The Atlanta Falcons looked flat and stumbled their way to a 24-15 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles. Let’s look at why this happened
Well that was disappointing.
After waiting for what seemed like a whole offseason (it was only 10 days) for the Falcons to play again, they gave us a frustrating game to watch Sunday in Philly. The Atlanta offense got stagnant against one of the better defensive units in the league, only posting 15 points all afternoon. This was about half the amount of points they usually score in a game, not something you want to see after an extended period of rest.
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On the other side of the ball, things weren’t much better. Although they forced another turnover, the Falcon defense still had periods where they struggled. Ryan Matthews scored two rushing touchdowns for Philadelphia and Atlanta still played mediocre pass defense. They ended up holding the Eagles to 24 points, but it did feel like Philly left some points on the board.
Thankfully this brings the Falcons to their Bye week. With injuries to key players such as Desmond Trufant and Tevin Coleman, this gives them time to rest up. This performance today wasn’t pretty but if you would have told me the Falcons would be 6-4 at this point before the season, I would have been thrilled. I have a feeling this team will bounce back and make a nice playoff push in the coming weeks.
With that said, let’s move on and see what I thought were the main reasons why Atlanta lost this game.