Originally Posted by Vinny
Mike Nolan has done a tremendous job over there on defense (Falcons). They just lost CB Brent Grimes (their best cb) but moved Asante Samuel up from the nick. They look fast and active.
Mike Nolan is a decent DC, but out of Samuels and Abraham (And Grimes when healthy) that roster is hella bad. This is why the get run out of their own building in the playoffs when facing decent offensive teams. Those 3 picks were more on Manning than it was the Falcons being some defensive powerhouse.
Manning has had games where he's thrown a boatload of picks, and he's even had stretches in the regular season where's he done the same in multiple games played close together. I'm not jumping on the bandwagon that this injury has crippled his ability to throw the ball, but I don't think he's really looked like Peyton of even 2010 this season, much less any other Manning year. We are catching him at a good time when he's still probably trying to get used to his pass catching options and his offensive linemen. The Texans could easily replicate what the Falcons did if Manning makes really bad decisions like he did on Monday night.