This is the big one, folks! The Falcons will have their backs against the wall as they take on Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles in their home opener of the 2011 season. It won't be easy, and the Falcons have several areas they can improve upon following that disaster of a game last week in Chicago.
Well, Vick & Co. started out with the ball, and the Falcons quickly put an end to any hope of a quick score for Philly. After a quick first down completion to DeSean Jackson, the Eagles turned to LeSean McCoy, but the Atlanta defense put their feet in the ground and forced a punt, including a big stop on third down by Sean Weatherspoon. Spoon wasn't going to have any of that in his house.
In a similar theme from last week's game, the Falcons began their first drive with promise. There was much speculation that the Eagles would see a heavy dose of The Burner, Michael Turner. A not too promising third-and-12 then became a beautiful 15-yard completion to Julio Jones. Things were looking good.
But then on a third-and-5 at about midfield, Cullen Jenkins completely overwhelmed new starter Garrett Reynolds and nailed Matt Ryan for a sack. I'd also like to mention that there was crystal clear helmet-to-helmet contact on the play, and yet no flag. Alas, the evil referees strike again.
So, the Eagles took over on offense for the second time, and the defense continued to look strong early, forcing the completely unstoppable "Dream Team" offense to a three-and-out. Sean Weatherspoon again was all over the field.
This was followed up by a nice 19-yard punt return by Eric Weems. Now, its time for the offense to step up. As we stand, this Sunday night matchup remains scoreless with six minutes left in the first quarter.