Contrary to popular belief, working out of the home office isn’t always so great.
Take three days before the biggest Falcons game of the year…
As I type, I’m laid up in the comfy office chair with some sort of illness that may or may not be mildly contagious. That said, I’m not taking any chances (who wants to be the guy that gets everyone sick)?
Luckily, I’m blessed to have great friends and coworkers that make up the rest of the AF.com team.
Matt Moore, New Media Intern Vance and John Manasso kept things going.
I know everyone is going to talk this weekend — and at the office Monday — about the Saints offense and what the Falcons need to do to slow down Drew Brees on Monday Night Football. But the thing that continues to draw my attention is the New Orleans defense.
As Matt (@FalconsMMoore) puts it: “We always knew they were scary on paper, but they’re starting to put it together a bit.”
New defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was the architect of a Titans defense that helped the team to the Super Bowl and, though he hasn’t had success as a head coach, his defenses have sparked teams to greatness.
With that, here are some of my Keys to the Game (live from the office chair):
- Plan well. I hate to go back to preparation because game day often requires last-minute adjustments, but the Saints have a top-5 offense and score upwards of 40 points a game like I’ve been flipping channels from the sick bed. They make it look easy. You beat that with careful preparation.
- Handle the pressure. I’m stealing this one from John but trust when I say it would be a key if I were on the air or not. According to center Todd McClure the Saints have been blitzing on more than 50 percent of their plays. Part of that is because they’ve played with ridiculous leads and know the opponent is passing. Part of it is game plan. Oh, thanks John.
- Run, run, run. The best defense is a good offense. If the Falcons can run the ball early and get a lead on New Orleans then hold on to the ball and control the clock, tremendous amounts of pressure will be removed from the defense. And, against Drew Brees and Co. it will be appreciated.
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- BLOGS: An inside look at the Falcons on the official blog site<
- VIDEO: Video interviews and more as the Falcons prep for the Saints
- FALCONCAST: Matt and John preview Monday night’s game against the Saints
- INJURY REPORT: Updates on Falcons and Saints injuries
- EXPERT’S TAKE: Thoughts on the NFL and the Falcons running game
- WHAT TO WATCH: Some stats that could be key on Monday night
- NUMBERS, NOTES AND COLORS: Notes and fun facts to get you ready for the game