Predictions: Bucs to cure Falcons

National title odds for Georgia have dropped just a bit. (W.P. Glamour Shots)

National title odds for Georgia have dropped just a bit. (W.P. Glamour Shots)

National title odds for Georgia have dropped just a bit. (W.P. Glamour Shots)

There have been a number of significant historical events that have taken place on Sept. 18, including the confirmation of Tiberius as Roman Emperor in 0014 (huge win for the GOP), the government loan in 1789 to pay the salaries of presidents and Congress (also leading to the first, “Want to buy some swampland?” joke), “Les Miserables” opened in Paris in 1980 (before making a permanent home in Flowery Branch), and the Falcons won a football game.

That’s right. The Falcons won a football game. There’s tape and everything.

On Sept. 18 — seven weeks ago Thursday — the Falcons defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56-14.

Those with pacemakers or weak hearts should not read the next sentence.

(OK, ready?)

That win gave them a winning record.

The Falcons have played five games in four states and two countries since that night and lost them all.

They’re 2-6 at halftime of the season I don’t think Mike Smith has enough Knute Rockne halftime speeches in him to raise the dead in his locker room.

But there is: They get to play Tampa again!

Penicillin!

The Bucs are 1-8. They’re coached by Lovie Smith. Not the year to be a Smith.

Welcome to the worst of the worst: No. 3 vs No. 4 in the NFC South. There’s two goldfish on the undercard.

Falcons are favored by 1. Not sure why. Law of averages? Here goes: Falcons win and cover.

School Daze

Maybe Dogs should've looked at trophy case.

Maybe the Bulldogs should have looked at their trophy case.

Georgia at Kentucky: A few Trembling Chihuahuas like Ramik Wilson admitted they were overconfident before the Florida game and, “We weren’t ready to play.” Well, that’s understandable. When you’ve won as many national championships and SEC titles in a row as Georgia … wait, never mind. So how’s it feel to be back at ground zero? Mutts win but take Kentucky and 10.

Georgia Tech at N.C. State: The Jackets are 0-2 against the state of North Carolina (Duke, UNC) and 7-0 against everybody else. The good news is if they lose this, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill will fight over who gets to give Paul Johnson a key to their city first. Jackets cover 3½.

Alabama at LSU: Nick Saban vs. Les Miles is like watching a Douglas Niedermeyer-Eric Stratton annual debate. Meanwhile, let the cannibalization of the SEC West begin.  Three of Alabama’s next four opponents are LSU (16th), Mississippi  State (1) and Auburn (3). Tide covers 6½.

It’s so easy seeing Les Miles giving this speech

Florida at Vanderbilt: It’s another week, and Will Muschamp’s parking lot key card still works. Pay all bets. Gators win but take Vandy and 14½.

Texas A&M at Auburn: Aggies quarterback Kenny Hill is a mess and was suspended, so his family hired Sean Salisbury as a mentor. Waiting for the punchline? Salisbury once took cellphone pictures of his “Little Sean” (code) and showed them around at parties, split with ESPN and later managed to get fired as a broadcaster for the Lingerie Football League (I don’t want to know). Auburn covers 21½.

Virginia at Florida State: Jameis Winston’s cretin defense attorney, David Cornwell, Tweeted the name of Winston’s accuser in the sexual assault investigation. Why? Because that’s what soul-less dirtbags do. Cornwell should prepare for the afterlife and wear light clothing because he won’t be traveling north. FSU covers 19½.

David Cornwell’s world

Georgia State at Troy: The Panthers have lost eight straight since winning their openers. Damn egos got out of control. Feeling frisky: Take the 6½ but GSU loses.

NFL Snack Pack

If you're going to rent a billboard, at least be funny.

If you’re going to rent a billboard, at least be funny.

Steelers at Jets: An airplane pulling a “Fire John Idzik” banner circled the Jets’ practice field for 20 minutes the other day. Other fans raised $10,000 on a FireJohnIdzik.com to purchase three billboards that read, well, you know. It doesn’t prove Idzik is a lousy general manager. It just reaffirms Jets fans are lunatics. And probably need a job. And a hobby. And a life. Steelers cover 5.

Panthers vs. Eagles: Ex-Jet Mark Sanchez has been helped by the change of scenery in Philly? As former NFL QB Drew Bledsoe said, “You know when they used to take the pretty young virgin up to the edge of the volcano and then just throw them in? That’s kind of what it is when you play quarterback for the Jets.” He needs to go on tour. Eagles cover 6.

49ers at Saints: Jim Harbaugh wants a big contract and more power, but the 49ers’ first-half record (4-4) is his worst in his four years (19-5 before). He’s not going to make it on that charming personality. You know what’s even worse? He’s about to have a losing record. Saints cover 4½.

You know, if they could fit a practice field on Alcatraz ...

If the Ravens are willing to move and they could fit a practice field on Alcatraz, maybe… (Educational Travel)

Titans at Ravens: A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader and estranged wife of a wealthy CEO has been charged with having sex with a 15-year-old boy. If they just build the prison walls around the Ravens’ complex, it would save a lot of time. Baltimore covers 9½.

Rams at Cardinals: The Missouri governor: “Make no mistake about it, St. Louis is an NFL city.” How long has it been since he’s went to a Rams game? Arizona wins but take St. Louis and 7.

Dollars and sense

Bet the house. What could possibly happen?

Bet it all. What could possibly go wrong?

“You don’t gamble to win. You gamble so you can gamble the next day.”–Bert Ambrose.

Last week (Success, finally!): 9-4 straight up, 8-5 against the line.

Totes: 86-36 straight up, 56-66 against the line.

Sack Schultz update: Coming down the stretch and the grand prize leaders are (screen names) Harder5 of Tennessee (117 wins), and Techfan12 of Georgia, Tigerfan of Alabama and Otwell of Georgia at 116 wins. Last week’s winners were Kent Posey of Moultrie, Ga., and Hank Ludwig of Hernando, Ms., at 14-1.

Lilly The Greek: Mutt took it on the chin with he Georgia loss to fall to 6-4. This week, it’s Falcons (Mike Smith) vs. Bucs (Lovie Smith). Lilly went for cheese’d picture of Mikey.

Lilly went left in this week's battle of Smiths.

Lilly went left in this week’s battle of Smiths.

Recent tunes on digital Jukebox
— MyAJC: Amid Atlanta misery, can Hawks really be shining light?
— AJC: Election Day: Vote to keep or fire coaches (polls)
— MyAJC: Georgia blows it all with inexcusable performance
— AJC: Short takes on Georgia’s stunning loss to Florida
— AJC: Weekend Predictions: No Gurley (oooh, scary); but Dogs over Gators
— AJC: Rules are dumb but that’s no excuse for Todd Gurley
— MyAJC: Mark Richt deserves credit for holding Georgia together
— AJC: NCAA mum but Muschamp expects Gurley to play vs. Florida
— AJC: Will Arthur Blank make move with Mike Smith (and reader poll)?
— MyAJC: Georgia Tech takes advantage of Pitt’s fumble-fest
— AJC: Short takes: Georgia Tech 56 (points), Pittsburgh 6 (lost fumbles)
— AJC: LIVE: Tech’s defense must improve vs. Pitt
— AJC: Weekend Predictions: Falcons lose, Jackets pull upset, Dogs in prayer circle
— AJC: Will a fresh perspective elude Braves?
— MyAJC: Todd Gurley’s return would raise Georgia’s ceiling again
— AJC: Why did NCAA say yes to Mo’ne Davis but no to Todd Gurley?
— MyAJC: Why playoff picture looks good for SEC (and Georgia)
— MyAJC: Here’s good news: Falcons are leaving country
— MyAJC: Georgia Tech continues to stomp on hope
— AJC: Weekend Predictions: Dogs win, Falcons lose, Jameis enabled
— AJC: Georgia dealing with reality, FSU avoiding it
— MyAJC: Does NCAA care that public sentiment favors Gurley, athletes?
— MyAJC: Georgia’s response heard loud and clear
— MyAJC: NCAA needs to realize amateurism is dead
— AJC: Minus Gurley, Dogs must overcome flaws
— AJC: With Gurley suspended, is Georgia done?
— MyAJC: If Gurley broke rules, that’s on him
— AJC: Weekend Predictions: No Gurley, no Dogs, no kidding
— AJC: Blank stands by Smith, Dimitroff. What say you?
— MyAJC: Arthur Blank won’t give Falcons’ mandates, speculate on future

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124 comments
58Supersports
58Supersports

Web site is as bad as Braves Inept Manager Fredi G...

ThulsaDoom
ThulsaDoom

I just read on Al.com that Jameis Winston and one of his best friends, a guy that plays D-end at UAB, are being investigated for point shaving on last weeks FSU- Louisville game which UL led 21-7 at the half. The UAB player is alleged to have placed a $5,000 bet that FSU would trail at the half. Interesting stuff. 

CarltonWest
CarltonWest

Belligerent Bucs will bruise flaccid Falcons today.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

And another thing, in the last 12 mons I have sent 2 e-mails to the customer service desk.  1 was a suggestion and 1 was a concern about the new digital newspaper.  I'm still waiting on a response!!!!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Quackmeyer

I was gonna say, you're doing pretty well if you get a response at all. I'm still waiting on mine.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

I don't believe the AJC asked for their reader's input on this format. I sent my protest to the AJC like they asked.  First they wanted me to sign up!  WOW  I'm told I will get a response back in 48 hours.  (Sunday at 4 pm).  ) odds on that happening 1297-1

Rhetoric
Rhetoric

This game is a toss up. We don't know which Falcons  team will show up, and Tampa has a vendetta for their embarrassing loss.

BubbaBluffton
BubbaBluffton

"Give it to me straight, Doctor! I can take it!"

"Fine.  Try this potassium cyanide. It relieves current and future maladies quickly, thoroughly and permanently." 


tyger
tyger

Penicilin or Kool-aid?

Big Wally
Big Wally

send emails to feedback@ajc.com to let these Einstein's know who you feel about this idiotic format.

GTRay
GTRay

@ThebigWally

I did and the auto response tries to get you to subscribe to MyAJC.

theoriginaltruth
theoriginaltruth

@ThebigWally  Don't expect to get anything but some canned response from the IT Stiffs....saying in essence "change is hard but get used to it cause its here to stay...and oh buy the way come on over to the new pay site for fun and games"


I know that's what I got....looks like they're going to limit comments on the free site to force serious blogging to the pay site where they can make users pay ....


BooBooBear
BooBooBear

Odds of AJC new format winning over Atlanta sports bloggers: 1297-1.

FalconUGAFan
FalconUGAFan

You really don't like UGA, do you Schultz? It's pretty clear in your verbiage...

RickinWarnerRobins
RickinWarnerRobins

@FalconUGAFan  What are you talking about?  I thought he was being overly generous.  UGA will be lucky to beat Kentucky, so any point spread over one point is quite generous.

GADawg59
GADawg59

How do you find the Sack Schultz contest for this weeks games?


OH-IO
OH-IO

GIVE US  MORE SPACE! 

BooBooBear
BooBooBear

Help!  I can't find a link to the crossword puzzle and sudoku or find five!  There is no longer any reason to read the AJC!  All I see is links to an article that a giant snake ate a man and PETA is not amused!  If only it was an article that giant snake ate AJC and the world was a better place suddenly.

Peachs
Peachs

It FSU is accused of point shaving in the Louisville game, what you got for Georgia where the star running back is out for a 400 dollar autograph.  Seems to me college football is up for the highest bidder.  It was bound to happen yet the only school on probation in these parts is Tech, go figure.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Peachs

Looks like you're the one who better "go figure." Far more than $400 was involved. And FSU isn't accused of point-shaving.

creative
creative

Finally GT and UGA Fans agree on something besides hating Clemson.  This site blows

creative
creative

AJC this is awful.  Difficult to navigate, hard to comment, It reminds me of one of those sites that you accidentally click on with all the lists of "top 10 whatever"

Big Wally
Big Wally

Someone find another newspaper blog and report back please.  We'll take our bitching,  complaining, and insults to each other somewhere else.

58Supersports
58Supersports

Web design is as bad as Obamacare web sight..AJC web sight sucks!

OH-IO
OH-IO

THE FORMAT SUCKS!


YOUR READERS DESERVE MORE THAN a 1/4 COLUMN

ARdawg
ARdawg

Well, at the the pages link now but only to emphasize the new design for the blog fodder real, no really, really, really svxks

FalconUGAFan
FalconUGAFan

This web design is horrible. Get your money back.

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

The commenters are HOWLING 

about the new AJC.com

Savdon
Savdon

So, exactly who came up with the new design?  The spawn of the engineers who thought it would be a good idea to have TWO interstates converge in DOWNTOWN Atlanta? 

58Supersports
58Supersports

@Savdon  some guy named Mark Medics.. he thinks he did a great job...per his own post.

JEK2670
JEK2670

This web design is horrible.  It is apparently designed to discourage bloggers.  I guess I will stop checking out this site just like I do not buy the paper.  The AJC is in Blank"s pocket.  All of the negative blogs and the weak coverage by the newspaper does not warrant me supporting this paper.  For example, this site omitted the Pittsburgh game because there will be 20,000 steeler fans at the game.  They are advertising tickets to the other home games.  This web design need to be deleted.

Russ' Chew Toy
Russ' Chew Toy

Doesn't work on iPhone 5s nor iPad Air. Horrible design and no testing before launch. Great job AJC!