November 25, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) on the sidelines against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Atlanta Falcons defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Yeah yeah so called experts….We get it!!!…..The Falcons must perform well in the playoffs before anyone gives them any respect. But the playoffs aren’t here yet, and the Falcons and their fans feel like they still have some things to prove. We as bloggers like to focus on the now, and that now is tonight vs. the oh so hated “aints”.
Remember when sports commentators and enthusiasts proclaimed Atlanta as one of the worst sports cities in the United States. I could be wrong, but I just so happened to hear that the Atlanta airport die hards started the cooking last night by chucking a few eggs at the “Aints” team bus once they landed. Tell me that won’t stir things up a bit for a nice divisional dessert dish for Thursday Night Football. But remember…Atlanta doesn’t care about their sports teams… I would urge them to attend the Georgia Dome festivities tonight, because it is about to get rowdy.
Speaking of Rowdy, I really think if the Saints are smart they will double team Julio Jones all game. They did a decent job of limiting his touches last game (only four catches but for 75 yards), so look for rowdy Roddy White to explode for another big game.
When the two teams meet, there is always one position that gets a lot of play; the tight end. I’m not sure if it is because they are so concerned with the outside receivers on the Falcons end, or if the Falcons are so concerned with Colston in the slot, but whatever it is, tight ends rack up the yards and touchdowns. Last time these two teams met, the two tight ends accounted for 268 yards of offense and four touchdowns. If the Falcons are to win, they must keep Graham in check.
All this egg talk is making me hungry, and speaking of a nice dessert dish, the perfect icing for our cake would be to clinch the NFC South with the win tonight (and a Bucs loss Sunday to the Broncos…been there…done that). That first seed is still going to be up for grabs though, and pretty much burying the ‘aints’ would kick off a nice push toward the playoffs.
So let’s go Falcons…Rise up! And let’s play an “egg-cellent” game tonight for yourselves, the fans, and more importantly, for the (pre-playoff) respect.