Atlanta Falcons: Five things we learned in loss to Buccaneers
4) The Falcons’ run defense continues to dominate
Nov 1, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn (L) greets defensive end Adrian Clayborn (99) in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Doug Martin came into the week 8 match up with the Atlanta Falcons with the third most rushing yards in the NFL. Well, sorry to say he didn’t have the best afternoon. The Falcons’ defense held Martin to 3.1 yards per carry on 23 attempts.
Atlanta came into the day with the leagues’ fourth best run defense and continued to show why they are. However, a lack of depth in the secondary led to a lot of third down conversions and pass interference calls that ultimately cost the Falcons the game.
With no William Moore and no Desmond Trufant for most of the second half, the Falcons’ secondary featured two rookies, one second-year player, one third-year player and Phillip Adams. That isn’t a recipe for success.