What is Going on Down in Atlanta?
The Atlanta Falcons started the season off playing so well, winning five straight. Since then, their current record is now 6-4. They have lost two division games against the Saints and Buccaneers, and two straight against the struggling Niners and Colts who both started their back up quarterback. Most of their games have been close, but from just looking at how they managed to win at the beginning of the season, one would think they would be able to win against these below .500 teams. The Falcons are still in the playoff picture with their six wins, but if they want any chance at remaining in the picture, they must get back to their winning ways.
The first five games, the Falcons played outstanding. The offense was playing how people predicted. Julio Jones was leading the others receivers in receiving yards, Devonta Freeman was leading in rushing yards and touchdowns, and the defense was doing their job at stopping the opponents. After their win against the Redskins, that is when the struggles on offense began. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Devonta Freeman all still put up amazing numbers, but somehow the Falcons found a way to lose. Their biggest problem is turning the ball over. They have managed to turn the ball over in every game after the win over the Redskins. Snapping the ball to Matt Ryan at quarterback was a major factor, and then once that problem was fixed, there was fumbling issues, and now it seems to be interceptions.
After the bye week, we expected the Falcons to work on that issue. The came out playing very good leading 14-7 at the half. The Falcons ended the third quarter with a 21-14 lead. The Falcons just had to finish the game with a win. With 10:14 on the clock, Ryan threw the worst pass that was picked off by D’Qwell Jackson and returned for a Colts touchdown, which tied the game. The Falcons weren’t able to do anything on offense the entire fourth quarter, and with that, the Colts handed the Falcons their fourth loss of the season.
The Falcons defense has been playing well, but the offense needs to step up and relax. They must quit turning the ball over in order to win and remain in the playoff picture. The Falcons will play the Minnesota Vikings next. Lets hope head coach, Dan Quinn, can put an end to the turnovers.
Kezmit Eason covers the Falcons, Hawks and Georgia Tech for MFST, you can follow her on Twitter @MissKezmit
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