Hi Falcoholics, I'm posting a little earlier this week, so here goes.
The next installment of the 2011 Falcon opponent series is here, this week, the Titans. This series dates back to 1972, when the Titans were the Houston Oilers, and the Falcons winning that one, 20-10. The Titans lead the all time series, 7-5, with the Falcons winning last in 1990, in the ATL.
It was the season opener with Jerry Glanville and the new look black unis for the Falcons. The score was 47-27, the Falcons I believe, led 27-7 at the half, and Deion Sanders had either a kick or punt return for a TD. It was a fun day all around in otherwise a dreary 5-11 season in which the Falcons went 0-8 on the road.
The 1978 encounter is noteworthy because it was also the season opener, and Earl Campbell's (skoal, brother!) debut in which the Falcons prevailed, 20-14, in the ATL.
My favorite game was the 1981 encounter (last time the Falcons won in Houston) a 31-27 thriller in which the Falcons had built a big lead against a rather ineffective Oiler offense lead by Ken Stabler, only to hold on when they took over with two minutes left and the Oilers had no to's. Gifford Nielsen replaced Stabler, only to be replaced by Stabler when he went down. I have this game on DVD, only the last two minutes of the game are missing, and all that was is watching Steve Bartkowski kneel down four times.
The 1984 game at the ATL was 42-10 blow out of the Oilers. The rest of the games have been won by the Oilers/Titans, and haven't been really that great.
As for this week, the Falcons will finally beat these guys for the first time in 21 years, 31-21. I see another good performance by Michael Turner, also, I think one of the WR's will break through (take your pick), and the D will play like its no tomorrow. This is a game they need, and will get it. The drive for the playoffs starts Sunday, and this is the first step in that process. There had better be some better play calling by the OC, or I'm going to Sirius B (the star, not the group) to have a very major BULL!
Next week, another big contest, the Vikings.