It has been an up-and-down ride for the Atlanta Falcons thus far this season, but the highs have been a little bit higher than many expected before the season began.
It is still hard not to be extremely disappointed when this team narrowly losses though. When you see what a team can be, you expect more out of them.
Against the Los Angeles Chargers, the whole team came up short, no doubt about it. It felt like a team effort to lose a game.
Atlanta Falcons could point the finger at any person in the locker room
Last week, the Atlanta Falcons saw firsthand how a team could point fingers at specific players for a loss. D.J. Moore was likely pointing straight at the Panthers kicker Eddy Pineiro, while Pineiro was likely pointing the finger at D.J. Moore.
However, for the Falcons this week, you could point a finger in fifty different directions. Drake London, Marcus Mariota, the defense, Arthur Smith, Younghoe Koo, Ta’Quon Graham, there are many different individuals.
Drake London had a key fumble, Marcus Mariota could not hit a deep pass, the defense might as well have stayed on the sidelines for third down, Arthur Smith got away from the run game late, Younghoe Koo missed a field goal, and of course, Ta’Quon Graham let the ball slip right out of his hands.
It was simply a lot of mistakes here and there with good plays in the middle. Sure, that is how football works but having a ball ripped out of your hands because, honestly, you try too hard, having your quarterback miss wide-open deep throws, your reliable kicker missing a kick, and your defender simply letting the ball fall right out of his hands are not things you can live with.
The Falcons will have to fix things quickly as they are scheduled to play the Panthers on Thursday Night Football in a few days. The good news? This team has shown that they are willing to fight for anything, this game will not define them.