Atlanta Falcons vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tale of the tape
Don’t be fooled by the Falcons’ high rankings in the offensive department. The unit has struggled for many weeks now, and it starts with the quarterback. Matt Ryan has made a number of mistakes, but it’s not all on him.
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Outside of Julio Jones, no receiver has emerged as a reliable second option. Jacob Tamme has had a few solid games as a pass catcher, but he’s not been consistent. Leonard Hankerson has been injury plagued all year and is now on injured reserve. Roddy White has struggled all season long.
The ground game has improved, but Devonta Freeman’s production has fallen away slightly of late. Teams have focused on stopping the run, and the Falcons have been unable to beat them in the air.
The Jaguars offense has been much improved this year. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns have emerged as one of the best wide receiver duos in the league, and Blake Bortles has had no trouble finding them on a regular basis. Tight end Julius Thomas is another pass catcher to be aware of. Rookie running back T.J. Yeldon has been impressive, although the Jaguars have tended to be a pass-happy offense.
Overall, the Jaguars offense is young and talented, and has the potential to become one of the better offenses in the league in the coming years.
Next: The defenses