Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 9/12/12

Last week: 9 (+4)

Record: 1-0

Their offense was as advertised as they put up 40 on the Chiefs in Kansas City, though the Chiefs were missing their top two defenders. Speaking of missing defenders, the Falcons will be without top cornerback Brent Grimes for the entire season with a torn Achilles, which puts a damper on an otherwise good day for Falcons fans as they won on the road and the Saints lost at home. They’ll score a lot of points, but they’ll need to win a lot of shoot outs because their defense wasn’t exactly a strength even before the Grimes injury.

Studs

QB Matt Ryan: 23 of 31 for 299 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 1 dropped pass, 1 hit as thrown, one throw away, 110.3 adjusted QB rating, 3 rushed for 25 yards and a touchdown, pressured 8 times

WR Julio Jones: 6 catches for 108 yards and 2 touchdowns on 9 targets on 34 pass snaps, 8.5 YAC per catch

ROLB Stephen Nicholas: 12 solo tackles, 1 assist, 7 stops on 32 run snaps, 5 receptions for 55 yards allowed on 8 attempts, 1 interception

LOLB Sean Weatherspoon: 7 solo tackles, 6 stops on 32 run snaps, 1 sack and 1 quarterback hit on 6 blitzes, 4 receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown allowed on 6 attempts, 1 pass deflection

SS William Moore: 3 quarterback hurries on 4 blitzes, 6 solo tackles, 1 assist, 1 stop, 2 missed tackles on 32 run snaps, no completions allowed and 1 interception off a deflection

P Matt Bosher: 9 kickoffs, 4 touchbacks, average distance of 68 yards per kickoff, average starting yard line of 20.3, 1 punt for 52 yards, returned for 14 yards, net punting average of 38.0 yards per punt

Duds

RB Michael Turner: 32 yards rushing (15 after contact) on 11 carries and 1 broken tackle, no receptions

CB Dunta Robinson: 3 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 missed tackles, 1 stop on 27 run stop snaps, 4 completions for 56 yards allowed on 4 attempts

DT Peria Jerry: 0 sacks, quarterback hits, or quarterback pressures on 30 pass rush snaps, 1 assisted tackle on 25 run stop snaps

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