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  1. Today the Panthers can clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs should they defeat the Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers can also clinch home field with an Arizona loss in Green Bay. The Falcons are still in the playoff hunt, but need some help. They first need to win out, starting today. Keys to Panthers Victory - Expect a different Falcons team. The Falcons were embarrassed two weeks ago at Bank of America Stadium. These are professional players who don't take kindly to such a thing. They will be more motivated this week. - Continue to shut down Julio Jones. Luckily, Jones is the type of player Josh Norman plays his best against. Larger receivers that are not used to being challenged for the ball. Hopefully, Norman can continue to blanket him as he did two weeks ago. - Cameron Artis-Payne. I liked what I saw out of the rookie last week. He needs to use that as a stepping stool on the way to improving this week. Not turning the ball over would be a good start.
  2. Today the Panthers can clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs should they defeat the Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers can also clinch home field with an Arizona loss in Green Bay. The Falcons are still in the playoff hunt, but need some help. They first need to win out, starting today. Keys to Panthers Victory - Expect a different Falcons team. The Falcons were embarrassed two weeks ago at Bank of America Stadium. These are professional players who don't take kindly to such a thing. They will be more motivated this week. - Continue to shut down Julio Jones. Luckily, Jones is the type of player Josh Norman plays his best against. Larger receivers that are not used to being challenged for the ball. Hopefully, Norman can continue to blanket him as he did two weeks ago. - Cameron Artis-Payne. I liked what I saw out of the rookie last week. He needs to use that as a stepping stool on the way to improving this week. Not turning the ball over would be a good start. View full article
  3. What Falcons Fans Are Saying

    Believe it or not, the Atlanta Falcons are still in the playoff hunt. The Falcons need to win out and hope for two Minnesota Viking losses. A long shot, but it could possibly happen. This means that on Sunday in Atlanta, the Carolina Panthers could both clinch home field throughout the playoffs and knock the Atlanta Falcons out of the playoffs. How great is that? I went over to the Falcons fan communities to gauge their feelings on the upcoming game. On Matt Ryan being fire up. Since that Matt Ryan outburst years ago, the Falcons are 1-5 vs the Panthers. I am not so sure they should be wishing for a return of a fired up Matt Ryan. On how to beat the Panthers Oh look, another "double Olsen and the Panthers offense is dead" comment. We have seen it every single week this season from opposing fan bases. Two weeks ago Greg Olsen only played a single half against the Falcons. The end result was a 38-0 behind the woodshed shellacking. Short memories these Falcons fans have. On Roddy White talking trash about Josh Norman .....fair enough. Norman is absolutely tasked with locking up receivers many times during games. He also does play zone, as does every single corner in the league. Holding Norman to a higher standard than literally every other corner in the league in an effort to agree with an asinine comment made by Roddy White.... sad. Of course, Corey Brown and Josh Norman responded to Roddy's comments on twitter themselves... Overall, Falcons fans are evenly split. Some want to win out and hope for a postseason. Others want to lose and improve draft position. Almost none are happy with their current coaching staff, especially offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. I doubt Shanahan is around next season, unfortunately. Sunday may possibly be the largest Georgia Dome takeover in NFC South history. Expect thousands of Panthers fans to once again make it feel like a home game as Falcons fans remain mostly indifferent. See you there.
  4. Believe it or not, the Atlanta Falcons are still in the playoff hunt. The Falcons need to win out and hope for two Minnesota Viking losses. A long shot, but it could possibly happen. This means that on Sunday in Atlanta, the Carolina Panthers could both clinch home field throughout the playoffs and knock the Atlanta Falcons out of the playoffs. How great is that? I went over to the Falcons fan communities to gauge their feelings on the upcoming game. On Matt Ryan being fire up. Since that Matt Ryan outburst years ago, the Falcons are 1-5 vs the Panthers. I am not so sure they should be wishing for a return of a fired up Matt Ryan. On how to beat the Panthers Oh look, another "double Olsen and the Panthers offense is dead" comment. We have seen it every single week this season from opposing fan bases. Two weeks ago Greg Olsen only played a single half against the Falcons. The end result was a 38-0 behind the woodshed shellacking. Short memories these Falcons fans have. On Roddy White talking trash about Josh Norman .....fair enough. Norman is absolutely tasked with locking up receivers many times during games. He also does play zone, as does every single corner in the league. Holding Norman to a higher standard than literally every other corner in the league in an effort to agree with an asinine comment made by Roddy White.... sad. Of course, Corey Brown and Josh Norman responded to Roddy's comments on twitter themselves... Overall, Falcons fans are evenly split. Some want to win out and hope for a postseason. Others want to lose and improve draft position. Almost none are happy with their current coaching staff, especially offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. I doubt Shanahan is around next season, unfortunately. Sunday may possibly be the largest Georgia Dome takeover in NFC South history. Expect thousands of Panthers fans to once again make it feel like a home game as Falcons fans remain mostly indifferent. See you there. View full article
  5. Rival Review - Atlanta Falcons

    With less than a month to go until NFL training camps open, I thought it may be helpful to take a look at the Carolina Panthers southern rivals and start a dialogue on their offseason changes. First up, Atlanta Falcons. Here are the important bullet points of the Falcons offseason... COACHING Atlanta has a new head coach. Those words should concern any Carolina Panthers fan who has paid attention to Ron Rivera's record against rookie head coaches. Adding insult to injury, the Falcons hired former Seattle DC Dan Quinn as Mike Smith's replacement at head coach. Quinn obviously has had success against the Panthers over the past two seasons. Panthers OC Mike Shula will have his work cut out for him. If Quinn can improve the Falcons defense in his first year, Atlanta could contend for the title in the NFC South. IN THE DRAFT The Falcons addressed their need for defensive improvement in the first two rounds of the draft. Falcons first round pick DE Vic Beasley should improve Atlanta's pass rush from day one. He was used mainly on the left side in Falcons workouts last month, but did switch to the right occasionally. Beasley's game is speed, how well the Panthers counter with Remmers and Oher remains to be seen. In the second round the Falcons selected CB Jalen Collins. This was a good value as many had Collins as a first round talent. Collins will most likely catch on quickly as he faces guys like Julio Jones in practice, helping him prepare to defense Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess. Collins was a good pick for the Falcons and should help them at depth initially, with Collins taking over a starting role later in the season. On the offensive side of the ball RB Tevin Coleman and WR (and Huddle favorite) WR Justin Hardy. Coleman could see increased playing time as the season progresses while Hardy looks to have already earned the #3 WR spot. Overall, Atlanta had a solid 2015 draft based on early reviews. FREE AGENCY The Falcons released a few names Panthers fans were used to seeing, Harry Douglas and Steven Jackson the most notable. The loss of these two players were addressed nicely in the draft. Negative impact should be minimal. OLB Brooks Reed was added from the Texans and could be a real impact player for the Falcons. How much did he benefit from playing with JJ Watt? We will soon see. Reed will not be playing behind anyone of Watt's caliber anytime soon in Atlanta. The Falcons extended S Charles Godfrey which is excellent news for the Panthers. Godfrey's best days are well behind him. The Falcons signed a couple of new tight ends, Tony Moeaki and Jacob Tamme. Could they be an adequate long term replacement for Tony Gonzalez? Clearly, Toilolo last season was not. OTHER TIDBITS Apparently, the Falcons are trying to move QB Matt Ryan out of the pocket more often. This is an interesting development to keep your eyes on. If the Falcons can give a few looks a game of Ryan rolling out of the pocket to throw it could change how aggressive the Panthers pass rush can be. CONCLUSION Like it or not, the Atlanta Falcons improved a good deal this offseason. Mike Smith was not a good head coach. This was obvious to anyone that watched "Hard Knocks" on HBO last year. Dan Quinn will bring a tougher more hard nosed attitude to the Falcons. What say you?
  6. With less than a month to go until NFL training camps open, I thought it may be helpful to take a look at the Carolina Panthers southern rivals and start a dialogue on their offseason changes. First up, Atlanta Falcons. Here are the important bullet points of the Falcons offseason... COACHING Atlanta has a new head coach. Those words should concern any Carolina Panthers fan who has paid attention to Ron Rivera's record against rookie head coaches. Adding insult to injury, the Falcons hired former Seattle DC Dan Quinn as Mike Smith's replacement at head coach. Quinn obviously has had success against the Panthers over the past two seasons. Panthers OC Mike Shula will have his work cut out for him. If Quinn can improve the Falcons defense in his first year, Atlanta could contend for the title in the NFC South. IN THE DRAFT The Falcons addressed their need for defensive improvement in the first two rounds of the draft. Falcons first round pick DE Vic Beasley should improve Atlanta's pass rush from day one. He was used mainly on the left side in Falcons workouts last month, but did switch to the right occasionally. Beasley's game is speed, how well the Panthers counter with Remmers and Oher remains to be seen. In the second round the Falcons selected CB Jalen Collins. This was a good value as many had Collins as a first round talent. Collins will most likely catch on quickly as he faces guys like Julio Jones in practice, helping him prepare to defense Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess. Collins was a good pick for the Falcons and should help them at depth initially, with Collins taking over a starting role later in the season. On the offensive side of the ball RB Tevin Coleman and WR (and Huddle favorite) WR Justin Hardy. Coleman could see increased playing time as the season progresses while Hardy looks to have already earned the #3 WR spot. Overall, Atlanta had a solid 2015 draft based on early reviews. FREE AGENCY The Falcons released a few names Panthers fans were used to seeing, Harry Douglas and Steven Jackson the most notable. The loss of these two players were addressed nicely in the draft. Negative impact should be minimal. OLB Brooks Reed was added from the Texans and could be a real impact player for the Falcons. How much did he benefit from playing with JJ Watt? We will soon see. Reed will not be playing behind anyone of Watt's caliber anytime soon in Atlanta. The Falcons extended S Charles Godfrey which is excellent news for the Panthers. Godfrey's best days are well behind him. The Falcons signed a couple of new tight ends, Tony Moeaki and Jacob Tamme. Could they be an adequate long term replacement for Tony Gonzalez? Clearly, Toilolo last season was not. OTHER TIDBITS Apparently, the Falcons are trying to move QB Matt Ryan out of the pocket more often. This is an interesting development to keep your eyes on. If the Falcons can give a few looks a game of Ryan rolling out of the pocket to throw it could change how aggressive the Panthers pass rush can be. CONCLUSION Like it or not, the Atlanta Falcons improved a good deal this offseason. Mike Smith was not a good head coach. This was obvious to anyone that watched "Hard Knocks" on HBO last year. Dan Quinn will bring a tougher more hard nosed attitude to the Falcons. What say you? View full article
  7. Full Story from ESPN My money is on the Falcons losing a mid round draft pick over this matter in addition to a fine. I absolutely noticed noise coming from the speakers this year in Atlanta on the field. It lasted well into the Panthers huddle. Of course, it went away later in the game when the score was out of reach and the Panthers fans had taken over the dome. Credit Blank though for handling this quickly and like an owner who is actually upset. It presents a stark contrast to Robert Kraft,
  8. Today the Carolina Panthers have the opportunity to win the NFC South and clinch a first round playoff bye. This would leave them only two games from the Superbowl. Pretty amazing! But first, the Falcons will do their best to stop that from happening. Where: Georgia Dome When: 1:00 On TV: FOX On Radio: 1110WBT Twitter: Follow @CarolinaHuddle , I will be tweeting from the sidelines and press conferences. Keys to a Panthers Victory - Get started early. A few early scores and the dome will empty of Falcons fans. The fan base is demoralized and need a knockout punch. - Show killer instinct. Do not let a last second throw from Matt Ryan win this game. Atlanta gave San Fran all they could handle, today is far from a given. - Showcase Cam. Cam always plays great in Atlanta. Let him be the gun slinger that he is. Slowing the game down too much works against his abilities.
  9. Any day a division rival is blown out at Bank of America stadium should be considered a great day. Jonathan Stewart made his return and had a great day in his own right, but it was Mike Tolbert once again who made the most of his carries. His "Dirty Bird" wasn't too shabby either... I especially liked the punt afterward. Deangelo Williams set the stage early and was also effective. I feel like the plan was to wear down the Falcons defense in the first half with Deangelo Williams around the edges... and then once the Falcons defense was catching their breath, Stewart was sent in to punish them physically. I know quite a few fans will be talking about Cam and his accuracy issues on his long ball, but I am not concerned. It was extremely windy on the field today, and in an unpredictable way. It seemed like the direction would change after each play. By now no one should be questioning if Cam Newton if our franchise QB. Things change quickly on the field. In one instant, Brandon Lafell is a hero. The next he causes a collective heart attack across Panthers Nation. Luckily the ball bounced his way. That is the thing about winning teams, the ball often bounces their way. Strange how that works. On the defensive side of the ball I was impressed with the half time adjustments. Matt Ryan went from looking like this... to this... The Falcons run game went from this... to this... Credit Sean McDermott for a well called game. I don't feel Luke Kuechly is becoming the best middle linebacker in the game, I think he already owns that title. The funny thing, however, is that I get the feeling Luke doesn't know just how good he is. But I am pretty sure his teammates do... and I am positive Matt Ryan knows as well. Overall it was a great day at Bank of America Stadium.
  10. Today the Panthers have a chance to solidify their post season hunt status when facing the Atlanta Falcons. We all know that division games are the most important on the schedule, and today is no different. Expect a tough physical game with a result within a single score. On TV: FOX Radio: 1110 WBT I will be tweeting pics and observations from the sidelines starting at 11:30. Follow @CarolinaHuddle Keys to Panthers Victory: - Take Tony Gonzalez out of the game, force other players to make plays. - Rattle Matt Ryan early. His confidence is at an all time low. - Continue targeting Tedd Ginn deep. Just by trying the deep ball the short pass to Jonathan Stewart out of the backfield is more likely to succeed Prediction: Panthers 20 - Falcons 13.
  11. The Panthers play their division rival Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. A win could propel the team's playoff hopes higher than they have been in five long seasons. Here are a few key stories about the Falcons... The Atlanta-Journal Constitution updates the Falcons injuries... The Falcons are a crippled team at the moment. Roddy White has missed two consecutive games and is now limited to only running on the sidelines. I do not expect to see him on the field on Sunday. With Julio Jones out for the year the Falcons have limited options at wide receiver. __________________________________________ AJC also says the Falcons defense is on the spot this Sunday.... The Falcons defense is much maligned and looking for vindication from Cam Newton. The Panthers offensive line cannot overlook the struggling Falcons. I expect to see late hits and extra contact on Cam early and often. This game may look the Rams game look like a friendly hug. ___________________________________________ ESPN says the Falcons may want to avoid trash talking... Smart of Falcons Defensive Coordinator Mike Nolan to warn against his unit trash talking Steve Smith. He has been around long enough to know when his players will be on the losing end of that battle.
  12. The Atlanta Falcons are a shell of what they were last season. With devastating losses at their wide receiver position, the rest of the offense has been depleted as well. To get a clear picture of what the Panthers need to do on defense, we need only too look at last Sunday and take a quick glance at what the Cardinals defense was able to do. The left side of the Falcons offensive line played a horrible game. Combined they were responsible for 12 hurries on Matt Ryan. When under pressure, Matt Ryan's QB rating and accuracy quickly plummet. I see a big day for Charles Johnson even with a slight groin pull. I would also keep an eye out for Kawaan Short whose pass rush has been improving week after week. The Cardinals also smothered Tony Gonzalez the entire game while harassing him on every play. With Gonzalez now the only real receiving threat, the Panthers will be able to double down on his coverage. I expect Thomas Davis to blanket him on the underneaths and the solid safety tandems of Mitchell and Mikell him to smother him on the deep routes. You have to play physical against Gonzo, and these players are up to the task. Overall expect a typical physical emotionally driven game this Sunday. It may get as ugly as the Rams game or even uglier. These teams have a real disdain for one another... just how we like it.
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