The Atlanta Falcons fell to the Philadelphia Eagles 18-12 in Thursday nights contest. While everyone is harping on Matt Ryan‘s performance, there are many underlying factors that are concerning for the team going forward. Starting with the pass rush as they could not get to the quarterback all night long.
Pass Rush Win % vs. Eagles:
Shelby – 20%
Jarrett – 13%
Beasley – 10%
McKinley – 7%
Crawford – 4%
Reed & McClain – 0%
— PFF ATL Falcons (@PFF_Falcons) September 11, 2018
The Eagles have one of the best offensive lines in football but such little production should not be acceptable. The Falcons have invested to too much into their defensive line to have their best pass rusher be a run stopper (Derrick Shelby) who only won against his match-up 20 percent of the time.
With the exception of Julio Jones and Jake Matthews, it was a rough night for the Falcons offense. pic.twitter.com/WrOfrXtv2V
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 7, 2018
The Falcons offensive line also got their butts handed to them on a silver platter resulting in a poor output from Matt Ryan. Ryan Schraeder gave up more pressures in this game then he has in his entire career as an Atlanta Falcon which just cannot happen.
The season opener was a rough night for both quarterbacks. pic.twitter.com/QoQPsUHfdR
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 8, 2018
Matt Ryan was under pressure 63% of the time he was under center. The Falcons have one of the best offensive lines on paper but this performance did them no justice. Let this game be a wake up call as they will have another tough test versus the Carolina Panthers this Sunday.
Ryan finished the game an abysmal 21/43 for 251 yards, zero touchdowns, and an interception. Part of the blame for how the offense looked should fall on offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.
It looked like Julio Jones was the only wide receiver the falcons had because the other players weren’t being schemed open. Also, that wide receiver the Atlanta Falcons drafted this year named Calvin Ridley was an afterthought over the course of that game. For the Falcons to succeed going forward each and every weapon needs to featured in this offense some describe as prolific.
The Carolina Panthers will be reeling after losing TE Greg Olsen and RT Daryl Williams to season ending injuries. This week 2 match-up will be a statement game for the Atlanta Falcons because if they can’t get to the quarterback with an injured offensive line it would spell trouble for the rest of the season.
Vic Beasley and Takk McKinley will need to show up and make their presence felt to get into Cam Newtons head. The Panthers new offense under offensive coordinator Norv Turner features Cam Newton as a QB/RB and Christian McCaffery as an all purpose back. With Deion Jones potentially being out for Sundays match-up it will be up to De’Vondre Campbell and Duke Riley to fill his shoes. I predict that the Falcons will win this match-up and hopefully right the ship before the season gets rough.
ATL 24| CAR 17
Da’Vonte Hughes| @CookieByNature