1. Lack of Run Defense
For most of this season, the Falcons have stuffed the opposition’s run game very well. Coming into this week they ranked 7th in rush defense.
It’s just too bad they didn’t play that way against the Eagles today. Philly running backs Ryan Matthews and Wendell Smallwood ran for 179 yards on 31 combined carries. The duo also chipped in 2 touchdowns to round out their solid day.
Atlanta’s pass defense is already shaky as it is. If they start to bend against the run as well, it may not matter how many points they score. This was the most concerning part of the game today and has to be corrected. If the Falcons want to be a true contender, they have to be able to stop the run.