Atlanta Falcons ticket holders headed into the 2010 NFL season with high hopes. Matt Ryan looked to be progressing nicely, Michael Turner was healthy and hoping to return to form and the Falcons have a promising young defense. Then the Pittsburgh Steelers showed up and rained on their parade. Suddenly there are big questions being asked about the Atlanta Falcons.
In the Steelers game the Falcons offense just couldn’t get on track. Turner was held to a miserable 42 yards and Matty Ice couldn’t find the killer switch to freeze the game in the Falcons favor. Falcons tickets holders are now wondering if they’ve been misled.
They’ll find out this week in the Georgia Dome if there’s still hope for the Falcons. The Arizona Cardinals are coming to town. Not far removed from a Super Bowl the Cardinals have troubles of their own. Arizona brings what used to be a killer offense with Kurt Warner. But now that Derek Anderson is under center the Cardinals offense has become somewhat pedestrian.
For the Atlanta Falcons defense it’s a chance to lick their chops and tee off on a very suspect offense. For Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense it’s a chance to redeem themselves with a pounding running game and the timely passes Ryan has shown he can produce. More importantly for the Atlanta Falcons it’s achnace to get an NFC win and keep up with the New Orleans Saints, who are expected to beat the 49ers and be 2-0 when the Falcons travel to the Louisiana Superdome. The Atlanta Falcons have their backs to the wall early in the season. Being 0-2 and playing the Saints ain’t where they want to be.