Arguably the biggest win of the Atlanta Falcons season has been finding their starting running back Tyler Allgeier. Allgeier has gotten stronger as the season has gone on clearly taking over the bulk of the carries from Cordarrelle Patterson with his punishing style.
Allgeier is so impressive because he has the ability to create positive yardage no matter the space in front of him battling past would-be tacklers while still having the burst to create big plays. As the Atlanta Falcons head into their last game Allgeier has a chance to hit an impressive milestone.
Tyler is sitting at exactly 900-rushing yards with one game left and the chance to become an 1,000-yard rusher in his rookie season. Allgeier has had one game over 100-rushing yards this season due to sharing carries with Patterson and the Falcons often falling behind.
Atlanta will be playing a Tampa Bay Bucs team that will likely approach the game as a bye week considering they are locked into their current playoff position. They have won the NFC South no matter what happens against the Falcons this weekend.
Brady and company locked up a home playoff game and a final meaningless week against a Falcons team that lacked fight against a bad Cardinals team last week. This sets up Atlanta for a chance to do what they have done best this season run the football and let Tyler Allgeier attempt to hit 1,000-rushing yards.
With Patterson under contract next season and likely going back into his utility role it isn’t out of the question Atlanta shuts the veteran down and allows Allgeier to carry the load in their final game of the season.
Regardless of where his season ends Tyler has had an impressive rookie season one that gives the Falcons hope they have finally found a reliable running back they have lacked since Devonta Freeman’s early success years ago.