown performance in Atlanta's 35-10 victory against the Oakland Raiders.

The victory gave the Falcons their 10th win of the season and secured Atlanta its third division title in team history.

Duckett is currently first on the Falcons and tied for fourth in the NFC with eight rushing touchdowns.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

The "Chop" Block

Don’t think for a second that the Falcons’ offensive line is bothered by all the talk that it has become a dirty unit under OL coach Alex Gibbs. Gibbs is a big believer in the cut block, in which an offensive lineman tries to knock a defender off his feet by diving at his legs. Cut blocks can lead to knee injuries for opposing defensive linemen, but head coach Jim Mora insists that Gibbs doesn’t send his guys into battle with the intent of injuring anyone. However, we’re told the Falcons’ linemen are enjoying their growing reputation because they believe they will have an easier time controlling opponents if the D-line is intimidated by their methods.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Tough loss

After going three years without a road victory, the Lions made it two in a row Sunday with a 17-10 victory over Vick and the previously unbeaten Atlanta Falcons.

Detroit (3-1) harassed Vick into three turnovers, including a fumble in the final minute that sealed the victory.

We were simply outplayed. I think we were caught up in our own glory and took it too relaxed. We could have torn up the Lions but they played with 100% intensity and we didn't compliment that. We couldn't get our offense off the ground to much to make plays. Their defense forced turnover after turnover and it just ultimatley led to the loss. We have a tight schedule year long with no real breaks. We need to work on a alot of things this week and if we can improve the protection we should start a new streak.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Defying the polls...

After early polls this year putting down our Falcons, we have seemed to pull together something to shove in their face. We left the Rams awestruck with their defeat and we completley deserved it. Vick played much better this game than the last and Dunn(2 TDs) continued to amaze us all. Vick hasn't quite made up for last year but its a start. We are going to playing the Cardinals tommorow and they are probably low on themselves after loosing the first 2 games. We have to take advantage and jump on them while they are already down. Lets get another one Falcons and keep up the good work!

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Dunn makes up for Vick

After Vicks, not so flattering preformance in the Season opener, I am liking the way Warrick Dunn sort of took charge with 2 TDs. Its almost as if we have a renewed offense that doesn't solely rely on the preformance of Vick. Lets hope we can keep up the stronger sense of offense but not so much the preformance by Vick. We have the potential we just need to use it. Now lets get some more wins Falcons!

Monday, September 06, 2004

Cuts and a loss

The Falcons cut veterans Bob Whitfield and Tod McBride along with some rookies to make the final 53 player limit on players, on a bad note as well... we were shut out in the last preseason game against the Redskins. Lets hope we wont have another post like this.

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Another one in the bag

This time we blew out the Bengals 37-10. After Michael Vick wasn't started no played after complaining of pain before the game, Matt Schaub was started and the came through with an amazing game. Along with the whole offense, they played brilliantly and Schaub going 30 for 39 is another reason he has the capability not only to be a secondary but a starter. Lets see how the fend against the Redskins next week. Keep up the good work Falcons!

Saturday, August 21, 2004

We bounced back!

With the laughable game against the Ravens, I was happily relieved that we played such a great game against the Vikings. Michael Vick and Matt Schaub played brilliantly and I was happy too see them back in action. Lets hope they can keep up the good work. Goooo Falcons!

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Preseason starts now

With one day from the preseason opener against the ravens, the Falcons need to prove themselves this season or they will have to go back home with thier ring finger bland. If you guys havnt been keeping up with the draft, heres what happened for the Falcons:

8 (8)
DeAngelo Hall
Virginia Tech

27 (90)
Matt Schaub
(from Indianapolis)

5 (101)
Demorrio Williams

10 (142)
Chad Lavalais

21 (186)
Etric Pruitt
Southern Miss
(from Miami)

18 (219)
Quincy Wilson
West Virginia

Lets see how they do against the Ravens in the season opener.. Lets get out thier and cheer them on. Go Falcons!

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Atlanta Falcons' 2004 Schedule

2004 Preseason
Date Opponent Time
Aug. 12 at Baltimore 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 20 Minnesota 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 28 Cincinnati 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 3 at Washington 7:00 p.m.

2004 Schedule
Date Opponent Time
Sept. 12 at San Francisco 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 19 St. Louis 1:00 p.m.
Sept. 26 Arizona 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 3 at Carolina 4:05 p.m.
Oct. 10 Detroit 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 17 San Diego 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 at Kansas City 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 31 at Denver 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 7 Open Date
Nov. 14 Tampa Bay 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 21 at New York Giants 4:15 p.m.
Nov. 28 New Orleans 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 5 at Tampa Bay 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 12 Oakland 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 18 Carolina 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 26 at New Orleans 1:00 p.m.
Jan. 2 at Seattle 4:05 p.m.

All times are Eastern

Thursday, July 22, 2004

New Falcons Blog

Hey, just getting set up for right now.  I'll soon be posting regularly, so come back and check it out!