OH WHAT A MONDAY!! It is nothing like a win by your hometown Atlanta Falcons especially against your hated rival the New Orleans Saints. It was sweet and it is one of the 1st times that being wrong, as I picked the Saints to win by three, felt so wonderful.
Who knew that the offensive firepower of our Falcons could do what they did against the projected 4th ranked defensive attack of the Saints? Who knew that the Quarterback Matt Ryan, who receives criticism in this town like no other has the savvy and intestinal fortitude to continue to drive this team to victory? Who knew?
The fact of the matter is everyone that has objectively followed this team knew just what kind of Quarterback Matt Ryan was, detractors just had a powerful voice. The comeback has been nothing new for Ryan who has several in his career but the way he counter punched the Saints offensive attack with the coolness that earned him the name “Matty Ice” could be viewed possibly as the moment when he solidified his place among the “ELITE”. Ryan’s pocket presence was great, he used his feet to extend plays, and took his rightful place as the leader of this franchise.
Despite the great win, the Atlanta Falcons have some obvious flaws. It appears early that although the team wanted to change the culture defensively, that it still has a long way to go. They went a long way in the run stopping department, but the Linebacking Corp has to improve in order for this unit to take the next step forward.
Although, containing Saints Tight End Jimmy Graham is all relative, the linebackers still had trouble covering the middle and flat area, but in all fairness the potential is there for improvement.
In the continuation of “beating a dead horse”, the pass rush was pedestrian at best as Drew Brees for most of the game was not taken off his passing spot. Defensively there is still a long way to go as the team relied more on being opportune than being solid this day.
Overall, the city is excited and the reaction has been great as Sunday was one of the better days in Atlanta for sports. I would say that it needs to be taken into its rightful perspective as it was the 1st game of the season, still a very long season to go. This team is what it is right now; able to score with anyone but not able to stop much. That is not championship caliber at this point, however if this young defense can improve, by the end of the season this team could surprise a lot of naysayers.
Jamie Walker is a Producer and Blogger for Sports Radio 92.9 The Game. You can follow him on Twitter @coachjdub21 or by email at Jamie.Walker@cbsradio.com.