Jamie (New Orleans)
What type of impact do you think FB Heath Evans' placement on IR will have on the Saints' offense and how should they attack a very respectable Falcons' defense?
Pat Yasinskas (12:49 PM)
It's obviously going to hurt. Evans did a lot of good things for that offense. But I think they can survive it.
my take: Hopefully, he has the Ovie effect on the Saints.
John (New Orleans)
Pat, what are your thoughts on Jabari Greer's performance so far this season? Seems to me he is on track to having a probowl year.
Pat Yasinskas (12:51 PM)
I think he's having a Pro Bowl season. One of the best pickups around the league in free agency.
my take: Meet Roddy White Monday and then you will get burnt.
Pat, putting Brees' and Ryan's respective passing games aside, which running game would take right now? The combination of Bush, Thomas and Bell for the Saints or an explosive, yet struggling Turner for the Falcons?
Pat Yasinskas (12:54 PM)
Right now, gotta give the edge to the Saints. Turner's just not doing it like he did last year.
my take: That has to change soon. Turner has to get it going, like really. How much we paying this guy?
Kareem (New Orleans)
Do you think Hardgrove is a decent replacement at DT while Ellis is on the mend?
Pat Yasinskas (1:02 PM)
Yes, Hargrove's done a nice job this year. He's not Ellis, but he's not bad.
my take: Ellis hurt? Falcons have to take advantage of that.
The biggest question mark for the Falcons is their secondary correct? What is with our pass rush?
Pat Yasinskas (1:07 PM)
Abraham's been unusually quiet and they don't blitz very often. Might be time for more blitzes.
my take: For a 4-2 start, there are not many things to be happy about. Abe needs to step it up obviously, but the corners need to hold down there coverages better.
Will your be at the game this Novemember to witness Michael Vick's return to the GA dome? Im positive he will throw from the wildcat this time to Desean Jackson deep
Pat Yasinskas (1:09 PM)
We don't make our schedules that far in advance, but I think it's a pretty safe guess that I'll be there for Vick's return.
my take: Vick will meet Curtis Lofton on a 2 yard loss. Vick won't see the field after that.
Lloyd (Baton Rouge, LA)
Pat, you said Matt Ryan won't have "sophomore slump". I really haven't paid attention to his play, but do you think there is a little bit of a sophomore slump going on?
Pat Yasinskas (1:14 PM)
No, I don't think it's a sophomore slump. Now, he has had some tough moments that I didn't think he'd have, but I think that's mostly because the running game has struggled. Overall, he's been solid.
my take: He has had two poor games, but who said he was supposed to be invincible?
Mike (Charlotte )
Pat why do you continue to bash Julius Peppers? The guy has really turned it on lately and has given great effort yet you mention Abraham who has 3 sack in your Pro Bowl column, but not Peppers who has double that and a lot more tackles. Your shtick is getting old, I understand bashing him when he is bad, but not when he is 2nd in the NFC in sacks.
Pat Yasinskas (1:21 PM)
Like it's really helped the 2-4 Panthers?
my take: Abe has 3.5 sacks just to clarify. Peppers is overrated, he is three years younger than Abe so leave him alone. Abe needs to step it up and he knows it. I suspect a nasty streak out of him Monday.
I know you don't make predictions, but what do you expect to see Monday Night? Any key things to look for?
Pat Yasinskas (1:45 PM)
Atlanta's CBs. It's all about if they can even contain New Orleans' passing game.
my take: I am scared of this game, but somewhat confident. For some reason, I think the Falcons win this one. I just believe in the never lose 2 straight games streak.
If this chat is all about the NFC South, why isnt it titled as such? How do you think Thomas and Bell will do against Atlanta's run D this week?
Pat Yasinskas (1:54 PM)
Yes, this is a weekly chat on the NFC South. I'd think Thomas and Bell should fare well against Atlanta's defense.
my take: Hey Pat, have you seen the Falcons' Run defense lately. Well, its pretty good. I just hope Johnson can play.
Your thoughts on Tye Hill this week? does he start?
Pat Yasinskas (1:57 PM)
No, if coaches thought he had anything, Hill already would have been starting.
Bill (Laplace, LA)
Pat, were the Cowboys that good, or did Atl have a bad day?
Pat Yasinskas (2:00 PM)
I'm not sold on Cowboys. Have to go with ATL having bad day.
my take: Agreed.