Do Da Dirty Bird: Taking the AFC East Part of the Sched to the Shed

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Published: July 19, 2009

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... bounced back from the desertion of a coach and the arrest of a superstar quarterback, just had to draw the AFC East as their non-conference opponents.

OK, so the rest of the NFC South faces the same potentially disastrous fate, and it is our division's turn to face these terrors of teams. I guess you can't draw the AFC Worst (oh, excuse me, West) every year.

But right now, when we need to build upon the confidence gained from last season? When Matt Ryan will be trying to avoid the sophomore slump, Michael Turner will be facing defenses much better prepared to contain him, and the linebackers will be trying to recover from the departure of two starters?

Alas, the answer is yes, right now. For what it's worth, though, we may have the more favorable home-and-away configuration with the Beasts of the East (three of whom had winning records last year, need I remind you): We play the foregone conclusion of a loss on the road, meaning that t...

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