The 2011 regular season has begun. Last night, the Green Bay Packers defeated the New Orleans Saints. On Sunday at 1 est., the Atlanta Falcons square off against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. With a win, they will gain an early 1-0 advantage over our rivals from the bayou. The Bears should provide quite a challenge, having reached the NFC Championship Game last season after compiling a 12-4 regular season record.
Some fans may be concerned following a winless preseason , but I say fear not my friends. Keep in mind that most of the explosive opponent plays occured when reserves were on the field. The roster has now been trimmed down to the best 53 remaining players, and I am confident that the team execution will resemble the very high level which we have become accustomed to. Also, don’t forget the 2008 Detroit Lions, who roared out to a perfect preseason record, only to finish 0-16 when the games counted.
The time is now for the Falcons. Back-to-back winning seasons and first-round playoff exits are no longer acceptable. Mike Smith and his squad expect to make a deep playoff run this season, as evidenced by their recent signings of safety James Sanders from the New England Patriots, and cornerback Kelvin Hayden from the Indianapolis Colts. Both of these players have a wealth of playoff experience, and will provide welcome roster depth.
Enjoy the show. With players like Julio Jones, John Abraham, Ray Edwards, Matt Ryan, and Roddy White, it will surely be a spectacular one.