3. Atlanta’s run defense
The move to cut Anthony Rush was always odd when you considered the lack of depth Atlanta had at the position. Now the move looks even odder with Atlanta unable to win the line of scrimmage and Carolina piling up yardage with D’Onta Foreman scoring three touchdowns and a two-point conversion with 118-rushing yards.
Consistently Atlanta was embarrassed by a running back they cut a season ago on an offense that was unable to find a touchdown against the Rams two weeks ago. Even their upset win against the Bucs is somewhat slanted by two late scores that were set up by Tampa’s struggles. This isn’t a good offense and the fact the Atlanta run defense was dominated at the level they were on Sunday is alarming.
Whether it is switching up the defensive line or signing a veteran to help plug the middle the Falcons need to make a move to change the middle of this defense and give the team a chance to improve a glaring weakness.