1. Production from the supporting cast
While the Falcons posted 362 total yards and 24 points on Seattle, a few names were a non-factor in Week 6.
We all know of the Ryan and Julio Jones combination that connected seven times for 139 yards and a touchdown in the first matchup. Not-so-good was the combination of running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. The pair only produced 50 rushing yards and 17 receiving yards. None the better was Taylor Gabriel and his one catch for six yards and a concussion. Additionally, rookie tight end Austin Hooper failed to record a catch.
Each of these players has an essential role in this playoff showdown.
More from Blogging Dirty
- Atlanta Falcons: Three players who were overused in 2022
- Building the Atlanta Falcons’ all-time depth chart: Defense
- NFL insider says Atlanta Falcons will make play for No. 1 pick in draft
- NFL 2023 Mock Draft: Falcons land numerous defensive linemen
- 4 Atlanta Falcons set for a breakout season in 2023
In the last three games, Freeman and Coleman have combined for at least 140 rushing yards. Even with the bye week, that type of production must continue. Both Gabriel and Hooper are recovering from late season injuries. The two have also seen expanded roles in the Falcons offense since the week six contest in Seattle.
So while Atlanta can give Seattle a run with Jones and Ryan, it’s the fireworks from the other skill position weapons that will make the difference. The Falcons nearly knocked off Seattle back in Week 6 and without any big plays from non-offensive stars.