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 Post subject: Re: Victor Cruz - toughest team you played? - Atlanta
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I agree with the comments about the 34-0 then I would say it is the toughest team. Now Giants win that game and they are pretty much in the playoffs if I remember correctly so it was an important game. It says something about Atlanta to put down a team like the Giants 34-0. I realize the giants didn't have the pass rush of prior years but it concerns me that they lost that big and I still thought it was interesting to listen to his thoughts on the show


Also interesting when you remember the Giants were supposed to totally dominate that game. Most of the pre-game hype had them going in and rolling Atlanta. Part of that whole "this is December, when the Giants suddenly start playing invincible football in their inevitable march to the playoffs and another strong post season" yada yada yada.

That was a statement game for Atlanta. Now they're faced with "Atlanta can't win in the playoffs" schtick. Don't think they don't have a chip the size of Titanic's iceberg on their shoulders going into this one.


Sailor you could not be more correct. The Falcons will not only be playing for but "playing to" their home crowd and will
ride said schtick for all it's worth. This is going to be a very tough game.

A game of "keepaway" with Marshawn might work. Wouldn't like to see a shootout which I feel would work to
Atlanta's advantage. Seahawks are certainly capable of winning this game but will have to overcome both a home
crowd and a team playing with a lot of attitude.


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That was a statement game for Atlanta. Now they're faced with "Atlanta can't win in the playoffs" schtick. Don't think they don't have a chip the size of Titanic's iceberg on their shoulders going into this one.


Hopefully they sink with the burden....


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let's be honest they got blown out so obviously he's going to say that

he's not going to say SF were more difficult because they breezed that game... doesn't mean Atlanta are a better team


To add to this point, the Falcons definitely went into that game with revenge on their minds after being embarrassed in last years playoffs where they only scored a safety against the Giants. They came out looking for blood against them this year.


and against the Seahawks they will look for blood for all the playoff failures........

I still think we can beat them but it will be the little things making the big difference


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you can't compare them to the 2005 team in my opinion.. turner vs. alexander = no contest.... they can be beat if you get them to be a one demintional team... take away their running game, make Ryan have to drop back 50+ times, that's how we beat brady. i would argue NE's recievers and tight ends are every bit as dangerous.


the only argument i have against this is that the Falcons have been one dimensional all year, its nothing we havent faced and overcame before, now the Hawks have a great chance at a W, but just because on offense can be made one dimentional does not grant an automatic W


i agree 100%, that's why i said they CAN be beat, and not they WILL be beat .

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Also interesting when you remember the Giants were supposed to totally dominate that game. Most of the pre-game hype had them going in and rolling Atlanta. Part of that whole "this is December, when the Giants suddenly start playing invincible football in their inevitable march to the playoffs and another strong post season" yada yada yada.

That was a statement game for Atlanta. Now they're faced with "Atlanta can't win in the playoffs" schtick. Don't think they don't have a chip the size of Titanic's iceberg on their shoulders going into this one.


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I have a sneaky feeling we're going to see at the end of this game that this team is still only in year three of the rebuild, and we're not quite there yet. I hope like hell I'm proven wrong, but I haven't seen any reason to believe I will be.


I am with you on this. I am not trying to be negative but the loss of Clemons really hurts our D line and pass attack. I would be shocked if we win and if we lose, I won't be mad or too upset because I feel the Hawks are still a year or two away from being dominant. I will be watching and hoping for a miracle but not expecting one or so to speak. The SB should be Dever vs Atlanta IMO.


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NYG were an anomaly.

The only reason he said that was because they got their butts spanked 34-0. They also beat GB. Obviously someone is going to pick the game that they lost the most by as their toughest team.

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The Falcons were at home and had the whole revenge factor going for them after last year's playoffs. Coming off a loss to Carolina, they needed to make a statement or be deemed paper tigers. Plus, they knew winning this game would make it very difficult for the Giants to make the playoffs and hinder them there.


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Victor Cruz plays on yet ANOTHER team the Falcons played that DID NOT make the playoffs. He didn't play against the Seahawks either, so whooptie dooo.


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The Falcons were at home and had the whole revenge factor going for them after last year's playoffs. Coming off a loss to Carolina, they needed to make a statement or be deemed paper tigers. Plus, they knew winning this game would make it very difficult for the Giants to make the playoffs and hinder them there.


If you truly believe that Falcons being at home and wanting revenge for past failures is enough for them to win with 34pts then we are in trouble.....


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You know what? The Falcons ARE a great team that is playing at home. I like the Seattle Seahawks and also like their chances. If they don't win, oh well. I will still consider this a great season.


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 Post subject: Re: Victor Cruz - toughest team you played? - Atlanta
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We went into that game more intense than I have ever seen out of the Atlanta falcons.

I'm hoping we have that same mentality against you guys!

Just looking forward to the game!


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 Post subject: Re: Victor Cruz - toughest team you played? - Atlanta
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For all that tout the "cupcake schedule" that Atlanta has had, remember they only play the games scheduled for them. Can't change that; can only win or lose them. And with a 13-3 record, with losses only against division rivals (two of them on the road), they're tougher than one might imagine. And while they still played their starters the last game of the season, there was really nothing to play for, and the win meant nothing but pride. They came out flat, and a division rival was just a touch better than they were.

This is the matchup I've been worried about for some time. This is the sleeper. This is far tougher than many give it credit for, and I don't like our chances. While we still have a chance, and while I'll be rooting for the win and believing we can pull it off until the full 60 is up, I have a sneaky feeling we're going to see at the end of this game that this team is still only in year three of the rebuild, and we're not quite there yet. I hope like hell I'm proven wrong, but I haven't seen any reason to believe I will be.



have you seen their rankings? then theres strength of schedule and yes SOS does count for something as we saw in the redskins, hawks 7th toughest, skins 23rd AND IT SHOWED, even with a healthy RG they lose that match up!

not to mention the Hawks played one of their worst games of the season ginst the skins, they never give up 14 points in the first quarter and as of late they don't fumble in the red zone (and that was an incidental fumble) and they make those TD passes! the Hawks gave at least 4 TDs to the skins, even if they just make half its a blowout..

offense for the falcs is 8th, defense 24th, passing 6th, rushing 29th

how is that #6 passing going to stack up against the best pass defense in the league?

rushing? forget about it, they are 29th in the league rushing facing the #1 scoring defense in the entire league?

the falcs are playing whats likely the #1 defense in the playoffs right now and at least the #3-4 offense, how are they going to stop an offense like that with the 24th ranked defense in the league?

it deosnt make any sense, I know the Hawks didn't play up to their caliber but if they bounce back c'mon man the numbers are WAY off?

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For all that tout the "cupcake schedule" that Atlanta has had, remember they only play the games scheduled for them. Can't change that; can only win or lose them. And with a 13-3 record, with losses only against division rivals (two of them on the road), they're tougher than one might imagine. And while they still played their starters the last game of the season, there was really nothing to play for, and the win meant nothing but pride. They came out flat, and a division rival was just a touch better than they were.

This is the matchup I've been worried about for some time. This is the sleeper. This is far tougher than many give it credit for, and I don't like our chances. While we still have a chance, and while I'll be rooting for the win and believing we can pull it off until the full 60 is up, I have a sneaky feeling we're going to see at the end of this game that this team is still only in year three of the rebuild, and we're not quite there yet. I hope like hell I'm proven wrong, but I haven't seen any reason to believe I will be.



have you seen their rankings? then theres strength of schedule and yes SOS does count for something as we saw in the redskins, hawks 7th toughest, skins 23rd AND IT SHOWED, even with a healthy RG they lose that match up!

not to mention the Hawks played one of their worst games of the season ginst the skins, they never give up 14 points in the first quarter and as of late they don't fumble in the red zone (and that was an incidental fumble) and they make those TD passes! the Hawks gave at least 4 TDs to the skins, even if they just make half its a blowout..

offense for the falcs is 8th, defense 24th, passing 6th, rushing 29th

how is that #6 passing going to stack up against the best pass defense in the league?

rushing? forget about it, they are 29th in the league rushing facing the #1 scoring defense in the entire league?

the falcs are playing whats likely the #1 defense in the playoffs right now and at least the #3-4 offense, how are they going to stop an offense like that with the 24th ranked defense in the league?

it deosnt make any sense, I know the Hawks didn't play up to their caliber but if they bounce back c'mon man the numbers are WAY off?


ah yes because the skins are as good as the Falcons -_-, just dont be surprised when ATL shows up and your "o they played a weak schedule" argument goes out the window when they play with more intensity than they did against NY


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For all that tout the "cupcake schedule" that Atlanta has had, remember they only play the games scheduled for them. Can't change that; can only win or lose them. And with a 13-3 record, with losses only against division rivals (two of them on the road), they're tougher than one might imagine. And while they still played their starters the last game of the season, there was really nothing to play for, and the win meant nothing but pride. They came out flat, and a division rival was just a touch better than they were.

This is the matchup I've been worried about for some time. This is the sleeper. This is far tougher than many give it credit for, and I don't like our chances. While we still have a chance, and while I'll be rooting for the win and believing we can pull it off until the full 60 is up, I have a sneaky feeling we're going to see at the end of this game that this team is still only in year three of the rebuild, and we're not quite there yet. I hope like hell I'm proven wrong, but I haven't seen any reason to believe I will be.



have you seen their rankings? then theres strength of schedule and yes SOS does count for something as we saw in the redskins, hawks 7th toughest, skins 23rd AND IT SHOWED, even with a healthy RG they lose that match up!

not to mention the Hawks played one of their worst games of the season ginst the skins, they never give up 14 points in the first quarter and as of late they don't fumble in the red zone (and that was an incidental fumble) and they make those TD passes! the Hawks gave at least 4 TDs to the skins, even if they just make half its a blowout..

offense for the falcs is 8th, defense 24th, passing 6th, rushing 29th

how is that #6 passing going to stack up against the best pass defense in the league?

rushing? forget about it, they are 29th in the league rushing facing the #1 scoring defense in the entire league?

the falcs are playing whats likely the #1 defense in the playoffs right now and at least the #3-4 offense, how are they going to stop an offense like that with the 24th ranked defense in the league?

it deosnt make any sense, I know the Hawks didn't play up to their caliber but if they bounce back c'mon man the numbers are WAY off?


Thats pure speculation. For all you know he would have walked up the field and scored on you every offensive possession.

We are #5 in scoring defense. You may move the ball on us, but not many times do teams end up in the endzone.

That 29th ranked rushing offense didn't matter 13 other games. We utilize the screen game as our running game and it works beautifully.

If we were playing at your house, I'd think we may be in trouble. But you are coming to us.

The only top 10 pass offense you played on the road this season was detroit. If Stafford could move the ball on you at will, Ryan should be able to also. In fact 10 of your games were against bottom 12 passing offenses. Maybe I could say your Pass D never got tested.


Here is the kicker none of the stats, nothing you said, and nothing i said means jack. We have to play the game. Heres to a good one.


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the Skins were ranked higher than the falcs in many departments, falcs played the skins early on when they were a different team and it was a very close game, 24-17 falcs... this was week 5 when the skins were finding their footing just like the hawks were..

week 17 skins were;

1st in rushing
6th in defense
4th in pts scored
5th in yrds

c'mon man the falcs have the 24th ranked defense in the league? huh? and against who? GB, Pats, Vikes, Bears, SF? I think not! Hawks have beat sum teams this season all of the above,

AGAIN! 4 of those teams the Hawks BEAT made the playoffs!

who the falcs play, oh thats right, the bolts, the raiders, the eagles, the panthers, saints, giants, bucs, cards? you cant be serious man, the falcs had the same strength of schedule as the hawks? OK..

Hawks had a very tough schedule and they still put up great numbers, Seahawks had a bad day last Sunday and I think the seahawks had a case of the playoff gidders? very young and all the hype may have caught up with them? was some of it redskins talent? I suspect so.. was some of it not wanting to be the one that destroyed RGs career? I suspect so as well..

you note when RG was out and a HEALTHY QB was in the game it totally FLIPPED, Hawks D went on the WAR PATH!!!

Hawks will be totally unleashed in the east with nothing to hold them back, no drama, no sympathy, nuttin, its all or nothing and all I can say to the Falcons defense is, you're #29 for a reason.. and to their offense? better pack a lunch... ;)

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Here is the kicker none of the stats, nothing you said, and nothing i said means jack. We have to play the game. Heres to a good one.


thats all true but I'm not going to ignore reality, Seattle just has the edge mainly due to having to survive playing powerhouses all year long with having maybe one or two gimmies? falcs on the other hand?

anything can happen but its not going to be a cake walk for the falcs unless the hawks just decide to throw in the towel, after winning in Chicago and beating the Redskins in the wild card game I suspect there is no longer an away crutch for the hawks and I suspect they are going to dial in and play ball, Seahawks style..

but you are right it is going to be a good one... bout all we can ask for I guess?

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Who's Victor Cruz and why do we care?

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Makes sense that he would pick a team where he had one of his worst performances against and I appreciate the honesty. Falcons have shown up in all their primetime games this year. I'm just hoping they can continue the trend this Sunday.


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I have a sneaky feeling we're going to see at the end of this game that this team is still only in year three of the rebuild, and we're not quite there yet. I hope like hell I'm proven wrong, but I haven't seen any reason to believe I will be.


I am with you on this. I am not trying to be negative but the loss of Clemons really hurts our D line and pass attack. I would be shocked if we win and if we lose, I won't be mad or too upset because I feel the Hawks are still a year or two away from being dominant. I will be watching and hoping for a miracle but not expecting one or so to speak. The SB should be Dever vs Atlanta IMO.


Don't take this the wrong way but the lack of confidence in both these posts makes me sick. If you don't have the ultimate confidence in this team the way they've played the second half of the season I honestly have no clue what they could of done to sway you. "The SB should be Denver vs. Atlanta"???? I don't even know what to say about this statement other than I'd hate to have you as a fan. This team is capable of beating any team remaining in the playoffs and while the loss of Clem is huge its absolutely not the end of the world. IF the falcons beat us it will be through the air making pressure on Ryan important and our secondary play paramount. Clem while I love him, stacked his sacks in individual games meaning he would get 3 one game the 0 for three consecutive games. They weren't evenly
spread out over the season. We dont need to sack Ryan we just need a guy to make Ryan rush his passes our secondary will take care of the rest. If you don't think the Hawks are gonna win fine, but writing this team off or saying if they win it will be a miracle is the kind of defeatist mentality I despise in a fellow Seahawks fan.


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Don't take this the wrong way but the lack of confidence in both these posts makes me sick. If you don't have the ultimate confidence in this team the way they've played the second half of the season I honestly have no clue what they could of done to sway you. "The SB should be Denver vs. Atlanta"???? I don't even know what to say about this statement other than I'd hate to have you as a fan. This team is capable of beating any team remaining in the playoffs and while the loss of Clem is huge its absolutely not the end of the world. IF the falcons beat us it will be through the air making pressure on Ryan important and our secondary play paramount. Clem while I love him, stacked his sacks in individual games meaning he would get 3 one game the 0 for three consecutive games. They weren't evenly
spread out over the season. We dont need to sack Ryan we just need a guy to make Ryan rush his passes our secondary will take care of the rest. If you don't think the Hawks are gonna win fine, but writing this team off or saying if they win it will be a miracle is the kind of defeatist mentality I despise in a fellow Seahawks fan.


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They may give opposing QBs fits, but Russel Wilson has already broken down this team and taken notes on every little thing they do.


I'm sure they haven't faced a QB that will be more prepared than our boy.

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then theres strength of schedule and yes SOS does count for something as we saw in the redskins, hawks 7th toughest, skins 23rd AND IT SHOWED, even with a healthy RG they lose that match up!


There have been several Super Bowl champions over the years who didn't have a good strength of victory. The most glaring was the '99 Rams who played only one team with a winning record and lost. Three teams that had 8 wins and most of the other teams had 5 or less wins. It didn't stop them from going to and winning the Super Bowl.

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They may give opposing QBs fits, but Russel Wilson has already broken down this team and taken notes on every little thing they do.


I'm sure they haven't faced a QB that will be more prepared than our boy.

Yes, after all, Petyon Manning, Drew Brees and Eli Manning are known for their lack of preparation...


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then theres strength of schedule and yes SOS does count for something as we saw in the redskins, hawks 7th toughest, skins 23rd AND IT SHOWED, even with a healthy RG they lose that match up!


There have been several Super Bowl champions over the years who didn't have a good strength of victory. The most glaring was the '99 Rams who played only one team with a winning record and lost. Three teams that had 8 wins and most of the other teams had 5 or less wins. It didn't stop them from going to and winning the Super Bowl.



Good point for anyone who over-obsesses on stats to cling to an argument. Having said that, honestly, the only reason I quoted this was to say, "THERE...ARE...FOUR...LIGHTS!"


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Last week Cruz said the Redskins were the team to beat in the NFC playoffs.
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2013 ... s_tea.html

This week he says ATL is was the toughest team.

Why is Cruz giving a weekly update on who is the team to beat in the playoffs? At this point I'm just glad he's not picking the Seahawks.


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then theres strength of schedule and yes SOS does count for something as we saw in the redskins, hawks 7th toughest, skins 23rd AND IT SHOWED, even with a healthy RG they lose that match up!


There have been several Super Bowl champions over the years who didn't have a good strength of victory. The most glaring was the '99 Rams who played only one team with a winning record and lost. Three teams that had 8 wins and most of the other teams had 5 or less wins. It didn't stop them from going to and winning the Super Bowl.



Good point for anyone who over-obsesses on stats to cling to an argument. Having said that, honestly, the only reason I quoted this was to say, "THERE...ARE...FOUR...LIGHTS!"


Thanks, I thought the avatar was clever, since the only thing anyone was telling us daily after we drafted him, as though they were trying to convince us (much like that episode) was that Irvin was a reach. Glad someone recognized it other than The Radish.

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