ATLANTA From an end-zone standpoint, Julio Jones has technically enjoyed a better game in his career. Once.
But Jones's supreme Sunday effort (11 catches, 182 yards, one TD) in the Falcons' 31-24 victory over the Rams might have been his most important single-game contribution as a pro.
And that's a good thing, because Atlanta was essentially devoid of premium options on this day.
How short-handed were the Falcons? With receiver Roddy White (three catches, 21 yards) slowed by a ankle injury, workhorse back Steven Jackson (one TD reception) exiting early with an injured thigh and multiple Atlanta defenders (Sean Weatherspoon, Asante Samuel, Kroy Biermann) getting knocked out with injuries, the remaining few were left to combat the pressures of avoiding an 0-2 start with limited playmakers and marginalized depth.
Plus, the Atlanta offensive line was under a hotter-than-usual microscope all week, taking the brunt of blame for the club's tough loss to the Saints, in which quarterba...