Posts tagged “Atlanta Falcons

Why so much Fantasy hate for Michael Turner?


BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner had the third most rushing yards in the NFL last season. Photo by: David Smith / Flickr

With Fantasy Football quickly approaching, it’s not a surprise to see NFL player rankings all across the wide world web.

From the experts themselves, Fantasy managers will be bombarded with a plethora of information on who to take in the first rounds of their respective drafts. Some will say, Tom Brady is a lock for MVP this season; while others are betting Maurice Jones-Drew will have a repeat performance of an incredible 2011 season. So how much are we supposed to buy into these early predictions?

From my experience, stay on your own and just go with your gut. I let the analysts from ESPN, Yahoo Sports! and even Twitter dictate too much of my draft last year, which resulted in me selecting Houston Texans running back Arian Foster with the No. 1 overall pick and later trading him straight up for Jamaal Charles, who tore his ACL in Week One.

Why did do this? Because the analysts told me so. Everyone was scared of Arian Foster’s legs. And while it did have him sidelined for the first few weeks, his return was nothing short of spectacular. So I’ve decided not to listen to the so called experts when it comes to draft time this Fantasy Football season, especially when it comes to running back Michael Turner of the Atlanta Falcons. (more…)

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Defense guides 49ers, Giants to NFC championship


BY STAYSON ISOBE, couchsideshow.com writer

The old adage is defense wins championships.

Finally after a regular season that was dominated by explosive offenses and record-breaking performances, the two teams headed to the NFC Championship proved that a defense that will smack you in the mouth still prevails in this league. Both the 49ers and the Giants seemed to face an uphill battle coming into the weekend, faced with the task of attempting to slow down two of the NFL’s most unstoppable offensive attacks. The Packers and Saints, led by the league’s top two MVP candidates in Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, were the two highest scoring teams during the regular season and two of the top three in total offense with the other being the Patriots.

Patrick Willis and the San Francisco 49ers defense stepped up against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC divisional round of the NFL playoffs. Photo by: Rajiv Patel

Brees was the orchestrator of New Orleans’ attack, breaking Dan Marino’s 27-year single season passing yards mark this season, and was coming off a postseason record in regulation of 466 yards last week against the Lions. Rodgers on the other hand, showed pinpoint accuracy throughout the season as evidenced in his 45-6 touchdown to interception ratio, leading the Packers to the top seed in the NFC with a 15-1 record.

But on this weekend, neither would advance to the NFC title game. Instead, the 49ers and the Giants ramped up their defense and slowed down these two offensive assaults enough to make a statement. The two teams combined to force nine turnovers and produced seven total sacks of Rodgers and Brees.

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Couch Side Podcast: Episode 2 — NFL playoff preview


BY Couchsideshow.com staff

In this week’s episode of Couch Side, Co-Host Craig Paul makes his debut, joining Couchsideshow.com editor Wade McMillin in a NFL playoff preview. The pair breaks down each weekend wildcard matchup in the NFC and AFC and also examines the top seeds in both conferences. Keep listening and also see Couch Side’s take on quick NFL headlines that include the firing of Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo, Bills defensive guru Dave Wannstedt’s promottion and Rex Ryan’s tears. You won’t want to miss this episode of Couch Side!

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Couch Side Podcast: Episode 2 — NFL playoff preview