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Falcons vs. Saints: 3 Falcons up, 3 Falcons down after Week 11 road loss

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It’s hard to wrap your mind around a loss like that. The Falcons have looked like a much better football team since they let Dan Quinn go. Then yesterday happened. It’s anyone’s guess what this team is actually capable of, but right now they are not in a good place.

Let’s take a look at some of the best and worst individual performances from the Falcons’ Week 11 road loss.

3 Falcons Up

Younghoe Koo

Koo converted all 3 on his field goal attempts, including a 52 yarder. Koo has knocked down 24 of his 25 field goal attempts this season, including all 5 of his 50+ yard attempts and all but one of his attempts between 40 and 49 yards. Koo has taken a huge step forward this season, and he continued that trend yesterday.

Calvin Ridley

Ridley racked up 90 receiving yards as the Falcons leading receiver, including a 46-yard bomb on the second play of the game.

Sterling Hofrichter

The Hof averaged 50 yards a punt with a long punt of 56 yards. Let’s give credit where credit is due: the kid has a leg.

3 Falcons Down

Dirk Koetter

Go away, Dirk.

The offensive line

Matt Ryan wasn’t his sharpest yesterday, but the offensive line certainly didn’t make his life any easier. Check out this snippet from PFF’s breakdown of the game:

Ryan was under pressure 18 times and came away with only six completions for 55 yards to go along with the eight sacks.

Todd Gurley

Saints “quarterback” Taysom Hill outperformed Gurley on the ground yesterday, nearly doubling his production (51 yards to 26 yards). Notwithstanding his 9 rushing touchdowns this season, Gurley’s YPC is a legitimate cause for concern. He’d averaged 3.7 YPC coming into the game; and he averaged 3.3 YPC in the loss. To be clear, Dirk Koetter’s inept play calling absolutely played a role. That said, Gurley’s regression is real.