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3 Falcons up, 3 Falcons down in Week 4 win over the Panthers

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The Falcons sit atop the NFC South.

Carolina Panthers v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Another week, another spectacular offensive showing.

This time the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Carolina Panthers 48-33, improving to 3-1 on the season and 2-1 in the NFC South.

Let’s see who’s up and who’s down after Week 4.


Julio Jones

This shouldn’t be a surprise. Jones had a historic day, racking up 300 receiving yards and a touchdown on 12 receptions. He became just the sixth player in NFL history to post a 300-yard day (fourth in the Super Bowl era), setting both career- and franchise-highs in the process. Through the first three games of the season, Julio had 188 yards.

Matt Ryan

This isn’t shocking, either. Ryan joined the 500 club after torching the Panthers for 503 yards and four touchdowns on 28 of 37 passing. He broke his previous franchise record of 443 yards in a single game, and tied Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers for 17th-most in NFL history. Ryan is off to a blazing start.

Dwight Freeney

The 36-year-old pass rusher still has it. He notched the team’s only sack on a beautiful fake spin move and was generally a disruptive terror when he was in the game. Freeney’s looking to be a nice signing for the Falcons.


Eric Weems

Weems had a rough day on special teams. His decisions on punt returns had the Falcons backed up to their own end zone on offense, and he muffed a kick return that could’ve ended terribly. Justin Hardy eventually took over duties.

Chris Chester

The Falcons offensive line as a whole has been playing well, but right guard has been a problem. Chester was just overpowered by Kawann Short on multiple occasions. Atlanta will definitely need an upgrade in the offseason at this rate.

Ricardo Allen

Allen played admirably last season after his position change from cornerback, but things have been a little different this year. He was one part of the reason Devin Funchess escaped for a 48-yard gain in the fourth quarter, and he took a bad angle on Corey Brown’s 16-yard touchdown. Both missed tackles and bad angles have plagued Allen through the season’s first four games.

Who’s up and who’s down for you?