• Shederrian Jones

Falcons losing despite hard efforts

The past two weeks have been a mess for the Falcons.

Last Sunday against the Saints, Atlanta played well but lost in overtime. During the game, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and Drew Brees of New Orleans had a shootout. According to ESPN, Ryan had 374 passing yards and five touchdowns, while Brees had 391 passing yards with three touchdowns.

Neither of the quarterbacks threw an interception due to both of their defenses not being able to contain each quarterback's offense.

For Atlanta, the rookie receiver Calvin Ridley had a career day. The Alabama product had seven catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns. Throughout the game, Atlanta relied on their passing due to the run being nonexistent. However, despite big plays, Atlanta could not stop Drew Brees.

On the final drive of the fourth quarter, Brees tied the game with a seven-yard run which sent it to overtime. Then in overtime, Brees picked apart Atlanta’s defense for seven minutes, and he eventually scored the game winning run.

In week four, Atlanta played the Cincinnati Bengals, which resulted in another tough loss. Matt Ryan threw for 419 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Julio Jones, Mohammed Sanu, and Calvin Ridley had solid games. Jones led all receivers in number of catches and yardage, with nine and 173; Ridley led all receivers in touchdowns, with two. It seems Atlanta plays well until crunch time. On the final drive, Andy Dalton threw a game winning touchdown to AJ Green. For the second week, Atlanta lost a close game, leaving them 1-3.

The Falcons play Pittsburgh next week, who have been struggling without their star running back, Le’Veon Bell. We'll have to wait until Sunday to see if the Falcons can capitalize on the Steelers' misfortunes.