Falcons Stat That Will Ruin Your Lunch

September 8th, 2016

McCoyright2The Bucs just can’t lose Sunday in Atlanta. It simply can’t happen. Tampa Bay beat Atlanta twice last year, and the Bucs head to the mighty Cardinals in Week 2.

Joe isn’t scared to type it: Sunday is a must-win.

The Bucs know it isn’t just another game. The “Start Fast” signage in the Buccaneers locker room is quality proof.

Yesterday, Joe found a scary fact and verified the data.  The Falcons have won eight consecutive home openers. That’s every season since Matt Ryan was drafted in 2008. What a kick-in-the-groin nugget that is.

Joe doesn’t believe in coincidences. It’s obvious that Ryan knows how to prepare himself for the start of a season.

Of course, there are so many variables, but eight years is a long time, and Ryan is the constant.

Joe would share Ryan’s stats in those eight games, but Joe doesn’t want to cause panic.

It’s time for Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David, the beasts of the Bucs defense, to do what they like to say in Atlanta: Rise Up.

38 Responses to “Falcons Stat That Will Ruin Your Lunch”

  1. Dave Pear Says:

    It is time to end the streak.
    It’s as simple as that.

  2. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    8-1 ain’t bad!😀

  3. tmaxcon Says:

    Play hard, Play Smart and DO not let up at any point and I like the bucs chances.

  4. Buc1987 Says:


    Go Broncos!

  5. briandorry55 Says:

    Streaks are destined to be broken.

  6. Bucsfanman Says:

    Well said Eric75!
    There’s no shame in an 8-1 record!!!

  7. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Tmax I just finish my morning cup of coffee and cigarette(WINSton now like someone suggested I switch to a month or so ago)I was just thinking about how Smitty and Coach K poured it all over us that Thursday night two season’s ago. I expect to return the favor this Sunday. I’m serious when I say if we don’t dismantle them in atl and win running away I’ll be somewhat disappointed.

  8. Chris Says:

    I know I’ve been saying temper the expectations but, we are a much better team than the Falcons. They haven’t been able to stop Martin, and I don’t think they can handle ME one on one. If we bring pressure like the Browns game and Jameis has time ,we should roll.

  9. tmaxcon Says:


    I guarantee the embarrassment of opening day last year is still in the back of Winston’s mind. I have no doubt given the opportunity Koetter and Winston will NOT hold back if they get a led. The days of lovie turning turtle with a 3 point lead in the first qtr are over… If the bucs get a chance to pour it on they will and let’s hope the game is over at half time.

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    tmaxcon….I get the sense that Koetter is one to run up the score if possible.

    If possible. I hope so.

  11. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    87 that air really thin up there. Speaking of home openers bspn just reported the Broncos are 15 and 1 in home openers. I didn’t catch how far that gose back. The Broncos ate about to beat again tonight. And you all will see what I mean when ice been saying starting two rookie corners like the cats are tonight is not how you idealy want to go into a new season.

  12. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Rodger that bro.


    That WAS their trend the last 8 years……BUC DAT!!!!!!

  14. LargoBuc Says:

    Yeah, and the Cavs weren’t supposed to come back down 3-1 vs Golden State, with two of those games in Cali. Nothing is impossible and nothing lasts forever.
    BTW Jon Gruden was on first take yesterday and he gave the Bucs some props. The question was who is Carolina’s biggest threat in the NFC and Gruden said it was a team in their own division, the Bucs! I know it dosen’t mean much but it was a good segment. I highly recommend watching on youtube.
    Anyway, Go Bucs!

  15. Compa Gera Says:

    Well how I have a little fact for you my friend.the bucks haven’t had a significant amount of sacs in preseason since our Super Bowl run.also the his year it seems we have a definite shutdown CB in Hargreaves and a vetted one in Grimes.and don’t forget we actually have players that can rush the QB!

  16. Buc1987 Says:

    tmaxcon….I get the sense that Koetter is one to run up the score if possible.

  17. FartinMartin Says:

    Jameis has started a new streak… 2 & 0 verus Fat-Lanta !

  18. R.O Says:

    Omg.. The doom and gloom if we lose game 1. 3 days before. Jeez!!! Losing game 1 only means a team can’t go 16-0. I bet if you ask players, coaches and GMs. They say the goal is win by surviving the 1st 4 weeks while the team gels and starts to gain momentum. Week 1 is not an indicator of what a team’s record will be on week 17.

  19. Mike Johnson Says:

    One of the few things I agree with you on Joe. No if and Buts bout it..Sundays game in ATL is a must win for us period. Maybe the most important game for us. Start off with a loss and its uphill all the way. Gotta win at least 3 of our 1st 6 to have a fighting chance. I won’t say we will win Sunday. Because we have a long history of losing the games we think we will win. I just know we’d better come out fired the hell up playing like..Bats outta hell!!

  20. tmaxcon Says:


    as a long time buc fan nothing would make me happier than watching the bucs blow out teams… instead of the 9-7 wins I’d love to get used blowing out teams. instead of breaking remotes I’ll be sipping Jameson while trash talking my bear fan business partner and sending obnoxious tweets to patriot fans.

  21. D-Rome Says:

    I completely agree with this, Joe. I’m sure I (along with others) will sound like alarmists if the Bucs lose on Sunday. I don’t want to hear this, “It’s only one game” nonsense if they lose. If the Bucs are serious about taking the next step they have to show it in Atlanta. The best teams in the NFL can suffer a week 1 loss and say things like, “It’s only one game.” The Bucs are not one of those teams.

  22. Buc1987 Says:

    tmax…Lmao. YUP!

  23. iamkingsu Says:

    Great little nugget Joe! But this is why I love Jameis as a leader. He said it yesterday in his presser that we beat them twice last year so they’re going to bring it so we have to bring it. Normally a young guy would think we swept them so we have their number but not Jameis. The kid gets IT!

  24. Defense Rules Says:

    Good thing that this is the best Bucs team we’ve had in at least the last 9 years (which Matty Ice will find out soon enough). I expect it’ll be a real dogfight since it’s being played on their home turf, but Koetter will have the Bucs ready.

  25. Poor Glennon Says:

    This is a very important game. Winston should have played some pre week 4. Since his first game last year was hideous. I don’t know about this peddle to the metal offence. No huddle i like but pressing and gambling. Could turn #3 into a pic machine. Much like Freeman when he had his 4000 yard season. You guys were so enamored by the yardage it blinded you to the fact that Ints and 50 something completion percentage equals losses. We knew what #3 was when we drafted him. He’ll never be more than a 2-1 TD/Int guy. Overcoming his mistakes and performing in the clutch. Rookie QBs get a pass however. Even i as a #3 skeptic can forgive his non clutch performance last season. I hope im wrong about this guy. But if he has a bad year. He should only get the 2017 season

  26. iamkingsu Says:

    @poor Mike Glennon
    Did Jameis have poor clutch performances last year or was it the play it safe coaching style of one Lovie Smith?? Two things that will never be up for debate about Winston is his ability to lead or ability to perform when the lights shine the brightest

  27. Poor Glennon Says:

    His game against the crappy Rams. Lovie wasn’t the guy throwing the football. C’mon we needed that game and he could hit the broadside of a barn.

  28. Poor Glennon Says:

    #3 season was not even close to Freemans 25 TD,6 INT 10 win season. Ya Freeman was not a rookie but he was 21 years old. Rg3, Foles Kapernick all have amazing seasons under there belt. 3 very good seasons is what QB have to be deemed a Franchise QB. Anointing guys franchise QBs after 1 great season. Has been proven to be a mistake. So to say #3 is a franchise QB after a good season. Is crazy

  29. unbelievable Says:

    There’s a first time for everything…

  30. jb Says:

    It’s Matt Ryan……lol

  31. Dreambig Says:

    PoorGlennon – Your really just a troll aren’t you?

    To compare Freeman to Winston is just silly. Winston is already light years ahead of Freeman at any point in his career. There is no comparison in leadership, desire, IT factor, intellegence or talent. Just compare one press conference of the two. Freeman was sluggish, never had anything important or incite full to say. Winstons press conferences are on point, intelligent, and continually demonstrate that he gets it in a big way. Winstons football IQ is so much higher then Freemans its not even close. Not even a realistic conversation.

  32. Danthebucfan Says:

    FACT: Atlanta has never beaten the Bucs when Kwon Alexander plays. Is Kwon playing? Enough said!

  33. Another J Says:

    Fact: The Falcons Still Suck!

  34. salish_seamonster Says:

    Useless stat… One could also argue that after 8 in a row, they’re due for a loss. Also, 7 of those 8 wins were executed by the man who is now our defensive coordinator.

  35. celly Says:

    Fortunately, his head coach for most of those wins is now our DC.

    He has to know how to contain him. He just HAS to.

  36. Pickgrin Says:

    “7 of those 8 wins were executed by the man who is now our defensive coordinator.”

    Salish is on a roll today.

    Just show up to play and let the chips fall where they may. Bucs are highly likely to be victorious Sunday if they don’t beat themselves.

  37. Pick6 Says:

    so what you’re saying is they’re due for a loss….

  38. orlbucfan Says:

    Depending on who wins the coin-toss. If Bucs don’t, and they start on Offense. CoachDK needs to call a 2-sec/O somewhere in the series. He’s got the players to do it. Be fun to watch. Go Bucs!!