John McGrath of The News Tribune delves into the Atlanta Falcons recent struggles in postseason, aptly name “Juan N. Dunne.”
McGrath notes that although Mike Smith has compiled a 50-24 record in five seasons, his Falcons are 0-3 in the playoffs, hence McGrath coining the term “Juan N. Dunne.”
McGrath: Three playoff games since 2008 have produced three quick, one-and-done exits for Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan.
The Falcons won’t be talking about it this week, but until they prove differently, Juan N. Dunne remains a pattern on the threshold of a curse.”
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Here’s my story on Chris Clemons’ ACL knee injury, which ended his season. I’ll provide updates later today if the Seahawks make roster moves.
Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times says that the Seahawks are dispelling early season myths about their team, including that Seattle was wasting a championship-caliber defense and it could not come from behind.
Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post come cleans – he swung and miss on his prognostication about Seattle and Russell Wilson this season.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution gives Seattle the edge over Atlanta in special teams.
Ben Stockwell of Pro Football Focus reviews the Hawks-Redskins game.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated gives John Schneider his vote for NFL executive of the year.
Mike Jones of The Washington Post reports that Robert Griffin III may have suffered two ligament tears according to MRI results.
Jim Corbett of USA Today writes that Washington is accusing the Seahawks of cheap shots during the game, including defensive end Red Bryant allegedly trying to step on running back Alfred Morris.