After Asante Samuel picked off Carson Palmer Sunday and ran the rock for one of his famous "pick-6" returns, the Atlanta Falcons cornerback was very vocal about the play (Thomas DeCoud said he heard Samuel from 40 yards away while running the ball back) and about how he felt the fans in Philadelphia would treat him upon his return to the city for Atlanta's Week 8 game against the Eagles.
“They love me!” said Samuel during his post-game locker-room rant. “They are going to scream when I come out the tunnel. Philly, you better scream!”
As the Falcons entered their bye week, I'm quite positive the Falcons brass hoped that would be the only time Samuel called out to Philadelphia in any way, shape or form.
It didn't take long for Samuel to crush those hopes.
In a very delayed response—it was reported in July by the Philadelphia Inquirer that Eagles head coach Andy Reid said Samuel was in steep decline—Samuel fired off a couple of tweets at his former head coach.
With 10 days left before the Falcons kick off against the Eagles, this banter back and forth could get ugly.
Mike Smith said the 6-0 Falcons have "been very fortunate" this season. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
Ryan Kalil said he had no regrets about making his Super Bowl prediction in a full-page newspaper ad prior to the season. [Charlotte Observer]
The Charlotte Observer compiled statistics to answer the question of who should play middle linebacker: Jon Beason or Luke Kuechly.
Roman Harper said he was excited that Jonathan Vilma might practice with the team on Wednesday. [Times-Picayune]
Tiquan Underwood may stick with the team if he can maximize his opportunities. [Pewter Report]
Both Josh Freeman and Mark Barron have been nominated for weekly awards, according to the Tampa Tribune.
Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.