FLOWERY BRANCH –- For the second game in a row, the opposing head coach paid major homage to the Atlanta defensive line rotation.
Philadelphia’s Andy Reid raved about defensive end John Abraham, defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux and the rest of the crew.
“They are explosive now,” Reid said. “Abraham has been in this league a long time. I think he’s playing at a very, very high level. I can go right down the list. Kroy (Biermann), that play first of all that he made (against Cleveland), that’s the way he’s playing. He’s playing fast and aggressive.
“Jonathan is a Pro Bowl player.
“They are getting great production out of Corey (Peters). If you can follow Corey with a (Peria) Jerry, then that’s pretty deep right there. That’s a good group. Jamaal (Anderson) is playing phenomenal football.
“They are all playing very well. I think you’ve got eight guys there that you better say, you better strap it on. There aren’t any weaknesses. They are flying around, they are stunting and playing good aggressive football.”
Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis paid them a great deal of respect in the 39-32 victory. The Bengals went almost exclusively to a no-huddle attack in order to keep the Falcons from rotating in their defensive linemen in waves.
The ploy didn’t slow down Abraham, who finished with two sacks to give him six for the season. Also, the two sacks gave Abraham a total of 42 sacks since joining the Falcons in 2006.
He moved past Travis Hall (41.5) into fifth place on the team’s all-time sack list.
Claude Humphrey (94.5), Chuck Smith (58.5) and Patrick Kerney (58) top the team’s sack list.
The defense finished with three sacks and has 15 sacks on the season.
Abraham wasn’t the only defensive lineman to have good game against the Bengals.
Vance Walker, the former Georgia Tech standout, had five tackles. He had one where he just manhandled Cincinnati running back Cedric Benson in the hole.
“Vance is progressing well in terms of the number of snaps that he’s getting in the rotation,” head coach Mike Smith said. “He was productive; he had a couple of nice stops on the run. He came off of a double team and had a tackle for a loss in the backfield. . . we’ve got some guys that when called upon can step up and make plays and Vance is one of them.”
Also, Peria Jerry saw his most action of the season. He played 23 snaps against the Bengals. He’d been on a 10 to 15 snap count while coming back from major knee surgery. He’s gaining more confidence in the knee with each snap.