The lone bright spot for the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday was running back Wayne Gallman. Gallman continued to run hard in garbage time and with the injury to Patterson will likely get a chance at a bigger role on Thursday against the Patriots.
Gallman finished with 55-rushing yards and averaged 3.7-yards-per-carry. It was during garbage time when not one thing seemed to go right for our Atlanta Falcons. Gallman stepped up and helped Atlanta burn the clock and put together some positive runs.
The stats are a bit more impressive than they may appear when you consider that the Cowboys knew the majority of the time the Falcons were about to run the ball. Especially when you have Josh Rosen in the game who is not a daunting passer and it was known Atlanta was attempting to run out the clock.
Atlanta should give Gallman a chance in Thursday’s game because of the loss of Patterson
It sounds likely Cordarrelle Patterson is out against the Patriots leaving Mike Davis as the primary running back for Atlanta. Wayne Gallman will likely get a chance to play a big role in Thursday’s game plan.
Mike Davis should start considering his ability to protect Ryan and the more productive seasons he has put together in years past. Gallman should be given a consistent chance, however, to help Atlanta attempt to establish a run game they haven’t been able to find as of yet this season.
Gallman was productive with the New York Giants last season and struggled to find work this off-season. Atlanta has given him limited chances this season and Sunday was the first time Gallman had truly been given a chance to make an impact in the Atlanta offense.
Admittedly hoping Gallman breathes life into the Falcons rushing attack is grasping for straws in a very one-sided offense. However, in what was an ugly game Gallman showed enough to earn a chance against the Patriots.
One that if he were able to take advantage of would give Matt Ryan a chance at keeping the offense in a game that it appears Atlanta is severely overmatched.