Atlanta Falcons: Five things we learned in loss to Saints
5) Falcons defense torched in the middle of the field
Oct 15, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson (82) makes a two-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Stats aside, the Atlanta Falcons’ defense was picked apart, mainly in the middle of the field. Drew Brees completed 30 of 39 for 312 yards, but didn’t complete anything deep. Brees connected with tight end Benjamin Watson 10 times for 127 yards and a touchdown and wide receiver Willie Snead four times for 55 yards.
The inability to apply pressure on Brees allowed him to pick apart the Falcons’ line-backing crew and kept drive after drive alive for the Saints. It’s clear that the Falcons are still a ways away from having a good pass rush. Good news is, the Falcons will know what to do when the Saints travel to Atlanta later in the year.