Grading Atlanta Falcons’ Through 4 Games

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Sep 7, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons fans celebrate the game tying kick in their game against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 37-34 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

At the start of the year, there were a lot of questions surrounding the Falcons; where would the pass rush come from, could the running game improve from its last ranked position the previous season, and how would the Falcons keep Matt Ryan upright?

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On the heels of a disappointing road loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the Falcons finish the first quarter of the 2014 season at 2-2, with fewer answers than we had hoped. Aided by 2 home divisional wins, and the inconsistent play of other NFC South teams, the Falcons sit atop the division through 4 games and, whilst some improvements have been made, there are certainly areas the Falcons need to address quickly moving forward. Let’s have a look at how the Falcons are performing in several key areas.