AD flew solo again for this week’s Behind Enemy Lines episode for the Colts game. Nestled in the preview talk, he named the Colts player he’s most afraid of, a brief breakdown of their squad, and keys to a Falcons victory. He wrapped it up with betting lines and score differential predictions. Check it out!
This was a debate filled episode of Bird Brehs. Rome, AV, and Tee Little discussed everything except politics and global warming. We began the episode keying in on players returning from injury who would make the biggest impact coming off the bye week. Then there was Behind Enemy Lines, as we talked about Cam Newton, dabbin’, and if the criticism is warranted. AV gave us his reason why the Saints suck. Spoiler alert: Rob Ryan is involved. There was also over/under stat predictions, 2nd Half previews, and hypothetical talk about Matt Ryan’s future.
It’s been a familiar theme for New Orleans this season so stop me if you’ve heard this already, but The Saints are struggling again on defense. Check out this report from NOLA.com:
“Through nine games, the Saints defense is allowing about 6.5 yards per play, the second-worst mark in post-merger NFL history, according to Pro Football Reference. The only team to do worse through the opening nine games? The 2012 Saints.”
The Saints are also last in Football Outsider’s Defense-Adjusted Value over Average. This year’s numbers are worse than the 2014 Saints and 2012 Saints. It’s obvious the Saints proudly embrace their storied history of defensive failure and fortunately for us Falcons fans, it doesn’t look like it’ll be getting any better for them anytime soon. And that Ladies & Gentleman, is reason #5,629 why the Saints suck!
Rome and Trent broke down the loss to the 49ers, Dan Quinn’s late game decision making, and Matt Ryan locking on receivers. Will the team move to a more up tempo offense in the 2nd half of the season? Plus, five questions to recap the first 9 games of the season and our previews for the 2nd half.
Man, man, man, what can I say? I just got back from watching the game with fellow Bird Breh, AD. We gave our predictions in the weekly episode and rehashed them while taking in the 1st quarter. There were plenty of bright spots in this game, Julio (as always), the opportunistic defense, and even a guy I’ve talked trash about, Eric Weems.
However, there were way more head scratching moves than bright spots. From continuing to call stretch run plays when the 49ers quick LBs/safeties gobbled up Devonta Freeman to the non existent pass rush, to Matt Ryan locking in on Julio. There were plenty times I turned to AD and asked, “Why are we doing [insert dumb decision here]?” I’ve come to live a question-filled life as an Atlanta sports fan, so it’s nothing new.
When we wake up tomorrow and read articles or hear discussion about the game the Falcons last offensive possession, which resulted in a FG will be the most heavily scrutinized decision. “Should Dan Quinn have went for it on 4th down?” Hindsight is 20/20, but at the time I said “yes.” In the event you don’t score, you still have 2 timeouts with Blaine Gabbert leading his troops from the shadow of his own goalposts. In that situation, I have full faith in the defense, time and field position was on our side. Down one point, having to make a stop to get the ball back, AND having to get points, I’m not as confident.
Sitting at 6-3 heading into the bye week, I’m optimistic the staff and players will make the necessary changes to win enough games for a playoff berth. What happens once we get there remains to be seen…
– Rome Brown
Rome and AD hold down the episode as they briefly recapped the Falcons 23-20 loss to Tampa Bay game and went Behind Enemy Lines for the 49ers.
AD was in the Dome for the game and gave three things he learned based on the team’s performance.
The last segment featured Rome and AD discussing how the 49ers new starter at QB, Blaine Gabbert, will look against the Falcons defense. To finish it up, AD gave his predictions based on Vegas Lines. So if you’re a bettor, you might want to listen in!
Reason #978 why the Saints suck takes us back to Sunday’s high scoring affair down in New Orleans, where the Saints beat the Giants 52-49, a game in which Eli Manning and Drew Brees combined to throw 13 TD passes. The Saints allowed 49 points in the win, which ties for the most points allowed in a win in NFL history, tying the 52-49 score from the Houston Oilers vs. Oakland Raiders game way back on December 22, 1963.
And that is Reason #978 why the Saints SUCK!