There’s so much going on Thursday night. We’ve got the Colts and Patriots on Thursday Night Football. The Atlanta Braves face the Dodgers in postseason action. Oh, and yours truly will be back on FOX 5 Atlanta with Jeanna’s Mailbag on Thursday Night Kickoff starting at 7 p.m. ET.
Last week we asked fans what the Falcons can do to keep the injury bug at bay. Well, they didn’t listen to any of our suggestions, and now Grady Jarrett is out this week with an ankle injury. This week we went to Falcons Twitter to ask how the Falcons can slow down the Steelers’ offensive attack.
Le’Veon Bell is still holding out, thank goodness. But the Steelers still have plenty of talent on that side of the ball, and the Falcons defense is ... well, I don’t have to explain it to you.
We only have time to share a few responses on the air, so (spoiler alert) here are some of the most clever ones you won’t see on TV tonight —and you can see those below.
I’m not going to lie — I had to Google this because I thought Dave was just throwing around some made-up word to mess with me. Instead, this is actually a weapon of defense “that served to slow the advance of horses, war elephants, and human troops,” per Wikipedia. It could work!
Caltrops— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) October 3, 2018
Beaver-related strategies are always good.
If the Falcons sign a minimum of 3 or 3 beavers, a series of protective dams can definitely slow down the Steelers who aren't used to getting past the wood and mud barriers.— FalGHOULholic Matt (@FalcoholicMatt) October 3, 2018
Iron City Light would not be the best for hydration or functional play. I like it.
Replace their Gatorade with Iron City Light and tell Big Ben he has to leave the game because of Brexit.— KMBBucksFan (@kmbbucksfan) October 3, 2018
Wouldn’t this theoretically eliminate half the Falcons’ roster, too?
Hope for Thanos to come and eliminate half of their roster— UGA Savages (5-0) (@22_Jman) October 3, 2018
CC: Dan Quinn.
Probably nothing in the rule book making this technically illegal ...https://t.co/A4hrRfsQPX— Doug Gross (@doug_gross) October 3, 2018
Anybody have a spare steel curtain laying around?
If they can get a literal steel curtain on the line of scrimmage— Ñeil East Champions (@RealNeilB) October 3, 2018
When all else fails ...
Ask them nicely to go easy on us— joshua (@Aldridge_Josh) October 3, 2018
There you go.
The entire defense wears Blake Bortles jerseys. The Steelers can't get past Blake Bortles.— Citroknights, Squeeze on! (@stankinjenkins) October 3, 2018
Or the entire d-line constantly point over Big Ben's shoulders and say "oh look, it's Leveon Bell!"
I will include any tweet with a The Good Place gif.
Or call Jake Jortles and burn the whole stadium down. pic.twitter.com/zgb6SwZSfC— Eating Tacos and Kissing on the Mouth (@Jones_ATL) October 3, 2018
What’s Bane up to these days?
Unless it’s the actual Gritz Blitz players, I don’t know.
Defense will wear throwback uniforms featuring the names of “The Grits Blitz” team of 1977 #InBrotherhood— Jamie Darwin (@JamieDarwin1) October 3, 2018
Need to dress up as the AFC championship game. They can't win those.— Orayl Ingram (@Orayl1) October 3, 2018
He’d be an upgrade.
Start Bobby Boucher at linebacker, pretty sure he is still free agent. Visualize and attack pic.twitter.com/IL2MtIJL1f— Life isn't finding yourself, its creating yourself (@adampollack1) October 3, 2018
He also might be an upgrade, even on crutches.
Trade for Earl Thomas and a set of crutches— RISE UP (@falcons_szn) October 3, 2018
It is October so...Steelers put on Pirates uniforms, Falcons wear Braves uniforms. I like our chances.— Brit Pierce (@pierce_bw) October 3, 2018
I hate to rain on this particular parade, but Juju got his driver’s license last year.
I’m traveling to Pittsburgh for this game from LA so the night before we gonna make @TeamJuJu bike disappear so he can’t make it to the game on Sunday— Daniel Vallin Peña (@ohdannyboy91) October 3, 2018
That’s the spirit.
Topical and accurate.
I hear if you pretend to be LeVeon Bell there is absolutely no chance they will move forward— The Millennial Brand (@brianbeversluis) October 3, 2018
A Saints fan weighed in.
No.— AWD (@angrywhodat) October 3, 2018
There’s an idea!
Sign multi sports star Bugs Bunny.— Gary (@chipperrules) October 3, 2018
If he can play all 9 baseball positions in one game, imagine how many he could play in football!
Well, there goes that idea.
Tried football once, Doc. Couldn't get my ears in the helmet. pic.twitter.com/AcwFfkY91a— Looney Tunes (@WBLooneyTunes) October 3, 2018
There’s not much optimism around here these days.
You can't get burnt on defense if you don't show up to the game. pic.twitter.com/2qrTA9LKpt— Hail To The King (@hellwithdevin) October 3, 2018
I think if we train all week, study this explosive offense’s schemes, and field 11 men ready for battle we MAY hold them to 800 yards.— Chris Cook (@ChrisCookOnline) October 3, 2018
Put traffic cones in place of the defense and it should be a bit more effective— Brandon #RiseUp (@DirtyBird_Fever) October 3, 2018
Maybe we should just go with an old standby — thoughts and prayers.
And this is always an option.
Easy option for Atlanta sports fans. Tune into game 1 of the NLDS instead.— ʎǝuɹɐɔ nɐǝq (@beaucarney) October 3, 2018
Tune in Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET on FOX 5 for more, and let us know in the comments how you think the Falcons can slow down the Steelers offense.