The Atlanta Falcons overcame a 10 point deficit to defeat the New York Giants at Met Life Stadium by the score of 24-20. To utter that sentence is completely remarkable given the hiccups of the past by this ball club, however it seems that new Head Football Coach Dan Quinn could care less about the past and early on has instilled a resilience in this roster.
The “Dirty Birds” are off to a 2-0 start. This feat may be surprising to most, but not to the team who’s mantra of being “fast and physical” is continuing to lead them both offensively and defensively. While I believe this roster is not overly talented, I do believe in the energy and enthusiasm that is being displayed early on. There is still a long way to go in this season but as time goes on this team can soar to greater heights. Here is what I believe are the reasons the Atlanta Falcons won on Sunday;
1. OFFENSIVE 3RD DOWN EFFICIENCY: Early on the Atlanta Falcons showed great offensive balance behind the running of Tevin Coleman and the short passing game. This team continued to move the chains for first downs even in 3rd down situations.
2. DEFENSIVE STOPS ON 3RD DOWN: One of the most gut wrenching parts of watching defensive football is your squad not being able to get a team off the field. The Falcons Defense held Quarterback Eli Manning and the New York Giant Offense at bay when it counted most, giving multiple opportunities for the offense to score.
3. GREAT PLAY SELECTION: I am not sure how to quantify this but I am almost positive that points were scored on the Falcon Defense last season based on them being tired from continued three and outs. Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan called an absolutely brilliant game on Sunday, essentially putting players in the position to make plays. Even when some calls were not successful you could see the “rhyme and reason” and progression in the play calling. The biggest advantage was even when the Falcon Offense did not score enough time for defensive recovery was evident.
Next Sunday our hometown, 2-0 Atlanta Falcons will travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. You can hear the game live on Sports Radio 92.9 The Game each and every Falcons Game Day.
Jamie Walker is a Producer and Blogger for Sports Radio 92.9 The Game. Follow him on Twitter @coachjdub21 or contact him through email at Jamie.Walker@cbsradio.com.