The Atlanta Falcons annihilated the Los Angeles Rams, 42-14 on Sunday. The win moved the Falcons to 8-5 and put the NFC South back on notice.
If we learned anything on Sunday, it’s that this is Vic Beasley’s world and we’re all just living in it. Beasley was an absolute madman, leading the defense with 3 sacks and a forced fumble he returned for touchdown.
Defense was the theme of the game with Atlanta’s posting their strongest performance of the year. 28 of the Falcons’ 42 points came from turnovers. The Rams managed to move the ball on many drives, but were forced into turnovers by solid coverage. Safety Ricardo Allen and rookie linebacker Deion Jones both intercepted passes. Jones returned his for a 33-yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter.
Rookie Keanu Neal seriously brought the boom and led the team with 6 solo tackles.
The Falcons offense needed a couple of drives to establish a rhythm without their top receivers. Those worried the team wouldn’t generate a passing attack without Julio Jones were able to relax by halftime. Atlanta produced through the air in chunks as Matt Ryan spread the ball around with ease.
Ryan completed 18 passes for 237 yards and 3 touchdowns. He completed passes to 8 different Falcons and without a single turnover.
Nick Williams was a pleasant surprise, leading the Atlanta Falcons receiving corps with 4 catches. The play of the day; however, belongs to Taylor Gabriel and his 64-yard touchdown catch to begin the 3rd quarter.
Dan Quinn wisely opted to rest Freeman’s legs with his team in complete control of the game.
The negative on the day was Atlanta’s lack of production while running the ball. Devonta Freeman was a non-factor, carrying the ball 6 times for 6 yards. Tevin Coleman and Terron Ward out-touched Freeman but neither accomplished much on the ground either. Dan Quinn wisely opted to rest Freeman’s legs with his team in complete control of the game.
Coleman factored into the passing game and managed to score a pair of touchdowns.
The Falcons get the win they needed and without some of their top talent. They now head home for a Week 15 contest against 1-12 San Francisco.
Tampa Bay’s win over New Orleans leaves the top of the NFC South unchanged.