Tha Sports Junkies 101

Sloppy Play Shows The Falcons Are Vulnerable

Sloppy play Juan Carlos García Caparros via Flickr


Week 4 Recap: Sloppy Play From Falcons Gives Them Much Needed Loss

The Falcons and Bills faced off in a nail-biter on Sunday. Buffalo emerged victorious; 23-17 over the defending NFC Champions. Atlanta was playing amid adversity with numerous injuries. That being said, at the end of the day, a loss is still a loss. Sloppy play on both sides of the ball dealt the Falcons a loss that they needed. Their defeat should give them a sense of urgency to fix multiple things. Atlanta would do well to spend their bye getting ready to come back prepared in Week 6. Matt Ryan had yet another below average game. He had a chance to put the game away at the end but failed to deliver. Let’s review a few key takeaways from Week 4.

Multiple Injuries A Key Factor In Game

The Falcons came into this game without multiple key players. Ryan Schraeder and Ricardo Allen are still in the concussion protocol. Vic Beasley and Courtney Upshaw are still dealing with their injuries. It is safe to say this team could not afford any more injuries, but sure enough, there were some more to occur. Julio Jones left early in the first half with a hip injury and he did not come back in the game after that. Later on, Mohamed Sanu was ruled out of the game with a hamstring injury. When you lose your top two receivers, it is going to be a problem to score. Hopefully, the Falcons will have all these players back after the upcoming bye week.

Matt Ryan Not Living Up To MVP Hype

Matt Ryan certainly did not perform at his best in the past two games. He has a combined five interceptions in those games, including two today. Ryan is still overthrowing his receivers and making bad choices that cannot be overlooked. It also hurts to not have Jones and Sanu on the field. Those are some big bodies that can go up and get 50/50 balls over anybody. When your next reliable receiver is Taylor Gabriel, it is hard to throw a 50/50 ball, and Ryan paid for it. Freeman and Coleman took some stress off of Ryan today with the way they were running. But eventually, you are going to have to throw the ball. Ryan has an extra week to get his sloppy play together, or everybody is going to call his MVP season a flop.

Give The Bills Credit

Buffalo came into the game with a clear game plan. They utilized their tight ends and running backs and kept the ball out of Atlanta’s hands. The Bills also came in today with the #1 ranked scoring defense and caused two turnovers. Tyrod Taylor made multiple plays with his arm and his legs today. As I said in my preview earlier this week, the Bills running game was a top priority for the defense, and they could not stop it at times. Ricardo Allen was truly missed in the back of the defense erasing plays and making solid tackles. That is not to say that rookie Damontae Kazee did not play a good game, but Allen is a player that you have to account for on the field.