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Falcons Defense Picks Up Where They Left Off

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Preseason Week 2 Takeaways: This Falcons Defense Is Scary

The Falcons played against the Steelers this afternoon, and the entire team looked good. Both the first team offense and defense were on the field for most of the 1st quarter. It seems like Dan Quinn is waiting to pull the trigger for next week so the first team can see more reps. Besides that, good things came from the 2nd and 3rd string teams. There were not many surprises except the Falcons defense, but things should start to heat up soon. Here are some of the main takeaways from Week 2.

 Falcons Defense Continues To Improve

Last week the defense showed us good things, but this week they were even better. The first team defense had two big 3rd down stops, one credited to a Grady Jarrett hit. The defense had multiple stops for negative yards and the run defense is outstanding. First round pick Takk McKinley also got some reps today. He was bull rushing any player in his way and had a nice hit on Josh Dobbs. Even though this is just a sample size, this is something to be happy about. For years the Falcons have had problems to be dominant on defense, but they look promising this year.

Offense Still Shining

We only got one series from the first team again, and we also got another touchdown. It seems like the offense isn’t going to lose a step since Kyle Shanahan left for the 49ers. Mohamed Sanu has been the leader for the WRs since Julio Jones and Taylor Gabriel haven’t been playing. He had 2 nice catches in the first series. Austin Hooper came through with a big conversion on 3rd down to keep the drive going. Marvin Hall had a nice catch to put the Falcons in the red zone, and Terron Ward did the rest of the work. I’m excited to see what the offense will look like when Jones and Gabriel are ready to play. For now, let’s just be excited for what the offense is showing without them.

Special Teams Needs Some Work

If you have to be in a room with Keith Armstrong tomorrow, I’m sorry. The special teams did not look good overall today. Matt Bosher had his punt blocked and could’ve had it blocked twice. They also allowed a punt return from one of his kicks. Armstrong is serious about his group, so I know he wasn’t pleased with what was happening. I expect a much better outing next week.

The Falcons will open up their new stadium against the Arizona Cardinals next Saturday.