1. RICH HOMIE QUAN: Should have been home breaking down film of Jalen Collins’ 37 snaps against the Titans, but my neighbor called and wanted to go to the Hawks’ season-opener.
George Gallman, who’s a Falcons’ season ticket holder and has brought his PSLs for the new stadium, pointed out that we went to the Braves’ opener and were of course at the Falcons opener and we needed to go see the Hawks.
It’s going to take a while to get used to those new uniforms. They are hideous.
I know they got an earful from Coach Bud after that poor defensive effort.
We stayed for the Rich Homie Quan concert and he turned out Philips Arena after the Hawks laid an egg against the Piston.
We left there feeling some type of way.
2. HERE’S WHY EVERYONE IS TICKED: The Falcons’ fans who voted in our pregame poll predicted a blowout.
A total of 60.66 percent of the voters predicted a Falcons win in a blowout.
A total of 33.6 percent correctly predicted the Falcons in a squeaker.
Only 3.39 percent predicted the Titans in a squeaker and 1.37 percent predicted the Titans in a blowout. Other were .97 percent.
Apparently, the Fans don’t like to be wrong.
3. ANOTHER SLOPPY GAME EXPECTED: The Falcons have referees, including former running back Fred McCrary, at practice and they should have them cracked down on the frequent violators.
Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay could turn into a penalty-fest.
Tampa Bay has been penalized 76 times for 553 yards. The Falcons have been penalized 52 times for 428 yards.
The 76 penalties are the second-most in the league behind Buffalo’s 88 penalties.
The Falcons are tied for being the 20th most penalized team in the NFL with Detroit and St. Louis.
The Bucs were penalized 16 times for 142 yards in the loss to Washington.
The Falcons also have 169 nullified yards, which are yards nullified by penalties on the offense or the punt or kickoff return team. The Falcons had season-high 78 nullified yards against Tennessee.
Here’s the ranking of the most penalized teams in the league, according to NFL’s Game Statistic and Information System.
TEAM, PENALTIES AND YARDS
Buffalo, 88 for 670
Tampa Bay, 76 for 553
Indianapolis, 71 for 459
Cleveland, 66 for 492
Philadelphia, 66 for 394
Oakland, 65 for 447
San Diego, 65 for 425
New Orleans, 64 for 500
Baltimore, 64 for 447
Houston, 60 for 421
Miami, 60 for 416
Washington, 59 for 394
Green Bay, 59 for 380
New York Giants, 58 for 403
Kansas City, 57 for 379
Seattle, 56 for 419
Chicago, 55 for 447
Jacksonville, 53 for 466
Dallas, 53 for 334
Denver 52 for 448
Falcons, 52 for 428
Detroit, 52 for 393
St. Louis, 52 for 338
Cincinnati 51 for 346
Tennessee, 50 for 364
Arizona, 50 for 353
New England, 48 for 387
San Francisco, 46 for 264
New York Jets, 42 for 370
Pittsburgh, 42 for 357
Carolina, 42 for 315
Minnesota, 41 for 305
4. PASS RUSH HELP ON THE WAY?: I keep getting emails about the pass rush and why the Falcons didn’t try to sign veteran pass rushers Jared Allen or Dwight Freeney. Allen is with Carolina and Freeney looked like he had some gas left in the tank on Monday Night against Baltimore.
Also, had a twitter questions about Jason Babin. He was signed by Baltimore after Terrell Suggs went down. He played poorly in 23 snaps against Cleveland and was released.
Babin, 35, has 55.5 career sacks and had 18 with Philadelphia in 2011.
Writing this so I’ll remember to ask Coach Quinn about it trying to add some pass rush help.
5. MIKE KENN TO BE HONORED ON SUNDAY. Former Falcons tackle Mike Kenn, who entered the league in the first round of the 1978 draft as a 6-7, 275 pound offensive tackle, will be honored on Sunday as part of the team’s 50th anniversary tribute to former players.
In his debut season, the Falcons made their first postseason appearance in franchise history, finishing second in the NFC West Division. The Falcons qualified for three more playoff appearances before Kenn retired in 1994.
Kenn was a mainstay on the Falcons offensive line as the Michigan alum holds Falcons records in most games played
and games started (251) while ranking second in most seasons played with Atlanta (17). During his tenure, Kenn posted a streak of 94 consecutive games played and earned Pro Bowl selections from 1980-84. His workmanship also earned him five first- and second-team All-Pro honors (1980-83, 1991).
Kenn appearance is well time as there are efforts to get him consideration to get enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
6. RYAN IS HEALTHY. Quarterback Matt Ryan announced himself healthy on his weekly radio show on 680 the Fan on Tuesday. He’s likely going to repeat that nothing is wrong with the offense and that the players just need to execute better.
This is the fourth in a series introducing you to the members of the Atlanta Falcons’ cheerleading squad.
7. COLLINS UPDATE: Defensive coordinator Richard Smith will speak after practice. He’ll give us his take move of Jalen Collins into the right cornerback spot in the nickel and Robert Alford moving to nickel back in place of Phillips Adams.
8. WHICH JAMEIS WINSTON WILL WE SEE?: In the Washington game, Winston posted a passer rating of 128.1, his highest over his first six NFL games. He completed 21 of 29 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. It was his third game without being intercepted. His first pass in the NFL was returned for a touchdown in the season opener against Tennessee.
9. OFFICIAL DEPTH CHART: The team’s depth chart in the weekly release. The Falcons label it as unofficial, but that actually makes it the official depth chart:
WR 11 Julio Jones, 85 Leonard Hankerson, 16 Justin Hardy
LT 70 Jake Matthews, 75 Jake Long
LG 67 Andy Levitre, 62 James Stone
C 68 Mike Person, 66 Gino Gradkowski
RG 65 Chris Chester, 62 James Stone
RT 73 Ryan Schraeder, 72 Bryce Harris
TE 83 Jacob Tamme, 80 Levine Toilolo, 81 Tony Moeaki
WR 84 Roddy White, 14 Eric Weems, 15 Nick Williams
QB 2 Matt Ryan, 12 Sean Renfree
RB 24 Devonta Freeman, 26 Tevin Coleman, 33 Terron Ward
FB 42 Patrick DiMarco
DE 44 Vic Beasley Jr., 99 Adrian Clayborn, 71 Kroy Biermann
DT 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 97 Grady Jarrett
NT 96 Paul Soliai, 95 Jonathan Babineaux
DE 94 Tyson Jackson, 93 Malliciah Goodman
LB 52 Justin Durant, 59 Joplo Bartu, 51 Philip Wheeler
LB 55 Paul Worrilow, 54 Nate Stupar
LB 50 O’Brien Schofield, 56 Brooks Reed
CB 23 Robert Alford, 32 Jalen Collins
CB 21 Desmond Trufant, 20 Phillip Adams, 22 Dezmen Southward
S 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie
S 25 Wiliam Moore, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 30 Charles Godfrey
K 3 Matt Bryant
KO 5 Matt Bosher
P 5 Matt Bosher
KR 14 Eric Weems, 15 Nick Williams
PR 14 Eric Weems, 15 Nick Williams
LS 47 Josh Harris
H 5 Matt Bosher
The Falcons are admittedly having some issues on offense. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and CineSport’s Noah Coslov get in those details while previewing Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers.
How did the Falcons get to 6-1?
Here’s a look back at the game stories, news and notes from their win over the Titans (10-7), the loss to the Saints (31-21) and their victories over the Redskins (25-19 in OT), Texans (48-21), Cowboys (39-28), Giants (24-20) and Eagles (26-24).
TENNESSEE GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 10, Titans 7
NEW ORLEANS GAME COVERAGE — Saints 31, Falcons 21
WASHINGTON GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 25, Redskins 19 in OT
TEXANS GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 48, Texans 21
COWBOYS GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 39, Cowboys 28
GIANTS GAME COVERAGE — Falcons 24, Giants 20
EAGLES GAME COVERAGE — FALCONS 26, EAGLES 24