Atlanta Falcons vs Baltimore Ravens: The good, the bad, the ugly
Sep 3, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) talks to Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) after a game at the Georgia Dome. The Ravens defeated the Falcons 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
The final preseason game is always about evaluating the talent on the bubble of the roster, and there was plenty learnt for the Atlanta Falcons in the 20-19 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. The performance, from the defense in particular, caps off what can be considered a strong preseason.
With the exception of losing linebacker Brooks Reed for six weeks with groin surgery, the Falcons avoided any serious injuries. As the Packers learned with Jordy Nelson, as did the Panthers with Kelvin Benjamin, you’re only one play away from a major injury. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones came out with their health intact.
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The Falcons’ offense was dominant in the opening two games of preseason, but struggled against the Dolphins largely due to poor offensive line play.
It’s a tough time for coaches, who need to determine which players will make the roster and who will be cut. This game is crucial in making these decisions. What stood out in this performance? Which player went out and made an impact? What was bad about the game?
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