Found September 23, 2013 on The Farm Club:
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The Falcons dominated nearly every facet of the game, except the scoreboard. If you were to watch the Falcons-Dolphins game without seeing the score, you would have thought that Atlanta won by double digits. They dominated everything. They ran the ball for 146 yards on 30 attempts (4.9 yards per carry). They sacked Ryan Tannehill 5 times while giving up no sacks of Matt Ryan. They controlled the time of possession, having the ball for 37:09 to Miami’s 22:51. They didn’t have the way-too-normal third quarter lull that they have grown accustomed to having. The only difference is that the Falcons were constantly settling for field goals, two inside the red zone if my memory serves correctly, while the Dolphins, when they scored, put up touchdowns. The Good The offensive line played much better this week. They still are nothing great, but definitely much improved. This was with starting left tackle, Sam Baker, out with and injury. Lamar Holmes shifted over from right tackle to the left side to protect Matt Ryan’s blind side and Jeremy Trueblood got the start at right tackle. Holmes looked more comfortable on the left side. Trueblood looked very good in the run game, but struggled slightly in pass protection. Speaking of the run blocking, Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rogers stepped in for the injured Steven Jackson and performed admirably. Snelling was the “surprise” of the tandem with his success. Everyone knew that Jacquizz was capable of being a successful runner, but Snelling has continued to get very limited opportunities. He got his chance to carry the load and, just like he has done with his limited chances in the past, he took advantage of it. The defense got 5 sacks! The lack of a pass rush/sacking the quarterback has been well-documented over the past few years for this defense. This was nice to see. They still need to be able to do it consistently for the whole game, but beggars can’t be choosers. The rookie linebackers stepped in and played well again. Joplo Bartu continues to be a beast in coverage (why couldn’t he have been here last year in the playoffs?). Paul Worrilow got some significant snaps, and took advantage of it, getting involved in the pressuring of Ryan Tannehill. No one can stop Julio Jones. The Bad Thomas DeCoud continues to take bad angles to the ball. He needs to figure this out. Period. He is a Pro Bowl safety. There are no excuses for this. Penalties continue to be a killer. This week, they had 7 for 59 yards, including a few critical false start and holding penalties. Settling for field goals, especially in the red zone and in goal-to-go situations, on the road is going to cost you the game more often than not. This offense is too good to simply settle for field goals. Mike Smith is normally an aggressive coach in those situations, so him not going for it on at least one of those fourth downs deep in enemy territory surprised me. This offense needs touchdowns to win. The defense won’t shut down opponents. Every point comes at a premium.   This team needs to get that angry swagger back that they had a few years ago when they were playing to earn respect. Now that they are getting some respect, they seem to have lost that “us against the world” mentality, which they apparently need to win. The post Atlanta Falcons: Falcons Drop Heart Breaker To Miami appeared first on The Farm Club.
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