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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Miami Hurricanes Football Preview

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have their biggest game of the season against the Miami Hurricanes when the game kickoffs at 7pm on ESPN2.

The Yellow Jackets are coming into this game winning their previous 2 ACC matchups and keeping their hopes alive for bowl season and potentially win the ACC Coastal; if provided the help they need from other teams.

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In 4 of the last 5 games the offense has really found themselves, scoring at least 30 points and putting up unbelievable numbers on the ground. This has been sparked by Tobias Oliver showing he can run Paul Johnson’s offense the triple option has looked great!

Miami is coming into this game losing their previous three games. With their recent struggles they have announced N’kosi Perry as the starting quarterback for this game. Rosier will be benched but we can expect to see both tonight.

With the 3 losses Miami went from running the ACC Coastal to hoping they make a bowl game. They do have an advantage in this game since Mark Richt has a good track record against the Yellow Jackets.

This game will be about who wants it more and also could be a revenge game for Georgia Tech considering what happened last year when they let the game slip away in the 2nd half.

Ryan Miller | @_RMiller30

Atlanta Falcons Look to Overcome Key Injuries

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The “Atlanta curse” continues to haunt the Falcons.

On Sunday the Falcons explosive offense wasn’t enough to hold off the division rival, Saints. As New Orleans came out on top in overtime, 43-37.

However, this wasn’t the most disappointing thing that happened on Sunday.

The Falcons lost another important player on the defensive side, Ricardo Allen. It was announced Monday that the starting safety would miss the remainder of the season with an achilles injury that happened in overtime.

This is the third starter Atlanta has lost this season. Keanu Neal and Andy Levitre were hurt earlier in the season. Falcons are also going to be missing key defender Deion Jones for about six or eight weeks.

It was blatantly obvious in Sunday’s game that the Falcons were missing captains on the defense. Throughout the game against the Saints, it was clear that there was lots of confusion and times where the defense had no idea what was going on, which led to a high-scoring loss.

Drew Brees took advantage of the broken down Atlanta defense and threw for 396 yards and 5 total touchdowns. Hopefully, this wasn’t a preview of what’s to come the remainder of the season.

On Monday, Dan Quinn said that the Falcons aren’t planning on signing or trading for starting defensive players to fill these roles according to Vaughn Mcclure. Atlanta will most likely lean on Damontae Kazee, Jordan Richards and Kemal Ishmael at the safety position. Weeks two and three Duke Riley has filled in for Deion Jones.

The good news is, the Falcons offense has looked great during weeks two and three. After arguably one of his worst games in his career week one, Matt Ryan has been on point the past two weeks slinging it for a combined 646 yards and seven touchdowns. On Sunday, Ryan showed doubters signs of “MVP Matt” with his deep ball finally connecting multiple times.

The entire offense has been involved, however, the star rookie has been the most impressive. Calvin Ridley has made his mark in the NFL quickly. Ridley has four touchdowns and has picked up 210 yards on 11 receptions in the early season.

Julio Jones continues to prove why he is arguably the best wideout in the league, however, he has yet to get a touchdown in the first three games.

The running game has also been fairly good, even with starter Devonta Freeman out. Tevin Coleman has carried must of the load with 40 attempts resulting in 159 yards. Rookie, Ito Smith, has also made some big plays in his limited runs.

The offense has looked good on almost every aspect. The pass blocking has still sometimes been suspect but progression is there. However, the offense is going to be asked to do a lot more every game now with defense being hurt.

The young defense is going to have to learn fast if the Falcons want to still be contenders this year.

Hopefully, the Falcons are able to get over the injury bug and able to show their true potential with the highly talented team.

Daric Clemens | @DClemens_

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s championship or bust for the Falcons

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There are no more excuses for the Dirty Birds

As the Falcons’ training camp begins, it’s easy to look back at last two seasons and wonder why Atlanta, with all of the opportunities it had, was unable to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. And there are, at least, a few reasons that we can pinpoint as to why Atlanta fell short.

In 2016-17, the Falcons were a young, inexperienced team, not ready to handle the pressure that it takes to finish off a Super Bowl (that might be a reach, but lack of experience certainly contributed).

In 2017-18, it was offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian’s first year, and the team also dealt with a bit of an injury bug.

This season, there will be no excuse if the Falcons deliver anything less than a championship.

This is unarguably the most talented roster Atlanta has ever had coming into a season. Atlanta boasts a core consisting of an MVP-winning quarterback, one of the two best receivers in the world, and one of the most versatile running back tandems in the league, and that doesn’t even mention the other side of the ball.

The Falcons finished ninth in defensive rating last year, a figure which will only improve as young stars like Deion Jones (who could start to enter the conversation for the league’s best linebacker) and Keanu Neal continue their rapid development.

In Sarkisian’s second year, there should be more offensive cohesion and better trust between he and Matt Ryan. After all, we all know what happened in Kyle Shanahan’s second year. If Sarkisian doesn’t show signs of improvement early on in the season, the team has already said it won’t hesitate to find someone else for the job.

In short, all signs say that if the Falcons are ever going to deliver a championship in the Ryan-Jones era, this year will be the best chance they have to do it. Heck, the Super Bowl itself will be in the Peach State this season, and the Falcons could become the first team in history to win the game on their home field.

Thomas Dimitroff has done his job. The talent is there. The experience is there as well.

The city of Atlanta needs a championship. Badly. Every person in the 404 knows the pain that was felt on the morning of February 6th, 2017. And there’s only one way the Falcons can make it up to all of us.

Win.

It’s now or never.

Jackson Stone – @tdjs_network

 

BREAKING: 5-star Running Back, John Emery Jr. commits to Georgia.

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John Emery Jr. announced his commitment to play for the University of Georgia on Twitter Sunday evening

With the commitment from Emery, this is Georgia’s fifth 5-star prospect to commit for the class of 2019. The addition of Emery will move Georgia up to No. 3 nationally in the recruiting rankings of 247Sports.

Emery is ranked as the the No. 2 running back in the nation and No. 31 overall prospect in the 2019 class.

Emery will be a huge addition to the already powerhouse backfield in Athens.

Georgia is the only program in the nation to have commits from three or more 5-star prospects in the 2019 class according to DawgNation. And Justin Fields wants credit for his recruiting talents.

Daric Clemens | @DClemens_

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Too High, Too Low, or Just Right? Looking at Atlanta Falcons Madden 19 Player Ratings

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Madden is always the #1 selling game when it’s released, and this year it comes out on August 10th. So we thought it would be fun to play a game called “Too High, Too Low, or Just Right”.

We will look at most of the stars and role players on the Falcons and determine which player ratings are too high, too low, or just right for each of their positions, and we will take a look at how the six rookies from the 2018 draft class rank. We will also see how the Falcon’s players compare to some other players at their respected position from other teams.

Quarterback- Matt Ryan 89 overall

Matt Ryan, 2016 NFL MVP, earned an 89 overall rating due to his play last season. The 89 ranks him 5th among QBs only behind Brady, Rodgers, Wilson, and Brees. Ryan’s numbers weren’t eye-popping with only 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, however, 7 of his interceptions were ruled “unlucky” meaning they weren’t his fault. We all know the type of QB Ryan is, and that’s a winning QB with a mentality to get the ball down the field, and he definitely has the weapons to do so this year.

Matt Ryan 89- Just Right

Running Back- Devonta Freeman 91 overall, Tevin Coleman 86 overall, Ito Smith (Rookie), 72 overall

Devonta Freeman was one of 5 Falcons to earn a 90+ rating in Madden 19. He ranks 5th among RBs behind Bell, Johnson, Elliott, and Gurley. That’s right, he ranked higher than Kamara, McCoy, Fournette, and Hunt. Some may understandably question his 91 because he splits so much time with Coleman and his numbers were down last season…but then again so we’re most player’s numbers on offense.

He is a great back, however, he needs to bounce back and stay healthy, plus he didn’t have as good of a season as a some of the backs behind him. Freeman will likely be the lead back for Atlanta this year but it’s reported Coleman will get even more snaps than last season. I believe his 91 is based on potential and his 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Tevin Coleman is steadily improving every year on the ground, becoming more versatile in the pass-catching game as well. He had nearly 50 more carries and 100 more yards in 2017 than he did in 2016. His 86 rating has him rated as the 15th ranked RB in Madden, and I believe depending on how many snaps he takes from Freeman, he should rank 10-15 among RBs.

Ito Smith is the young rookie running back on the team and will likely take a couple years behind Freeman and Coleman to start learning the NFL game. He will more than likely see snaps on special teams and is in contention to be the punt/kick returner.

Devonta Freeman 91- Too High

Tevin Coleman 86- Just Right

Ito Smith 72- Just Right

Wide Receiver- Julio Jones 98, Mohamed Sanu Jr 82 overall, Calvin Ridley (Rookie) 77 overall, Justin Hardy 74 overall, Russell Gage (Rookie) 60 overall

There’s no question Julio Jones is a top 3…or top 2….maybe even the best wide receiver in the NFL. His 98 overall seems about right despite his lack of touchdowns in 2017, having a total of 3. Yards have never been a problem for Julio in his career, having over 1,400 yards in each of the last 4 seasons. He is a weapon whether he is catching the ball or running with it. The only person who may be better than him is Antonio Brown who is the only receiver ranked higher than Julio at 99. Look for Julio to have another breakout season of over 1,500 yards.

Mohamed Sanu is an 82 overall. Sure, he’s not the best in the game, but he’s also not the 52nd best wide receiver, which is where Madden 19 ranks him. Sanu’s height and hands give him a huge advantage over defensive backs. He has shown to be a huge compliment to Julio as well and has shown up many times where Julio hasn’t. Sanu will only improve in another season with Atlanta with a better offensive.

The 2nd receiver to go off the board in the 2018 NFL Draft was Calvin Ridley, who is ranked a 77 in Madden along with DJ Moore who was the first receiver taken in the draft. Those 2 are the highest ranked rookie receivers. Ridley should have a field day in Atlanta with Julio, Sanu, Hooper, Freeman, and Coleman all around him. He will be able to play his game, run his routes, and use his explosiveness. I believe he will be a top 3 candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year and have by far the best season among rookie wideouts.

Justin Hardy is a receiver that Atlanta has really liked ever since drafting him a few years ago. He has some of the best hands in the game and at one point was the all-time receiving leader in NCAA history. He has potential to be a role slot receiver with Atlanta or an excellent backup at worst.

Russell Gage was Atlanta’s 6th round pick in 2018, one of 2 receivers they drafted. They are reportedly trying him out at CB, but it appears he will start with special teams as the potential punt/kick returner. He has excellent route running, and his speed is already among tops on the team.

Julio Jones 98- Just Right

Mohamed Sanu Jr. 82- Too Low

Calvin Ridley 77- Too Low

Justin Hardy 74- Just Right

Russell Gage 60- Just Right

Tight End- Austin Hooper 80 overall

This is a guy everyone in Atlanta wants to see get going. It could be because he came right after Tony Gonzalez, or it could be because we all know his potential. Austin Hooper finished 2017 with 49 catches, 526 yards, and 3 touchdowns.

He improved his rookie season by 30 catches and almost 300 yards. Hooper’s 80 overall makes him the 26th best tight end in Madden 19….that’s right 26th. I can name 5 tight ends better than Hooper, I can even name 10 better than him.

But I can’t name 25 better than Hooper, especially with the offense around him and his potential. I’m not mad that he’s an 80, but I’m mad that there are 25 tight ends ranked higher than 80 who aren’t as good as Hooper. He showed flashes last season of what is yet to come and his future looks as bright as anyone’s, especially with Ryan taking snaps.

Austin Hooper 80- Too Low

Offensive Line- Alex Mack 90 overall, Ryan Schraeder 83 overall, Jake Matthews 81 overall

When looking at the Falcon’s offensive line ratings, the one that stands out is Alex Mack’s 90 overall. He has been one of, if not the best, center in the league for the last 10 years. He has done an excellent job at protecting Ryan the past few years and keeping him from getting sacked. Yes, he’s 32 but he’s still producing at a high level. Madden 19 ranks him the 4th best center and 14th best offensive lineman overall. In 2017 he was ranked the 2nd best center behind Travis Fredrick.

Ryan Schraeder was one of the best right tackles in 2016. He had one of the highest blocking ratings and was top 5 in QB protection. That did slip a little in 2017, however, he is still ranked the 8th best right tackle in Madden 19

Jake Matthews has had eyes on him ever since entering the league due to his family history, and with being picked in the top 10. He hasn’t been pro-bowl material, but he has been doing his job effectively. He isn’t the best by any means and he has been battling injuries throughout his career, but his tough mindset earned him the 13th best left tackle rating in Madden 19.

Alex Mack- Too Low

Ryan Schraeder- Just Right

Jake Matthews- Just Right

Defensive Line- Grady Jarrett 86 overall, Vic Beasley Jr 82 overall, Takk McKinley 82 overall, Deadrin Senat (Rookie) 71 overall

Atlanta had a top 10 defense last year for the first time in many years, and a big part of that was thanks to Grady Jarrett, the man who sacked Brady 5 times in the Super Bowl. Jarrett’s 86 overall makes him the 11th best defensive tackle in Madden 19 and 35th best defensive lineman overall. It’s hard to pick 34 tackles who have played better and tougher than Jarrett in the last 2 season, but another great season from him might get him to the Pro Bowl. He has improved every year so far and will only get better.

Vic Beasley led the league in sacks as a defensive end in 2016. Then Dan Quinn moved him to linebacker in 2017 and his production decreased from 15.5 sacks down to 5. He will be back at DE in 2018 most likely on the right side. He will look to have the same production as 2016. It makes sense he is an 82 rating, 21st best defensive end in Madden because we saw what he can do at that position. He will be one of the fastest defensive ends in the whole league

Takk McKinley wasn’t the starting defensive end going into the season, but he definitely earned the starting job finishing his rookie season with 6 sacks. He will most likely start on the right side, opposite Vic Beasley, and those two will look to be the fastest, most explosive pair of defensive ends in the NFL. Takk, like Vic, is an 82 overall in the game and rated the 22nd best defensive end in the league. I believe Takk will show how much he has worked this offseason and has a chance to be a top 10 in sacks leaders this season.

Rookie defensive tackle Deadrin Senat is looking to be a replica of Grady Jarrett. Those 2 have reportedly been working together and they are exact comparisons. The interior line could be a huge force with Senat in there, and he is working hard to compete for that starting job.

Grady Jarret 86- Too Low

Vic Beasley Jr 82- Just Right

Takk McKinley 82- Just Right

Deadrin Senat 71- Just Right

Linebackers- Deion Jones 90 overall, Devondre Campbell 81 overall, Duke Riley 71 overall, Foyesade Oluokun (Rookie) 66 overall

Deion Jones is quickly becoming one of the NFL’s best linebackers. In only his second season he was selected to the Pro Bowl after having 91 tackles and 3 interceptions. In his first 2 seasons, he has shown he is one of the quickest linebackers, along with some of the best hands. Most importantly, he is able to use his speed and agility to get around defenders and make the tackle. His 90 overall ranks him 3rd among middle linebackers, behind Keuchly (99) and Wagner (97). He is the 8th ranked linebacker in the whole game as well.

Devondre Campbell is among fan favorites on the Falcon’s defense, and that could be because he plays with all his heart and plays like an animal out there. His toughness and grit on the field got him to 61 tackles and 2 sacks last season, good enough for an 81 rating overall. He’s been a great role player on the defense and seems to improve every year.

Duke Riley had a very injury prone rookie season and it took away from him being able to showcase himself. From what we saw in college, Riley will be a perfect compliment on the outside next to Jones because of how quick he is and how tough he is when tackling. He will most likely start at outside linebacker with Campbell, and I see Riley really excelling this season. He is the type of linebacker who you would expect 70+ tackles and 5+ sacks from each year.

Foyesade Oluokun was the Falcons 6th round pick along with Gage. He will play linebacker or DB but earned a 66 overall rating in Madden 19. He will more than likely start on special teams and work his way up into the rotation on defense.

Deion Jones 90- Just Right

Devondre Campbell 81- Just Right

Duke Riley 71- Too Low

Foyesade Oluokun 66- Just Right

Defensive Backs- Desmond Trufant 93 overall, Keanu Neal 89 overall, Ricardo Allen 84 overall, Isaiah Oliver (Rookie) 73 overall

Desmond Trufant is one of the most interesting guys on the Falcons defense. In his first few years in the league, he was known as a lockdown defender. In fact, he was such a good defender, quarterbacks stopped throwing to his side (which is why his numbers aren’t off the chart). In 2017 he finished with 2 INT’s and 4 fumble recoveries. Trufant is great at coverage and keeping his man away from the ball. His height has been a disadvantage in allowing receivers to jump over him. Also, he had been injured a lot during the last couple of years. As much as I live Trufant, Madden ranks him a 93 which is 8th among DB’s and 3rd among Cornerbacks (behind Ramsey and Bouye). Over the last 2 years, I can probably name 5-10 corners who are on Trufant’s level or better than him.

One of, if not, the toughest hitter in the NFL Keanu Neal earned an 89 rating after his 2nd year in the league. The Pro Bowl strong safety is ranked the 7th best SS and 22nd best DB in Madden. Neal’s toughness and hands put him in the contention for top defensive players in the league. There are some great DBs in the NFL, but are there really 21 better than him?

Ricardo Allen is showing he belongs in the NFL as a starter. He has an 84 rating in Madden which is 12th for free safety’s. He is improving every year and continues to learn from fellow teammates. He couple be looking at a future Pro Bowl appearance in his near future as well thanks to excellent coverage skills.

Isiah Oliver, Atlanta’s 2nd round pick, earned a 73 overall for his rookie rating. He is already competing for a starting job in camp. Dan Quinn loved what he saw from Oliver in college and knew he fit his scheme. Oliver should be able to succeed in the pro game, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he stole a starting spot in his rookie season

Desmond Trufant 93- Too High

Keanu Neal 89- Too Low

Ricardo Allen 84- Just Right

Isiah Oliver 73- Just Right

Special Teams- Matt Bryant 85 overall, Matt Bosher 81 overall

Money Matt Bryant is entering his 17th NFL season in 2018 and is still going strong. Although he has battled some leg injuries the last couple seasons, he is still producing at a high level. His play has earned him the 2nd best kicker rating at 85 overall, behind Tucker who is rightfully an 86 overall. Bryant has been a top 3 kicker in the league for years now and he has definitely earned his Madden 19 rating.

Matt Bosher is ranked as the 8th best punter in the league. He had a rough start to his career shanking some kicks and not getting them into the end zone, but he has improved the last 3 seasons emerging as one of the best punters in the league. He is one of the more solid, all around punters a team can rely on in 2018.

Matt Bryant 85- Just Right

Matt Bosher 81- Just Right

Those are some of the Falcon’s player ratings and what we think of them! Feel free to leave a comment with your opinions on the ratings as well!

Ryan Andrews | @Ry_And1

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This year, the world’s most watched event, the FIFA World Cup, will be held in Russia throughout 12 different cities. 32 teams will be representing their home countries competing in their respective Group Stages in order to make it to the next round. These teams are the best in the world and range from A-H (8 groups).

GROUP A

Russia

Saudia Arabia

Egypt

Uruguay

GROUP B

Portugal

Spain

Morocco

Iran

GROUP C

France

Peru

Australia

Denmark

GROUP D

Argentina

Iceland

Nigeria

Croatia

GROUP E

Brazil

Switzerland

Costa Rica

Serbia

GROUP F

Germany

Mexico

Sweden

South Korea

GROUP G

Belgium

Panama

Tunisia

England

GROUP H

Poland

Senegal

Colombia

Japan

 

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Grievances

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I have spent countless hours trying to forecast Steve Sarkisian’s growth from last season to this season.

Yes, I am aware of the 34 dropped passes from our elite offense, however, I still do not cut Sarkisian a break from last season. Kyle Shanahan had similar production in comparison to Sarkisian during his first season, 2015, in Atlanta.  In fact, there was only a 148-yard difference in total offense. However, Shanahan did not have the weapons that Sarkisian had in his offense during the first year. There was no star WR2 Mohammad Sanu, no All-Pro center Alex Mack. Sarkisian had a nearly identical offense of the Super Bowl bound 2016 Falcons and could not manage to exceed the offensive numbers of the 2015 Falcons. You may be skeptical, and look at the record of the 2015 season, finishing 8-8, but remember, the defense in 2015 was no where near what it was last season. In 2015, our defense ranked 15th in the league in terms of total defense. In 2017, the Falcons were 9th in the league in terms of total defense. Sarkisian has to do better. His growth in his second season will determine his longevity in Atlanta.

On a lighter note:

The year is 2018. 8 is an even number. The Falcons won the NFC South in 2010, 2012, and won the NFC Championship in 2016. In fact, as far as my eyes can scan, every Falcons division/conference championship banner up on the wall reaching back to 1980 at the beautiful place I call home, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, was achieved during even-year seasons. Lately I’ve been superstitious, attempting to grasp onto a positive view of the upcoming season, one in which the Falcons compete at their full potential. One in which the Falcons click on both sides of the field, and make the very obtainable return to the Super Bowl in Atlanta this season.

 

Andrew Anello | @andrewanello

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