Three Keys To A Falcons Victory – Week 8

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17: Devonta Freeman
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17: Devonta Freeman /
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FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 22: Julio Jones
FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 22: Julio Jones /

Make Julio Jones the focal point

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is widely regarded as the best wide receiver in football, however he only has one touchdown this season.

Perhaps the fact that Jones only has one touchdown would not stand out as much if the Falcons were 6-0 this season.

But they are not.

The Falcons are 3-3. Jones only has one touchdown, and this leaves us to determine if Jones’ lack of scoring productivity is a contributing factor to the Falcons current .500 record for the season.

It is no secret that I blame Jones’ lack of productivity and Atlanta’s overall record on Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

Jones has one touchdown. This is unacceptable.

The Falcons called a reverse sweep play against the New England Patriots last week on 4th & 1 on the one-yard line.

My opinion is that they should have ran the ball in that situation.

However, if you are going to pass in that scenario, then perhaps a pass to Jones could have produced greater results.

Jones has a 6’4″, 220-pound frame and can climb over defenders at will, just as we saw with his touchdown catch over Patriots Malcolm Butler last week.

Sure, the Falcons need to maintain a balance of distribution amongst receivers, but featuring Jones as the primary target and creating more utilization for him through pre-snap motion, could increase his the success of his involvement and overall game impact.

We will see what Sarkisian has planned for Jones tomorrow.