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3 Falcons up, 3 Falcons down in Week 4 loss to Bills

It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times.

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Atlanta Falcons Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta came up short Sunday, falling 23-17 to the Buffalo Bills. The Falcons stand at 3-1 — still atop the NFC South — and head into a much-needed Week 5 bye.

Who’s up and who’s down in the loss?


Grady Jarrett

Jarrett should easily make the Pro Bowl at the rate he’s going. The defensive tackle was largely disruptive against the Bills, as he’s been the entire season.

Tevin Coleman

On just 13 touches, Coleman racked up 144 total yards, making himself one of the few bright spots on offense. He led the team in both rushing (79) and receiving yards (65). He also hauled in a fantastic 39-yard sideline grab.

Alex Mack

It’s nice to see Atlanta’s high-priced free agent from 2016 continually perform at a high level.


Duke Riley

It hasn’t been a seamless transition for the rookie linebacker. He missed four more tackles against Buffalo and got beat on a 34-yard bomb to Charles Clay late in the fourth quarter. He has to get better.

Ty Sambrailo

The Falcons offense needs Ryan Schraeder back in the worst way.

Matt Ryan

The 2016 NFL MVP has been out of sorts. He’s been missing throws he made with ease last season, namely deep balls. He added two more interceptions to his total, although one was a tipped pass by Nick Williams — the third tipped passed turned interception in the last two games. Still, we expect better and we’ve certainly seen better from Ryan.

Honorable mention: the refs

How in the world do you rule that play a fumble return for a touchdown?