Unbelievable Win vs. Cowboys
It’s getting harder to describe the Falcons getting huge wins on the road after their latest and best big win in Dallas against the Cowboys. This Falcons team is a tough and gritty bunch. After looking like the game was pretty much lost when the Cowboys scored their 4th touchdown, the Falcons came back and salvaged a field goal to end the half. Dan Quinn was visibly upset with his defense before halftime and that must have carried over to his speech during the break. The Falcons came out with their hair on fire, shut out the Cowboys, and dominated them the rest of the way. As many have said, this was one of the best and grittiest of wins that fans have seen in years. It’s great to be an Atlanta Falcon and the future is super bright!
Freeman’s Coming Out
Fans have been waiting for this day and it finally came. Devonta Freeman absolutely blew up in Dallas. The former Seminole had 141 yards rushing, 52 yards receiving, and 3 touchdowns. All who knew Freeman’s background and amazing work ethic knew it was just a matter of time. As our buddy Seminole Warrior said, “he just needed a chance.” He took that chance and ran away with it in spades. The Falcons may have Tevin Coleman, but a performance like this will make it hard not to know that Freeman is the Falcons new great running back.
Ryan-Jones Combo Comes Up Big Again
The announcers were talking early on about Julio Jones being targeted and not getting actual receptions and having production. The second half blew those doors off the wall. Jones finished with 164 yards receiving with 2 touchdowns including a beautiful 45 yards touchdown that really sparked the Falcons comeback. Matt Ryan had another really good day, going 24 for 36, with 285 yards passing and 2 touchdowns and no turnovers. The Matt Ryan-Julio Jones combo is pretty special.
Time to Give OL Some Credit
The makeshift offensive line that everyone thought would be terrible is really turning into a pretty good unit. They did an excellent job opening holes for Freeman and only gave up one sack on Matt Ryan. Mike Shanahan deserves some credit for getting this unit together and performing very well. Jake Matthews, Andy Levitre, Mike Person, Chris Chester, and Ryan Schraeder will continue to get better and better and have held their own against some pretty good fronts to start the season.
Defense: Zero Points in Second Half
Dan Quinn was pissed off as the Falcons were heading into halftime. In fact, he said that it was the worst half of defensive football he’d seen all season. Whatever he did or said at halftime obviously worked. The Falcons defense not only got it together in the second half but actually shut the Cowboys out completely. What an amazing performance from a gritty defense that had been shredded in in the first half.
DQ for President!!
Yes, some of it is the excitement of having a new head coach that has brought passion and fire to a franchise in desperate need. But the rookie head coach has obviously inspired this team to fight and not quit. This is the 3rd straight game where they’ve faced adversity and responded like some tough and gritty son-of-a-guns. The entire coaching staff deserves credit, but the head coach should naturally get much of the love.