After looking so poor in their first preseason game, the Falcons reminded fans why they’ve been one of the best franchises in the NFL the last five years, at least early on. Both the first team offenses and defenses looked as though they were getting closer to regular season form, save a few hiccups. The men from Atlanta stormed out to a big lead against the defending Super Bowl champions in their house before the 2nd and 3rd string teams gave away a huge lead that led to the loss. As the preseason is on the downslope to a close, fans are feeling less and less worry and more and more optimism as the regular season is less than 3 weeks away. A look at the game in Baltimore………..
For those worried that new contract might give the Falcons franchise QB a chance to coast on his huge new deal, the preseason are putting those concerns quickly to rest. Sure it’s only preseason and he likely hasn’t had to deal with huge gameplans designed against him or even played much more than a half, but Ryan is looking as though he’s picking up right where he left off in the 2012/13 season. He’s had QB ratings of 98.8 and 95.7 in his two preseason games and he’s yet to have his full compliment of targets all at once (Jones / Gonzalez out in 1st), (White / Gonzalez out 2nd), and Roddy White will likely not take another preseason snap. Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers turning the running game on vs. the Ravens can only help Ryan and the offense. It’s a long, long season, but Ryan looks like he’s getting close to a mid-season stride early on.
Many fans fretted after seeing Steven Jackson, one of the best running backs the past decade, look more like the 2012 version of Michael Turner than the newly signed stud RB. It was a lackluster debut for Jackson in a Falcons uniform, to say the least, seeing him get a long rush of a meager 4 yards and not much else. Well, the Jackson shook off the rust really fast to look like the old #39, bruising and shaking up and down the field. Following a paltry 8 yards on 5 carries in week 1, Jackson looked more like his old self, rushing 8 times for 42 yards and a 5.3 rush average. He also chipped in a beautiful pass and catch out of the backfield for a big 13 yard gain, reminding everyone of the amazing versatility in both areas (rush and catch). Beyond the stats, the new Falcon was quick and made sharp cuts up and down the line. The offensive line did a much better job as well, but there were several times where Jackson made a perfect cutback for a big gain. Jacquizz Rodgers looked super as well in his time in the backfield. If the Falcons offense can stay healthy, it really is a dangerous offense with Jackson behind Matt Ryan.
Offensive line Improves
Worrilow = Starter?
Could Drew Davis Supplant HD in Slot?
Major Concern on Depth, Blown Leads
Expecting a Wild Defense from Nolan
Is Alford Moving Ahead of McClain?
UDFA LB’s in Seeming Lead for Spots
Babineaux Dominant; Jerry’s Big Night
#5 WR Spot Wide Open
Will a UDFA RB Replace Antone Smith?
Practice Squad OL Making a Push
Rest to come very soon………….
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