In what could’ve been a game where the Denver defense proved their dominance, instead turned into another Falcon victory. They showed early on that they would be able to move the ball against this defense, as Matt Ryan led a 9 play, 75 yard drive for a touchdown to start the game.
The Falcons scored on 3 of 5 first half drives, taking a 13-3 lead into the half. Certainly not the type of offensive efficiency you would expect the Broncos defense to give up.
Perhaps even more surprising the complete lack of offense from Denver until the fourth quarter. Vic Beasley and the Atlanta pass rush ensured that Paxton Lynch never got comfortable in the pocket, sacking him 6 times.
If a silver lining can be found for Denver, it is that they were able to shut down Julio Jones ( 2 receptions, 29 yards) just a week after he had 300 yards receiving. However, Tevin Coleman found more than enough room to operate, turning his 8 touches into 163 yards and 1 touchdown. The Falcons showed that even if their superstar Jones isn’t on his game, that they can find offense else where.
The question then becomes, when will the Falcons be stopped?
We may see it happen this upcoming weekend.
Atlanta will travel to face the Seattle Seahawks, who own the third best scoring defense in the league, allowing just 13.5 points per game. Furthermore, the Seahawks will have a unique advantage that no other teams have, the Seattle 12th Man.
Seattle is undefeated at home this season and will need that crowd advantage to stop Atlanta. I bet against the Falcons last week and lost. I’m gonna try my luck one more time and say that they will lose this week, 13-10 to the Seahawks.