By Allison Smith @FalconAlley
Falcons 42 at Rams 14
If I wasn’t so happy that we were beating the heck out of ANYONE, I would have felt sorry for the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. These are the trap games, so glad to secure a good win after that KC debacle…that many of us still cannot speak about.
Moving forward, all three remaining teams have losing records as of Sunday. We need all the wins. But, anything can happen on any given Sunday, especially in this division.
Luckily, within 10 seconds, the Atlanta Falcons had a touchdown, and that set up the day for the Falcons, and the Rams. My favorite current player, Paul Worrilow, recovers the muffed kickoff and gives the Falcons’ offense the ball on the LA 3. Matt Ryan throws a short pass to Justin Hardy for the touchdown, and just like that, we are up 7 – 0. Worrilow was back in on defense this week and garnered 4 tackles, several pressures on the quarterback and trip up/slow downs of the runner.
On the Rams’ first possession, they quickly drove down the field, but at the Atlanta 16, Jared Goff throws an interception to Ricardo Allen. Turnovers were the name of the game. The Falcons did not score after this interception, but they did have 28 points off of the 5 turnovers on the day.
I don’t know what happened to the defense this week, but whatever it was, was good for us. They were on fire all day. Allen and Deion Jones both had interceptions, Jones’ was a pick six returned for 33 yards.
Vic Beasley, Jr. and Courtney Upshaw both had forced fumbles they recovered themselves. Of course, Beasley’s was on a sack which he scooped up for a 21 yard touchdown, Beasley also had a sack for an 11 yard loss and another forced fumble that was called back on an offensive penalty. I guess he wasn’t the bust everyone said last season.
Leading tacklers this week were Keanu Neal, Allen, Jalen Collins (before leaving with an injury), and Jones. Brian Poole is still playing lights out and a new guy hit the field to fill in for Collins. Deji Olatoye only had a single tackle on the day, but applied some good pressure and could be seen hustling all over the field. This will be a good add with the possibility of Collins being out additional games. Grady Jarrett again is providing excellent pass rush and pressure on the quarterback and got a couple nice hits in again this week.
And.. that offense, without Julio Jones or Mohamed Sanu, even as decoys. Others stepped up and Ryan threw to another 8 receivers. Just called up, WR Nick Williams proved his worth early, before leaving with a concussion. Williams had 4 receptions for 49 yards. Taylor Gabriel came up big again this week with 3 receptions for 82 yards, one of which showcased that Turbo speed with a 64 yard dash to the end zone. While the run game was almost nothing, Tevin Coleman did have a receiving touchdown, but both Coleman and Devonta Freeman had some good, tough rushing yards when necessary.
Early in the 4th quarter, Matt Schaub and other back-ups entered for the offense and didn’t move the ball much, but Schaub wasn’t allowed to throw the ball much. Luckily, the defense was still mostly aggressive and only allowed 2 scores near the end.
Matt Bosher had 8 punts, averaging over 42 yards per kick, was spot on with his kick offs again and had 1 tackle. Matt Bryant was perfect again, even if not kicking 59 yard field goals this week, only 6 successful PATs.
I do love this Brotherhood. Not just because we won big this week and got many of us fans off the ledge for another week, but seeing the young Clemson boys celebrate together, and the offense continue to give the o-line the ball to spike and seeing other receivers or back so excited when anyone on the O makes a big play. It isn’t about numbers or stats for anyone, except the increasing number in the Win Column.
Injury Update: Adrian Clayborn continues rehab and will not play next week. Julio Jones & Mohamed Sanu did not practice Wednesday, but Sanu is expected on Thursday. Nick Williams is under concussion protocol. Jalen Collins had a banged up knee and is being evaluated, Kemal Ishmael re-aggravated a shoulder injury.
Golden Talon: I think we all know I am going with Paul Worrilow for setting up the opening touchdown and precedence for the game. And Vic Beasley, Jr. for a sack, forced fumble, recovery for a touchdown and getting a sack while going backwards, being held with a no-call, but still gets a sack.
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Featured image “When You Are So Good, You Can Sack the QB While Going Backwards” courtesy: atlantafalcons
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