Hello football fans! We'll be here each week starting at 7:30 p.m. ET to chat live up to and during the Monday Night Football game! Get your best questions and comments ready and submit them below!
Hey everyone! Some non-MNF news to start today: Rumblings are that GM George Kokinis might be out in Cleveland, only halfway into his first regular season.
I can't say that I understand why. It's not like it was Kokinis's idea to build his team around the backups from the 2008 Jets. But there'll be more to come on that in the future, I guess.
Why does "jaws" constantly scrutinize every play by a QB when his career was nothing at all to brag about, having thrown just about as many INTs as TDs and having an overral rating of 72.8???? take it easy on em jaws, theyll all prob be better than you once its all said and done
Well, because Jaws studies more tape of quarterbacks than anyone else on TV. I've never understood that leap of logic, anyway. I can eat a steak at a restaurant and tell you it's not cooked well, but that criticism only matters if I have two Michelin stars?
Why do people say Cedric Benson is bad?
Well, he's playing at a level of performance totally unsupported by the rest of his career. So it's not unreasonable to believe that there's some skepticism regarding whether he can keep it up.
Why does everyone think Drew Brees is going to throw all over our defense. We are going to own him.
Well, your pass defense is 21st in the league in DVOA (http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/teamdef), and he threw for 652 yards and four touchdowns (against three picks) in two games against you last year. So that's probably why.
Is Matt Ryan finally taking the reins over the Falcons? And if so, will he be a savior for years to come?
I think he took the reins over last May...
are the saint a team that can go 19-0
Possible, but there's a reason there's only been one perfect team in the last 40 years or so. A lot has to go right. A _lot_.
Why is it that the Browns owner can recognize incompetence and Dan Snyder can't do the same thing and fire Cerrato? You heard if Vinny's job is on the line at the end of this season?
I'm not so sure that Mr. Lerner did recognize the proper incompetence in this situation, Chris. Either way, I wouldn't be too harsh on Cerrato. He's just carrying out Snyder's bidding. And Snyder can't fire himself.
with heath evans out, is there any change in the way the saints will or should use thomas, bell, and bush?
I think they might throw the ball a little more frequently while they get Eckel integrated into the lineup. I don't think there's a huge difference in quality between Eckel and Evans, so once he's around and aware, it should be about the same.
Jacksonville Maurice Jones -Drew rushed 8 times for 170 + yards why do they not give him the rock more feed it to him 15-30 times then he would 200 +
Well, because they were behind. And you can catch up a lot quicker throwing the ball than you can running (unless MJD breaks a 80-yard run once every four carries, which isn't about to happen).
Halloween was on Saturday so why did those guys in Cleveland dress up as an NFL team???
Why do you think Michael Turner is more than a full yard per carry compared to last year. And don't you think if goes over 125 on 20 to 25 carries the falcons got a real shot?
He's down a full yard per carry or so because the line's not playing as well, and the team probably overworked him last year. Having Norwood and/or Snelling healthy to shoulder the load this year would be beneficial to the Falcons.You have the causation for Turner's runs and the Falcons winning backwards. If Turner gets 20-25 carries, it will almost definitely be because the Falcons are ahead, and Turner's running out the clock in the second half.
Are the Niners a playoff team like they are boasting? They have an easy schedule but so do the Cardinals
It looks like it's going to come down to whoever catches a break here or there, and how they play against each other heads-up. Seattle still has a shot.
How dare you and the league compare or even say that Drew Brees is better than the Great Peyton Manning
I'm not sure when I said that. If you mean in given weeks, absolutely, Drew Brees has played better than Peyton Manning at points. Over their career, Manning's easily the better player. Not sure what your beef is with "the league" saying something, too, considering it's a corporate entity.
Do you think that the lions have a chance at winning another game this season?
Sure. I think they can win a couple more games, but it's a process. This year is about evaluating some of the young players on the roster and figuring out whether they're going to be impact players at this level.
Are the young WR's in New York catching up to Eli? Or is it just the fact that there secondary is wiped out so they have to pass 40 times a game?
I think Eli was playing a little over his head last year (he had a fluky-high performance on third down), the receivers are a little worse, the line's a little worse, and the rushing game hasn't been as effective. Basically, everyone's down about 5%.
Bill, am I the most exciting running back since Barry Sanders? When was the last time a back had 5 TD's OVER 52 YARDS EACH? Not to mention an 89 and a 91 yarder. I know that my team has struggled this year, but how about some love. Most players this explosive are all over ESPN with highlight after highlight. Why do I not get mentioned with the likes of Adrian Peterson?
Well, you're up there with him, but Adrian Peterson's team is winning their division. You're up amongst the worst teams in football.
Bill, do you think Roddy White is an "elite" receiver or is he just another "flash in the pan"?
White's the third-best receiver in the league, behind Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson. You may disagree, which is your prerogative, but it's pretty clear looking at the numbers and considering the context of which players are around him.
I hear a lot of mixed reviews on Jared Allen. Sure, everybody knows he's good, but he is often criticized for playing the pass too much. I think that's overstated, there are times when he rushes himself out of a play but I think he plays the run quite well. What's your opinion? Complete player or just a sack specialist?
I think the Vikings want him to play the pass really aggressively, since they have the Williams Wall next to him. He could be better against the run in a different scheme. Either way, I don't see how you can complain about him. He's an elite player.
In contradiction to Carlos's post above, why do so many say Brees can't be compared to Manning and Brady? He's shown he has the accuracy, the poise, and the mental quickness that they do (if not more). And just as you couldn't agree with the argument about "Jaws" and QB's, I can't get the Superbowl ring argument. Brees hasn't had the fully-developed team the Colts and Pats had until now. The Superbowl isn't a sign of a player's ability, but his team's ability and teamwork.
Very well reasoned, Andy.
Do you think Percy Harvin will be the next great receiver or is he having a lucky year?
Not necessarily a "lucky" year, but he's having a good rookie season as a receiver and proven himself to be an excellent return man. Still don't know what his potential is as a number one receiver because of his size, but he's a valuable player.
Bill who is hosting this chat you or the buzzmaster?
I am here until 8:30, Mike, and then you will get ye olde Buzzmaster.
there are no lucky years in the NFL,believe me.
There absolutely, positively are. Seasons where no one gets injured, seasons where you recover 80% of the fumbles that hit the floor, or seasons when you play the AFC and NFC West six times.
Hey any chances all these Bills injuries are more than a fluke? Would you say it has anything to do with the early camp opening and extra pre season game?
Would have to look at it in greater detail, but I doubt it. We haven't seen a relationship between preseason injuries and injuries after the season, and most of the injuries have been traumatic and random, not the sort of muscle strains/tears that are emblematic of overwork.
With bret favre behind center for the vikings now which in turn caused the passing game to improve tremendously do you think adrian peterson will reach 1500 yds rushing this year?
I think if he's healthy, AD is pretty much guaranteed 1500 yards. Of course, staying healthy is always the issue there.
Backup quarterbacks on Super Bowl winning teams have had lots of lucky years for doing squat. Kosar with Dallas got his ring.
Is Clay Bellinger one of the best infielders of his generation? Of course not. Listen, winning the title is important, and if you do it, you deserve all the credit and congratulations in the world. It doesn't automatically make you a great player, though. Just like you can graduate college and get a D in a class, you can win the Super Bowl with a few mediocrities in the lineup.
Can we get Buzz in here early?
Now you're just hurting my feelings, Brendan.
You think Michael Turner can run on this Saints run defense? How have they been doing this season beside what was done to them by Ricky this season?
They're 24th in the league so far this season, having recently been ripped apart by the Dolphins. I think Turner should be able to do some damage tonight.
Warner has 11 TD's and 11 picks 5 of them came in a loss to the Panthers. If things don't improve, when will we see Leinart?
When Warner gets hurt, which is pretty inevitable.
Bill who will have the better career Percy Harvin or Desean Jackson?
That's impossible to answer. Had this been ten years ago, you'd have asked me whether Torry Holt or David Boston were going to have the better career. And how would I -- or anyone -- been able to anticipate how the two would have played? No one knows, or will know with any sort of certainty for about five years.
Ok, Warner tosses 5 picks and still has job security. What does that say about the Cardinals faith in Leinart? Might we see a trade at the end of the season?
Among the quarterbacks who have thrown five picks in one game are Tony Romo, Chad Pennington, Dan Marino, RIch Gannon, Brett Favre, Daunte Culpepper, Mark Brunell, Drew Bledsoe (twice), and Troy Aikman. Each had a lot of life left in them. Throwing five picks isn't the end of the world. Thanks to the pro-football-reference Play Index for that one.
Is Matt Forte hurt or can you credit his molasses slow start to the inept offensive line.
I would say the OL has a lot to do with it. As in, 98% or so.
Hey Bill, where do you write or do regular work we can follow?
I write at least two articles a week for ESPN Insider. Quick Reads is available Monday morning and takes a look at the best quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers of the previous week using our advanced metrics, and Fantasy Matchups analyzes the best and worst opportunities of the week for fantasy players every Thursday.Beyond that, you can read a lengthy amount of archives at Football Outsiders (footballoutsiders.com), and I've been a contributor in the past to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other various papers that aren't in New York.
Bill, what's going on with John Abraham? Are teams doubling him more just because of the loss of Perry? And will Jamaal Anderson's suddenly capable play at DT help free him and the Bierman up to pressure Brees tonight?
Think he just had a hot streak last year and has returned to being John Abraham over the last full season or so.
Do you see Sean Payton devising more pass plays with Reggie Bush - screens, swing plays, reverses etc with Atlanta's less talented front 4? I think Reggie's due for a big game after being under the radar for much of the season. WHO DAT - GEUAX SAINTS!
No one's ever "due", that's the gambler's fallacy. I think if you're up against a weak 4, you do exactly the opposite; you protect Brees with five guys and then send four guys out on deeper patterns (with one player as the safety valve).
Do you think LJ has played his last down as a Chief?
For the Chiefs' sake, I really hope so. Dude needs to grow up.
Bill, i don't think 137yds against is getting "ripped apart" (mind you, one of those runs was for 68yds). oh yea btw top rusher in that game(RW) had only 80 yds. in fact, RW is the top rusher against the saints all year.
No one's running against the Saints because the Saints are up two or three scores on most teams (and that's not because of some great run defense). When teams have tried to run on the Saints, given the quality of the opposition, the down and distance, and the game situation, they've been successful.
Bill, I am a Jags fan, yes, I am 1 of the few. I have always been a believer in Garrard. I know its not the running game. Is it Garrard, the young OL, or ( other than Holt ) the ypoung WR corp.
The OL. Think the offense is one year away from emerging as a really, really talented unit.
Does anyone claim Chris Chambers
No. The Chargers needed wide receivers and cut Chambers, which is a sign. He's been a supremely overrated receiver all his career.
What do you think of the Packers chances to make playoffs this year? any chance they could still get the NFC North title?
Decent shot at making the playoffs. Going to be very hard to win the NFC North with two losses to the Vikings; essentially, you're looking at some sort of major injuries to make it happen.
When will Mike Vick ever start for a NFL team again? Or will he?
No reason to think that he will, or deserves to on merit. He was never a very good quarterback in Atlanta, and while he might be a better human being now than he was then, he's just not very good at his job.
Do you think the Texans are a playoff team this year? How much will losing Daniels and Andre's health play a factor?
Depends on how the breaks go. Losing Daniels is huge for them, cost them their #2 receiver. Now teams can double Johnson on every play.
FO was very down on the niners this year. They are 3-4, and have lost to 2 great teams (Indy, Minnesota) by less than 10 points. Would you consider them lucky, or are you seeing legitimate improvements that can be sustained over the long-term?
They also won one game by 4 points. Mix of both, to be honest; pleased by their play up front, and think they've got the makings of a good offense, but the offensive line is terrible.
can I count on the jets for a playoff berth?
Strongly, strongly doubt it. Maybe .500.
In contradiction to Andy's post, Drew "thank you Shawn Peyton for your system" Brees is a bum, and a system player, he can not and should never be compared to the great Peyton Manning
I'm not sure what system Brees is in. Maybe the system is called "Drew Brees Is Awesome At Playing Quarterback".
Why isn't anyone talking about what the problems are for the Bucs? Where is the justice? Why hasn't the entire coaching staff been run out of town?
I think everyone's aware that the Buccaneers are rebuilding, and that there may be some financial issues there with that franchise. It's also hard to shake the feeling that the Buccaneers are the Glazer's second franchise (after Manchester United).
Thanks for chatting Bill. How long before the Raiders inevitably trade Nnamdi Asomugha?
Thanks for coming, Craig. I don't think the Raiders trade Asomugha because of his salary and his desire to stay. If he wanted to leave, he would've thrown a fit this offseason. He's a local, he loves the Bay Area, and he's too nice of a guy to throw a temper tantrum.
is it just me or is matt ryans accuracy a big dropoff when the ball travels more than 25 yards in the air. Atlanta has no deep completions all year.
Everyone's accuracy drops off when they're throwing 25 yards downfield. Even NFL quarterbacks can't drop a ball in a bucket 75 feet away.
How many times do we need a rebuilt team? I understand the financial deal as well, but there is still some talent there, just no leadership.
I dunno. Ronde Barber was a leader two years ago, right? Why isn't he a leader anymore? Definitions of leadership tend to be murky and directly tied to wins and losses.
The Saints are currently 6th against the run right now....where do you get your stats?
footballoutsiders.com. Think about why the Saints would be sixth against the run -- namely, what's happened in their games so far that would make it unlikely teams to pound the ball against them.
Bill, I know there are a lot of young players on the Jags team this year, and yes I know a full season together will help them. But does Del Rio get another season to bring all that talent together. If they dont get things turned around
I think they don't want to spend the money on a new coach, to be honest.
I was born and raised in New Orleans. It is GREAT to see the Saints doing well. They should CRUSH the Falcons but that is why we play the game. GEAUX SAINTS!
And with that, I'm out. Enjoy the game, everyone!
Thanks Bill! Is everyone ready for some MNF tonight? This matchup is a good one -- who do ya got?
Saints 38...ATL 17.
Falcons in a close one buzzy!
saint should crush them
Alright guys this is the story: I forgot to start a QB and WR, so I need Roddy White and Tony Gonzales to put 21 (20 to tie) on the board to win. Lets root for a very prolific Matt Ryan passing game.
Brendan that is a fantasy foul. But impressive -- no WR and QB and you could still win?!
Saints are blessed with a win over Atlanta
ATL 24 NO 17
ATL 24 NO 14
Forget your Fantasy team. The Saints are playing for a 3 game lead in the NFC South.
the question is buzz,who do you got?!?!
Going out on a limb and saying the Falcons!
(although if you remember last week, I picked the Redskins--so....)
Saints have the best team in the nfl right now. a win tnite will solidify there place on top!
It is near impossible to forget my fantasy team when so much is on the line.
Yeah alright buzz is on my side!ah who cares if you picked the skins there bound to have a few bad games,maybe 8 or 10.
Obviously I will be rooting for the Falcons in a shootout.
You forgot about your Fantasy team when you didn't play a QB or WR this weekend. Didn't you?
fantasy really makes watching games fun (other than your favorite team)
Unless you have Steve Slaton this week...then, not so fun.
Brendan, you are lucky to not be in a PPR league, otherwise you'd be crushed...
Do the Saints win by 2 + TD's tonight?
I dont think I will be making it to the game ....
Who's gonna win the superbowl this year?
JaMarcus and Derek didn't go negative this week, Derek 3 pts and JaMarcus 2 points.
who's gonna win the superbowl?i'll answer this for Buzzy and say the steelers or saints.my falcons probably dont have much of a chance.........
Forget, Brendan, the Saints are for real and they going to rock tonight. Sorry about the Falcons will get run-out tonight.
I'm going to say..... Eagles.
Vince Young will rally the Titans back to the superbowl
Saints All the Way UNDEFEATED
Eagles are always dangerous in the playoffs - unlike the Saints who don't make it or come up short.
No one likes the Favres this year for the Super Bowl?
If Baltimore can contain the pass...Ravens have a great shot at the SB
Whoever can beat the Steelers
Roddy White, that's something!
I love how the Saints finally have a good season and every jumps on the ole bandwagon
*silently jumps off bandwagon*
Buzz, Brett Favrever will crash in the end....Falcons vs. Steelers
Tom: the Bengals?
NOOOO! NOOO! NOOOO!!
im on the tom brady train to the superbowl baby!
Why cant we see this kind of offense more consistently?
If the Bengals can beat the Steelers in the playoffs, not regular season. The Steelers D is tough, ask BRETT FAVRE
Alright - 18 points to go. Score quick Drew Brees!
The colts have a chance...as long as new england and san diego stay away ha
that was a great drive
Didn't ATL score first last week vs DAL as well? How'd that turn out?
who thinks chargers will beat the giants?
Atlanta scores!!! I'm off the Saint's bandwagon
Never been on the NO bandwagon. Its rickity.
let's see what Brees will do
wow Saints are going to blow them out they gave them a free touchdown
Falcons did score first against the 'Boys. Different night, different team....rivalry
Keep jumping off.
Pats .. superbowl .. they will be in sync ready to roll 2007 style when the playoffs begin
Can you imagine if the bengals won the super bowl? Would TJ Housh just implode?
Brees will do what he usually does .....score
saints all the way
Pats D is too old to win the SB.
Im tired of the pats being in the superbowl
Final 4: Colts, Steelers... Saints, and whoever manages to win the NFC East.
BengalsSuperbowljust doesent mix Buzzmaster.you should know that!
I think Ochocinco would implode more - considering how badly he wanted to get the heck out of there.
Pats D is young .. check it
are the saints good enough to go 19-0??
The Pats were good enough to go 18-1.
man i sware i was thiking that yesterday about TJ Housh when i seen him showing frustration i know he was thinking i should of never left the Bengals for money
If Cincy won the superbowl, the time space continuum would explode.
i think that only applies to the raiders?
dallas is going to be a good matchup against the Saints
How about and 18-0 NO vs an 18-0 INDY Super Bowl? That would make Mercury Morris and NE fans explode.
saints-vikes would be a good game
If the raiders win again during the Al Davis era, I will never watch football again.
Do you think that Brees can put up 300+ yards and 3 TDs?and how many more games can he keep that
oh no, here they come....
Chad it will never happen. Saints will lose tonight and the Colts will rest at the end of the year, giving up 1-2 losses.
regular season is for seeding. The playoffs are the real deal and defense wins. Geez the Ravens won a SB with no offense at all
Rams won the SB with no defense.
Pretty sure Peyton Won a super bowl with all offense
What a run!
Good stuff. get back out on the field Atlanta!
Geez these offenses don't joke around! Final prediction: 195345-168535 Saints win?
jumpin back on the wagon
Back on the Saint's bandwagon!!!
i'll do the honors Buzz in slo-Mo.TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUCHDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWN!!!
Wow a record for largest defeat in the history of the NFL is predicted by Buzz.
Sometimes Chad, you just know.
Which opening drive was stronger? Saints or Falcons?
10 plays 7 different players with touches.
Was that excessive celebration penalty on Saints?
Wait, did the refs just penalize the Saints kick off yards! THAT IS AWESOME!!!
I personally have a problem with excessive celebration.
this game will be in high scoring in the 30's
SAINTS BY 40
Excessive celebration, do you have a problem with Jay?
go saints baby
atl made it look way ez but i fear that they won't be able to keep up in a shootout.
that sounds like a personal problem to me, jay (NY)
What did excessive celebration ever do to you?
Yes I have a problem with Jay.
Hey RYAN!!!! Can u hear me??? Sincerely, Superdome
Highest scoring NFL game: 113 points when the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants 72-41 on November 27, 1966.
I bet Brett Favre was somehow the quarterback.
ryan and Birds cant put up 41
The quarterback for which team?
Jamarcus Russell'd himself.
Todd, way to be on the same favre page.
yea ryan, we are here
great drive by the Failcons
saints will score again,and take the lead
THE COWBOYS BEAT ALANTA BY 19. SO THE SAINTS WIN BY 40
No you're not. Just wait. Ryan will figure it out.
Wow -- how was that not intercepted?
we arent giving up another yard
They dropped it.
Did someone say the Saints would score next?
TOUCHDOWN FALCONS!! WHAT????
Off the wagon again.
Drew Brees got crushed.
BREES IS SEEING STARS
Thats the Falcon secondary for ya, if they're not getting burnt, they're dropping int's
The shocks on that wagon are going to be busted the way you guys keep climbing on and off.
i hope the scoreboards are equipped with the mythical "third digit."
So... If the saints can score before the quarter is over, the game will be on pace to reach 112 points. Hmm.
buzz was calling for the mythical 6th, 5th, 4th and 3rd digit
Shoot. I sit down to eat and this happens. Oh well. It's still early.
ok now you made brees mad!!!
Ouch!!! I felt that. N.O. vs ATL is always a slugfest. I would say there the biggest rivalry in the NFC South and one of the best in the NFL period.
If the scoreboards are there for anything beyond football, there will be a third digit...
Good point, Rob. Especially since at this rate, it may be a tie at the end resulting in overtime...which could take it even higher. haha
The defensive offsides eliminated any possibility of an interception during the last Saints possession. Plus, the LB's dropped the pass. Pay attention!
chat ref...is that you?
Saints up by 10 heading into 4th
Please.... no chat ref.
i thought we dealt with chat ref last week
Personal Foul against ATL.
Nope Illegal Hands.
We just may have a game here
which team may u think that may upset the saints on its playoff run?if it gets to playoffs?
I have a problem with the chat ref
Saints will find a way to win this game
Surprisingly enough, I have no issues with the chat ref. But premature celebrations is another thing.
Do you think a kicker will ever get 20+ fantasy points?
Have you ever seen the Chargers in the red zone? i'd say they have a shot.
Next to the Texans, the Siants are the biggest "WHAT IF" team in football
Someone hit 7 fgs before... on MNF too...so many stories of lost fantasy matchups on a kicker. Anyone remember who it was?
how can the saints be a "what if" when they haven't been beaten?
How legit do you think the colts are?
Rob Bironas had 26 pts in a game, including 8 FG's in 2007.
Ah, the Texans. My team. They are going to beat the Colts this week (sorry for randomness)
Hey remember when the cowboys beat the falcons i guess we will demolish the saints
too legit to quit
The colts tend to wrap up their division, cool off, and not heat up again in time.
I hope that the saints of new orleans win this football game
We're not even at halftime yet. You can't compare the DAL vs ATL game with this game, yet.
Phillies up 6-1 top of the 4th
wait till the saints find there rhythm.atl is by far the best team we have played
Brees seems to be in a TE kinda mood tonite
I see how it is. Miami didn't give them a run for the money....
New England will be coming to town
The Saints need to leave it all on the field this week. They have bye weeks the next 3 weeks.
Chad, in case you didn't see -- the Rams are on a win streak
PATS AND SAINTS 100 POINTS
Good Pass and catch!! You cant play better "D"
the saints are that good, so everyone needs to stop with this foolishness
touchdown!! ok miami was second. brendan
*driving the saints bandwagon*
But, I don't think the Saints are Super Bowl good.
They took too much time. Now the game is only on pace for 84 total points.
Rob I know how you feel, I still need the Saints and/or Falcons to put up about 400 PPM (points per minute) for a correct prediction.
Too many weapons, for good defense....that is a fact....
THE RAMS THERE PLAYOFF BOUND
OK now just 36 more pts from Brees and I'm good.
COWBOYS WILL BEAT SAINTS!
TD Roddy white or tony gonzalez im callin it now
I'll go TD turner just to spite Brendan
eagles will beat cowboys
i think saint are going to loose?
I think Darren Sharper scores the next TD.
How 'bout a QB sneak? TD Ryan?!?
Whoa! Brendan-Buzz-Dan-Chad off !
I WIIL GO TD WHITE
Quadruple Face Off?
I'm feeling confident! He did it twice against the Dolphins!
Anyone taking excessive celebration?
Thank goodnes Jack didn't make a prediction!
CATCH HIM !!!!!
I think Touchdown Gonzales.
I do not approve of such things.
Buzz, the last thing I want is a Turner TD - just so you're wrong and an opportunity isn't wasted.
What does the winner get??
I'm not sure, we banished the chat ref, remember?
Jason Elam 33 yd FG
looks like we're all wrong...
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAH FG No good!
even Tom was wrong!!!
Dan-Buzz-Brendan-Chad can I be a part of your competition with my prediction of Gonzales getting the next touchdown?
I'll allow it.
We may not be wrong!! No score.
no more predictions for me, I'm no Nostradamus
MIKE SMITH GETS TD
so now for the Saints offense. i say TD Pierre Thomas
I say Colston
next TD will be jeremy shockey via drew brees. provided, of course, that mr. shockey has washed all that extra buttery popcorn stains off his hands
You should have said it more ambiguously Tom. Like: the winds of change will swirl, 2 armies fight for position, the one named E of Lam will attempt
I say Brees Int
I say Shockey.
People need to stop taking my name in vain.
Dang Todd, I was going to go with Shockey. Brees seems to be in a Tight End mood tonight.
my boy Pierre looking good!
who is controlling this chat? all i see is useless tribble with no decent football discussion. moderator...please step up!
welp, this is awkward.
BUZZ SHOULD PUT THE PADS SHOW THEM YOUR MOVES
C'mon Saints eat up the clock. Score. Then you get the ball 1st in the 2nd half.
Will the real buzzmaster, please step up, please step up
ATL_FAN, The Chat Ref is controlling this chat. One more outburst like that and I will send you back to the days of 4-12 seasons.
atl fan here is football chat...saints will put up 45 on your pourous defense
I called it, did I not?
That will be the first, and most likely last, time I will approve of Chat Ref.
nice catch for ATL.
Maybe my Sharper prediction for next TD will come true.
Wow!!! What A Pick
You defied me once again Grimes!
And an interception!!! Doubt those Falcons !!!!
Brendan, en fuego
Buzz, it's a good thing the Spelling Police isn't on patrol tonight. That's about all I can add.
Matt, I make sure to steer them way clear of all chats.
INTERCEPTION! Gonzalez has the next touchdown via Ryan.
nice one, ed. i'll refrain from these comments in the future. wow...nice to see grimes step up (literally) and make a play. now, the falcons need to run, run and try to control the clock. they must shorten this game to have a chance.
Did anyone predict a safety?
Buzz, we keeping the same TD predictions for this drive?
Yes the BBDC off will continue now.
thomas is in rare form tonight!! i think he will break one big
Dan: I'm keeping Gonzalez as mine...
Quick someone predict a Reggie Bush return for a TD.
i think we just cursed the falcons...
The Falcons = definitly under a chat curse
I predict the unpredictable.
Very insightful Rob.
I don't know what to make of this game. It's fun to watch - but then - it isn't quite what I expected.
I predict me stuffing myself with Halloween candy during halftime.
Yeah, it looked like it was going to be extremely high scoring...yet nothing has happened since the first quarter.
No Lofton = NO running all over ATL even more.
Typical Saints-Falcons game
Chad you were suppsoed to give the candy out not keep it for your self
fun to watch tho, great game so far
The Buzz Curse. I like it.
This game is boring!! Cmon Buzz, do something!!
Eek! *starts handing out poptarts*
Haha, not only Buzz. We all cursed them.
amazing...i do not think the NO receivers have dropped a pass. amazing passing game. i can only dream of the falcons having a decent #2 receiver.
Do they make bacon poptarts? If not, why in the world don't they?
I predict (nevermind, keeping it to myself.)
Hurry up and score NO, let Atlanta get back on the field!
Michael Jenkins needs to set it up! Otherwise we are on the market for a new WR
Brees has 177 yards passing, so far, in the 1st half. Darn INT and Fumble or it would be 21-7 Saints.
Bacon filling and syrup frosting, I'll take that pop tart.
the falcons have gotten the turnovers they need, but dropping a 3rd down pass and missing a 30-something yard field goal will not get it done.
thomas up the middle for a touchdown
I think Ryan Leaf scores the next TD
Drew "Bacon" Brees...It's all good
I really wish one NFL team's mascot was "bacon"
Think of all the posibilities!
So would you try to fry a bacon pop tart??Fantasy football, brees 9, white 6. I am still up by 27 :-)
Devery Henderson sucks I would have got both feet in
That was an outstanding catch by henderson
The Redskins have the HOGS. That's pretty close to Bacon.
Bacon fill and Syrup.... what a breakfest.....
NO getting ready to score
Pierre Thomas time!!!
Make that 201 yards passing in the 1st half for Brees.
Come on, hurry up!
Play action to Shockey.
Devery Henderson sucks, I would have scored a TD on that play, then on the extra point, I would have snapped the ball to myself, held it and kicked it through goalposts.
Mike, I think the Bucs could use your services.
Or easiest touchdown ever. One or the other.
no one picked reggie to score!! LOL
Any chance a team picks up Chris Chambers
Is that 3 80-yard scoring drives? Pattern...
The Saints really are the Greatest Show on Turf 2.0.
And we get the ball to start the half
Miami fans are pleading for Chambers..we need someone..anyone
Lets go with onside kick!
Ok now we can honestly say no one saw Bush scoring a TD
The Bucs can;t afford me
Buzz .... what's your early prediction of the Steelers vs. Broncos game next week
Keelan (The STeel City .. Home of 6 SuperBowls) I have a feeling you don't want to know my pick
Wow. Keelan - you've really outdone yourself.
Steelers win. Easy.
2 minute drill, get gonzalez and white in this.
ok guys. i dont have cable due to a tree falling, so I cant watch the game. Hows Ryab looking?
Yikes, who wants to break it to frank?
Good timing Frank! He just threw a pick 6!
....and that will do it. now the NO defense scores!
Wow this game is over.
pick 6 for NO frank lol. not so good for Ryan
ha! i can take any bad news... im a browns fan
That's what 5 or 6 defensive TD's for the Saints so far this year?
42 seconds for some fantasy points.
Can someone tell me if NO got a new defensive Cordinator? What is the biggest difference between last year and this year?
5 int's for TD's by the Saints this year so far
Phillies 6-2 bottom of the 6th
HAHA at least you're not for the Skins, Frank...And with the Falcon's composure deteriorating, their D tiring out against the monster Saints offense, what do you predict the second-half offensive production of the Saints to be, Buzz?
infinity and beyond
NO! The Saints can't win!!!
Wait, there is baseball on?
The Saints will run the ball in the 2nd half.
Saints will score again this half.
Ryan looks like he is about to breakdown and cry.
Didn't the saints defense outscore the offence 3 weeks or so ago? Possible Saint/Saints superbowl?!
Sharper and Greer and a new D Coordinator... Lots of blitzing.
How was that not pass interference on Vilma. He hit White before the ball was intercepted?
Brendan how many points do you need?
I need a field goal from Elam to seal up a win.
Cal, unfortunately this chat might have made that an impossibility.
I had then game on pause so i'm a bit behind but when did the NFL go to the one foot in rule because that was no catch by Henderson
No, don't throw to that tight end.
What about 3 XP's from Elam? HAHAHA that's funny. I can't say that with a straight face.
Buzz, which team do you think has the better food?
1 knee, or elbow = 2 feet. It was a catch Karl.
This game clock is out of control. This is like the fourth time!
Quentin, I'll take the home team.
5th time. Are you kidding me?
Another pick 6.
Everyone back on the bandwagon
Elam almost made my head explode when he hit the uprights on that 34 yarder he missed earlier.
GO! GO! GO!
Buzz what's your thoughts on Miles Austin? Could he really be as good as he seems.
Definitely. And if not, I still like him more than Roy E.
Here we go!!
So who's worse, Jason Elam or these officials?
What was that? Does he think he is playing soccer?
Miles Austin is as good as he seems
Matt Ryan's 1st half QB rating is 43.5...Drew Brees 111.0.
two missed fg
SAINTS ARE MARCHING
Cal, hope your head didn't explode. We just don't have the budget for cleanup on that.
another horrible Failcon drive
ive been drafting miles austin since 2007 on my fantasy team waiting for T.O. to get out the way
Yes, good ol' Cajun food.
#51 for NO should have been flagged for pass interference on the last NO interception. He was blocking the receiver beyond 5 yards
This is so much better then the Brown Bag years! where is the benson boogie now?
Is dude (here) related to dave (home)?
I got Miles Austin and Chris Johnson in a trade for Brandon Jacobs and Tory Holt 2 weeks ago. It turned my fantasy year around
Yay, Fins, sweepin' the Jets.
Jason Elam kicks one of the best soccer kicks I have seen in a while and no one shouts GOOOOOOOOAL. That's not right
Brendan that is enough out of you
Saints also have over 100 rushing yards for the game, already.
This Clifford Lee is pretty solid...Being a Falcons fan sux, even if I called this in the MB, they do not play good teams well
Buzz break. BRB.
Buzz is back. And the Falcons are still mediocre. I said it in the First Take chat this morning. Falcons finish the season 9-7.
Back, what are the odds that the Falcons comeback and win?
Falcons are looking a little angry right now.
OK ... that settles that one.
Small chance they come back and win. Maybe if they throw it to White and Gonzo they have a chance.
Chad, i agree. They play decent at home, their defense is better in their own dome, but they just can't get it done some times
wow, glad i played ryan this week...
not very good if the officials keep missing blatant pass interference calls...
What are the odds of a colts vs Saints super bowl?
They'll make a comeback, Buzz! I BELIEVE!
any word on Lance Moore being out?
Maybe if the ball wasn't thrown 10 yard to the right of the receiver the ref would have seen the interference.
BUT YOU NEVER NOW
It's only a two score game.
Ken, the odds are better than a Bucs vs. Browns Super Bowl.
A bucs browns super bowl ... may the best kicker win?
What are the odds of the saints going to the super bowl?
Falcons have the same chance of winning as does Jason Elam making a feild goal tonight
That's not good for CAL
YESS YESS YESS YESS YESS!!
WHO DAT? WHO DAT? WHO RODDY WHITE?
uh oh..its a ball game!!
that's more like it...nice job roddy and matt
Geeeeez. People jumped ship a little too early.
2 points, guys, 2 points and the improbable happens.
we're just gettin startes
Awesome, Utley homered again.
Wow, that may just give the the hight Fantasy Football score for the week in my league. :-)
Wow, and Ibanez just went deep.
game on atl fans. go saints
Drew Brees going to march down the field and get a touchdown for N.O.
that wasn't a push off?
Momentum just got a shout out.
falcon's D needs another stop...big possession here
Man he was all over him, HAHA, glad that wasn't called back.
wow so they made a bad call when roddy didnt get his interference now they let roddy push off
lets go falcons
I missed the TD for White, did Elam at least make the extra point.
howd atl score that last score?
Matt Ryan deep 68 yards to White.
The Falcons are playing like (Favre/Pulse/Rastall). Just pick one, Buzz.
Favre, always Favre.
I did not push off on that last play.
Barely? I believe it.
I'm with you Roddy - whatever you say.
all saint's receiver catching
I am going to score a TD on this drive
Oh yah, Drew?
This game is like someone turned on the red zone channel. who needs the middle of the field
yes, a miss!
fg attempt = small victory (for now)
it was the WIND!!!!
Can anyone here go kick a field goal for these teams?
3 misses in a Dome = Spooky.
I DID predict the unpredictable. :-)
small victory. saints by at least 14. my prediction
Buzz are you turning on the force field generator when they try to kick field goals?
*turns off wind machine*
It's good to see Matt Ryan realize Roddy White is probably a good choice
73- 71. Thanks for the support guys.
And that catch seals my Fantasy leagu high score this week.
Air Conditioner is on high tonight in the dome
turner, turner, turner...must have the run game to keep this game close
Hey! Is this thing on?
saints defense made a stop this time
Jamarcus!! You workin' on that aim???
Roddy White fumbles twice in the next 14 minutes
I wonder what the most missed FGs in a NFL game is?
He lies, don't believe him!
8-4 Phillies, whatever you do, DON'T BRING IN LIDGE
Brees is the worst scrambling QB I've ever seen.
Missed pass interference call will come back to haunt atlanta
he is a pocket passer.
You only need to miss 1 to be remembered
Final score will be 42-38 falcons.
No Brendan, that would be Favre.
When am I going to play on Monday Night?
lidge in the 9th Philli
Scott if that is true I guess we will never forget Elam
Jamarcus, you'll play when your passer rating is above 50.0 lol
When Buzz loses weight, Jamarcus.
Hey! I have big bones, OK
That will never happen!
Wow don't mess with Gary (Cleveland, Ga)
a weakness of the saints offense ? - no wildcat with Drew ?
No Saints superbowl.
Gary doesn't play no games. haha
Gary, shootin' to be the Browns next G.M.
I am going to do less passing because I know Alanta's pass defense is bad, and passing would make sense.
FIELD GOAL TIME! Rev up the wind machine!
Oh yah, Drew?
Tha woudl be a 85 yd FG.
Chad, you gotta admit, you'd like to see it.
Punt time - come on Buzz... that would be a crazy field goal.
Favre could do it.
Atlanta is going to march down and Elam is going to shank one wide left....soccer style!
i second that buzz
If you had a kicker that could kick a ball that far would you attempt it knowing that if he missed the other team would have good field position.
That would be the GREATEST field goal attempt of all-time. Sean Payton would be my hero. Well, after Favre of course.
You best turn that wind machine in the right direction. I would love to see it after Elam stole the record from Demsey in that thin air.
Maybe if the wind machine is pointed in the right direction .... hmmm ? 70 yards?
Ok if Elam makes another soccer kick someone has to shout GOOOOOOOAL!!!!!!!
Wow, nice catch and run.
Two truly great quarterbacks at work here tonight.
Not as great as BRETT FAVRE, Sid!
Couldn't Doug Flutie drop kick it 70 yards?
Saints need a turnover here.
How am I feeling?
Of course. That's a given, Quentin.
Which defense is more exhausted by the end of the 4'th - possibly determines game.
the 4th qtr.... things might get crazy
keep the ground game going falcons...let's go!
Things are falling into place for an Elam field goal. I still believe in you Elam!
Brett Favre could punt Chuck Norris through the uprights.
If this goes to OT, do either team bother for a FG?
Hey Buzz! how do u think the Patriots and Saints matchup is going to be?
I'd say decent
Patriots will be blitzed out of the Dome.
Alright, one more down to go before the Elam FG!
sharper pick for a score,saints
Saints have an almost 7 minute advantage in time of possession. Hopefully that pays off in the 4th quarter with ATL's D being tired.
Matt Ryan must FINISH THEM
uh oh, FG TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
did mike smith have another option?
WOW!!! What a catch!
Wow, he caught that? No way!
That should be reviewed.
I'm going for two.
He didn't catch it!
Nope, he didn't get that.
no he did not catch that
challenge the play!
I wish we had Roddy White... *heavy sigh*
That is a catch, I find that inconclusive
drop ball !!!
You have Darrius Heyward Bey
NO CATCH! NO TD
That doesn't make feel any better Brendan.
Darrius heyward bey is going to be a superstar
For the love of Favre!
Saints blitz not working - bad sign.
MOMENT OF TRUTH
FG block for TD.
Buzz, you forgot to flip the switch
Next year, we're taking a kicker in the 1st round.
he did it
Final Score Predictions.. ???
Buzz so it was you and that wind machine making Elam look bad shame on you
tell no one.
Brett Favre would take 4 plays to make it 2 possessions.
It's all about the run game.
38-28 Saints will win.
Elam comes through for me, alright. Now I need to find a new kicker for next week.
Wow! Momentum shifted
HUGE TO BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Wow, Atlanta has the ball!
get on my back
Momentum sobered up and drove to the stadium.
I disagree, good sir. There is no conclusive evidence that Atlanta recovered that ball.
thomas got the ball back
How's things on the bandwagon?
Still on it, but tempted to jump off
Phillies just won.
Sadness will prevail for NO
Replay will show that Thomas recovered the ball and Atlanta scrummed it away.
what is goin on
That dude is running angry.
Sorry I'm late. Something about a baseball game going late.
Ok how did the Saints not tackel him?
My goodness, Momentum must be very confused tonight.
now saints time\
Turnovers - so important. Anymore this game?
sup y'all! I'm back!
i guess the football outsiders metric is right on the Saints 24th ranked run defense. Nice int tho
this is a crazy 4th qtr
Nice Job Ryan, I couldn't have done it better myself.
looks like both defences are playing better
Rex! long time no see! Are you still in the league?
Bigger miss: That call or Elams kicks?
No Rex, you're confused, that pass was tipped, yours were just straight to the defense
Nice power slam tackle by Atlanta there
You got me Greg, plus the defense usually ran my picks in for a TD as well.
another great catch
ARE YOU SERIOUS!
Wow what a catch
When will ATL stop putting a LB on Shockey?
Colston looks like a man among boys out there.
That catch by Shockey is why he was the biggest steal ever
Drew is great - but sure doesn't get hurt by great concentration by his receivers
Shocky played well last few games. Clutch catches.
VIVA LA SAINTS!!!!!!
Too many weapons
11 pt lead. Could the Saints win every game so far this year by double digits?
C'mon Matt Ryan. Throw another INT.
Buzz, Tom Brady or Drew Brees?
Cody -- Easy Breesy
Dear Fantasy Santa, I'm still down by 13 points and could use a 40-yard TD pass from Brees to Pierre Thomas.
yes @ chad
You can't leave Peyton Manning out of a question like that!
i could also use help from fantasy santa being down by 10, need roddy white to have like a 50 yard touchdown catch to win
Ohhhhh. I almost called it.
No fumble. Tuck rule.
my team could really use that Roddy White TD/no TD
Buzz, Jake Delhomme or Me?
I will recommend some earmuffs before I make this pick, Jamarcus
Saints Defence taking over again, just like last week.
Either way helps the Saints a bit. Uses ATL's last timeout.
Jamarcus or quinn is the question
Sorry I have missed this whole thing I was caught up in an Ed Houchili meeting on how to explain things more than they should be.
if that call isn't overturned, I will boycott the NFL for the remainder of the year.
i would take my high school quarterback over jamarcus russell
um, chad, winning a challenge does not use a TO buddy
Greg (boston) glad to still have you with us
Hey! I'm right here!
good, I would have hated to miss the rest of the season
I really dislike the tuck rule.
Can atlanta get a TD in before the end?
Can they Yes. Will they No.
4th and 10. This game is over.
No TD for the Falcons. Saints Win!
Saints need to hit the 40 pt. mark.
I'm gonnna need one more Saints touchdown.. jdfkldajfkljs!!!
INCOMPLETE! Saints Win!
I would have made a better throw than that.
Laugh if you want, but the Panthers will be the first to beat the Saints.
good night !! saints win 7-0
Better undefeated team: Saints or Colts?
Buzz - Saints
Saints > Colts.
Colts, better defence
saints easy, who have the colts beat?
colts better qb, better running game, better recievers, pretty much better everything
Wait, we aren't undefeated?
Better undefeated team? after they play the Pats- neither
I'd like to see that game but I lean towards the Colts
I think the Saint offence is just scary. and there Defence is not to bad either.
Breezy in NO.
Hmm, tough. Both teams looked mortal this week, I'd have to say Colts right now with the loss of Ellis and the clear effect he was having on the Saints run D, as Turner has sliced through us pretty good.
Wow. What a terrible fumble.
Bell was down!! Forward progress stopped.
you CAN'T rule forward progress on replay
Seriously, put your hands around the ball and fall to the ground. What is an extra yard when you're ahead by 11 with less than 2 minutes to go?
This could get interesting.
Just another opportunity for Ryan to throw another INT.
he was still falling forward. fumble
give atl the ball this one is done
GO RYAN! Throw an INT! Sharper hasn't caught one yet!
white caught that ball with both feet inbounds that last poss.
I expected a blowout and Atlanta made a game of this, hats off to Atlanta
I hope Atlanta scores a touchdown. It would make the end of this game very interesting.
he's in bounds
ATL could theoretically still win. Quick TD now, onside recover.
if these officials had their eyes open, if Jason Elam remembered how to kick field goals...Lots of what ifs
These guys in Atlanta have a ton of heart, and and ton of finish in them. Good on them, whether they win or lot that shows a lot about what kind of team they are.
this game has more great catches than I have seen in a long time
TO the endzone!
... or not?
How about those Saints!
That was an interesting play call.
8-pt. game. On-side kick is coming. Everyone knows it.
A bit late but Elam remembed he isn't playing soccer
What a fight!
Falcons got it.
Wow Atlanta recovered
oh come on
Still won't win but this is absurd
Unbelievable game, regardless of outcome.
WHAT DID I SAY!! Sharper has it!!
There's Sharper's INT... Great game!
7th INT of the season for Sharper.
What a game
Wow ... what a game is right!
Should have taken one more short shot, but that was a great game.
Great Game Thanks MNF
Wow another good MNF game. See you next week ...Steelers vs Broncos
Thanks everyone for a great chat! See you next week! What a finish!