Atlanta Falcons good, bad and ugly from Texans loss
With this Atlanta Falcons team, there is a fine line between bad and ugly and it is difficult at times to differentiate between the two. For the Falcons today there were plenty of both on display today.
Desmond Trufant and Isaiah Oliver
Trufant had a large task on his hands today, slow down DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. It is easy to say that they failed miserably. While Nuk was quiet until the second half for the Texans, Will Fuller had a career day. In his 36th game as an NFL wide receiver, Fuller had a career day in targets, catches, yards, and touchdowns. Fuller finished with 14 catches on 16 targets for 217 yards and three touchdowns.
Falcons defensive line
Other than Grady Jarrett, the Falcons defensive line yet again failed to show up and support their teammates. At this point, it is safe to say that Takk McKinley and Vic Beasley are simply stealing money from Arthur Blank and all anyone can do is sit by and watch it happen.
For the fourth time in five games, this season the Atlanta Falcons were simply not ready to play today. The Texans had nearly 600 yards of offense, which was the third-most in the history of their franchise. The Texans made a mockery of Dan Quinn and his scheme while gutting the Falcons fans.
Falcons offensive line
Matt Ryan was once again hit more than a dozen times. After playing a great first half, the Falcons that showed up against the Vikings, Colts, and Titans showed up in the second half.
Matt Ryan ended up being sacked four times and hit another eight while dropping back to throw. The run game was never able to get established either as the Falcons averaged 2.9 yards an attempt on 20 attempts.