ST. LOUIS – Falcons middle linebacker Curtis Lofton led the Falcons in tackles with eight against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
“It just took us a little while to get into the groove,” Lofton said. “But once we got it going, things started working out pretty good for us.”
The Falcons held Rams running back Steven Jackson to 54 yards on 11 carries.
“It took the entire defense,” Lofton said. “Everyone has to keep going after him and keep putting their pads on him. Everyone did a good job of that.”
The Falcons are 8-2 and have the best record in the NFC. They are tied with New England and the New York Jets for the best record in the league.
“8-2 is great,” Lofton said. “It was a nice road win. But we haven’t played a complete game yet, so I guess that’s next. We are in a good spot right now.”
Next up for the Falcons are the white-hot Green Bay Packers, who pummeled Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings, 31-3, to improve to 7-3. The Falcons need to beat the Packers in order to garner the head-to-head tie breaker in the case the teams end up tied for the playoffs.
Homefield advantage will be key. It could mean the difference between a middle of January game in frosty Lambeau Field or a nice comfy game at the Dome.
It might be time for the Falcons to come up with that “complete” game.
“We know that we can play a lot better,” Lofton said. “We haven’t played a complete game. I think everyone realizes that. We have to try to put complete games together and start building off of that.”