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Falcons writer takes a shot at the Steelers

Let’s face it, the Atlanta Falcons have never won anything. They have appeared in one Super Bowl, and were blown away by the Denver Broncos in what ended up being the last game for HOF QB John Elway.

While the Falcons are a solid team, I have yet to see any Super Bowl predictions that have them in it as the NFC rep overtaking teams like the Saints, Cowboys and Vikings.

So it amused me when a writer named Jeff Schultz took somewhat of a shot at the Steelers on Tuesday, saying that the Falcons defense should have little issues stopping 3rd string Steelers QB Dennis Dixon.

Here’s what Schultz, who writes for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The last regular season pass Dixon threw was intercepted by Baltimore in overtime and set up a deciding field goal in a 20-17 loss to the Ravens. He was starting for Roethlisberger, who missed the game with a concussion (as opposed to during this offseason in Milledgeville when he only acted stupid). Dixon went 12-for-26 in the game.

Roethlisberger, meanwhile, has been stripped of his team captaincy.

I just went down the list of other quarterbacks they will face this season. They are Drew Brees (New Orleans, twice), Aaron Rogers (Green Bay), Joe Flacco (Baltimore), Carson Palmer (Cincinnati), Derek Anderson (Arizona), Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle), Alex Smith (San Francisco), Jake Delhomme (Cleveland), Kevin Kolb (Philadelphia), Matt Moore (Carolina, twice), Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay, twice) and rookie Sam Bradford (St. Louis).

We can debate the merits of the few of those quarterbacks, but none were expected to be their respective team’s third string quarterback. For the Falcons, this opener is on their defense.

If the Falcons hope to have a successful season – and success means nothing less than a playoff berth – this is not a game they can afford to give away.

“Give away” eh? Sounds like Jeff is counting on a rather easy win on Sunday, and to me he has seen little of what Dixon can bring to the table, which is a lot. I am on board with going with Dixon over Batch, and let’s hope he plays well enough to shut Schultz up about 4pm Sunday at Heinz Field.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. George H

    September 10, 2010 at 11:14 am

    23-10 Steelers win. Dixon 14-23 2 tds 1 int 158 yds. The defense comes up big and is too much for Ryan to handle

  2. DrtyBrd

    September 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Jeff Schultz is right – all you need to know is Byron Leftwich (played for Falcons for two long seasons) If the Steelers are desperate enough to bring him in they don’t have much else. Falcons 24 Steelers 4

  3. DrtyBrd

    September 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I meant Falcons 24 Steelers 7

  4. Michael

    September 10, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I’m definitely feeling the Steelers on this one. Falcons really don’t have a chance to be quite honest with you. 21-10 Steelers.

  5. CR

    September 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Black and Gold 17 – Dirty Birdies 10

  6. George H

    September 11, 2010 at 8:47 am

    How come every week a fan of the opposing team comes on here. For the love of god we dont need another tommy boy.

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