The loss of Travelle Wharton with a knee injury last week was evident on some plays, as blitz overloads forced Andy Dalton to run right in order to avoid the hit.
Dalton’s connection for a 50-yard touchdown to A.J. Green caught Asante Samuel napping, as Dalton hit Green in stride after beating the veteran corner by a good two or three steps.
In general, Dalton wasn’t afraid to take chances on a Falcons’ defense that poached 19 passes a season ago, and added a pair of good hands in Samuel. Though 8 for 14, Dalton completed three passes of 20 yards or more, including the touchdown.
Brad Gradkowski’s night as second fiddle is best summed up from a poor decision made late in the second. With Atlanta burning timeouts to try and get the ball back and extend their lead, Gradkowski through an out-pass to Donald Lee headed to the sideline, and his tight end was easily shoved out to stop the clock.
Matt Ryan’s longest pass of his first six completions: a...