Happily I write about the absolute Thursday Night, Prime time, domination by our hometown Atlanta Falcons onto the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The final score was 56-14 but very much could have even greater due to the inept Tampa Offense in contrast to the absolute precision of the Falcons’ Offense. The team obviously had a “chip” on their shoulder after the loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and played like they wanted redemption for the less than stellar performance. They redeemed themselves.

I will not speak about the obvious but I will say that the defense was a pleasant surprise. The defensive unit was opportunistic and created turnovers. This is the only way to overcome the lack of experience and talent on this side of the ball, along with throwing in the special teams talents of Devin Hester and you can have a complete team. However, I witnessed something that I would love to see happen on the defensive side of the ball that should happen sooner than later.

Stansly Maponga may just be ready for prime time. (Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Sports)

Stansly Maponga may just be ready for prime time. (Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Sports)

The play of Defensive Ends’ Stansly Maponga and Malliciah Goodman impressed me. I think it signifies a changing of the guard in generating pass rush for this Falcon Defense. Quite honesty you could not possibly do any worse with the likes of Kroy Biermann and Osi Umenyiora who had not produced a sack to this point. I say let the young “pups” eat and if you have just chopped it up to be an opportunistic defense then see what talents you have in your reserves; ultimately you drafted them for a reason.

RaShede Hageman goes after Josh McCown. (Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Sports)

RaShede Hageman goes after Josh McCown. (Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Sports)

At the end of the day the Atlanta Falcons got a quality, divisional win and are now 2-1. This team must continue to improve in order re-establish a winning culture for this franchise. Offensively, the Falcons are at the top or close to the top of the National Football League but they must become at least middle of the road defensively to soar to greater heights. I believe that letting the young up and coming defenders is the best way to accomplish long and short term goals for the team.

Jamie Walker is a Producer and Blogger for Sports Radio 92.9 The Game. You can follow him on Twitter @coachjdub21 or by email at Jamie.Walker@cbsradio.com.

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