Falcons Fans Need to Prepare for a Long Season
PITTSBURGH – The Atlanta Falcons are 1-4 for the first time since 2013, after a 41 to 17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Heinz Field.
Atlanta’s defense couldn’t contain running back James Conner, who looked more like Jerome Bettis, finishing the game with 185 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. Antonio Brown also reached the end zone twice.
The Falcons offense didn’t have as good a day like the past two weeks. Julio Jones went a majority of the game without a catch, hauling in his first pass in the fourth quarter. Devonta Freeman returned from injury but was held to just 32 rushing yards. The Steelers also sacked Ryan six times, once for a fumble that resulted in a defensive touchdown.
Head coach Dan Quinn pulled Ryan after the sixth sack.
In sum, the Falcons got embarrassed by a team who’s had some struggles of their own. The Steelers came into the game allowing an average of 29 points per game and were the most penalized team in the league.
If Atlanta is going to struggle against lowly teams like the Steelers, Dirty Bird fans need to get ready for a long season.
A lot of bad things have just been put on tape for the Falcons’ remaining opponents to see. Teams will now send blitzes to take advantage of an average-at-best offensive line. The defense is already without four of its best players and has gotten abused for the past three weeks. That’s going to continue. The Atlanta offense will have to score a truckload of points to compensate, but that’s unlikely against good defenses.
To keep it very simple, the 2018 season is a lost cause. I don’t see the Falcons making the playoffs or winning 8 games for that matter.
Just ride this season out Falcons fans. There are only 11 games left.