It seems like all of the Atlanta sports teams have the same problem. When there is good defense (or pitching for the Braves), then it is bad offense which causes a loss. And vice-versa. And this was true for the Falcons last night in an ugly game in Tampa Bay.
But Matt Ryan and his Falcons almost pulled another victory out of their back pocket. They were behind 16-3 in 4th quarter and Ryan engineered a touchdown drive to bring the game within 6 points. Then another Falcons drive brought the Falcons within 3 points, with 4 minutes left in the game.
But unfortunately, the offense never got the ball back. Tampa Bay held on for a 16-13 victory.
Many people will be quick to blame defensive tackle Corey Peters for jumping offsides on a hard count by Tampa Bay on 4th and 1. While it’s true that his penalty ended the game and all hopes of a Falcons’ comeback, it was not his fault that we lost. It was the offense’s.
The Bucs eliminated our running game and held Michael Turner to 20 yards total. Ryan passed for 330 yards and Roddy White and Julio Jones both got 100+ yards receiving. But many times we settled for field goals, unlike last week where we scored touchdown on all our scoring drives.
Back to those “stupid” mistakes that costed us the game. The Corey Peters offsides was already mentioned. There was also the interception that Ryan threw and the two fumbles he lost inside his own 20 yard line.
- The offensive line needs work: This offensive line only gave up 9 sacks last season, and they will be nowhere near that number at the end of the season if they continue to play like this. Todd McClure returned to the lineup but the result was the same. Four sacks today.
- The defensive line needs more pressure but overall they were good: They didn’t pile up any sacks but they forced Josh Freeman to run out of the pocket a couple of times. They also hit him a couple times. Next week they face another mobile quarterback so keeping containment is a must.
- Roddy White must catch catchable balls: While he led the team with 8 receptions, he dropped two easy passes, one of which could have possibly gave Atlanta the lead late in the game. The reigning NFL leader in receptions from last season must catch balls he’s supposed to catch.
- Julio Jones is for real: Get him the ball! He bailed the Falcons out on several plays for two weeks in a row. He is the catalyst that this offense needed, but he needs the ball more often to be effective.
- Matt Ryan needs to run this offense: Mike Mularkey’s conservative play calling is killing drives. When Matt Ryan runs the no-huddle, our offense seems to click. We should run the no-huddle with Ryan more often.
Overall, sloppy performance by the Falcons’ offense. Let’s hope next week is better.
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Written by Josh Brown
I'm a 20 year old college student from Atlanta, GA who loves sports. Blogger for the Atlanta Falcons.