The Falcons focused on the business of football signing its key players to massive contracts securing the future all of a sudden, and a game broke out in Minnesota. To quote the famous words of Mike Tyson, “everybody has a game plan until you hit them in the mouth.” It didn’t stop there they were punched in the head as they took it to the body, some may say they were hit below the belt 28-12 by the Minnesota Vikings in a display of complete domination. They were dominated in every phase of the game, including water boy versus water boy.
Any time a team has a blocked punt, two turnovers in the form of an interception, and a fumble in the first half the outcome is usually disastrous. The Vikings offensive line wrote an instructional manual titled how to impose your will on a defensive line to allow your running back not to get touched until he is in the secondary or the end zone. Third-year running back Dalvin Cook took full advantage carrying the ball 21 times for 111 yards and scoring two touchdowns. I hope the Falcons were paying attention to the new zone-blocking scheme created by Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski.
The Falcons got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter “mop-up time” the game was over at 28-0 going into the fourth quarter. A team this talented can’t be this bad. It’s only one game, but this is a sour beginning. The NFL season is a journey. They have time to get up off the canvas before the count of ten. In the best of light, this beat down should serve as a wakeup call, let’s hope someone answers the phone and don’t let it go to voice mail. If not, the message is going to get ugly.
In perhaps the oddest stat in NFL history Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins threw a total of 10 passes. In comparison, Matt Ryan completed 33 of 46 passes for 304 yards with 2 interceptions and 2 touchdowns. A more important stat is he was sacked four times. The remade offensive line was questionable before the game now they have lost #1 draft pick Guard Chris Lindstrom with a broken foot.
Devonta Freeman, in his highly anticipated return, was nonexistent. He carried the ball 8 times for 19 yards. In his defense the run game was abandoned when they went down by fourteen in the first quarter. The lone sunshine on this cloudy day was Defensive Tackle Grady Jarrett. He played his BLANK off contributing four solo tackles, one sack, a forced fumble and a whack on quarterback Kirk Cousins.
The Atlanta Falcons schedule doesn’t get any easier this week they play the Philadelphia Eagles in their home opener at Mercedes Benz Stadium in the Sunday Night Game of the week.