You smell that? Not the smell of sweat and gasoline from the neighbor’s lawn mower, nor the dusty smell of the vacuum that your wife has you use to clean the rug. You don’t smell that burning bleach aroma from the upstairs bathroom that you had to clean today or the world just might end. You don’t smell the stench of the guy in the cubicle to the right of you, who comes over to your cubicle everyday to talk fantasy football. What he doesn’t understand is you don’t play fantasy football.
You do smell the cooking of fresh BBQ, with smoke blowing in your face. The smoke more satisfying than anything. You do smell the static from the television, which makes whatever hair you still have stand up. You smell the spice of the wings you ordered, and the smell of a cold beer to wash it down. You smell the great aroma of friends and family here to cheer on the best team on planet Earth: The Atlanta Falcons.
That is right folks, it is finally here! Week 1 kicked off on Wednesday, but the game I care about kicks off on Sunday. The Falcons open up the 2012 season against the Kansas City Chiefs. This kickoff game is not a cake walk for Atlanta. They have to head into Arrowhead Stadium. May I remind you Arrowhead is one of the most hostile places to play in.
The Chiefs had a great off season. They acquired guys on both sides of the ball, but also lost some key defensive players. They did, however, acquire Peyton Hillis, which diversifies the running game. They also get Jamaal Charles back from injury, which helps the
backfield even more.
Don’t count the Chiefs out in this game. The Falcon’s O-Line is a big concern. However, the Chief’s secondary is the biggest concern. This fits the Falcon’s strength perfectly. There will be miss-matches throughout the game. Watch for a lot of shots down field, and constant challenging of that secondary. I expect a big game from Ryan and the WR corp.
Another concerning factor is that the Falcons seem to always start off slow. They sure did last season, and honestly it was hard to watch. I hope this isn’t a problem this year, as they need a quick start , because they need it more than ever this season. I mean that because of the strength of schedule they have. They really won’t have any time to warm-up, as they hit the ground running. They have the Broncos in week #2 on Monday Night Football, a stage where you don’t want to look bad.
Week #1 is always exciting, as it kicks off another season on football, but it also gives you an insite on how teams are going to look. Last season after week 1, we knew our O-Line was going to be a big issue. This season, I expect to see O-Line problems, but that is nothing new. Look for a hungry, determined Falcons squad in week 1. The Falcons (-3) vs. KC Chiefs (+3). I take the Falcons and the 3 points. I think they pull out a 7 point win. The final score being 24-17.
I hope everyone enjoys week 1 as much as I will, and I hope you will be rooting for the Falcons as much as I will. Until next time folks, Cam is signing off!