The Falcons went 1-3 in November, scoring 38 in their win and 16, 19, and 17 points in their three losses. They couldn’t run and their defense was shaky, but one of the biggest challenges Atlanta faced was pass protection.
It turns out that Matt Ryan, who played well but not nearly as well as he had up to this point, deals with sustained pressure about as well as every other quarterback does: Not extremely well. And make no mistake, Ryan was under pressure, as he was hit an average of eight times per game in November.
QUARTERBACK HITS ALLOWED IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER:— Johnny Kinsley (@Brickwallblitz) November 27, 2018
NE, NYG: 14
CIN, DEN, HOU, SF: 15
ARI, CAR, JAX: 16
BUF, CHI, LAR: 18
LAC, TEN: 25
DAL, WAS: 27
NYJ, TB: 28
DET, OAK: 31
Five of the offenses just above Atlanta on this list are completely inept, while most of the offenses on the top of this list hummed right along for the month. This number matches what we’re seeing on the field of late, which is an offensive line so bad that Atlanta is seriously considering starting Zane Beadles and Ty Sambrailo. That’s brutal, and it’s not an exaggeration to say it’s one of the major reasons the Falcons are likely going to be sitting at home when the playoffs roll around.