Second Look: Grading the Atlanta Falcons week 6 loss to the Cardinals

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Wide Receivers – B

There is no question that this is the best group in all of the National Football League. Sunday against the Cardinals Julio Jones put up eight catches for 108 yards. He, unfortunately, did not get a chance to get in the end zone but created enough of a distraction that Hooper, Calvin Ridley, and Devonta Freeman all had at least one receiving touchdown.

Calvin Ridley, Mohamed Sanu, and Russell Gage were also involved in making some big catches during the afternoon. The only reason that the receivers did not earn an “A” is they have to improve their blocking.

Tight End – A

This group for the Atlanta Falcons is really coming along great. Austin Hooper is making the case for the best tight end in football, Luke Stocker finally looked like a blocking tight end and rookie Jaeden Graham got in on the action yesterday with his first career catch.

If this group can continue to develop the way they have over the first six games of the season, this will be one of the best tight end groups in the NFL heading into 2020.

Quarterback – A

If you expected Matt Ryan to get less than “A” here, you aren’t paying attention. Matt was absolutely ridiculous yesterday and led this team back from another 17 point deficit. If you have not seen his final stat line from yesterday – 30/36 341 yards, 4 touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Matt Ryan became the first quarterback in NFL history to complete 80 percent of his passes for more than 300 yards, throw four touchdowns and lose.

Matt Ryan and this offense cannot do it on their own, at some point, the defense has to stop someone.