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Atlanta Falcons: Finally the year for Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons: Finally the year for Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons: Finally the year for Matt Ryan

The Atlanta Falcons led by Matt Ryan have been a pretty impressive team during the regular season but come playoffs he disappears. The team has made the playoffs 3 out of the 4 years since Ryan was drafted. The downside is they have loss all 3 games with Matt Ryan not putting up good enough numbers to lead the Falcons to a win.

This season looks to be different as the team looked to add playmakers on the defensive side of the ball this off-season by acquiring Asante Samuel from the Philadelphia Eagles while bringing in Mike Nolan to be the new defensive coordinator. Both of these acquisitions should help the defense improve as they were in the bottom 15 in points allowed in 2011.

Ryan along with the wide receiver pair of Julio Jones and Roddy White look to lead the Atlanta Falcons to the playoffs in 2012 including picking up a few wins along the road to the Super Bowl. Jones coming in to his second season in the NFL after grabbing 54 catches for 959 yards and 8 touchdown looks to improve in year 2. While Michael Turner looks to continue to up big numbers on the ground to help make the Falcons a difficult team to defend through the air or on the ground.

While Julio Jones is collecting a lot of attention on the offense his receiving partner Roddy White looks to continue his dominance coming off 5 straight seasons of 1000 plus yards while also reeling in 100 or more catches the past 2 seasons. These types of numbers should go up in 2012 with teams having trouble deciding on who to double cover him or Julio Jones.

Look for Matt Ryan to have his best season in the NFL in 2012 while throwing for over 4500 yards and 35 plus touchdowns in the air to help lead this team to the NFC South Crown along with leading the Falcons to his first Super Bowl as quarterback in 2012.

NFL 2012 Regular Season will kick off on Wednesday night Sept 5

Are you ready for some football? On a Wednesday?

We’ve just started the long, dark time of year called the “offseason.”

Some good news arrived Tuesday, delivered straight from the NFL Mountaintops: The offseason will be one day shorter than expected.

The New York Giants will host the season opener on Wednesday, September 5. The game was moved a day earlier than usual in deference to President Barack Obama’s Thursday speech at the Democratic National Convention.

So on Tuesday, the NFL decided to simply move the game to the previous night, Wednesday, September 5. It will be the first time since the fall of 1948 that a regular season NFL game would be played on a Wednesday. On that day, September 22, 1948, to be precise, the Detroit Lions lost to the Los Angeles Rams, en route to a 2-10 season; the Rams finished 6-5-1. (In case you’re wondering, the Philadelphia Eagles won the championship that year.)

This will be the second time in three years that a regular season NFL game will be played on an unorthodox day of the week. In late December 2010, a Sunday afternoon game involving the aforementioned Eagles was moved to Tuesday night due to extreme blizzard conditions in Philadelphia. The visiting Vikings – playing out the string a la the Asheville Tourists after a blizzard back home impounded the Metrodome – won the game behind the unlikely arm of Joe Webb.

The Giants’ first opponents of the 2012-13 season is still to be determined. In 2008, the Giants beat the Washington Redskins in the season opener. With politics once again coming into play in the Giants’ defense of their Lombardi trophy, don’t be surprised if the Giants once again square off against Washington on September 5; the start time will remain 8:30 PM ET. (The two teams have actually faced each other on the season opener for the last two years.)

And in case you’re wondering: no, the Giants don’t play the Chicago Bears this season, so that was not a factor in moving up the season opener to Wednesday to accommodate big-time Bears fan President Obama the following night. The Packers, Saints, and Steelers are strong candidates.

The Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host the season-opener at MetLife Stadium against a team to be announced at a later date. Starting time is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

NY Giants Vs Eagles Week 3

Big Blue travels North on the Turnpike Sunday to face their most hated rival The Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial field. Both teams are 1 and 1, the Eagles are coming off a loss to the Atlanta Falcons, a game in which their star QB Mike Vick was knocked out of the game with a concussion. All indications are that Vick will suit up Sunday to play the Giants despite the injury.

 The New York Giants enter week 3 of the 2011 NFL season with a lot of question marks. They’ve been completely depleted by injuries thus far and someone must step up off the bench if they’re going to be contenders this year. Right CB Aaron Ross has been a liability in both of the Giants previous games. First round draft pick, CB Prince Amukamara remains sidelined nursing a broken foot, and star CB Terrell Thomas has already been added to injury reserve so we won’t see him until 2012. The Line Backers of the Giants have also been a weak spot thus far, and receivers seem to be running wide open in the middle of the Giants defense.

 The last time the Eagles and Giants met was last year. The Giants had a 21 point lead in the fourth quarter only to watch the Eagles come soaring back to win, on a Punt Return by WR and speedster Deshaun Jackson on the very last play of the game.

 Obviously the Giants want restitution, not that this rivalry needed any extra incentive. These 2 teams hate each other, and the wild come back game last year has only added fuel to the fire. The Giants obviously must get the defensive problems fixed, fast. The Eagles are a raw speed and talent machine that can score from any where on the field against even the best defenses.

While the defense is obviously the Giants biggest problem the offense hasn’t been playing very good either. Giant QB Eli Manning seemed to get his bearings in the second half of the Monday night contest with the Rams, but had a very rocky start. As if the Giants weren’t light enough at WR, they’ve also now lost Dominick Hixon as well. WR Mario Manningham will also most likely miss the Eagles contest after suffering a concussion against the Rams.

The Giants offense can not afford to have a slow start this week against Mike Vick and the Eagles. Eli better get his feet under him quick. The Giants must run the ball against the small but fast Eagle defense. They must control the clock and keep the Eagles explosive offense off the field if they want to win Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Obviously neither team wants to get to 1 and 2, and the fact that it’s a very important NFC East contest adds all the more importance to this game.

Despite all the question marks entering the game Sunday, there is a few certainties.

This game will have future implications. This game will be physical. And even though both teams have great offenses, it will come down to who plays better defense.