4 Lasting takeaways from the Atlanta Falcons win in Seattle
By Nick Halden
2. This Atlanta defense isn’t as improved as many thought
Going into the season there was some thought that the Atlanta Falcons’ defense could be the strength of this team after improving the pass rush and the secondary. However, three weeks into the season and it is the offense that is carrying this team by far. The defense has made opportunistic stops and plays but allowed Geno Smith to throw the ball around as if he were Tom Brady and Jameis Winston to overcome a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit.
Atlanta’s defense is marginally better so far this season due to an improved pass rush. However, they are not going to be the reason Atlanta wins games this season. For the Falcons to beat good teams they are going to have to create turnovers and the offense will have to win a shootout.
Atlanta’s issues stopping the run and creating a consistent pass rush are improved but far from solved for a young defensive unit. Dean Pees has better pieces to work with leaving more reason to think this unit will get better as the season goes on though expectations should remain low as Atlanta continues to attempt to install a new defense that doesn’t allow quarterbacks like Geno Smith to pick them apart at will.