This week the Atlanta Falcons (1-3) take center stage in another prime time game Monday night against another AFC East team, the New York Jets (2-2). The Falcons hope to recover from their losses in injuries and hope to win this week to keep their chances alive to make it into the playoff picture even though winning the division seems to be nearly out of reach.
The Falcons are still without CB Asante Samuel, RB Steven Jackson, LB Sean Weatherspoon, LT Sam Baker, and WR Roddy White is still not 100% healthy. But despite these serious and critical injuries, the team still has enough talent to win a game.
Still, there are problems with executing pass rushing. Mike Nolan’s defense put absolutely no pressure on Tom Brady and did not sack the quarterback the entire game. New England has a lot of new wideouts on their roster but Tom Brady had time to look, read, and throw. This makes all the difference. If the defensive line put pressure on Brady throughout the game, they would’ve been able to stop the Patriots from going downfield early.
The offensive line is still not blocking well enough for the run game. Jason Snelling, who is supposed to take the role of power back while Jackson is out, only ran for 26 yards and Jacquizz Rodgers also only ran for only 32 yards. If you shut down Julio Jones and Roddy White like what was done on Sunday night against the New England Patriots, there is nothing the offense can do to score points. Not to mention that the line barely blocks enough for Matt Ryan to stay in the pocket long enough to see who is open.
And please let’s not discuss red zone efficiency again for the one hundredth time. Why are the Falcons throwing the ball three times to the end zone again in these situations? Where is the improvement? It seemed that the team actually got worse.
If the Falcons don’t address and fix these problems this season is going to go downhill fast. It is true that they have another twelve weeks left in the season, but that excuse gets old quickly when the team is playing lousy and sloppy throughout the game and still losing. The Falcons need to bounce back fast. The game against the New York Jets is a do or die situation. They need to improve in three areas somewhat this week, or this season is going to be real disappointment.