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3 Falcons up, 3 Falcons down in Week 2 win over Packers

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2-0 and it feels so good.

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons jumped out to a 2-0 start with a 34-23 statement win over the Green Bay Packers Sunday night.

Who’s up and who’s down in the victory?


Desmond Trufant

After a bit of a shaky Week 1, Trufant returned to form against the Packers. He hauled in one of the best interceptions you’ll ever see him make, putting the Falcons in position to score before the first half ended. Then, on the second play of the third quarter, he scooped up an Aaron Rodgers fumble and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown. According to NFL Research, Trufant became the first player since Charles Woodson in 2013 to get a pick and then return a fumble for a touchdown in the same game.

Julio Jones

The trend continues: whenever Jones has a pedestrian game, he turns it around the following week. Against the Chicago Bears, Jones caught just four passes for 66 yards. Last night, he finished with five receptions for 108 yards. Nothing more needs to be said about the stud receiver.

Devonta Freeman

Is there any doubt why the Falcons gave the fourth round pick from 2014 a huge extension? Freeman’s a monster. He totaled 100 yards and two touchdowns, including a hilarious basketball celebration with Andy Levitre.


Ty Sambrailo

Please get well soon, Ryan Schraeder.

Austin Hooper

Hooper had 128 yards on two receptions in Week 1, only to follow that performance up with seven yards on two catches. Ouch. His mean will likely be somewhere between those two outings, but that 121-yard drop is brutal. On the other hand, 135 on just four catches on in two games for the second-year tight end isn’t too bad.

Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth

These two clearly aren’t Falcons — as they made quite evident last night — but their commentating performance was too brutal that it has to be mentioned. Collinsworth incessantly brought up Super Bowl LI, even when the Falcons were up 31-7, and Michaels played right along. Unfortunately, Falcons fans will probably be hearing this all season as announcers try desperately to wish some semblance of a Super Bowl hangover into reality.