After a loss to the hated New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football and getting what essentially equated to a mini bye, we fully expected our hometown Atlanta Falcons to be prepared for the trip to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans. The “Dirty” Birds got the win by the score of 10-7 against the previous 1-4 squad, but the Falcons have some serious work to do. Defensively, Atlanta has taken on the identity of Head Coach Dan Quinn despite the obvious personnel flaws however there is several things that must be done offensively to maintain their winning ways.
The offense of the Falcons has done well in establishing balance but the turnovers has reared its ugly head in last two weeks, especially in the red zone. Along with the interception bug, the play calling in the red zone by Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan was “puzzling” at best. He obviously has a mindset, pulse, and concept as a game continues, however pundits and fans alike assume that when you have a “bell cow” running back like Devonta’ Freeman, who had over 100 yards again this game, you give him an opportunity to get into the end zone.
Despite all the wrongs that took place for the Atlanta Falcons, they came out victorious, upping their record to 6-1, matching the win total from last season. If the Falcons hope to continue adding digits to the left column instead of the right, they must execute in the red zone, and most importantly lean on the running game using both Freeman and Tevin Coleman, and keep the turnovers to a minimum. The reasons the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Tennessee Titans was the following;
1. The Falcons Defense is opportunistic. As a unit they got two more interceptions, following the standards set by Defensive Coordinator Richard Smith and Quinn.
2. The Tennessee Titans Offense is horrible. If they had any kind of resemblance of an NFL Offense then the Falcons would have dropped this contest.
Sunday, our hometown Atlanta Falcons host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM and you can hear it as you can every game on Sports Radio 92.9 The Game, your flagship station for the Atlanta Falcons.
Jamie Walker is a Producer and Blogger for Sports Radio 92.9 The Game. You can follow him on Twitter @coachjdub21 or reach him by email at Jamie.Walker@cbsradio.com.