Birds try to avoid last seasons fate
We all remember this point in the season last year. Your Falcons were sitting pretty at 6-4 and looking towards the playoffs. Then the rest of the season happened and all of a sudden you are 8-8 and on the outside looking in. Not this year…by golly I hope not!
The Atlanta Falcons look to regroup against the Arizona Cardinals this weekend after a 15-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles two weeks ago. During their bye week, the team fell in the rankings to 8th and with five of their six remaining in the NFC and four of the six at home, the team will have to work hard for that playoff spot.
“We know the exciting challenge that’s in front of us after the bye,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “We have five of the six games in the NFC. So, we’ll be completely pumped for that.”
The Falcons will need all hands on deck for the remainder of the season and the dome can be a bright spot that opponents can’t get over.
“Let’s hope that we can make it as loud as we possibly can … in the Dome,” Quinn said. “Our fans will be ready to rock and our team will be as well.”
So get your tickets now and help cheer on your Atlanta Falcons this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals! Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available!
Defense is a major concern
The Atlanta Falcons (2-1, 1st NFC South) have rebounded from their opening loss to win two straight games and take over the NFC South. While the offense is humming along at 438 yards a game, their defense is ranked near the bottom of the league, giving up 371 yards a game. And defense wins championships. Now come the Panthers (1-2, 3rd NFC South)
These two teams have a nice little history between them and have played 42 times with the Falcons taking a 25-17 lead in the series. While the Panthers record is under .500, they are favored in this match up by 3 1/2 because of that porous Falcons defense. The Panthers, however, have a stiff defense, ranked 3rd in the NFL and is the best Atlanta has come across this season.
“An excellent defense,” QB Matt Ryan said of Carolina. “I think their front seven does a great job both against the run and the pass. Two excellent linebackers. A front four that is very deep across the board. Those guys play extremely well. For us, it’s going to be important to play well up front and to prepare for their scheme. I think they do a great job of understanding their scheme and understanding the offenses that they’re going against.”
The game kicks off at Noon in the Georgia Dome. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Atlanta Falcons this Sunday!
The Atlanta Falcons will welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday in the season opener for both teams. The Falcons finished last season with an 8-8 record in the NFC South, which was an improvement from their 2014 6-10 record but still not anywhere near where they wanted to finish after starting 5-0.
The Falcons go into the season with one of the toughest schedules in the NFL but quarterback Matt Ryan thinks that if the defense can hold, he has enough weapons on the offensive side of the ball to get into the playoffs and beyond.
“We have to create some explosive plays,” Ryan said. “We are getting the ball down the field a little bit and that will help us out. We have to be a little bit more consistent. There is no question about that.”
Coach Quinn also announced that rookie linebackers Deion Jones and DeVondre Campbell will start against the Bucs. Coach Quinn also stated that OG Chris Chester has won his position and will again get the start at right guard.
As for the schedule, coach Quinn seemed more excited then weary of the schedule that has three of first four games divisional matches.
“It’s going to be awesome,” Quinn said. “I love the way that the league has set that up where three of the four are right off the bat. It’s an area we didn’t do a good enough job last year. We struggled against our very own division, which is a tough one.”
Tickets for the game and all your regular season games are on sale now. Get yours today and help cheer on your Atlanta Falcons over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!