Week 1 is behind us, and to start the season the Falcons fell to the Seahawks 38-25. It wasn’t that close. The pass rush looked improved at times, but the defense gave up a number of big plays and the offense could not get into a rhythm to put points on the board. Coaching blunders also played an outsized role in the drubbing.
In short, it felt like a typical Atlanta Week 1 game.
The recap and more in today’s Falcoholinks.
Falcons - Seahawks recap
We wondered aloud if the Falcons offense could top a not-great-but-still good Seattle defense, and the question was a resounding “no.” The Falcons were manhandled at home, looked unbalanced on offense, and pretty drab on defense, as well.
With their win/loss, the all-time series between these two teams now stands 12-8, Seattle.
There were several Falcons who we had our eye on ahead of this one, one of whom — ahem, Dirk Koetter — failed to deliver. The play-calling was stale and unimaginative. The offense looked stuck in first gear for most of the contest.
Just a bad way to start the 2020 campaign. The marketing campaign, on the other hand, has gone swimmingly so far.
Matt Ryan passes John Elway
One of the few bright spots in yesterday’s faceplant against Seattle was Matt Ryan continuing to add to his career accomplishments, eclipsing John Elway on the NFL’s all-time passing list. Matt Ryan now has the 9th most passing yards in league history.
Russell Gage injured but returns
Wide receiver Russell Gage was the recipient of a scary and dangerous hit by Seattle safety Jamal Adams — a blow to the head that sent him immediately into the medical tent prior to halftime. His return was questionable, but he was thankfully able to get back on the field. A potentially serious injury avoided.
The Falcoholic Live Post-game show
Let the sadness envelop you with a re-watch of yesterday’s post-game show.