Why the Falcons offense is one-of-a-kind
The Atlanta Falcons haven’t missed a beat at the end of the season because they are too balanced and too deep. Julio Jones is a monster himself. Being thrown to by elite quarterback Matt Ryan makes him even more unstoppable.
Many teams have tried to double-team him, but to no avail. People happen to think that double-teaming seems to work with Julio, but that isn’t always the case. Julio has decimated defenses while being double-covered countless times.
You see how the play above ended with five defenders surrounding Julio after he made the catch. Teams try to contain him, but he repeatedly makes big play after big play. Now let’s say Julio isn’t as open after being double-teamed, which does happen sometimes too (He’s human, guys).
Matt Ryan has other weapons to dish the ball to. Leaving Julio with more coverage only allows for another one of Ryan’s many other targets to have less coverage.
This is not to mention arguably the best running back duo in Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman. They are the reason the Falcons are so balanced. The team ranked fifth in the league in rushing yards in the regular season.
The reason why they are so dangerous is because along with their rushing talent, they are competent pass catchers out of the backfield as well. With them constantly swapping out in games, defenses never catch a break.
They compiled 204 yards from scrimmage during the NFC Divisional Playoff win over the Seahawks three weeks ago. It seems the “pick your poison” phrase was made for these 2016 Dirty Birds. Can the Patriots stop them? Well, not quite. Here’s why.