Atlanta Falcons: Week 3 NFL Power Rankings (#5)

Last week: 5 (+0)

Record: 2-0

I wasn’t that impressed with the Falcons on Monday Night. I felt like they should have been up 20 given how badly the Broncos started and how much they turned the ball over, but they didn’t capitalize like they should have. They lost the yardage total battle and the yards per play battle and if it wasn’t for those 4 turnovers, they probably would have lost at home by double digits. They can’t keep relying on winning the turnover battle to win games. The good news, they got a tough win over a good opponent, Matt Ryan and this passing offense has been as advertised, completing 70.1% of his passes for an average of 7.7 YPA, 5 touchdowns and no turnovers, and Dunta Robinson looked good in a fill in for injured Brent Grimes. They’ll need him to find that form that caused the Falcons to give him a 6 year, 57 million dollar deal 2 years ago. Up next for the Falcons is a trip to San Diego for a battle of unbeatens.

Studs

QB Matt Ryan: 24 of 36 for 219 yards and 2 touchdowns, 2 throw aways, 4 drops, 108.7 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 15 of 41 drop backs (1 sack, 3 scrambles, 6 of 11, 2 throw aways, 1 drop, 1 touchdown)

WR Roddy White: 8 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets on 41 pass plays, 3.3 YAC per catch

CB Dunta Robinson: Allowed 2 catches for 18 yards and a touchdown on 7 attempts, 1 pass deflection

SS William Moore: Allowed 1 catch for 18 yards on 3 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 1 interception

Duds

RB Michael Turner: Rushed for 42 yards (22 after contact) and a touchdown on 17 carries, 1 broken tackle, 1 fumble, allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 5 pass block snaps, 1 catch for 1 yard on 1 target

LG Justin Blalock: Allowed 1 quarterback hit and 2 quarterback hurries on 42 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 4 yards on 2 carries

WR Julio Jones: 4 catches for 14 yards on 7 targets on 35 pass snaps, 1.0 YAC per catch, 2 drops

RE John Abraham: 1 quarterback hit on 39 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, 1 assist

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