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Falcons 3, Vikings 7: Turnovers and penalties continue to be a factor

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Some decent defensive play mixed in with boneheaded penalties, turnovers and an inability to score touchdowns? I have déjà vu.

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The good news, Falcons fans, is that there's still a half of football to be played, and the Falcons only trail the Vikings by four points. The bad news, however, is that the same troubles that have plagued the offense over the past several weeks continued to hinder them in the first half against the Vikings.

The run defense is holding up well overall against Adrian Peterson, which is encouraging. They're managing to get some pressure on Teddy Bridgewater, which helps. Ricardo Allen came up big with an end zone interception, saving a touchdown and balancing out a really disastrous Tevin Coleman fumble. A missed field goal by Blair Walsh was a godsend at the end of the half.

Offensively, well, it's kind of a mixed bag. Tevin Coleman is actually running the ball very well, but his fumble early in the game was just a catastrophe. Matt Ryan seems to be a bit more poised and settled today overall, which is an improvement, but he also threw a terrible pass behind Nick Williams that the Vikings picked off. Atlanta's lone score came on a Shayne Graham field goal (which feels weird to type) after a boneheaded unnecessary roughness penalty by Terron Ward.

All in all, the team probably hasn't played as poorly as the score suggests, and there's still a lot of football to be played. Discuss the second half in the comments, and keep your fingers crossed for a win.