3 positions the Atlanta Falcons must take advantage of vs. Rams
The Atlanta Falcons’ pass rush must show up again against a terrible offensive line
Plot twist: the Atlanta Falcons offensive line is much better than the reigning Super Bowl champ, Los Angeles Rams line is. We probably can’t quite say that yet but that, without a shadow of a doubt, was the case in week one.
The Rams did have to go against Von Miller in week one but the Falcons proved they can get pressure on a quarterback. Time to keep that going because we are going against the league’s worst offensive line from week one.
The Rams gave up seven, I repeat, seven sacks, that is downright ridiculous. No team gave up more last week, but the other Super Bowl participant, Cincinnati Bengals, also gave up seven — weird coincidence.
Only one player amongst their five offensive linemen didn’t give up at least one sack and you have likely never heard his name before — Coleman Shelton. It was only the third start of his career — first since 2019 — despite being in the league since 2018. That right there should tell you something.
Take a look at PFF’s stats for the Rams’ offensive linemen that played against Buffalo:
- Joseph Noteboom (LT): 8 pressures, 2 hurries, 3 hits, 3 sacks
- David Edwards (LG): 6 pressures, 2 hurries, 2 hits, 2 sacks
- Brian Allen (C): 2 pressures, 0 hurries, 1 hit, 1 sack
- Coleman Shelton (RG): 3 pressures, 3 hurries, 0 hits, 0 sacks
- Rob Havenstein (RT): 4 pressures, 3 hurries, 0 hits, 1 sack
Matt Stafford endured 23 pressures, 10 hurries, 6 hits, and 7 sacks on 50 dropbacks. That is honestly kind of sad and it would be even sadder if the Atlanta Falcons did not take advantage.
The entire Falcons offensive line gave up two pressures and two hurries on 37 dropbacks. Raise your hand if you saw the Falcons’ offensive line giving up 21 fewer pressures, 8 fewer hurries, 6 fewer hits, and 7 fewer sacks in week one.
As if it couldn’t get worse for LA, they have two injuries with Joseph Noteboom and Brian Allen. Who knows, maybe the potential change could be beneficial for them.
This is a position that Atlanta needs to bully. They are coming off of a terrible performance, so do not give them any confidence at any point.