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Falcons number nest: Week 2

Andy Lyons

The Falcons are off to a 1-1 start for the 25th time in franchise history. Nineteen teams in NFL history have started off 1-1 and made a trip to the Super Bowl. Let's keep it optimistic here.

Last week provided plenty of stats to examine as the Falcons put up over 500 yards of offense. Week 2 wasn't as glamorous, but we'll still take a look at some of the numbers that stand out after two games this season.

The good and bad at QB

  • Matt Ryan threw three interceptions in Week 2 against the Bengals. It was the sixth game of his career with three or more interceptions in one game. The Falcons are 3-2 in weeks following a three-pick game from Ryan (both losses came last season).
  • Ryan rushed for 28 yards on Sunday. That was a career-high for him. See, it wasn't all bad!
The bad and bad on defense

  • Atlanta has not recorded a sack in two games in 2014. This isn't the first time we've seen this team accomplish such a feat.
  • Sunday was the 12th time the Falcons failed to record a sack in consecutive games. The Falcons have gone three consecutive games without a sack five times in franchise history, most recently in 2011. Three is the record, so we can only hope this year doesn't extend to four games.
  • According to Mike Clay, the Falcons have already run more plays with four-receiver sets than 26 teams did in all of 2013. Devin Hester has been on the field for 36 snaps on pass plays and just three snaps on run plays.
  • Julio Jones caught seven passes on Sunday. He has 10 games since entering the league with at least seven receptions. The Falcons are 5-5 in those games.
  • Jones is tied with Jordy Nelson for most targets of 20-plus yards. They both have five so far. Jones caught two of those passes.
  • After two games, Harry Douglas is the only player of the Falcons top four receivers to officially record a drop. He has one on eight targets.
A few others of note

  • The Falcons offensive line allowed 10 hurries in the first two games. That ties them for second-worst in the NFL with the Chiefs and Vikings.
  • Paul Soliai has taken 52 snaps on run plays. That's tied for the most among all defensive tackles.
  • Matt Bosher has 12 career games with at least six punts. Bosher entered the league in 2011. Since starting with the Falcons, he has punted the ball six or more times every season in Week 2. Sunday was the first time the Falcons lost the second game of the year with Bosher punting.