The game was never in doubt.
The Atlanta Falcons scored 10 seconds into the game and never looked back en route to a 42-14 drubbing of the Los Angeles Rams.
Let’s see who’s up and who’s down in the victory.
Beasley has evolved into an absolute stud. He racked up three more sacks against the Rams and scored the first defensive touchdown of his career on a strip sack. Beasley’s 13.5 sacks are tied for the league lead with the Denver Broncos’ Von Miller and he sits alone in first place with six forced fumbles. He's making a genuine push for Defensive Player of the Year.
With both Julio Jones and Muhamed Sanu ailing, it was Gabriel who led the Falcons in receiving. He finished with 82 yards, most of that coming on a deep 64-yard touchdown. Gabriel’s aced up five receiving scores on the year and has proven weekly to be one of the Falcons’ deadliest weapons. Many thanks again to the Cleveland Browns.
Ryan strengthened his case for MVP with a three-touchdown, no-turnover performance without his top receivers. On the season, Ryan has thrown for 30 touchdowns (two shy of his career high) and seven interceptions.
It was a rough outing for Freeman, who rushed six times for a whopping six yards. He also caught two passes for 12 yards. Freeman just couldn't find success against the Rams’ defensive front.
When Jacob Tamme went down for the year, Atlanta’s third round draft pick was inserted as the starter. Hooper responded with four receptions for 21 yards over the past four games, including today’s one-catch, five-yard performance. The Falcons will need a bit more in the receiving game out of the rookie tight end.
Because why not?
Who’s up and who’s down for you?