Well, it hasn't been a good week has it. The Braves are done for the year, the Hawks looked bad, the Dream are down, and the Falcons put me through their routine and cycle of anger, sadness, and denial. Things are looking grim in Atlanta, and they aren't looking to get better any time soon.
I'm not saying I am confident in a playoff berth since we have to face the Niners, the Bears, the Lions, and or a random NFC East team for the spot, and it isn't looking good right now. Roddy is hurting and hurting badly if he is gonna ruin his streak of starts, Julio is just plain done, the O-Line looks like Swiss Cheese, and the Defense generates less pressure than [insert analogy here].
Anyway, the one hope I am holding onto is a winning season streak, and we can possibly get a playoof berth if that happens. Perhaps it is wishful thinking or false hope, but I really want our winning season streak to continue, just so we can prove that Matty Ice is elite and can pull a Tom Brady and do something with no-names. This is how:
It seems that many people are forgetting that we are currently nursing a great, possibly elite, running back in Steven Jackson. He was one of our biggest off-season pickups, but he has yet to show us what he's got. He is coming back once our season gets hard, and he can make plays. He has had great seasons with the Rams, who didn't have as much talent as even our injured roster has. We have seen Mike Smith go to a pound the ball offense with Mike Turner before, and we can even have a dual threat with our other backs. We have Snelling to pound threw lines, SJax to be versitle, and Jaquizzly Bear to come in for big yardage cuts. We don't have to be a 45 attempt passing offense.
Even is we can't run and run for days on end with our horrible O-Line if they can't fix their problems, we still have a pass game. I'm confident in our franchise QB to make plays without big weapons. In 2008, we pretty much had to work with Roddy White, no Tony G or Julio Jones. We still have Roddy, who as tough as he is should bounce back. We also have the best TE of all time, and we aren't trading him away people. He can catch, and he will catch. We also have a more developed Harry Douglas who can take advantage of defenses under-estimating him. We also have a high upside Toilolo who came up big in the Jets game. Not even mention Cone and Davis, who look promising. We can still make plays, it isn't as if we are the Jaguars now.
My personal biggest worry is the defense, but I can't vouch for what happens, but we need Nolan and Smith to work straight up magic this bye-week. Seriously. I will say this however, in the last quarter on Monday, we did something. We at least contained them. If we can do at least that, if the football gods can at least grant us that, than we could actually get some stuff done.
So that is the analysis, but the most important part is our competition's schedules or our schedules. We need to go 9-7, and that will be tough since we can only lose 3 more games. Likely? Probably not. Impossible? No, no where close to impossible. Either ways, here is the schedule, and this is what needs to happen:
|Sun, Oct 20||vs.|
|Sun, Oct 27||@|
|Sun, Nov 3||@|
|Sun, Nov 10||vs.|
|Sun, Nov 17||@|
|Thu, Nov 21||vs.|
|Sun, Dec 1||@|
|Sun, Dec 8||@|
|Sun, Dec 15||vs.|
|Mon, Dec 23||@|
|Sun, Dec 29||vs.|
We need to win all the games we are supposed to win. What do I mean by that? We have to sweep the Panthers and Bucs, it is essential that we do this. If we don't, we are done. We have to beat the Bills, and we have to beat the Redskins. These are two damaged teams and two important wins.
The part where it gets tricky is the big 4, the Saints, the Packers, the Niners, and the Seahawks. IF we win all the games we are supposed to we have to win at least one of those games to be a winning team. The most important game is the Niners, since they are our possible wild card competitors.
Our stars would have to allign for this to happen, but it could. It is possible, and I wouldn't rule it out yet.So what do you think?