Where This Meets That
What an atrocious first game! I’ll do my best to keep the give equal time to the positives and negatives, for my own sake.
The good news: I’d prepared myself for a 4-4 record over the first half of the season.
The bad news: I’d had no doubts about getting a victory in Chicago.
The good news: Ryan’s passes were crisp, accurate, and for the most part good decisions. Urlacher’s interception was just a great play by big baldy.
The bad news: No. Offensive. Touchdowns. That’s offensive!
The good news: The field is only 100 yards, and the game is only 60 minutes.
The bad news: The Falcons linebackers and secondary forgot how to tackle.
The good news: Julio looked good and showed soft hands.
The bad news:
Kroy Bierman Tony Gonzalez had the team’s longest reception. (Is Roddy allowed routes over 10 yards?)
The good news: The offensive line opened some really nice holes for Turner.
The bad news: Pass protection totally fell apart in second half.
The good news: Cutler sacked 5 times for minus 23 yards
The bad news: Ryan sacked 5 times for minus 43 yards
The good news: Defensive front looked solid with 4 sacks (2 for Abraham) and a pick-six.
The bad news: Fumbles. Penalties. Special teams. An alarming lack of fundamentals.
The good news: Coach Smith has shown an impressive ability to follow up their worst with their best a week later.
The bad news: If you’re counting, that’s a cumulative score of 33-78 across the Falcons’ last two non-preseason games; not a good trend heading into the Eagles’ visit next Sunday night.
Extra Points . . .
– Speaking of the Eagles . . . it will be their quarterback’s first game in Atlanta since ol’Arkansas got their new coach. The hype will be palpable.
– I absolutely loved the Jim Cornelison’s rendition of the National Anthem before the game. It dazzled with gusto!