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Falconotes: Week 12 – Minnesota Vikings

The NFL is tough, so I’m going to overlook the Falcons’ near-collapse in the 3rd quarter yesterday.

Lots of good stuff on display:

  • Perhaps Ryan’s best game of the season.
  • His three TD passes moved him to fourth all time in Falcons’ history. By season end, he should pass (pardon the pun) Chris Chandler and Chris Miller to own second behind only Bartkowski.
  • Solid job all around by the offense (though they seemed to abandon Turner in the second half)
  • Roddy’s second consecutive 100+ yard game, this time with a TD to punctuate.
  • Roddy’s TD moved him to third place all time on Falcons’ TD reception list (behind Andre Rison & Terance Mathis)
  • Weatherspoon’s 10 tackles gave him 101 on the season. Solid.
  • Defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 14 games
  • Legendary hustle play by Chris Owens, chasing down Percy Harvins at the three yard line.
  • Svitek has quietly made me forget about Sam Baker.
  • What a punt return by Weems! Hopefully we’ll see more of those down the stretch.

The Falcons now look toward a desirable visit to Houston to face the Texans and their third-string, rookie QB.  What had figured to be the toughest game before Week 16 (at New Orleans) now looks a lot less . . . tough. If the Falcons can put together fairly complete games, there’s no reason to think they won’t roll into New Orleans on a five-game winning streak. If the Giants can defeat the Saints tonight, the Saints and Falcons will be tied for the NFC South lead.  Also notable that the Saints have a more difficult road ahead with a well-rested (albeit Suh-less) Detroit next week.

In short, the Falcons basically control their own destiny at this point. With the offense starting to seem like its old self the last couple weeks, it’s a good place to be.



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This entry was posted on November 28, 2011 by in Football Squawk and tagged , , , , , , .
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