NFL 08: the Falcons goldeneye the Raiders

The Atlanta Falcons cruised to the west coast to black jack with the Oakland Raiders. Televised by Fox, the first quarter began with a touchdown for the Falcons; quarterback Matt Ryan threw to wide receiver Michael Jenkins. The Falcons put another TD on the board on their next possession, courtesy of running back Jerious Norwood, who leaped over one of the Raiders into the end zone. Atlanta 14 and Oakland 0. The second quarter started with another Falcons TD–twenty-seven yards between Matt Ryan’s hands and Michael Jenkins in the end zone. Falcons 21 and Raiders 0. Atlanta increased their lead with a field goal just passed the halfway mark in the second quarter. 24 to 0.

The third quarter was scoreless. The fourth quarter began with Raiders defensive end Kalimba Edwards sacking Matt Ryan. A Falcons field goal attempt was no good. About halfway through the fourth quarter, the Raiders got to the red zone. Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell threw into the end zone–into the hands of Falcons safety Erik Coleman. The fourth quarter was scoreless too. Atlanta 24 and Oakland 0. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. JC Pearson and Matt Vasgersian were commentators. They wore much more eye-friendly ties. Pearson wore a light blue button-down shirt and a tie much like this one. Vasgersian wore a white button-down shirt and a tie like this one (with a set of green/gray in the stripes rather than black).

2. Raiders running back Darren McFadden was unable to play today on account of an injury.

3. So the commentators talked about Falcons running back Michael Turner’s numbers and that they haven’t been consistent in the past Sundays. Shall we just call this one, “things tend toward the mean” ?

4. The Raiders’ defense was on the field for forty-plus minutes by the time of the fourth quarter, as the commentators noted. They also mentioned that the last time the Falcons beat the Raiders was in late 80s when the Raiders were still a Los Angeles team.

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