So now our hometown Atlanta Falcons are back to reassemble themselves after a epic collapse against the Minnesota Vikings. The Falcons lost the game by the score of 41-28 in Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s very 1st start. No one thought the same kind of history would repeat itself in losing to another rookie signal caller but Bridgewater was able to do what he wanted, throwing for 317 yards and rushing for a touchdown.
Offensively for the Falcons, Matt Ryan was 25 for 41 for 298 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. The combination of runningbacks for Atlanta rushed for 121 yards, including Antone Smith with 62 yards and Steven Jackson with 49 on 13 carries. This unit has been surprising in that it was touted to be the weaker unit among the scoring threats along the offense. It was a tough day for the offense in general losing several offensive lineman to injury creating the need to have Tight End Levine Toilolo having to play Tackle but they had a chance late to still win.
Defensively, the Atlanta Falcons were absolutely pathetic. They gave up 317 yards in the air to Minnesota Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater but along with that they gave up 241 yards on the ground on 44 carries essentially making runningbacks’ Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata look like All-Pros. It was not Falcons’ Defensive Coordinator Mike Nolan’s finest three hours. Bottom line for the Atlanta Falcons is the offense clicking on all cylinders other than injury and the defense is not NFL caliber.
Any offense can move the ball on this Falcons Defensive Unit effectively with no regard of fear or being stopped. That is not just a coaching problem, that is indeed a personnel problem and the finger points directly to General Manager Thomas Dimitroff. Along with never being able to either draft or acquire pass rush one has to question the overall defensive talent on this team. Understandably, time has to be given for development but there is not much potential that has been witnessed among the defensive players that has transitioned to results on the field. That is indeed troubling going forward.
Jamie Walker is a Producer and Blogger for Sports Radio 92.9 The Game. Follow him on Twitter @coachjdub21 or reach him by email at Jamie.Walker@cbsradio.com.