The Falcons showed who they really are against the Patriots
The Falcons gave a lackluster performance in their Super Bowl rematch against the Patriots, and Colin thinks it represents who the Falcons are as a franchise more than their incredible Super Bowl run from last season.
Matt Ryan has regressed to the mean after an MVP season a year ago under Kyle Shanahan. Shanhan is now gone, and what’s left is an average team that’s never own their division in back-to-back years.
The truth is, the Falcons having a 28-3 lead against the Patriots in the first place was a bigger shocker than the fact they coughed it up.
Separation Sunday in the NFL
The Patriots started the year slowly, and have been gashed on defense, but in a Super Bowl matchup with Atlanta, they looked like they’re starting to hit their stride after re-tooling much of their roster in the offseason.
While the first third of the season has seen several surprise teams, Sunday was the day when powers like New England, Seattle, Dallas, and Pittsburgh, showed they will still have to be dealt with come playoff time.
This is the part of the NFL season when the pretenders are separated from the contenders, and the list of the contenders always features the usual suspects.
Notre Dame has reached their ceiling
Notre Dame dominated USC on Saturday, and many are announcing the return of the Irish as a playoff contender.
Colin disagrees, and thinks a senior dominated Irish offensive line has been able to physically dominate weaker opponents by running the ball down their throat, which gives the appearance of dominance, but they’ve already reached their ceiling. He believes other top teams are still improving, and still have another gear to reach down the stretch.
Notre Dame is better than they have been, but this is as good as they’ll get.
Michael Vick – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio to talk Cam Newton’s inconsistency, and what he saw out of Brett Hundley.
Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the MMQB joins the show to discuss the Falcons lackluster performance in New England; if the Cowboys are finally hitting their stride; why Derek Carr’s game winning drive against the Chiefs is a huge step for his career; and why Chuck Pagano could be fired at any time.
Rob Ryan – FS1 NFL analyst is in-studio to break down the improved Dallas pass rush; and why NFL coaches don’t care about a draft pick’s college record.
Alex Rodriguez – FS1 MLB Analyst is in-studio to explain why sabermetrics doesn’t work in the postseason; his unique connection to The U; and what it’s like working with former rival Big Papi.
Bucky Brooks – NFL Analyst and former scout is in-studio discussing the Colts future; why they should trade Andrew Luck; and what characteristics he looks for in a college pass rusher.