The Atlanta Falcons offense shaked, baked, and scored lots of points today. It was a huge victory, even if the second half wasn't pretty. A first round bye was always going to be helpful. But after today's injury-filled victory, it's an absolute necessity. Let's break it down.
Vic Beasley took a hard block to his left shoulder in the first quarter. It hurt him bad enough that he dropped down on one knee. Trainers surrounded him while he composed himself, making for a gut wrenching 30 seconds. You could tell immediately it was something with his shoulder. (It was just kind of hanging, like he didn't want to move it.) If you recall, Beasley played through an AC joint injury during the preseason. He did come back in the game in the second quarter, ending the first half with a Drew Brees sack. Apparently he will have an MRI done tomorrow and is willing to play through the pain.
Tevin Coleman was momentarily shaken up in the fourth quarter. I'm not reading anything into it, but given his injury history, we'll keep an eye on it.
Most of the Falcons secondary was injured in the fourth quarter. Keanu Neal tried to murder Willie Snead. He reluctantly went back to the locker room and I assumed they wanted to do some concussion testing. As usual, I was wrong, and apparently he was grabbing his hamstring. Regardless, he came back late in the fourth quarter. Brian Poole was injured on the same play. A few minutes later, later in the fourth quarter, Robert Alford left the game with a knee injury. For what it's worth, he was walking around on the sideline. Jalen Collins left the game with cramps but returned just in time to give up a touchdown with under a minute to play.
So there you have it, Falcons fans. Seems like nothing serious. Even so, the bye week will be huge for this defense. Your thoughts?