Atlanta Falcons Defense Proves Vital

11/30/12 in NFL   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Last night the Atlanta Falcons drove down the field on their first possession with ease, capping off the drive with a Michael Turner touchdown and scored shortly thereafter on a pass to Tony Gonzalez, turning the game into an early 17-0 scoreline. It's what followed that proved the Falcons have some resolve and should be considered a top team heading into the stretch run and playoff picture.

Nov 29, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann (71) forces New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) to throw an interception in the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIREThe team defense was absolutely phenomenal from that point on.  A team's offense will stall time and time again, but if the defense can keep the opposing offense off the field it becomes more of a chess match. Last night, the Falcons scored 17 quick first half points and it appeared this game was headed for a blowout, but the Saints managed to put up a score and make it 17-7 late in the 2nd quarter.

On a red-zone possession with the clock winding down, Brees passed to Darren Sproles at the 5-yard line and he was tackled by a superb defense, keeping the clock running with only 8 seconds remaining in the half. The Saints were out of timeouts and couldn't get up to the line quick enough to spike it and salvage the drive with at least 3 points. Win: ATL defense.

Another win? Picking off one of, if not the top quarterback in the game five times throughout the night.  Every time it appeared the Saints would gain momentum on a drive, Atlanta would finish it off with a pick.

Defense wins championships. Its the eldest motto in the book, but it's one that will always hold true. The Patriots have had the top offense in the league over the last half-decade, yet they have lost twice in the SuperBowl to the New York Giants because their defense was not as strong.

Atlanta is making a strong case for themselves with an impressive defensive picture deep into the season.
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12/1/12   |   w_g_walters   |   222 respect

If you follow me, you may know my attitude toward defense: overrated. I've mentioned twice that when the Colts beat the Bears 29-17 in SuperBowl XLI, I picked a final of Colts 27, Bears 16, despite everyone sounding ready to order Bears merchandise after the game. I called the Steelers, Saints, and Giants victories, also, based *entirely* on offense. Yes, D can get you to the playoffs, even when only six teams out of sixteen are invited, but it's rare that it wins championships. The Falcons have a fine QB, but like other teams who failed at the end, they rely on D too much. The only Bears loss I can talk about this year is to the Texans, and that was because the Bears O sucked while Houston refused to let the D strip the ball, which is Chicago's specialty. No, the Falcon's won't win the SuperBowl. The Bears have no chance. And if Foster doesn't get it going, or Forsett doesn't pick up the slack, neither will the Texans. Honestly, right now I'd take the Giants because they look better every week.