Bucs stomped here: The Falcons romp 56-14

A record dash: Devin Hester does the Deion. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

A record dash: Devin Hester does the Deion. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

A record dash: Devin Hester does the Deion. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

These short takes are presented as a companion to the Falcons-Buccaneers print column, which can be found here.

1. This offense is really something, and we don’t mean Tampa Bay’s. After a blah performance at Cincinnati, the Atlanta Falcons needed 177 seconds to score a touchdown. By halftime they would lead 35-0. After three quarters it was 56-0. Through those three quarters, the Falcons had outgained the visitors 457 yards to 151 and had mustered 24 first downs to the Bucs’ six. Julio Jones caught nine passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Devin Hester scored on a reverse and on a record-breaking punt return. (He has now scored 20 times on kick returns, exceeding the standard set by Deion Sanders, to whom Hester paid homage with a hand-behind-the-helmet strut into the end zone.) Oh, and Matt Ryan set a franchise record by completing 21 of 24 passes.

2. The last-in-the-NFL defense was, at least against this opponent, unyielding. After being gashed for 472 yards in each of the season’s first two weeks, the Falcons found an opponent they could not only contain but overwhelm. Halftime numbers: The Bucs had 63 yards, two first downs, three turnovers and zero points. Kemal Ishamael scored after intercepting a pass by Josh McCown, whose quarterback rating — he would leave in the second quarter with a thumb injury — was 22.2. In this dominant half, the Falcons even generated their first two sacks of the season, the first by Jonathan Massaquoi, the second by Corey Peters.

3. The Falcons are 2-1, having been favored in only one game. And that’s not bad. It’s hard to know what to make of game this lopsided. The Bucs are 0-3, having lost their first two games at home, and appear headed for an awful season. But it must be noted that both these teams were 4-12 last season, and that the Buccaneers beat the Falcons 41-31 in November 2013.  It would appear that one team has gotten a lot better in a hurry. As bad as the visitors looked Thursday night, the home side looked that good. As if you didn’t know that from the final score.

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TrueFan1
TrueFan1

I won money on that game. Vikings up next... We should win.

50Concept
50Concept

with that huge blowout win, AtL back in control in their weak division.  AtL will win this division easy and do some damage in the playoffs.  matt, devin and julio can't be stopped!

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

@Bronte  The road game in Tampa looks for all the world like a probable win, but there are still three games left with the Panthers and Saints with two of them on the road. They need to hold serve at home and win one of those Panther-Saint road games. Once they play and win a tough game on the road I'll be on the bandwagon, too.

someonesdad
someonesdad

Tell me if I'm wrong, but I believe the NFL record shutout is 72-0.  We were getting close.  Even if we had finished at 56-0, that would have been the 2nd greatest shutout in NFL history.

DawgNole
DawgNole

BRADLEY: "Oh, and Matt Ryan set a franchise record by completing 21 of 24 passes."

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What kind of record?

It would be more informative, accurate, and helpful if you inserted "for completion percentage (87%)" after "record."

GTRay
GTRay

@DawgNole

Great minds think alike.  That was my reaction to that sentence.


BTW, did you read my last post in response to your post about your daughter (in the Jonathan Dwyer story)?  The story seems to have disappeared.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@GTRay

Yes, I read it. Thanks for posting it. I believe we see eye to eye on that issue, which is gratifying.

OH-IO
OH-IO

tampa,


Between the Bucs and gators, it must really suck.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO 


No....the only thing that sucks is you coming on the AJC blogs with your juvenile nonsense......along with the OHIO Buckeyes that gets beat by an unranked team that gets beat by another unranked team...... and the BIG TEN LEAST, BIG TEN LEAST conference .

TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO 


And I have been a Falcons fan before they even drafted Tommny Nobis and Randy Johnson.  So just shut up or go away....prefer the later....as most everyone else does.


BIG TEN LEAST. BIG TEN LEAST.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO 


Then why troll the Gators? Probably because your brain is still hurting from you last buck to the eyed beating by hokied pellets from Virginia and somewhere in eastern Carolina. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO 


You meant.....just like the Buckeyes.


Kicking you yet again and again and again in your buck eyed arse with hokified pellets from Virginia and somewhere in east Carolina.


BIG TEN LEAST.  BIG TEN LEAST. 


TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO 


Wrong universe for you. Please go back there.


Kicking you hard and upwards in your buckeyed arse with hokie pellets made in Virginia and somewhere in east Carolina just for your troll arse. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO 


You couldn't have meant that the 2-0 Gators with a 3 OT win over an unranked team (themselves being unranked at the moment) sucks as bad as an 2-1 OHIO team with wins over Navy and Kent State and a lose to an unranked team that lost to another unranked team.  Nothing sucks as bad as that.  Well, maybe you do.  I take that back.  YOU DO.


BIG TEN LEAST.  BIG TEN LEAST. 

warfalcon
warfalcon

SOS, have anybody seen SEEN?

Dman
Dman

It's amazing how much winning has stiffled all of the negative nonsense that we had to endure through the entire off season by some of the outside trolls. It's so nice to come here and read this blog now without them.

Last night was amazing. I moved to sit with my friend on the first row and it was so cool sitting there when Julio caught that TD bomb in the corner of the end zone right in front of me. Wow!!! And the Cheer leaders weren't bad either ;)

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@Dman


Trolls only come out when it is feeding time.  Last week against Cincinnati it was feeding time.  If the Falcons play like this weekly they wont have much to eat all year! 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dman 


Trolls and bandwagon fans don't understand that few teams win every week in the NFL and it is hard to win on the road against some of the best teams in the NFL.....and the Bengals are one of the best teams in the NFL this year. They would prefer to fire the GM, the coach, and trade Ryan now.  It is how their minds work, unfortunately. 

OH-IO
OH-IO

@OriginalATLien From my front row Club section for the Saint's game there are a few that could named to the All Abs Team.

OriginalATLien
OriginalATLien

The cheerleaders are garbage this year compared to year's passed.

OH-IO
OH-IO

@TampGator1 @Dman


I'd say there are roughly 26 teams that win each week, depending on the byes.

But who's counting?

TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO


Certainly not you.  In your case, you would have to know how to count to 10 first.


Kicking you again and again and again in your buckeyed arse with hokified pellets from Virginia and somewhere is eastern Carolina. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Dman

The trolls aren't to blame for 48 years without a championship.

When the team wins, the fans will turn out and the trolls will vanish.

JUST WIN!

TampGator1
TampGator1

@OH-IO 


Everyone......OH-IO sits in the front row of the "CLUB SECTION."  Impressed? He seems to be.  

JChikara
JChikara

First, great job by the offensive line, what a difference having Jake Matthews in the lineup makes. Asamoah has been a great presence as well since coming over. 


Second, the defense played inspired football. Nolan needs to keep them focused when they are on the road with being able to hit their gaps consistently.


Third, we saw what this offense can be like when it plays no huddle and does reverses. Imagine if they start initiating the jet sweep with Devin Hester and screens to guys like Antoine Smith. Good luck defending that! 

Falcons73
Falcons73

Nobody said that the Falcons are "contenders", but by the same token you can't say they aren't...too early to tell but the Falcons certainly look more like the 2008 - 2012 team that compiled the most wins in the NFC (over this period).

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Falcons73 


Actually, some people have stated that the Falcons are contenders.  But the defense has to play at a consistent high level for that to happen.  Tampa Bay is currently a mess with a lot of injuries to a bunch of key players on both sides of the ball.  But a great win for the Falcons last night. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Falcons73

"The most wins in the NFC" rings hollow when you're not referencing the games that REALLY matter; i.e., the playoffs. After ZERO championships in 48 years, most longtime Falcon fans expect (and deserve) a little more than regular-season wins.

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

Good game last night.  I have to totally disagree with many of you saying that the Bucs are that bad of a team.  Please do remember that they played the first two games of the season very close, one to Carolina! What happened last night was what happened to the Falcons last week against Cinci! The Falcons jumped on them quick and never let off the gas.  Many of us got to recognize that this is what many fans have BEGGED FOR!  For the Falcons to start in the no huddle and carry it throughout the game.  Come on guys we cant have it both ways! Sometimes we have to give credit where credit is due.  So many have wondered what would happen if the Falcons ever started the game in the no huddle and used the passing game to set up the running game.  We got that last night! 


Tampa is not a good team but they do have ( or up to last night) the 14th ranked defense in the NFL lead by a coach who knows defense.  Appreciate what happened last night and lets keep asking for this offense to do this on a weekly basis.  Start fast, set up the run with the passing game and stay on the attack throughout the whole game.  


And by the way Roddy did not play last night! The coaching staff deserves kudos for the game plan! 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@AnsweredTHIS 


Tampa Bay was missing one of the best and very disruptive defensive lineman in the league...McCoy....last night.  They were also missing their #1 running back and two offensive linemen from the game.  Also missing players from their secondary and linebacker corp.  That was not  the whole and healthy Bucs team from their first two games. But the Falcons still mauled them last night.  Very impressive performance. 

extremus
extremus

The only concern/criticism I would have for last night's game is the turnovers.  Yes, the pick-six off of Yates was off our backup QB with the game already long since decided, but I was more concerned with guys coughing up the ball.  If Tampa Bay hadn't done so much of that themselves, the final score would've been much closer.  Just because it's a runaway and you're riding high emotions shouldn't mean you forget to protect the football.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

@extremus  I still have seen NO reason why Yates made this team. Hope he improves in practice

TampGator1
TampGator1

@DawgNole


I guess you never too deductive reasoning in college. I didn't take typing. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@DawgNole 


See...."too"....instead of "took."  But I bet you could have figured out the intended word to be typed there if you had tried real hard.

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

Great to get one in the W column. Any word on Harry?

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

The owner of Tampa should refuse to pay a dime to those players for that effort. Pathetic at best.

warfalcon
warfalcon

Lets be positive at all times, next up the mini bikes.


LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

The Falcons offense is explosive but the Bucs appear to be THAT bad on both sides of the ball. I suspect the Falcons will have their hands full with playoff caliber teams and teams that can win the line of scrimmage on defense.

Ersatz
Ersatz

They got over-confident after the first game too, and look what happened. They need to focus on Minny.

Tamparitus
Tamparitus

I would say the Bucs are much worse then the Falcons are better.  The Saints lost to the Browns last week, and Atlanta had no answer for Cincinnati.

inoto20
inoto20

Just one game. Gotta beat the vikings next week.