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Yet Another Look Ahead

I totally called the 49ers game. Ahem:

The Niners win if: the Falcons are jet-lagged.


Chicago Bears 
Where: Georgia Dome
When: Sunday October 18th, 2009 @ 8:20pm
Network: NBC
Why: The NFL just loves scheduling Falcons games on my birthday!

Importance: Pay Attention. A loss here won't doom our season but it will certainly have an impact. Jay Cutler destroyed our defense last year with the Broncos and he looks to do it again this year with the Bears. It's just a shame that defense has regressed with the loss of lynchpin Urlacher. 

Notes: Urlacher's gone but Cutler's looking somewhat good. Without a major threat over top and with a so-far middling running game, this game could end up being yet another Lovie Smith will have to forget.

The Falcons win if: they play the same angry, hard-nosed, slap-you-in-the-mouth football that they did against San Francisco last Sunday.

The Bears win if: the Falcons fall asleep at the wheel (see: New England game)

Prediction: Falcons win by 7, or more.


Dallas Cowboys 
Where: Cowboys Stadium
When: Sunday October 25th, 2009 @ 4:15pm
Network: FOX
Why: Dallas has been our post-season achilles heel on more than one occasion. That, and the schedule makers were told by the competition committee to ensure the Falcons have the toughest road possible to their first ever back-to-back winning seasons.

Importance: Pay Attention. Dallas is a good litmus test for our offense, especially with a Mr. Keith Brooking on the other side of the ball.

Notes: Dallas has not looked very good the past couple of games. As a matter of fact, it's seems as if they've had to struggle to win. 

The Falcons win if: they get adequate pressure on Romo, force some turnovers, and burst out of the gate guns-a-blazin' offensively.

The Cowboys win if: their defense stymies our offense. Yes, it's that simple. Hard thing to do, but NE+bad officiating did it...

Prediction: Falcons win a close one. Yup, I've changed my pick.


New Orleans Saints
Where: Superdome
When: Monday November 2nd, 2009 @ 8:30pm
Network: ESPN
Why: Divisional Game

Importance: Serious Business. If we want the Division, we have to go through Brees and co.

Notes: The New Orleans are 5-0 and look to come off their bye even stronger. I fully expect the Saints to be 7-0 when we face them on MNF. 

Prediction: The Falcons lose. Saints are, in my opinion, too strong.


Washington Redskins 
Where: Georgia Dome
When: Sunday November 8th, 2009 @ 1:00pm
Network: FOX
Why: We need at least one guaranteed win this year!

Importance: Meh. This will get ugly. Ew.

NotesJason Campbell is to Ryan Leaf as Peyton Manning is to Matt Ryan. You do the math.

Prediction: Falcons demolish them.


Carolina Panthers Part Deux
Where: Bank of America Stadium
When: Sunday November 15th, 2009 @ 1:00pm
Network: FOX
Why: Divisional Game

Importance: Serious Business, for obvious reasons.

Notes: The Panthers may actually still only have one win by now. If that's the case, should I even discuss how this game will go down?

Prediction: Falcons stomp em.


New York Giants
Where: Giants Stadium
When: Sunday November 22nd, 2009 @ 1:00pm
Network: FOX
Why: To be the best, you have to beat the best. 

Importance: Pay Attention. The Giants’ running game is superb. Hopefully our D can stop it. A great midseason test.

Notes: Our rush D will be put to a heavy test. Our pass rush will be up against a big wall. Our secondary will have to account for a lot of threats. Our running and passing games will be up against a stout defense. A win here will be a big statement.

Prediction: The Falcons lose, but manage to hang a bit of points against the G-Men


Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Where: Georgia Dome
When: Sunday November 29th, 2009 @ 1:00pm
Network: FOX
Why: Divisional Game

Importance: Serious Business. Tampa sucks. If they have a win by now, it'll be by sheer luck alone.

Notes: The Bucs are winless. They are likely to continue being that way at this point in the season (yes, I am serious). This'll likely end up looking more like a scrimmage than a game.

Prediction: Falcons stomp 'em.


Philadelphia Eagles
Where: Georgia Dome
When: Sunday December 6th, 2009 @ 1:00pm
Network: FOX
Why: Because Eagles and Falcons are natural enemies.

Importance: Serious Business. Lots of history here plus You Know Who returns to the ATL.

Notes: McNabb will likely be back under center, but Michael "sack magnet" Vick will definitely be coming in. Abe and Biermann will hopefully have a field day with either. The Eagles are consistently tough, and consistently kick our butts on D. With all the weapons we have now, I think the story will end a little differently this time. I’m hoping we take them behind the woodshed. If not, I’d take a regular ol’ win with a side of some stout, brick wall-like Falcons defense.

Prediction: Falcons steal a win by a touchdown or less.


New Orleans Saints 2: Electric Boogaloo
Where: Georgia Dome
When: Sunday December 13th, 2009 @ 1:00pm
Network: FOX
Why: Divisional Game

Importance: Serious Business. With a probable loss in the Superdome, the Birds will definitely have to win here on their home turf if the division title is to be theirs.

Notes: Winning here will be tough but not impossible, especially if the Saints experience a collapse. It's a small hope, but who knows?

Prediction: Falcons lose this one.


New York Jets 
Where: Giants Stadium
When: Sunday December 20th, 2009 @ 1:00pm
Network: FOX
Why: Because New Yorkers couldn’t get enough of us the first go round against the Giants.

Importance: Pay Attention. A big test for our offense.

Notes: If I look at this logically, the Jets beat the Patriots, who we got thrashed by. The Jets lost to the Dolphins, who we destroyed. Logically, this is a push. I have no idea who's better. I know the Jet D is good but...seriously, the Dolphins beat them? Hmm...

Prediction: Falcons win, possibly by a double digit margin if everything clicks.


Buffalo Bills
Where: Georgia Dome
When: Sunday December 27th, 2009 @ 1:00pm
Network: CBS
Why: The Bills are expected to be better this year, especially with TO in the fold. They still suck, though.

Importance: Ya know what, even with TO, a big fat MEH here. How do you lose 6-3? How does that happen? Against Cleveland, especially?

Notes:  Did you watch last week's game? I sure didn't. Yuck. TO did nothing to help this fledgling team.

Prediction: Falcons win by a touchdown or more


Tampa Bay Buccaneers With a Vengeance
Where: Raymond James Stadium
When: Sunday January 3rd, 2009 @ 1:00pm
Network: FOX
Why: Divisional Game

Importance: Absolultely a Meh.

Notes: Tampa Bay may likely be looking for its third or fourth win at this point in the season.

Prediction: Falcons win, even with third stringers. Yes, I said it.

Current season record: 3-1

Current season prediction: 12-4

tlozwarlock's Current Prediction record: 4-0. Yup, I called the Pats loss too.