Another close game until the last quarter, but the Falcons pulled off another game with some great defense and a couple big plays from the offense. It wasn’t a great win, but the Falcons have showed some real poise in the 4th quarter to pull out the win. There are definitely some questions that still need to be answered about the Falcons, but as long as we are tallying marks in the win column then I have nothing to complain about. However, lets jump into details of the Cleveland game and figure what needs improving
The offense continues to struggle with starting up early in the game and providing the consistency that us fans expect. Matt Ryan started off real slow going 1 for 8 in the first quarter and seemed to struggle in the pocket when their was added pressure from blitzes. Another problem seemed to be with the receivers getting open against a weak Cleveland secondary. Roddy White still managed another good game with 5 catches for 101 yards and a TD, but the other receivers need to step it up if the Falcons want to improve their pass coverage. Michael Turner had a big game rushing for over 140 yards, but most of those yards game in the last quarter after the Cleveland defense seemed to get worn down. The Offensive line play is a record stuck on the same track with strong play in the middle, but Sam Baker allowed another sack and the line wasn’t playing well together to consistently open up running lanes.
The defense played another great game forcing 3 turnovers, 2 sacks, and holding a good Cleveland run game to under 50 yards. I am becoming more and more impressed with our defense with good play from our linebackers, improved play from the secondary, and surprising play from our defensive line. John Abraham showed that he hasn’t lost a step despite being criticized for showing his age in recent years. Kroy Biermann had an amazing interception for a touchdown and continued to apply pressure to QB’s Wallace and Delhomme. Dunta Robinson has only played ok for being payed so much this offense, but Brent Grimes has made up for that with spectacular plays and good tackling. Props to Nicholas for his interception when Weatherspoon went down with a knee injury.
It’s going to be an interesting game next week when we visit the Eagles in Philly, but I’m confident that we have what it takes to pull out another win.