The Atlanta Falcons’ four-game streak was snapped Sunday in a 24-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on a controversial (read: missed) call.
Despite the loss, it’s clear the Falcons are definite contenders.
Let’s take a look at who’s up and who’s down:
Ryan kept the MVP train rolling with another great performance. He put up 335 yards and three touchdowns (and one interception) on 27 of 42 passing. It was the first time all season Seattle’s defense allowed a 300-yard passer. Ryan was particularly sharp in the third quarter, leading the Falcons on three straight scoring drives. He’s been spreading the ball round nicely all season, and Sunday was no different as 10 different receivers caught passes.
The big tight end gets some credit for turning in the best receiving day of his career. Toilolo caught three passes for 69 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown. A solid outing for Atlanta’s third tight end.
Quinn is proving to be exactly what the Falcons need. Down 17-3 at halftime, Atlanta showed no quit and rallied back to take a 24-17 lead in the third quarter. These Falcons are resilient and it looks like they’ve bought in fully to Quinn’s brotherhood message.
Another game, another backbreaking penalty for the fourth-year cornerback. Alford has been having a time with penalties this season — particularly on deep passes that end up setting the opposing offense up for an easy score. He’ll have to start trusting his technique and athleticism just a bit more.
Schraeder has a rough outing against Seattle’s defensive line. Cliff Avril gave the right tackle trouble early, beating him and generating a turnover with a strip sack of Ryan. The right side of the offensive line is already weak with Chris Chester not having his best year. The Falcons can’t afford to have Schraeder play poorly, too.
You can’t miss an egregious defensive pass interference call on Richard Sherman nor can you ignore the several late hits on Ryan and not end up here. Do better, NFL.