The Atlanta Falcons entered Week 10 on a roll as the second best team in the NFC. The Philadelphia Eagles went into the game on a freefall, showing cracks after a strong start to the 2016 NFL season. However, by the end of the game, the Falcons are the team that showed cracks and the Eagles proved there is still life in their wings. Here is a look at the Atlanta Falcons team grades for this tough 24-15 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Atlanta Falcons have the top-ranked passing offense in the NFL and some are considering Matt Ryan as the NFL MVP so far this season. However, the Falcons couldn’t seem to finish off drives and stumbled more this week against the Eagles than they have for much of the season. Matt Ryan had a tough game, completing only 54 percent of his passes for 267 yards. He only threw one touchdown and one interception.
While Julio Jones had a solid game with 10 catches for 135 yards, Ryan had trouble getting anyone else involved. That’s a problem because the Falcons play better when more players are involved in the offense. Outside of Jones, every other player on the team only accounted for eight catches for 132 yards, meaning Jones alone outplayed everyone else. The running game was also non-existent, which is unforgivable in such a close game. Devonte Freeman only ran the ball 12 times for 49 yards.
The Atlanta Falcons have the worst defense in the NFL and showed that against the Philadelphia Eagles. Running back Ryan Mathews almost lost his job three weeks ago because of poor performance and enjoyed his first 100-yard rushing game since Week 3 of the 2015 NFL season against the Falcons porous defense. He also ran for the Eagles only two offensive touchdowns of the game.
Meanwhile, Carson Wentz had a solid, yet unspectacular game against the Falcons, throwing the ball more times than Matt Ryan but not throwing a touchdown or interception in the game. Wentz was able to do what Ryan was not, and that is spread the ball around. Jordan Matthews had six receptions, Darren Sproles had eight, and Zack Ertz finished with six. The Falcons defense did force Wentz to fumble once and recovered it.
Special Teams: C
Matt Bryant finished the game hitting only three of his four field goal tries and actually missed an extra point in the game. Punter Matt Bosher averaged 47.5 yards per punt but left in the fourth quarter with an injury. Bryant punted twice after that, averaging only 33.5 yards per punt.
The Atlanta Falcons coaching staff called a horrible game plan on Sunday. With Matt Ryan throwing the ball 33 times, the running backs only carried the ball 13 times and the Eagles had all the time they needed to score enough points to win. Add in the fact that the Falcons defense has played poorly all season long and this is a coaching staff that might need to be shaken up if they want to make it further than the early rounds of the playoffs this season.
Up next, the now 6-4 Atlanta Falcons head into their bye week coming off the tough loss. After that, they welcome the Arizona Cardinals to town for a huge game when it comes to playoff implications. Arizona is fighting for a playoff spot and the Falcons need to hold on to their lead in the NFC South following the bye week.
Post Author: Shawn S. Lealos.